A pleasure day on Chew Valley Lake

31 05 2015

Last week Welsh International Chris Jones and I made the journey over the seven bridge to Chew Valley Lake, after speaking to some friends who had fished Chew just days before reporting the fishing had been tricky and they were struggling to get a few fish to the boat Chris and I were expecting a tough days fishing. We arrived at the fishery and saw there was a barely a ripple on the lake, a mild feel in the air and overcast skies, perfect conditions in my book! Being a puller at heart I set up a Airflo Sixth Sense Fast Glass fly line with around 22ft of 8lb Fulling Mill World Class Fluorocarbon with 3 flies attached to the leader spaced 10ft, 6ft and another 6ft to the point. On the top dropper I had one of my good friend’s Kieron Jenkins new blobs called the Merlot Blob, this gives a great silhouette in the water and is not bight and flashy so it does not put many fish off, in the middle again one of Kieron’s patterns but this time one of his cormorant patterns, his mirage cormorant pattern to be precise and one of my own cutthroat cat booby on the point, Chris also had a similar set up. Once we got on to the water we pulled about 20 feet off the jetty and just let the boat drift down the middle of the lake, Chris was in nearly straight away on his 3rd cast his line went tight on the hang a lovely little chew rainbow came to the net.

chris playing a fish on chew

We both took fish through the middle of the lake and decided we would try something different so we switched to the nymphs and looked for the better fish, so I set up a 3ft Airflo Super Dri Midge tip with 18ft of 7lb Fulling Mill World Class Fluorocarbon and 4 flies spaced 6ft from the fly line then 4ft,4ft and another 4ft to the point, the flies were a Black holographic Diawl Bach in the middle and then 2 more plain diawl bachs and one of Kieron’s abortion cormorant boobies on the point to hold the Diawls up in the water column, within a few casts the line shot out of my hand and I was in to one of Chew’s resident rainbows, after a few hard and powerful runs I was able to pull the fish’s head up and skim it across the top and in to the net another bonus of the Fulling Mill Fluorocarbon is the strength of it is unbelievable as a competition angler I can bully the fish in with complete trust in my leader.

me playing a fish on chewchew rainbow on nymphs

As the day got on we swapped between nymphing and pulling and we landed around 50 fish to the boat including a stonking perch well in excess of 2lb and probably closer to 3 and a brownie on the nymphs was a nice surprise too.

chew perchchew brown

I hope chew continues to fish as well throughout the rest of the season, I would highly recommend that you go and fish Chew, even if you’re a novice the rangers are always willing to point you in the right direction and you always get a warm welcome at Chew.

If you are still unsure about going afloat for the first time I would advise that you book a day’s fishing with England international John Horsey, you will have a tremendous day with John and will be hooked on boat fishing, contact John via email john@johnhorsey.co.uk

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Garnffrwd in May

30 05 2015

Now we are coming in to the end of spring and in to early summer there is an abundance of fly life on the water, on the surface and below with olives hatching, caenis and the damsels climbing up the reeds ready to hatch and of course the buzzers, I have been lucky enough to catch these hatches spot on and the fishing has been tremendous. For the last couple of weekends I have been fishing my favorite small still water fishery Garnffrwd and catching as many as 15 to 20 fish has been a doddle as long as you scale down your leader and fly size, I have been fishing 18ft 5lb Airflo G3 and size 16 olive shuttlecocks as shown below.


I found that the key to success is not just to cast at any rising fish it’s to watch one fish, watch how it rise’s whether it’s taking flies on the surface or if it’s taking emergers just under the surface , watch what path the fish takes, is it swimming around in circles or is it swimming up the wind, all this is crucial when fishing dries as you need to make sure you fly is in the right zone that the fish can see it and will want to eat your fly. Another important tip when fishing dries is to always degrease your leader, I use density mud from troutwatch and it’s by far the best mud I’ve ever used it has tungsten particles mixed in the mud and it really pulls your leader under the surface’s tension and out of site of the trout.

here is just one of the fish I’ve caught from Garnffrwd this month

big browny

This fish came to a damsel pattern fished tight to the reeds on the close bank on a fast glass line and 8lb fulling mill world class fluorocarbon. Fishing damsel patterns in April and May tight to the banks can be awesome as that’s where the fish will spend a lot of their time feeding, fish unwighted damsel patterns on intermediate lines with short sharp pulls your you’ll be in for a great days fishing.

keep an eye out for my next couple of blogs, some exciting fishing from a recent trip to Chew Valley Lake and a day with the Welsh Youth Fly Fishing team at Clywedog and a blog that’s going to be a tribute to my hero and great friend who passed away earlier this week Moc Morgan

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What’s been going on !

12 07 2014

It’s been too long since I’ve had time to sit down and let you folks know what I’ve been up to and where has been fishing well. The season kicked off for me at Draycote water near Rugby , I fished with Chris Jones a good friend and team mate , after a quick chat with staff at the fishery we were told where to go and how to catch the fish but at that time of year it’s just a case of getting the depth and area , flies aren’t important as you will be fishing for the fresh stocked fish. We started fishing in the bay on the far bank around the conner from toft. My set up for the day was a Hanak 10ft 7# with a Di3 sixth sense fly line on the business end was 25ft of troutwatch optimum 9.5lb fluorocarbon with 2 blobs , a viva blob on the top dropper and a biscuit blob on the point. Chris’s set up was very similar with a di3 sweep instead of the straight Di3, the results were clear that the 3 sweep was out fishing the straight 3 as by 12pm Chris was beating me 11-4 – bad angling Rumble !! We came in for some breakfast as the cafe did not open until 10.30Am , on return to the boat I tied on a 3 sweep with one of my tutti frutti blobs on the point , by 3pm we were on 25 each , unbelievable fishing with fish up to 6lb and some cracking overwintered rainbows and some browns thrown in too.




I retuned to Draycote 2 weeks later and it was not the same , all the hot spots were take up with anglers fishing the anchor! This really frustrates me , if your going to fish from a boat please do so properly and drift , if you don’t want to move , fish the bank – simples ! After finding some fish me and good pal and team captain Mike Roberts took a few nice fish on mikes olive blob on a di5 sweep and 40+ , once again I was lucky enough to take a nice brown trout


After Draycote it was on Chew Valley lake , it’s coach and fishing buddy Mark Thomas , me and Mark had a great day on chew bashing the stockies with hot head damsels and blobs on di5 and di7 40+ lines in the middle of the lake again the brown trout were playing ball


After a few trips to chew with the team and a few bits and bobs here and there it was time to get competing , the first comp of the year was the Welsh Youth Team qualifiers , the 1st qualifier was on llyn trawsfynedd I managed 2nd place with 9 fish and 1st place was my younger brother Elliot with 11 fish , who became welsh champion this weekend at llyn Brenig , he’s had a flyer of a season beating me on numerous occasions. This season has not gone my way at all so far this season. The highlight so far is qualifying for the Lexus team final with the snatchers at chew a few weeks back. This weather was cruel , with temperatures hitting the high 20s everyday on the practice days and match day , the method was fishing 4 heavy super glue buzzers as deep as you can and fishing them static , we qualified at 4th place and Iain Barr’s team came 1st good angling ! So it’s time to start thinking about trips to Rutland to practice for the final

First is the youth international match held at England’s Grafham water near Huntington in just 3 weeks time , the team has been on the water a few times all ready this season and we are going to work extremely hard in these next few weeks hopefully to pull a result out of the bag !!

I hope you have enjoyed reading this little round up of what’s been happening , hopefully I’ll be able to keep you all updated more regularly from now on !
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Last few weeks

14 07 2013

Well where had the time gone ? It’s been a while since I’ve been able to sit down and write a blog post but I’ve been out fishing most weekends getting ready for the all important Home international on Llyn Brenig in August , I’ll start off with my annual away trip which this year was Chew Valley Lake. The 1st day I was drawn with a good friend and top angler welsh international Matthew Jones, our plan was to try and find some fresh fish and then go and fish the standard chew fish which are around 4-5lb mark. We started in the middle of the sailing club which we fished for 30 minutes for one touch then we moved behind Denny island where I took a cracking fish around 3lbs on a Aiflo ridge 3ft slow glass tip and the fly was a drab diawl Bach. Weather conditions were not to friendly with bright sun and quite a breeze. Matthew and I continued to pick fish up from behind Denny and here is one fish I picked up

20130729-202557.jpg , at 2 pm we went it to the lodge for a spot of lunch and them continued to fish in the afternoon picking up fish still on the nymphs in villis bay and woodford bank I finished with 11 and Mathew finished with 12. The next day I was paired with another Welsh international Mark Thomas good friend and fly tying fanatic and now he loves to rolly polly (there’s a long story to that). Me and Mark started at wolly bank this time where mark took 2 fish quickly on drys , the fly was a small CDC claret hopper , here’s marks fish

20130729-203259.jpg. Both Mark and I swapped to nymphs then on a floating line with a booby on the point , and we took a fish more nice fish



We then went to the dam and I showed mark what I’m best at rolly polly blobs as fast as possible and with 3 cast 3 fish hit the back of the next , it was truly a red letter day with no fish under 2lbs mark finished with 16 fish and I with 15.

Next trip was to clywedog in mid wales again I fished with Mark , this time we drew 20 fish each , what a fantastic day on the drys we had and I had the best fish of the day with this lump of around 4-5lb on a dry

Just look at that tail , if your looking for a place where you can just enjoy the day and catch fish and have a chance of a 20lb fish book yourself a day a clywedog

I will have a full report of the Home international on llyn Brenig in a fortnight
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12 05 2013

It was the first ever CYCA annual competition held at Garnffrwd trout fishery today and the weather was not to kind with very strong winds and a constant drizzle which turned in to rain through out the day. I am very thankful to the anglers who turned up considering the conditions. The lake fished well today considering the weather which was thrown at the anglers. 22 fish were landed between 8 anglers which gives a rod average of 2.75 fish with the largest fish being a rainbow around the 14-15 lbs mark caught by Edgar George . The fish were just cruising the margins today and the water was crystal clear so the fish were spoked quite easily. The way to catch them today was to fish a leader of around 14-16ft with two size 14 black buzzers with a very slow figure of 8, a few fish were coming to the pull with an intermediate line with a leader of around 15ft either with a slow rolly polly or a steady long pull and a damsel on the end of the cast. The results of the day were as follows
1. Edgar George – 7fish
2. Alan Martin – 6 fish
3. Rodger Pugh – 4 fish




Hot Hackle Damsel

21 11 2012

This year alot of my fishing has been done at Garnffrwd Trout fishery which is around 10 minutes from where I live and this fly has been a killer through out the year for me , so its well worth a few in your boxes.

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Grafham Here We Come

25 09 2012

This weekend is one of the most important dates in all competition anglers’ diaries in Europe with the Airflo Anglian Water final on Rutland water in England. I have never fished an Anglian water match but hopefully one day I will be good enough to stand out for a team in the 6 man team match. Last year’s winners were the Welsh Hawks a team which I am now a member of and they are a fantastic bunch of guys and super International anglers and 4 out of the 6 have won the Brown bowl and Russell Owen being world champion. I had the pleasure this year of being coached  by one of the Welsh Hawks members Aled Dixon ready for the international in Ireland with Aled being a brown bowl winner in Ireland and had fished the venue what better advice could the team wished for. As I’m not in on the action this weekend a few weeks back I had the offer from a good friend and coach to spend a weekend away at Grafham water near Huntington in Cambridgeshire, so I took Mark up on his offer and this weekend I will be meeting a few new people which are close friends with Mark and will have two full days fishing on Grafham.  For those of you that don’t know much about Grafham it is one of the U.K’s premier trout fishery’s with 1’300 acres of water you’re not stuck in a small stock pond at all. A bit of a bonus is when I spoke to Russell Owen last weekend he also said he was going to be at Grafham this weekend, I love speaking to anglers like Russell because they’re so full of knowledge and I have learned so much in the last 5 years in the car park before a match talking to people like Russ, if you just listen to them you pick up loads of tips and tactics. It’s been a while since I fished Grafham since the Youth International in 2010 but when I was there I loved it so much and I’ve been itching to get back there.  The last few weeks I have been tormented by a few friends that have been on Grafham with large number of fish being caught and big sized fish also. As I’m sure you know Grafham water is one of few waters in the U.K that has been invaded with the ‘Killer shrimp’ and I’ve heard nothing but good about it at the moment because the Grafham Trout are going mad for them so hopefully I will pick a few shrimp feeders up on the weekend.Grafham has a big head of fry in there which I hear the big rainbows and browns like hitting so hopefully I will be also netting a fish of a life time there. Once I have come back I shall write you a full report of the trip so keep an eye out next week. I’ll finish by talking about my new toy from Airflo the Airflo Airtec Nano 10’ 7/8 which I had a quick cast of this afternoon and I think I’m in love so I’m wishing to christen it this weekend. Heres a few images of the flys and photos of the international on Grafham in 2010.

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