My year started off pretty well. An early season Nymphing session landed me a lovely wild OOS Brownie. A fish that actually won me Total FlyFisher’s fish of the month.
Similar to the Wye, the Irfon suffered heavily with the hot weather. As the river runs much shallower anyway, there were times you could almost step across it. The shallow warmer water however did see large Chub move in. I offered them the odd nymph but I think ledgering luncheon meat would have been more successful. The cold weather was again the best time to catch. Nymphs again the ordered of the season, with shrimp patterns landing me some bigger fish this winter.
|My biggest Grayling of the year - 2lb est|
Llyngwyn Lake (Rhayader and Elan Valley Angling Association)
Having took up a summer permit at Llyngwyn I fish there a lot. Hot weather pushed the fish down, and as the depths are up to 55ft, it was very difficult to catch on times. I did enjoy some excellent sessions, with the pick of the bunch being myself and Dan Graham landing 30+ fish between us in one of the most hectic afternoons of fishing I have had. I also managed a full house at the lake (Wild Brown, which was returned, Blue and Rainbow Trout).
I mainly caught on lures, Damsels, Montana’s and Cats Whiskers but on the last day on my permit I took a trip there and landed 7 fish, all on a Klinkhammer off the top including the biggest fish on the season for me a 4lb+ rainbow.
A couple of trips to the excellent Garnffrwd saw some really nice fish caught, made even better by visiting Christine’s Café for a warm and some food. But like everywhere else, the weather played a big part in the number fish being caught.
It was fishing a Garnffrwd where my mate Dan landed his PB Brown of 8lb. I helped him net it and it was a lump!
Chirk Trout Fishery
One of the most fun days I had fishing this year was a Chirk Fishery. Having never caught a Brook Trout before, I came from there having landing more than 20. The aggression these fish showed was incredible. Any lure that passed them by was attacked. Not massive fish but I was very tired by the time I got from there!
|One of my favourite pictures of the year - Red Kite in Flight|