Nice and early start again this morning but not the best of days for it with a heavy down stream wind making casting and presentation a right royal pain in the butt.
I wasnt the only one on the river nice and early though.
I was on the river bank nice and early and kind of thinking what kind of day it was going to be with the condition against me. I was carrying two rods as normal, one rod set up for nymphing and the other for klink and dink. Both methods were going to be a bit of fun to use in the wind but I was hoping that it would die down later on in the afternoon. I’ve been fishing my normal spots over the last few weeks but today I took a different approach and fished the spots that are hard work to get at and taking full advantage of the lower water condition. I kept close to the banks fishing all the slack sides of the runs and where the wind wasnt making a ripple on the water. On times the gusts of wind would blow the indicator right out of the water and lift the nymphs right to the top, and with the klink it would shoot off like a pond skater and drag the nymph all over the shop. As I picked my way through a few spots I gradually started picking up a few small grayling and a few flighty trout that just wouldn’t stop jumping. As I was fishing quite close to me just beyond the rod tip, wading was a quiet affair and it was all slow-moving. It was working well so I stuck at it most of the day while the wind was blowing but as I thought it might it started to calm and it give me the chance to fish more open water. Getting the chance to fish the open water I set up the french leader, on the point I put a 2.8m hot spot jig and on the dropper a small pheasant tail hot spot. The nymph that was most effective throughout the daybelow.
I got myself into a nice looking run with a slow spot at the back-end and after only a few casts the indicator slipped away up river and me following with a steady lift, I was finally into one of the better ladies of the river. Thinking if there was one there, there had to be more so I fished it to its death but only managing a handful of trout and a few smaller grayling afterwards, most fish fell to the point fly and here is the first better size grayling of the day below.
The day was challenging and quite difficult but im a stubborn bugger and wouldn’t leave the river without a few better size grayling under my belt. As the day went on, without seeing any fly life of any sort I stuck to the nymphing and pulled the dry rod down to keep tangles to a minimum. Fishing become really slow in the backend of the runs in the afternoon so I moved into the heads of the runs searching out to see if I could find grayling on the feed. I walked into the head of the last run of the day pitching the nymphs high into the churning waters thinking i’d be lucky, but I was. I picked another hand full of grayling and trout from there, I finally called it a day and made the journey home. I’ll leave you with a few more photos of the fish that I manged to pick up throughout my day’s fishing and a few under water shots.
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Sat at the vice for an hour today while my boy was having his afternoon nap 🙂
Not knowing what I was going to tie at first I just sat there sorting a few things out and doing a bit of a stock check and flicking through a few tying books that I have. After playing around and putting a load of beads on jigs, I decided to tie a few more hotspot jigs, they have been doing me proud over the last few weeks on the river taff. over this weekend the taff has been as clear as glass so i’ve been tying them on the dropper around 25″ from the point fly. Due to the clearer waters i’ve just spaced them out that little bit further away to make things a little bit more natural. Well that’s what I was thinking.
Just a few grayling and trout that fell to the hotspots over the weekend below. Its been a great weekend but as always monday is on us before we know it and back to normality 😦
I was out the door this morning by eight and in pursuit of the lovely grayling that swim the river Taff.
The river is just recovering from a heavy flood and I didn’t expect much because of past experiences of fishing after big floods but it didn’t bother me if I caught something or not, I just love being out on the water. The river bed has changed quite a lot and the shingle beds have moved all over the place, not a good thing for the reds im sure! But something good came out of it with a few nice holes and a few new runs scattered around the river making great spots for the grayling to ambush their passing prey or my nymphs:).
I had a play around with my video cam in one run that was fishing well and came up with this below.
I was fishing the french leader but not fishing it far away, more bugging really, fishing it just beyond the rod tip and keeping everything tight. I didnt even bother looking at the deeper waters I just concentrated on the water averaging from a few inches to about 2 ft. Two nymphs as usual, on the point I was using a size 16 silver bead hares ear jig and on the dropper a copper head PT jig. I caught a good number of small grayling and one half decent grayling running on the 1lb mark, also a few nice size trout but I do wish someone would tell them that its out of season and they should stop taking my tasty nymphs 🙂 With the quality of the trout now at the moment it should be a cracking trout season. I’m so looking forward to hitting the small streams and one of my favourite rivers, the Rhondda!
The biggest grayling of the day below after unhooking.
The day turned out better than i thought it would so it was great. Im really looking foward to the weekend so roll on friday to wet a line again!
This week i’ve seen the river in a right bonkers state and I think all fishing is out the window for some time with more rain coming in tonight, god give us a break mun.. Just look at the graph below and it says it all, and its on its way back up 😦 There has been a fair bit of flooding in my local area and a few trains have been stopped due to mountain water falls breaking their banks and running over the tracks.
The video below was taken in the highest ever recorded flood on the river taff.