Category: fly fishing

It’s been a while since we did any ‘proper’ fly fishing as we’ve either been away, sea fishing or either running or training for some sort of running related silliness so I was looking forward to a visit to our local fly fishery, Mere Beck. The lakes looked great and Gordon, the owner of the fishery had obviously been busy during the summer months with the lakes, streams, reed beds and trees all beautifully maintained. The weather was bright with not much wind, not exactly idea fly fishing conditions at…

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The weather continued to bake us during the day so our next sea fishing trip was an early evening at Cymyran to try and avoid a bit of the heat, lure fishing the ‘river’ between Holy Island and Anglesey proper. I was using my 8 weight fly rod armed with a ‘Clouser’ type fly that I’d caught on last year (in different colours) or small plastic ‘red gills’. Wendy was using ‘proper’ lures of either the hard plastic surface type or soft plastic ‘shad’ type on a Sakura Shinjin rod…

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Once more we ventured to Anglesey for 2 weeks of relaxing, seafishing and walking and although the weather wasn’t particularly kind to us we managed to catch a few fish. This holiday ended up with us catching a lot less fish but having a lot more fun doing it, let me explain… Our first sea fishing session saw us lure fishing in the Menai Straights, a technique that we’ve both just started and although we think we may have had a couple of ‘pulls’ nothing came of it except the…

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As the weather has been terrible we’ve not been out much recently but never mind – we’re off to Anglesey in a while. In the meantime, while the grim weather is still here, why not dream about that perfect fishing holiday… read on as Rionne Williams tells us about a few fishing lodges in the UK. If your holiday packing includes waterproofs, waders, rods and reels rather than sandals and lilos here are a couple of possible fishing lodges to retreat to on your upcoming fishing holiday. Lake Pochard Lodges…

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We’ve not been out sea fishing for a while as the weather hasn’t been too clever but we did manage to get out for a quick fly fishing session at our local fly fishery, Mere Beck. The weather was against us with bright sun, no cloud cover and almost no wind which meant mirror flat, calm conditions but I still persevered with trying to catch on a dry fly, off the surface. I had a couple of ‘nudges’ but nothing to get excited about. Wendy, after managing to catch a…

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Over the past ten weeks we’ve been learning to tie our own flies for fly fishing with Pat Stevens from FlyTek Fly Fishing. We’ve learnt a lot and although we are by no means experts at least we now know how to tie the majority of flies we use. As Pat is the manager at Foxhouses Lake Fishery the class were invited to join Bolton Fly Tying Club for one of their matches where we each had to choose 3 flies we had tied ourselves and only use those 3 for the…

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We’ve just spent the last week on Anglesey sea fishing and generally relaxing where, much to Wendy’s amusement, I was out-fished in both species and size. The week started well and after after chatting about possible locations for fly fishing and picking up bait from Menai Angling we spent the first day doing nothing. On the Sunday we made our way to a mark where Bass have been caught on lures and spend a couple of hours salt water fly fishing. After a while it became evident that we need…

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With the weather producing freezing rain and wind in truly biblical scales we haven’t done any sort of sea fishing or fly fishing these past few weeks and even venturing outside to do a little bit of gardening has had to timed between downpours so like any other angler what do I do when I can’t go fishing? Look up places I want to go fishing when the weather improves of course, and it was during such a search that I came across this short clip of a full length…

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This years target species for sea fishing is the Mullet, thin or thick lipped, we don’t care. We’ve tried and tried to get one of these and we’ve been so very close but this is the year , I can feel it. We’ve a fairly good ‘Mullety’ type river near us, the River Douglas which I’m convinced will produce Mullet as the tide floods into the small creeks but the water isn’t very clear so we’ll have to ‘cheat’ and use float fishing techniques. Our aim though, and it has…

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You’d think with the glorious weather we had last weekend that I’d have been fishing and you’d almost be right. Instead we went up to Gerrys of Morecambe to buy another Tubertini Boomerang and a couple of reels to match. More on this pairing another time. As that took longer than expected (tackle shops – they’re so hard to walk away from) there’s wasn’t much time for anything else on Saturday and Sunday, being another scorcher, was taken up doing the first garden tidy up of 2012. The previous weekend…

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