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

Tight lines


Llandegfedd on tip top ?

29 08 2012

Last Sunday saw me hit Llandegfedd with Angling Ace and good friend, Online Marketing Manager at BVG Airflo, Kieron Jenkins – His blog – Ronsfishing. I left my house at 8.30 Am to be in Kie’s house but 9.15.

Arriving at his house Kieron was packing up his car and everyone that knows Kieron we had to stop for breakfast so after a full English we popped over to Llandegfedd. WE parked at the top of the first fishing jetty and carried our fishing tackle on to the boat, tackling up in the comfort and tranquillity of Llandegfedd.

We both opted to fish the new Airflo Ridge supple impact mini tips, the 6ft Fast intermediate tip and slow inter tip. These airflo lines are perfect for holding depth and give the angler the choice of dropping his flies through the water column to hopefully find the fishes feeding zone. The Fast Glass tip is ideal for the weather we’ve been having recently, the constantly changing pressure means the fish switch on and off, the temperamental temperature also makes them drop and rise in the water column. The FG tip can be kept high or dropped low depending on their feeding habits.

About second cast Kieron’s 6ft fast glass sink tip locked up, a good scrap and a few jumps within seconds the fish hit the back of the net a fine looking stocked fish of around 1 3/4 lb. Next cast my slow glass tip locked up with another stocked fish which unfortunately came off at the net. Kieron took two more fish and he said let’s have a move so we moved out in to the middle of the lake and instantly my line locked up again with a cracking fully finned trout, one that must have been in there over the last few months. Next cast again the line locked up but instantly gave way. After a few more casts it seemed we’d fished all we could with sailers and speed boats taking residence. Kieron wanted to move again along the gabions and on to the Laurence’s where Kieron again picked up another fish but this time it was a very old fish around the 3lb mark with a huge tail bigger than the fishes head. The fish down the bottom end were tricky, with a lot of angling pressure, so we moved back down to the dam where I picked up a small but another old fish on the nymphs. Kieron took a few more at the dam, colourful boobies and drab diawls between was the cast.

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