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


Welsh trial

11 03 2012

Its been a while since I posted last due to the fact that in competition fishing you can’t tell everyone what your tactics are as every competitor knows. In the Last few years the Welsh Youth Fly Fishing team has produced some World Wide names Such as Kieron Jenkins And Sean Jones

Both outstanding anglers and hopefully future World champions. Yesterday was the second day of the Welsh Trials and I could not wait to start fishing , normally this event is held on a boat but yesterday saw something very unique , a Trial on the bank for a boat team , there is a very long and complicated reason for this that I will not go in to now. The Trial was held at Garnffrwd in South Wales. Probably one of the best fishery in the U.K . When I started fishing I lost a fish first cast and after a few impolite words I was back out fishing not seeing another fish for 30 minutes and by then it was time to move to the next peg , in the next 40 minutes I had dropped another 5 fish and at this point it was time for a chill pill as I was about to put my rod over my knee , the horn once again sounded and I was still fish less so it was marching over to the next peg in a very bad mood , this is all a part of a comp there is stress for 8 hours unless you are catching fish which people like Sean and Kieron are doing in every match . It was on to my 3rd peg till I had my first fish a blue trout at 1lb 4oz one of the smallest fish in the lake but that’s just my luck and then on to peg 4 and I picked another fish up on a rainbow trout around 2 lb then it was time for lunch after a chat with a few of the lads and they all had around 4-5 fish so I knew I needed a good peg to catch them up and it was fishing very hard. After lunch it was time to go back out and a blank for the next two pegs then I came back on to the peg that I started on and in my first 10 minutes I landed a rainbow trout which was followed by a brown trout in the next 5 casts I was smiling because things were looking up , back to my 2nd peg and in 5 minutes I had another Rainbow on the bank and that was my last for the day , well what a nail biting day , time for the results and I made I took 2nd place , Well done Steff who took first , a great day with great people , a bonus I had a photo with Moc Morgan OBE One of the greatest men I have ever met

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