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The Gently Chattering Sounds of a Small Wild Stream in Summer

Finishing work early yesterday meant I was kneeling, sitting on the backs of my wading boots and gently casting a fly to a rising fish at 17:15. The air was warm, the skies blue and the huge swirling clouds of chironomids and great hatches of blue winged olives resulted in the tell tale sounds of […]

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Last of the Mayfly (Photo Heavy)

The rock star younger brother of yours truly had returned from an extensive amount of time touring, photo-shooting and whatever else a professional musician does whilst away on tour and so, to take advantage of this rare sight and opportunity, plans were made for a relaxing evening meal with the two brothers’ and their respective […]

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Small Streams And The Beginnings Of Summer

It was hot (the ‘hottest day of the year’ hot). It was sunny. There were zero clouds in the silky blue sky. The air was dry but we were glad for the gentle breeze. We searched for shaded riffles and pockets. We deceived fish with artificial flies. They were somewhat angry at being tricked. They […]

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Sensory Overloads (A Picture Diary)

Saturday: New Streams It was off to one of the Wye & Usk Foundation’s new tributaries on Saturday with the mighty Grizzle. Conditions were a little tough, as we’ve not had any rain for the past month, so water levels were low, the sun was high, and it was a case of picking the shadier […]

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Next Weekend…

‘Next Weekend’, I’ve been saying that for the last few weekends. The winter that has only recently left us has proudly and unashamedly left its mark on our local trout streams, so much so that my ‘home stream’ seems to be almost devoid of brown trout. Over the past weekend, and after fishing mile after […]

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Teetering On The Edge Of Madness

I’d planned to leave the office a couple of hours early in order to enjoy an afternoon and evening on the ‘away stream’, but the day leading up to 3pm was made all the more torturous by a) it being the first truly warm day of the year, and b) by the fact that Mike […]

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Bring The Noise!

Last Sunday saw me back up on the headwaters for yet another ass kicking. After preparing my gear the night before everything looked set for a fantastic day out, then Mother Nature went and dumped a deluge of water onto the Brecon Beacons (like the sneaky bitch playful scamp she is) while I was sleeping. […]

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Ass Whooping #2

Saturday saw another day up on the headwaters and in search of my first wild brown trout of the season. Temperatures were mild, conditions were spot on, but the water temps were still a little cold. After working and fishing our way over three miles of rugged mountain stream, the results are as follows: Gareth […]

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New Trout Season to Center Stage Please

It’s finally here. The long winter of forced abstinence has lifted and we’re once allowed back onto the small streams which we love so much. The excitement, in all honesty, had been building since the previous October, but the final week had been an almost torturous affair, with time grinding to a halt seeming to […]

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New Streams

Joining a new club. The excitement is high, the anxiousness to just get on the river as soon as possible is almost over powering. As anglers we sometimes like to keep a stream/river/beat secret, after all, we worked damned hard to find them, and so I don’t like giving away all my favourite spots. In […]

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