Tal-y-Llyn Lake, Wales Sept 2011

I was lucky enough to squeeze in a half day of fly fishing on Tal-y-Llyn Lake in Wales recently. My Ghillie for the day was Emyr Lewis, a very knowledgeable guide, just shy of the big 70. Our meeting the day earlier was one of those pure chance incidents, like it was meant to happen.

The fishing was ridiculous as we had to contend with 40+mph winds. We were the only boat out on the lake, I guess you could say we aren’t that bright. We persevered with a traditional 3 fly loch style rig, yours truly got into some unrecoverable tangles. Fishing some of Emyr’s own ties, very sparse and considered renditions of flies like the Harry Tom, Haul a Gwynt, Green Peter and various hoppers and daddy long legs.

I managed to convince Emyr to fish and we hooked and landed 3 small wild browns each, the biggest going to Emyr at about 10 inches. I think we were lucky to catch anything at all, a real credit to his knowledge and skill on the water.

I’m glad that I got to meet Emyr and that we braved the weather together. I will cherish our day spent on Tal-y-Llyn Lake together for a long time to come.

Emyr Lewis

Emyr Lewis on Tal-y-Llyn Lake

Emyr opposite the hotel at Tal-y-Llyn Lake

Emyr opposite the hotel at Tal-y-Llyn Lake

Drifting Tal-y-Llyn Lake

Drifting Tal-y-Llyn Lake

Drifting Tal-y-Llyn Lake

Drifting Tal-y-Llyn Lake

Snowdonia National Park, Sept 2011

Alex and I got away to Wales for a much needed long weekend 9-12th Sept.

The weather was pretty dismal with gale force winds and lots of rain, your average Welsh summer day ;)

We stayed at a gorgeous B&B called Dolffanog Fach http://www.welshretreat.co.uk and were spoilt by our hosts Alistair and Edel. Here are some photo’s of our time in beautiful Wales, we had a blast.

Cadir Idris carpark

On our way to Cader Idris start point

Cadir Idris starting point

Cader Idris starting point...

Alex having a breather...

Alex having a breather...

The hard part is to come...

The hard part is to come...

Alex and Karstie

Alex and Karstie

Pretty misereable at the top

Pretty misereable at the top

Stunning view, pretty average weather...

Stunning view, pretty average weather...

Small break in the weather shows the valley below

Small break in the weather shows the valley below

Karsty climbs 2000+ft mountain in Wales

Karstie climbs 2000+ft mountain in Wales

Sheep 1

Sheep are found in ridiculous places, look closely at the top peak!

More welsh sheep acting silly..

More welsh sheep acting silly...

Cadir Idris on the way down

Cader Idris track on the way down

More views on the way down...

More views on the way down...

Stone Walls

Stone Walls

Creek in the valley

Creek in the valley

A break in the clouds reveals this stunning vista!

A break in the clouds reveals this stunning vista!Lower forest part of Cader Idris walk

Finally a bit of sunshine...

Finally a bit of sunshine...

Interesting tree

Interesting tree

Entree

Entree at Dolffanog Fach

Welsh lamb and red wine, mmmmm

Welsh lamb and red wine, mmmmm

My visions going blury...

My vision's going blury...

Oops, my vision's blury and now I can't understand what she's saying...

Hmm, blury vision, unable to understand what she's saying, time to stop drinking...

OK, 2000+ft up, so I had a patch of turf 5mtrs below. It still counts...

OK, 2000+ft up, so I had a patch of turf 5mtrs below. It still counts...

Lower Itchen 25 August, Beat No. 5 The Bends

My first fishing trip in London was to the Lower Itchen on beat 5 called ‘The Bends’.

We’re talking the Itchen here where upstream dry fly would be the appropriate¬†etiquette.
I tried the prescribed Halfordian method without so much as a look from the fish, they were holding deep feeding on nymhs. I’m only human so must fess up that I resorted to catching my first Itchen/UK trout on bead head nymphs, cringe…

I caught four grayling,  four brown trout and probably missed as many due to early and late strikes.

Beat-5-The-Bends

Beat-5-The-Bends

Swan

Swan

Swan Family

Swan Family

Trout numbre one

Trout numbre one

Where I caught the next Trout

Where I caught the next Trout

Trout number two

Trout number two

Yours truly, self portrait...

Yours truly, self portrait...

Fish number four

Fish number four

Rena River, Norway 2011

This July I got to fulfill two longterm dreams of mine. One was to get to meet my good friend Terje for the first time, the other was to fish his favourite river with him in Norway, the Rena.

Norway is stunning, coming to this beautiful sparsely populated country was a stark contrast to the London I left behind. The Rena is a big river by my usual standards, about 100mtrs wide on average with forestation down to the rivers edge.

Unfortunately the fishing was even tougher than usual. The river was high, rising up to 90cm, this made wading nearly impossible and fishing from the densely vegetated bank even harder. The rising and falling river meant that the usual prolific hatches didn’t occur. In 10 days of solid fishing I managed 2 trout, one of 1.1kg the other 700gms. Every fish was hard one and some days we didn’t get to cast at a single fish.

The highlight was a gorgeous 2.1kg brown caught by Terje, the master of the Rena.

I got to see a beautiful part of the world, to hang out with some cool people and learnt lots of new techniques from some of the best fly fishermen and tiers I’ve ever met.

I hope to someday return to the lovely Rena under more favourable conditions.

 

A day on the Itchen at Abbots Worthy August 2011

I had the opportunity to fish the famous Itchen at Abbots Worthy on the 28th August.
It’s a beautiful beat owned by Orvis. There were three of us in total and the fishing was tough, something I had been forewarned about.

We fishing nymphs for most of the day as the fish weren’t looking to the surface.
I managed to catch 3 Grayling and 7 browns, one of my friends caught 1 Grayling the other 3 Grayling and 4 Browns.

It was a fantastic sunny day, filled with great company, good food and wine, with some memorable fishing on a gorgeous stretch of the Itchen.

One of the local residents

Itchen Abbots Worthy 2011

Upstream of our cabin, on the Orvis beat on the Itchen.

Brown no. 5

Brown no. 5

Brown no. 7 (fish of the day)

Brown no. 7 (fish of the day)

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