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Grayling fishing

Well the trout season has passed and the Grayling are on the menu for me now and the cold weather will be setting in before we know it. Better put the summer gear away ladies and gents and dig the thermals out!

It’s not everyone’s cup of tea standing in freezing waters but i love it and look forward to every trip.

I’ve had a few trips out checking my Local water of the Taff to see if the Grayling are showing sights of shoaling up and checking the spots that have fished well for me every winter… Its been a little hit and miss to be honest and ive had the odd good day finding the odd group of grayling in the 1lb bracket but not really found the bigger fish, but im sure they will make a show soon! I had a hour yesterday just before dark and managed a couple of fine grayling in really good condition.. The method i was using was the braided leader with a pink dog on the dropper and a large peeping caddis on the point.. I was fishing hard on the bottom and as slow as i could, i did lose a few bugs but well worth it catching these below.

The Pink Dog

The Pink Dog

If you would like 2 see the flies ive been catching on check out the links below, it also tells you how i fish these patterns and what materials are used to tie them, hope you like guys!

I’ll be posting new patterns every week so please subscribe to the email,, The peeping caddis will be next!

http://www.cliff-harvey-angling.co.uk/article/Winter-Pink-Czeck-Nymph-Bromwells-Bug/25

http://www.cliff-harvey-angling.co.uk/article/Winter-Bugs-Hot-Spot-Hares-Ear/27

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Dry flies to Match the Hatch!

At the moment the Blue wing olive’s are still hatching and the August duns are putting in a show so here are the Three flies that i’ve been using mostly to cover the hatch!

Nothing special but they work!

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Fishing Photos.

Sorry about the lack of posts all but ill be getting on top of it soon so keep checking in now and again and see whats new!

I’ve had a few trips out on my own over the last few weeks and also a few trips out with my mate Sion Lewis, AKA Lewy :) but due 2 family commitments i really haven’t had the time to sit down and write about the trips so i’ve put a load of photos together of the days out so hope you like!

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River Taff in flood and about time to!

Well this rain was well overdue and was much needed to clear the river bed of all that brown crap!

Fishing should be back on track in a few days all  :)

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Airflo Thermolite Fishing Clothing Review

Well this Winter has been nothing but Baltic! Working outdoors as well as fishing most weekends the freezing weather can really take it’s toll.

When I heard that Fishtec were bringing out a new thermal jacket (back last year), I spoke very nicely to Kieron at Fishtec and managed to get hold of one. A large Airflo Thermolite Jacket. I’ve always been one for wearing my fishing clothing, not literally my waders but raincoats and fleeces down the shops or when I go out for a stroll. As you can imagine I often get some weird looks whilst wearing a moss green jacket. This Thermolite jacket looked to be a great garment for socializing as well as fishing.

What Fishtec Say:

New for 2012, this ultra lightweight filled jacket is set to become a firm favourite. A great cut combined with modern materials make it a superb alternative to a fleece and will keep you warm even in the coldest of conditions. Use as an outer layer on mild days or as a mid layer under your shell in extreme conditions.

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First of all I was blown away by just how light this jacket is, to pick up a jacket and instantly think you haven’t got anything in your hands is mind blowing. The nylon shell is filled with warm, thermocline material, I think it’s a duck down substitute. The nylon shell provides a splash proof cover which not only keeps you relatively dry in a downpour but if you do get soaked through the jacket still stays warm until you can get changed into dry clothing. I found this out when I went head over heals into the Taff!

After putting the jacket on the warmth it generates is instant, creating a warm and toasty pocket of air around your body. The lightweight design means it can be stored away in a backpack or back pocket of a fishing jacket and used when needed. I particularly like this feature because I walk many miles in a day to get where I want, sometimes the layers need to come off! I’ve also used this jacket for work under my high-vis kit.

This lightweight piece of fishing clothing fits extremely well, its cut has been designed for movement which means casting with or without layers is easy and makes your day on the water more comfortable.

Airflo Thermolite Jacket

Great as an under layer when it’s really cold!

 

The Airflo Story

I’ve always been interested in how fly lines are made, I think it’s something all fly fishermen want to know about as the fly line is one of the most important pieces of your fishing tackle. I stumbled across ‘The Airflo Story’ on YouTube a couple of weeks back so thought I’d share it with you. Hopefully you’ll enjoy it as much as me!

On the trout’s menu right now!

Well  at the moment the large dark olives are on the trout menu because that’s all that’s bloody hatching at the moment with these wild winds and mad cold weather that has stuck with us. Please give us a break and move on winter weather, its spring for god sake!

The hatches have been starting around half 12 and going on for an hour to an hour and half at most, so be ready because it’s over before you now it!

These are  patterns that ive been using for the last few weeks on the river and they have been very successful.

Olive Emerger.

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Olive dun below.

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Check out a few trout that  have been enticed by these patterns in the last few weeks.

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What a day at Draycote Water

I’ve never really been one for lake fishing, but I’ve been giving it a go lately… As you all know I’m more of a rivers man than anything but Kieron Jenkins a good mate of mine said we would have a day out on the boat for a change. I’ve always fished the banks for trout and never the boat so it was something new to me and I was quite excited to give it a bash to tell the truth…

We arrived in Coventry, just a few miles outside of Draycote, we made our way into Dunchurch to the GreenMan pub for breaky. Just after 9am we arrived at the water and made our way from the tackle shop to the water where we were making our first drift of the day. Kieron gave me an Airflo Di 3 sweep with 2 blobs on a cast around 16 ft. The point fly was a black and green blob and the top dropper was something a little more colourful. It did however take a little time to get used to the long leader with two fluffy birds on the cast :) As we set the drogue, Kie explained that I had to find the depth that which the fish were feeding or settled at by counting the fly line down, 5, 10, 15 seconds and so on. The retrieve was a mixture of figure of eights to fish the flies slow or faster, pulling if they are aggressive.  As the first drift was under way my first cast I counted down 10 seconds and started to pull quickly in short bursts. Seconds later the line locked up and and I struck into the first fish of the day, a lovely overwintered rainbow and god they can fight! Much stronger than anything in the river for it’s size, I loved ever seconds of it…

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For the rest of the drift there were fish coming out everywhere, kie just went to town on me taking 8 fish to my lonely 2… all within 10 minutes! It was great to watch, you see nothing like that on a river. We went back through the same drift taking a few more and then decided to go look somewhere else, boats seemed to just ‘appear’ after we netted a few fish and were drifting pretty close behind us.

Kieron decided to go right up the top end of the lake to the shallow waters to give the buzzers a blast. It wasnt long and he was working his magic by taking a load on the brightest buzzer ive ever seen :O I wasnt doing too bad with a few good size trout to the boat, all be them stockies but what else do you expect this time of year? By this time i started to get the hang of it. I watched Kie cast hell of a long line across to a huge bush over hanging the waters edge, as he pulled the slack line to tightern up, there was a massive bow wave behind his fly… The fished must have come around 15 yards then bang, fish on! I actually said it was a whale as is breached the surface! !hat a fight and what a lump of a rainbow… It must have went over 7lb.

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As the day went on we were nailing fish everywhere and it was just cracking sport, we must have had over 25+ fish each to the boat. I know it’s not always like this but what a day and what a great trip out on a boat with a good friend, I think I can see myself doing a little more of this in the future :)…. We’ve just booked a boat for opening day on Blagdon… Look out Saturday!

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Fishing Inspiration…

“The only way to become a better angler is to be versatile and continue to try to learn new methods and to develop new skills. Fly fishing is a never ending learning game. Any type of fishing is a never ending learning game. Don’t ever forget that.”– James Marsh

Something I’ve taken on board over the last couple of months… I love learning new methods and when you think you’ve cracked it… You haven’t.

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River Taff in Flood yet again!

What the hell is going on with this weather we are having at the moment, sick to death of it!

The river Taff  is in flood yet again and has been for some time with this unbelivable weather we are having.  The river has been pushing for sometime but its not all bad. The salmon and sewin have had the water to move into their spawning spots without any problems of the poaching metal heads getting anywhere near them.

Check out the chart below for Pontypridd area.

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