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Early Birthday Presents

Pre-birthday celebrations on Monday saw me standing in the slowly warming waters of the river Usk and on a truly glorious summers day and with the fantastic company of my dad and Mostyn. I’ve not fished the Usk in nearly a season and, after focusing predominantly on the smaller streams since the trout season began […]

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River Wye

Thanks to a mixture of rain and snow over the last month, and also my right foot deciding it was going to try and tear all of its ligaments last month, fishing has been a strange and distant memory. On every occasion since Christmas where I’ve felt a fishing trip may be possible, the heavens […]

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Autumn with Thymallus Thymallus

We’ll call it a sandwich of fishing glory. My ‘three weekend theory’ is like a sandwich. You see, if your layers of bread (first and third weekends) are as highly flavoured as your sandwich filling (second weekend), your glorious sandwich filling might not seem all that great. Instead, you might just lose yourself in a […]

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Sunday It Rained…

…and when the Lord got bored, he decided to let it rain some more. Unfortunately this photo does the day no justice…the rain is actually bouncing off the water’s surface. The EA had reported river levels of 0.73m (mean summer level being approximately 0.52m), so I should’ve known better and stayed in bed. Needless to […]

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A Welcome Start to the New Grayling Season

Saturday saw Mostyn, Edd, and I on the main stem on what was the first proper session of our grayling season. I had purposely arrived 7:00 to see the sun come up as, at this time of year, the sunrises can be pretty spectacular. Conditions were perfect, mist hung thickly over the water and above […]

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The River 'River'

Chalk streams; the very words conjure images of beauty. Bowling green-like mown riverbanks, reeds and grasses ever so gently leaning into the water, gently flowing Ranunculus, and a legion of invertebrates either climbing up onto the overhanging flora or breaking the waters surface and filling the air with their newly emerged adulthoods. Civility, manners, and […]

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The River Taff: A Dirty River?

I fished the headwaters again on Saturday, and it appears we have a few extra members to add to the family. The Mayfly (Ephemera Danica) Although a little late in the season to be seeing these gargantuan bugs, this is the second occasions where I have witnessed mayfly anywhere in the Taff catchment. As mayflies […]

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Rivers International Fly Fishing Championships

Friday 26th June saw the Rivers International Fly Fishing Championships take place on none-other than the fabulous river Taff, specifically, the Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association waters from Quakers Yard upstream to Abercanid. Competing teams from Wales, England, Ireland, Scotland all travelled to the hallowed waters which, as all regular readers of this blog will know, […]

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Last Minute Fishing

As I’m going to be out of the country for the next two weeks – the forced fishing-abstinence swiftly approaching like a ninja in the shadows preparing to make his killing blow – I thought I’d get out for a last session after work this evening. It turns out I don’t really need that much […]

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