Catchups, Wild Streams, and Photo Marathons

Wow, I can only say wow! 2012 started busy, and it just jeeps getting busier and better!

The busy-ness, of course, is the reason for my lack of real posts lately, and my apologies for not updating the blog as often as I’d like. With some fantastic guided trips out this year (and plenty more booked in), the casting lessons have been very popular also thanks to a fantastic bunch of guys eager to improve and develop their casting skills. The fly tying? Well, as one of my clients put it, “you’re vice must be running red hot at the moment”, and he’d be spot on! I’m overjoyed to have dispatched a number of international fly orders this year, a couple of which include Portugal and Norway. A great feeling knowing your flies are not only hitting the four corners of the UK, but are also being fished on other continents too!

With BFFI 2012 fast approaching next week, I’m busying myself finalising orders and, of course, tying up a selection of flies for my stand at BFFI’s International Fly Tyers Row. The excitement (and a few nerves) are building for BFFI, and what a show to be asked to tie at – this year will be BFFI’s 10th anniversary of what is the fly tying highlight of the year. To say I’m excited is a huge understatement! If you’re planning on attending either day of the weekend-long show, pop by and say hello, it’d be great to catch up and put a name to the face! I’ll be tying a selection of patterns suitable for river trout and grayling and, of course, a majority of my tying time over the weekend will be spent tying dries and emergers in the sub-size #20 range. Interested in tying down to size #32? grab a cuppa/pint and pop by!

For now, I’ll leave you with a quick snapshot of what exactly I’ve been up to since March, and my apologies again for not being able to post as much I’d like. I’ll be posting a taster selection of flies which you can see me tying at BFFI next weekend soon, so stay tuned!

Welsh Fly Fair 2012…and a very tired Gareth after a long day at the vice…
Welsh Fly Fair 2012...and a very tired Gareth after a long day at the vice...

Welsh Fly Fair 2012…My table partner, the mighty Dai Jones…
Welsh Fly Fair 2012...My table partner, the mighty Dai Jones..

Spring begins…
Spring begins...

The Primrose (Primula Vulgata)
The Primrose (Primula Vulgata)

Small Stream ‘X’ – The Season Begins…
Small Stream 'X' - The Season Begins...

…and the fish oblige…
...and the fish oblige...

…she roars…
...she roars...

…the yellow mottled sedge and the Danielsson Nymph…
...the yellow mottled sedge and the Danielsson Nymph...

Pockets, pockets, everywhere…
Pockets, pockets, everywhere...

GRHE Variant (Size #16)
GRHE Variant (Size #16)

47 fish fell to the same Klinkhamer that day…robust tying if I do say so myself…
47 fish fell to the same Klinkhamer that day...robust tying if I do say so myself... 

…the proof’s in the pudding…and the pudding’s good!
...one of the Klihkhamer lovers...

Where the wild things are…
Where the wild things are...

Spotted wilderness…
Spotted wilderness...

After the rains came, but boy did the trout take advantage of that extra water!
After the rains came, but boy did the trout take advantage of that extra water!

Large Dark Olive (Baetis rhodani)
Large Dark Olive (Baetis rhodani)

The bar of gold, a fish to remember from a small stream…
The bar of gold, a fish to remember from a small stream...

Stream ‘X’, it was good to be back after the winter!
Stream 'X', it was good to be back after the winter!

One of the many guided trips on the River Usk – David Bolton and a lovely Usk brown trout…
One of the many guided trips on the River Usk - David Bolton and a lovely Usk brown trout...

…well done David!
...well done David!

The fly tying continues…
The fly tying continues...

…more trout and grayling selection orders out of the door…
...more orders out of the door...

Many orders mean lots of stock-taking…Partridge and Varivas hooks…
Stock-taking...Partridge and Varivas...

Casting practice for the Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructor award continues…bring on October!
Casting practice for the Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructor award continues...bring on October!

…and a colourful roll & spey practice sessions…
Roll & Spey casting sessions...

Stream ‘Z’ – More secrets waters, stuffed with trout…
Stream 'Z' - More secrets waters, stuffed with trout...

…a watery wilderness…
...a watery wilderness...

…and the golden inhabitants…
...and the golden inhabitants...

The only companion on the majority of my recent ‘ad-hoc’ trips…
The only companion on the majority of my recent 'ad-hoc' trips...

Wild places that see a handful of anglers a year…
Wild places that see a handful of anglers a year...

Small and delicate…
Small and delicate...

A wonderfully colourful River Usk beckons…
A wonderfully colourful River Usk beckons...

…and the trout come and say hello…
...and the trout come and say hello...

Usk Paths…
Usk Paths...

Fresh, river-side coffee. Beats a flash any day!
Fresh, river-side coffee. Beats a flash any day!

A hazy end to a beautiful fishing trip…
A hazy end to a beautiful fishing trip...