Settled weather had me out on the Upper Dee at Llandderfel near Bala.
Quite a warm day for January, 8 Deg and I spotted a couple of March Browns hatching first thing and I caught my 1st Grayling on the Dry fly, It was not to last and I was soon on a couple of beaded nymphs under a dry fly indicator New Zealand style.
5 more Grayling caught and 2 corkers amongst them. Could not find any shoaling fish again today they were all caught singularly in the usual hot spots.
I removed the Dry indicator and fished the nymphs free drifting and took a brown trout but not a pull from a Grayling.
An enjoyable day on the river but the fish were far from playing the game.
At long last the weather stayed dry for 3 consecutive days, time for the river to settle a little.
It was still a little high for my liking but it was sure good to get out for a walk and cast.
Nymphs were my choice to begin with and fishing them directly across and slightly up river brought results. 5 Grayling the best at 2 lbs the others 10 onz to the pound mark all on the same nymph. It does not have a name for it was just conjured up by myself whilst having a fiddle at the tying vice.
A few, well 3 actually, Iron Blue`s were spotted around dinner time and the weather being damp and dank led me to expect a little hatch any moment, but it did not materialise. My fishing companion fished the high stick method and netted 3, but I must admit I avoid this style if I can help it. (Just not me) But a very effective method in the right hands, no doubt.
Happy New Year to all my followers
Brian, Fish Snowdonia/Eryri
I`m wishing we could have some settled weather back, if just for a few days.
We have had 2 weeks now of heavy rain, the river is constantly high and I am pulling my hair out to get out fishing the Dee. The photo above just shows what it was like just a few weeks ago.
May I wish all my clients and Blog followers a Merry Xmas and a Happy and Prosperous 2019. Just a reminder that I am still guiding days out for Grayling fishing and Casting instruction throughout the Winter months.
So if you would like to smooth out casting hitches ready for the new season or a guided day on the marvellous Welsh Dee please do contact me.
Also for those who are searching for that Xmas gift that's just a bit special, treat that special person to a day`s guided fishing in the Snowdonia lakes amongst some stunning scenery that He/She will remember for life.
All the very best
Well what can one say about a season like that?? Threw every thing at us, Hot sunny weather, No Spring to talk about and the normal insect hatching periods all over the place. Challenging to say the least and a good few days of frustrating fishing over fantastic rises but unable to discover what was hatching. It all makes wild trout fishing so much fun.
I had a good few guests out over the season, some returning clients and some new faces I`m glad I was able to help them enjoy their day with me and that they all went away with fond memories and something to work on for their future fishing. Thank you one and all you were all good company and I look forward to seeing some or all of you again in 2019
Though the trout season is over, please remember that I am still guiding days out for Grayling on the river Dee at Bala and Corwen and day tickets are available to fish one of the best Grayling rivers in Europe. I have had a great start with Grayling nudging the
3 pound mark all on tiny dry flies. So book yourself in for a day to remember.
I have on my travels this year visited the Thurso river in Caithness for Atlantic Salmon,
the Kispiox Valley in BC for Steelhead and other rivers here in the UK.
Wishing all my guests and Web followers good health and a Merry Xmas and a big thank you for your company.
Brian, Fish Snowdonia/Eryri
It has been a while since I updated my blog page but this season has been a bit weird to say the least, What with the prolonged Winter and exceptional dry, hot summer that came so quickly as Spring as we know it did not exist, it was Winter, Summer bang and the insect life did not conform to their usual hatching dates and patterns. There was quite a bit of head scratching and mild frustration with fish rising freely (for a few hours may I add) and not being able to connect nor see what they were actually feeding on, they were that small, Micro midges.
But thankfully we had the most amazing Claret Dun (Cog) hatch that Iv`e seen in years, which saved many a day. They were not easy as they were so numerous and the fish very selective in those instances but a good Cog imitation managed to fool enough of them.
A few guided fishing days during June was interesting and very successful with Clients going away having had an enjoyable day`s fishing and admiring the wonderful scenery and wild life in spectacular weather.
The norm for our hill lakes is for day time fishing to tail off in July and the renowned Sedge, Dusk to Midnight fishing starts, and it did stop abruptly this year due to the hot May and June into July it is only now as I wright this blog that we are witnessing the first proper rainfall in about 13 weeks.
August should pick up now with some fine fishing with the Bongoch, (Heather Fly) and day time egg laying Sedges and Crane fly coming into play and if your really lucky there may be an Ant hatch which is just a fantastic experience, believe me. A good size 20 ginger or rusty brown colored dry fly a must.
Tight Lines to all who venture out into the hills and remember if you require guided assistance I`m always at the end of a phone call or e mail.
Brian, Fish Snowdonia
Wed 7th June 18
Another beutiful day took me to Gamallt, It was very warm first thing with blue sky's and light airs of wind, Almost immediately I saw fish rising and took it to be the Cog. How wrong I was, I covered fish after fish to no avail just a few nudges of my fly, so frustrating not being able to hook up just to spoon and find out what they were on, for whatever it was they were well into it. I still dont know but it was pretty small thats for sure.
The trout were somersaulting to get those insects that managed to hatch and leave the waters surface.
It was two and a half hours before I caught my 1st fish, not a big one about 10 onz, boy was I pleased. The Cog was truly out by this time and a fine hatch it was. That was not the end of the frustration for they were not easy to fool in these bright brassy conditions. I changed down from a size 16 to 18 Cog and fially got into some very nice trout indeed.
5 more in an hour and a half ranging from 1 1/4 pounds to the best at 2 pounds. Another great day at the office.
I am guiding on Friday so will update on that outing at the weekend .
Wed 30th May 2018
A gorgeous day took me up to Gamallt, Light airs wind wise with the occasional gust which worked a treat just to blow the Cog`s onto the water.
I started in the small lake still not convinced the big lake had come to life yet.
I had one trout on the Dry Cog even though they weren`t out that early.
But following that I had the most frustrating hour and a half in a long time. The trout were feeding frantically on some minute midge and they were taking it as it emerged, I changed down to size 24s but they were not having any of it, could not catch one to spoon it and hatch finished at 11.00 am.
I took myself over to the big lake only to find one of the best hatches of Cog that I have seen in years, thousands of them.
3rd cast to a riser and I was into a lovely pounder that tore line off my reel, I thought this is easy compared to what I had just left.
It was short lived, for their was so many Cog floating out like sailing ships the fish new exactly what they wanted. I managed 6 of which 3 were over a pound but it was not easy, a good sound dry pattern fished with confidence and choosing the right fish to present it too was the key, probably a ration of 30 casts to one taker.
The rise fizzled out at 2.30 pm and you would swear there wasn`t a fish in the lake. I just love days like this when you have to work for your fish.
Mon 21st May.
Arrived at lake, light airs of wind coming and going and blowing Cog onto water, fish responding well, any that landed on the water didn't get very far.
They were tough to coax early on and made hard work of it, had to cover a good few risers before one took. Between 10.30 am and 1.25 pm with a stop for lunch at midday I had 10 trout, 4 of which were over a pound, all on the dry Cog. I have filmed my last 6 outings on my GoPro video camera and once I have found out how to compress the files so as to download them I will post them on this blog or my archive page.
So look out for them.
Another cracking day at the office.
Mon 14th May
A gorgeous day saw me visit Gamallt, There were tiny midge hatching and the trout were rising to them until 10.00 am.
My 1st Cog (Claret Dun) of the year came sailing past me like a little Yaught only to be gobbled up some 10 feet from me.
Quick change of fly to the IBD and away we go for hopefully the next 3 weeks.
It took the fish some time to get really into them, as if they were not tuned in as yet, I`m convinced that this was the Cog`s 1st day of hatching for they were not out on Friday.
Anyhow by 1.00 pm any that landed on the water did not get very far.
The hatch ended quite abruptly at 2.00 pm and I had caught 7 nice trout. A very nice day indeed.
Wed 16th May.
I was up early to the lake with a friend, the tiny midge was still hatching and I managed 1 trout on a size 20 midge imitation of my own, I was pretty pleased.
It was a totaly different day, overcast, windy and pretty cold for a May day. The mist came down and we couldn`t see across the lake.
The Cog was none existent until a crack appeared and the sun just broke through the mist for an hour. The Cog responded and gave us an hour of sport with 2 fish each. It was very hard to tempt them off the real thing today. The migre hatch dwindled to a stop by 1.30 pm.
Fri 18th May.
An early start for our visit to the 9 mile lake and a rise to 2000 ft.
It was a lovely sunny day and warm but there was that chill still on the wind. Not a lot of movement fish wise but there were the odd cracker smuting at that tiny black midge. I checked under a few stones and the Cog Nymph was very active indeed, so even though they were not out today its only a matter of days now. We both had half offers but blanked for the day. But what a place to blank, beautiful.
Sat 19th May.
Back to Gamallt and as previous days the midge was moving fish, caught 1 on my size 20 imitation, which was very pleasing indeed.
Sure enough as the morning moved on the sailing ships started passing us and the fish to full advantage. I managed 6 for the day and my guest took 3. Another great day in heaven on earth.