Since I was knee high to a grasshopper I’ve been keen on water, being in it and catching the fish that live in there!!. It all started for me in the Shropshire hills with my uncle, catching gorgeous brown trout from the River Tanat, Morda Brook and the upper Severn. I’d spend hours watching them from a bridge, seeing them inspecting a fly as it passed their lie… a splashy rise, how they move back to their watery domain, it’s how I learnt my art.
As I progressed, I fished more tactically, more delicate and went further afield, enjoying little meandering streams such as Cynllaith, Carno or the Vyrnwy. Time off here in Battalion involved getting out in a boat on Lake Vyrnwy, or wading slowly upstream on the River Tanat or River Elan, fantastic times, and of course a learning curve on each visit.
Today I have become somewhat of an aficionado on small streams, where there is nothing more I enjoy than a slow mooch upstream on the River Lugg, Arrow, Edw or the upper Wye in search of beautiful wild brown trout. Lightening quick and feisty on a two weight six foot rod, catching them on an eighteen Parachute Adams is what its all about. Sometimes you’ll be surprised and have a real tussle on light tackle- it’s a total buzz!!!
I also love the mountain Llyns and it’s peace and solitude, wetting a line on gorgeous waters such as Llyn Bugeilyn, Gynon, Carw, Nant-y-Moch Reservoir or even that sea in the middle of Wales…The Great Claerwen Reservoir, which, during a Coch y Bonddu hatch can be awesome, and sport all day can be frantic, with bags of forty of fifty brownies possible…it’s the thrill of chasing Welsh gold in such beautiful places that draws you to these remote hallowed waters.
Being surrounded by such vast and varied water, it’s sometimes difficult to choose where to go. I’ll make an assessment for a particular day and obviously incorporate what you want as a client, after all it’s your day. I want it to be fun for you and of course hopefully get you into some pretty brown trout!!
Rest assured you’ll be covered by me, with all the relevant insurance, DBS checks and first aid cover. All you will need to bring is yourself, your fishing gear and plenty of enthusiasm.
So, that’s what I’m all about…exploring remote places in search of beautiful brownies…its the thrill of that take that drives me on!!
I just cant get enough of it, excited delirium every time I head out, long may it continue.
A little bit about the Wild Streams & Mountain Llyns…
Fortunately, I’m situated slap bang in the middle of some wild and wonderful fly fishing. The wild streams are exactly that! I’m a regular of the River Arrow, Lugg, Edw and Llynfi. All are interesting and hold gorgeous wild brownies. Most are easy wading once you’re in, but some require some work, such as the Clettwr, Cilieni, Dulas or the little Duhonw, where you’ll work up a sweat, but they are so worth the effort. As with the Llyns or one of the reservoirs, I’ll organise your ticket for the day.
The Welsh Llyns are another story. Some are full of character and hold feisty aggressive brownies! Nestled in rock and heather, others are wild, wind swept and in total solitude. A traditional team of wets will see you in good stead and a day out on Bugeilyn, Gynon, Egnant or one of my favourites, the great Claerwen Reservoir will always be an adventure for you to remember.