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Wild Means Wild

Stocking to increase catches, pruning to allow easier casting conditions, removal of trees and the laying of paths to allow easier access; when is it going to end? When did fishing turn into such an ‘easy’ affair? In this day and age, when nearly everything is instantly accessible via the good ol’ internet, it seems […]

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Busy Days & Busy Nights – A Weekly Round-Up

It’s been a good two weeks; busy but good. The acquisition of additional committee responsibilities, fly tying demonstrations, viewing a new venue suitable for my clients’ fly casting instruction, my own casting practice, and I even managed to fit in a little fishing. Busy? Me? Not much! MTAA Annual Presentation Night Last Wednesday evening saw […]

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North Country Spiders – Part 1: Patterns

Taking a break this evening from all instructional/committee duties, I took a time-out to tie a few spider patterns made ever so popular thanks to Thomas e. Pritt’s ‘North Country Flies’, and which I really enjoy fishing early in the season and tying in general. These delicate patterns are a joy to just look at. […]

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A Day Of Ice And Elusive Grayling

A visit to the River Severn yesterday with the Rev. Honourable Sir Meadows, and a day which saw temperatures struggle to rise above -2°C. The other thing that struggled was our ability to catch fish. Using a multitude of techniques throughout the day, all I was able to connect with was a fish of no […]

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The First Fish Of 2011…No Wait…Scratch That…

A great day out today, if not a little chilly, filled with more snow (seemingly content to plague South Wales for the past month) and totally devoid of fish. Still, a day out we had and a nice day out it was (with Mostyn, Terry, Dan and Toby in tow), and at least we got […]

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Hello 2011!!! (or, “Jeez! 2010 Was One Hell Of A Busy Year!”)

Before I begin my re-cap of 2010, I’d just like to wish you guys, the readers of FFISW.com, a wonderful and happy New Year! May all your lines be tight in 2011! What a year here at Fly Fishing in South Wales, and it’s simply flown by! I’ve also, somehow, managed to neglect my fishing […]

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Thymallus Thymallus Revisited

Saturday 27th November 2010 and, for the past week, I had experienced the feelings and emotions that go hand in hand with the first fishing trip ventured after a prolonged absence; more specifically, an absence of nearly two months. My previous visit to the lower river in the search for grayling seems far too long […]

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A Perfect End To A Rather Short Trout Season

Spotted, white-tipped perfection from the ‘Home Stream’ (Click to enlarge). Morning. 7am. Dressed for another day at the office at the beginning of October…the end of the Trout Season. Fishing gear meticulously placed into car for post-work fishing trip…work gear hastily thrown into passenger seat. Day progresses painfully slow. Still tired from late night fly […]

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First of the Grayling

My first proper grayling of the season…it’s on!!! It’s Saturday, 7am, and this previous week seems to have somehow blurred into one…long…continuous…day. A good week, you must understand, but one filled with nerves, a lack of sleep, as well as sore hands and a fried brain due to too much casting practice and study. Last […]

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Last Days of Trout, Casting Practice & Fly Line Reviews

The evening’s view, beats practicing in a field! Only one more day until our beloved trout season ends and our small, wild stream trout are free from angling pressure until March 2011. March 2011…five long months away. God, evening typing it is depressing. Still, with the end of the season insight and with the first […]

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