Category: Blog

January 9, 2020

It was good to catch up with CADAC Vice Chairman and fellow Grayling fiend Dylan Roberts today. Our meetings rarely produce many fish though, as we usally spend around 75% of the time talking and only 25% actually fishing. Like myself, Dylan is an avid consumer of fishing related material so there is always lots…

January 5, 2020

This years first Grayling was not a monster but it was very, very welcome. Of course these small, inexperienced fish are much easier to catch than their larger, more wily older relatives but they do show that the Dee is as healthy as ever and that some of this years fry have survived the floods…

December 6, 2019

Two half days on the ice cold Dee have been good for the soul but with a catch rate averaging out at just one fish per hour, I’m happy with my decision not to fish in this weekends Hanak Grayling Festival…as I should imagine, are my former team mates!   Although this weeks fishing was…

November 26, 2019

On Sunday, we stole a very welcome couple of hours on one of CADACs less visited stretches of the river Dee. The river is trying to get back to normal but persistent rain and water releases from local reservoirs have kept the level high. The forecast for the coming week showed even more rain so…

October 11, 2019

Following last years nymphing masterclass with Jan Šiman, Chiara and I wanted to explore more of the wonderful and varied Otava river. This time we enlisted the services of one of Jan’s excellent local guides Karel, for our first day to re acquaint ourselves with the techniques and the area. His knowledge and ability were…

September 26, 2019

The end of September signals several things. One of them is of course, is the beginning of October but perhaps more importantly, we’re now fast approaching the end of the Trout season. This is always a busy month as we try to take advantage of the great fishing conditions whilst the Trout closed season glides…

September 18, 2019

Llangollen Maelor Angling club member Tim is renewing his love affair with fly fishing as he slowly eases his way into retirement. CADAC and Llangollen Maelor have an exchange ticket agreement whereby members can visit their neighbouring club (by prior arrangement) up to 3 times per season. However today, I’d invited Tim to come and…

September 14, 2019

As summer usually means hot, sunny days and low, clear rivers, it doesn’t always mean great fishing. However, all that changes as we ease into Autumn. Conditions during the day become more temperate and some of the larger insects start to make an appearance, triggering the fish to start feeding hard in preparation for the…

August 30, 2019

I’m conscious that my readers (both of them) will only tolerate so much drivel. For that reason I try to only post the aspects of my fishing related exploits that might be of interest so sometimes there’s a lot to post and other times, nothing. I’ve delivered a lot of casting lessons recently and whilst…

August 29, 2019

Family friend Stewart was instrumental in igniting the flyfishing flame when he graciously took Chiara and myself to Marton Heath Trout Pools over a decade ago. We had a fantastic evening catching Rainbow Trout on Daddy Long legs. Along with fishing buddies Paul and Charles, Stewart came in search of a few of the Dee’s…