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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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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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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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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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Fishing, Beer and the End of All Things Trout

Grizz fishes up into a narrow corridor on a tributary of the River Monnow With the trout season here in Wales ending in just 15 days, over the past two weeks I’ve finally managed to successfully break my routine of casting practice and actually managed to spend a little time on the water; time, I […]

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Mail Server Issues, Size #24 Paraduns and Spooky Trout

I’d like, just for once, to have an easy Monday morning. After spending a fantastic weekend up in Bala, North Wales with GAIA (report and photos to follow) I wasn’t particularly in the mood to be greeted lovingly at 07:30 by almost 2,000 spam email notifications, blatantly pointing out that there was a mail server […]

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Magic With Early Morning Trout

04:10 – The magic begins… Plagued by hot weather and a lack of rain for nearly four months our rivers are low and sparklingly clear. The days have seen bright, cloudless skies easily putting down any self-respecting trout and any semblance of ‘action’ has been kept firmly confined to the hours just after sunrise and […]

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Five Days, Three Rivers and Lots of Casting Revision

The past five days began gently last Saturday morning with a nice relaxed visit to my local mountain stream. It was from this point, however, that I began noticing my levels of ‘busy’ increasing rapidly. Thankfully, Saturday was a relaxed affair full of trout, Ephemeroptera and wild upland freestone streams and with so much casting […]

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