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Brown Trout, Schliske Bamboo, Punk Rock, and Beer. Sweet!

The above title = ‘Nuff said. Check out the reel-scream at 01:48! Go see Matt’s amazing rod builds at www.bamboo-fisher.com. Like I said, sweet!

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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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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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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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Annual Leave…A Visual Diary

With the end of the trout season fast approaching we anglers rush to the rivers, streams and lakes like crack-addicts rushing shuffling to the nearest drug-rehabilitation clinic for their weekly allowance of Methadone. As it was also the Boss’ birthday a week of annual leave was booked and the relaxation/party begun…with a few fishing trips […]

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The Exploration of Stream: B (Part 2)

Approximately 100′ above a small free-stoner Fly fishing isn’t a hobby and it definitely isn’t a sport. Fly fishing is a lifestyle, a way of thinking and, as such, it can take us to the most jaw-dropping and inspiring of environments. The mind of a small-stream fly fisherman is a strange thing; content with the […]

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The Exploration of Stream: B – Part 1 (Small Stream Reconnaissance)

During the last 1008 hours (that’s exactly 6 weeks to you and I) I’ve spent approximately four of them fishing…that equates to a 0.396% fishing:life ratio. Whichever way you look at it, and as a trout fisherman, that ain’t good my son. My extra-curricular life of late is either spent attending casting workshops/clinics, GAIA mentoring […]

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MFA River Work

Friday saw thirty individuals gather for a little evasive fauna removal work on a tributary of the River Monnow; attendees to the day were a mix of Monnow Fisheries Association, Keep Wales Tidy, Brecon Beacons National Park, Environment Agency and, of course, us anglers. The focal point of the day was to pull as much […]

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The Angler’s Secret

It’s a trifle cliché to label a trout stream or your beloved water as ‘a piece of heaven’, though I can understand why such a declaration is happily branded across nearly all of the UK’s inland waters by someone or other. These special places might be considered as such thanks to either their beautiful surroundings, […]

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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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