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Difficult Roads Often Lead to Beautiful Places

I once heard the phrase ‘difficult roads often lead to beautiful places’. Could be more right. I participated in a rare event called a ‘four day weekend’ last weekend and, in between a fantastic amount of fly orders, I managed to get out onto the water a couple of times. Spring is well and truly […]

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Snow, Icy Grayling & BFFI 2013

It’s been a busy ol’ weekend. As a number of you know, I’m resident of the lovely Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales – which sits snugly at the top of the South Wales valleys and at the base of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Okay, so our snow levels are nowhere near the levels seen on the […]

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Frozen Rod Rings & One Weighty Lady

Today was a tough one. With temperatures plummeting yesterday we knew the grayling may not have acclimatised just yet and, as such, today would be a little tricky. Add to that the fact that they’re still pretty shoaled up and, well…we were right. Shoals apart, and with temperatures failing to rise above 0°C all day, […]

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Winter Gold

Today was a strange one; it was the first day in weeks where temperatures had broken above freezing, even jumping as high as 8°C here in South Wales…tropical temps considering the last few weeks have been absolutely freezing! Still though, the morning saw minus temperatures again and, after yesterday’s ‘thawing’ and last night’s freezing, Liam […]

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Monnow Rivers Association Auction 2011 – Happy Bidding!!!

In conjunction with the Fly Fishing Forums, the fantastic Monnow Rivers Association are holding their annual Monnow Auction, which sees lots presented from a host of riparian owners, fly fishing guides, instructors, fly tiers, as well as a bounty of other piscatorial goodies, and I’m proud to be donating two (2) lots which may interest […]

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Autumnal Beauty On The River Irfon

It still has the same effect. Staring at the ceiling, wide awake at 02:30, excitement in full swing because of a fishing trip the next day. I feel 10 years old again, as the next day holds a fishing trip with Dad. A lack of sleep maybe, but at 06:30 I couldn’t have felt more […]

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The River Usk Before The Rains Came…

Saturday saw a great visit to the River Usk and, at times, you’d find yourself so immersed in casting to rising fish that you’d forget about the threatening approach of very dark rain clouds… A great few hours of fun, ended a little depressingly by a vanguard of howling winds before the eventual arrival of […]

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Bank Holiday Fishing & The Best Office In The World

It’s been a fantastic Easter/May Bank Holiday break, albeit, the majority of which I’ve spent ‘working’. My regular ‘office’ has happily been replaced by that of the banks of the rivers Usk and Taff with guided trips and casting lessons, and yet I still have a few more fantastic lessons booked before my return to […]

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New Beginnings, Secret Streams, And The First Brown Trout of 2011

The weekend started rather well, exactly the way it ended. A bacon sandwich and a good coffee to start any Saturday morning is a rather good Saturday morning indeed by my book. A short while later and I was shaking hands with my client for the next two hours who’d booked a casting lesson; happily […]

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Early Spring Beauty (or Damn, That Was A Big Fish!)

I fished today with Rob, who I’ve been meaning to fish with for a long time and, after a year or so of planning, we finally managed to get out for a little time on the water. The plan was to get out onto the lower reaches now that the trout season is in full […]

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