September 22, 2020

Have you ever got to the boundary marker of a beat and seen fish rising just out of reach on another clubs water? The solution is obvious, join both clubs! This is exactly what CADAC vice chairmen Dylan has done for years so his offer of a guest ticket was eagerly accepted. CADAC‘s St. David’s…

September 19, 2020

Hoylake fly fishers have access to the Bala waters and as someone who loves to fish small trout streams, I was excited to see that there were several of the Dee‘s tributaries available on the ticket. Exploring an unknown water is always exciting but can be a little ‘hit and miss’. There are many factors…

September 19, 2020

Traditionally, fly fishing has been seen as the preserve of the middle/upper class male but that is all changing. Theses days though, fly fishing is gaining in popularity across the board and prime time TV is showing it to be more accessible and less rigid than it once was.   Years ago, the buffoonery of…

September 16, 2020

Those tortuously long and hot summer fishing days are almost a distant memory. But worry not, these shorter autumnal days are generally far more productive. It’s been possible to run several morning lessons and still capitalise on the great fishing conditions in the afternoons. Friday mornings casting lessons were a challenge in the 6m/s winds…

September 13, 2020

After having an impending birthday gathering postponed by the Prime Minister, Mike was left looking for alternative ways to celebrate his upcoming ‘big‘ birthday. The full extent of Mikes importance cannot be divulged on these pages, suffice it to say that he had his chauffeur, Brian drive him up to the Dee for a days…

September 8, 2020

A full day of casting lessons yesterday at Chirk left me with a nice little break in the middle of the day. Instead of having lunch, I decided to reacquaint myself with the stretch of the river Ceiriog that runs alongside the fishery. There were no fish rising so I chose a small nymph and…

September 2, 2020

Having cancelled this weeks guiding on the Dee due to poor conditions, I was presented with another opportunity to go out and fish. The Derbyshire Wye is often fishable when the Dee is not so I went back to do some more dry fly fishing.   Again, it was the small cdc patterns that managed…

August 31, 2020

The sudden, seasonal change in the weather usually signals the beginning of the end for the Trout season. It’s going to be shorter than usual this year so I figured we should try and make the most of what’s left of it.   Hopefully, there will be plenty of time to fish nymphs over the…

August 25, 2020

Jon has been trying to arrange a day on the river Wye since I first started raving about its population of wild Rainbow Trout a few years ago. Finally, after a couple of false starts we were on the hallowed banks.   The weather had been decidedly ’iffy’ recently so we were both pleasantly surprised…

August 23, 2020

Returning client Jona had now got a few days fishing under his belt but his brother Neil and their good friend James were relative beginners, having only dabbled in the past. They shared a common goal however, to improve their fly fishing skills. I’d warned them in advance of the potentially poor weather but having…