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!
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.
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.
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!
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…
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.
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!
“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.
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.
After speaking to Kieron Jenkins in the week at Gareth Haveys fishing shop where Gareth was holding a ospreys night with a 10% off everything, we decided to go give somewhere a look on the weekend to see if we could nail a few grayling. That was if the rivers dropped off after the crazy weather we had on thursday and friday.
Kieron picked me up at 8am and then we went and picked up Sam Richards, a young youth angler. The taff was still pushing so we decided to go over and give the Rhymney a look. It’s great to have so many great rivers just a stone throw away from the house that hold grayling for the winter fishing. It was a quick stop to purchase our day tickets and off we set eagar to find a few graylng. After a short drive we got to where we wanted and before we knew it we were on the bank ready to step in. The river was running with a few inches over normal and a slight colour to it but was looking good. The method of the day was heavy nymphing keeping a short line and using heavy bugs to get them down hard on the deck.
Sam was the first to enter the river and was the first to hook into a grayling and shortly after a second came to the net, Sam had it spot on. Kieron moved on down river picking his way through the water not leaving anything unfished, so I moved on up river out the way and after a bit I manged a trout but nothing after that for some time. I moved on back down to find kie and sam, after a short walk I caught up with them and after that we all stuck together just working the likely looking spots for the grayling, Sam stepped in below us in a little deeper water and shortly after sam was into a fine grayling on the dropper fly. Sam stayed in this pool for some time then hitting into something totally different, me and kie could see this was a decent fish. Kie stepped in to give him a few pointers and to ready the net but it was a long way from being netted, the fish held deep and just made his way up river and then back down, then it showed itself in a blast of energy by jumping clear of the water around 3ft. It was a salmon estimated around 8/10lb easy. Sam done his best but it wasn’t to be, the fish took him down river and pulled the hook after around 5 minutes. Unlucky sam but what fun fair play.
Sam below well bent into the salmon
After that little fun we moved on and kie just done what he does best and started to pick off grayling in the good numbers and me,well i was a little slow this day and just couldnt conect with many fish. Its good to have a few bad days because it makes you more egar to get out and get it right! It wasnt long after and the tempture started to drop and the light was faiding so that was a q to make a move.. Not a bad days fishing and far from easy but we all fooled a few so happy days.
Ill leave you with all the photos taken on the day below
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