October 4, 2020

I was already on my way to a lesson when the radio confirmed that the counties of Wrexham and Denbigh would be locked down from 6pm today. The Dee has been fishing well but that too was set to change so I was excited that my good friend Ron was able to join me for…

October 3, 2020

The lockdown is fast approaching and I could hear the ‘Countdown’ theme playing in my head as I lay in bed this morning. I often whinge about the conditions ‘not being right’ but I have to say that they looked and felt PERFECT today. So much so that I knew I just HAD to go…

October 3, 2020

The medium range forecast suggests that the current ‘perfect’ height of the river Dee is set to increase due to heavy rain. This is ‘THE’ time of the year to target Grayling on the dry fly so after helping one of our newer members on the CADAC club waters, I spent a couple of hours…

October 3, 2020

A break in the weather offered the opportunity for some late season Trout fishing on the Derbyshire Wye. Their local bylaws allow Trout fishing until 7th October so we took advantage of the ‘extension’ and the glorious autumnal conditions.   The fish become even more vividly coloured as the mating season approaches so for this…

October 3, 2020

The Goyt Trout season ends on 1st October. That means that with a relatively full diary, today would be my last chance to catch a decent one legally. The journey to the river was littered with roadworks and traffic lights that added almost an hour to my usual travel time. On arrival, the heavy winds…

September 26, 2020

The Trout season is drawing to a close and there is the nagging feeling that we’re heading for another total lockdown. Those two factors have made for another very busy week on the rivers as many of us squeeze in those ‘additional’ last minute outings.   The conditions have been challenging too as high winds…

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…