Well the 3rd of March saw me fishing the River Ebbw for the start of the trout season with Kieron Jenkins and Jonathan Bishop. Haven’t really done a lot of fishing there but as always it was great to get out with the boys and fish different places.
I only took the one rod for the bugging and not bothering with the dry rod, there were a few olives hatching and a few fish rising but not enough for me to fight with the other rod on my back. The Weather was on the change with the threat of rain looming over us from the start. The setup was simple for the condition, the river was running quite low with a hint of colour so it was a short line from the indicator, around 4ft to the point fly and a dropper around 18″ above that. Due to the hint of colour, I put a 3m red tag jig on the point and a dark small 2.3m hares ear on the dropper, Keiron and Bish moved down river a few hundred yards from where I was going to step in, at this point I was looking at a nice looking run not very wide and looking to be around 2 half ft deep. There was a little break at the bottom of the run just before it dropped off into the ripple, first cast was a little short the second was on the bottom right behind the rock that was making the break. As the leader slowly moved down river it stopped and I took it as a take with a sharp strike down river, I was hooked into a lovely wild trout in great condition after the winter months, here he is below. Many fish came to hand and I was surprised to catch so many so early in the season, I’ll leave you with a few photos of the day.What a cracking start to the season!
I’ve been tying a few flies today and while tying i thought i would give making a video a bash, not done it before so bare with me 🙂 This jig has been working a treat over the last few months with the grayling and the trout are quite partial of it to!. Not wanting trout but it happens… There is a nice line of them in my box now ready for the trout season 🙂 Bring it on!!!
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 😦
Not the best conditions to fish the taff this morning with blustery wind blowing down river and as all anglers know, its a kiss of death and can be really hard work.
I was determined to fish this morning whatever the condition and whatever the outcome. With the weather, I only took the one rod for nymphing knowing that presentation was going to be a nightmare and I could put my full concentration on the one rod and not worry about anything else. The taff is still holding a good flow of water and has been for a good while now. I’m unable to fish my favourite spots and im just waiting on the day that it is possible. Today I set up the long leader with two 2.8 jigs. Due to the water I was fishing, I had around 8ft to the point fly and a dropper around 20″ above that. For the tippet material I was using 3lb stroft ABR. I targeted the back-end of the pools and behind the boulders that are usually standing right out of the water, this makes good places for fish to pick off nymphs and not exert too much energy at the same time. Hot spots as I call them. Not easy to get the nymphs to fish natural today with the wind so I was keeping everything low and waiting for gaps in the wind so I could get the drift that I needed. One of the places that I was talking about is shown below. I managed a few grayling but more trout than anything from behind this rock so I left them to it,
Working on up river looking for little eddies and pockets I manged to catch a trout well battled scared up by the cormerons, not looking its best but getting over the worse by the looks of him, it’s never nice seeing these fish scratched up and bite marks all over them. I had one small grayling with a perfect bite out of its tail aswell, check these out below.
Not a bad days fishing with lots of small grayling and a load of trout but as always its never about size for me it’s just getting out and enjoying something that I love.
Well not much to say of the day today, I was only out a few hours with my mate Lewy looking for the ladies.
It was an over cast day and a strong down stream wind that made things tricky with presentation and casting the french leader at a distance. There was a few fish on the fin but only small grayling so we kind of missed them out and let them get on with their business. I was looking for the better grayling in the drop offs of the pools and runs that i know and just testing really to see if there are a few better fish moving. It’s a little early on the taff from my experience over the last few years fishing it for grayling. We both managed to catch a good few small grayling and a bag full of out of season trout, i wish someone would tell them that. No harm done and all were returned safely as always.
My mate Lewy above has just started fishing with the french leader so ive been helping as much as I can and giving him a few tips, hes picking it up quite well so its been great watching him catch more fish and even catching fish in places that he would have never have caught fish before. As we both picked our way up the pools and deep holes, I came across a long run that had a fair depth to it, this called for a reset of the depth and nymphs. I pulled off around 6ft of 3lb stroft ABR and then tied in a dropper around 18″ above the point. I decided to put on a size 14 pink jig 3.5m gold head on the point and on the dropper a 3m pink buggy thing. The flow of the water in this part was quite fast so it called for the weights. After a few casts up river I moved up a few feet and could see a channel in the weed so I pitched the nymphs well up passed it and in the centre. As it was moving down, I seen a flash and a fish turning so I struck and I had a fish on, It shot up river like a clappers and then with a sharp turn back down river exploding out of the water. Straight away I could see it was a salmon, after a little bit of a run around i landed this fine fish. Result on the french leader and not a bad feat on a 3wt rod and 3lb tippet.
I didn’t get many photos of the day but I think the one above made up for it.