Thursday, 29 December 2011

Making The Best Of It

OK...I know at we are expected to spend a little extra time with our families at Christmas but it’s hard to stop looking at those online gauges to check the river levels or in my case walk the dog along the river watching for any signs that herald even the slightest possibility that casting a line is worthwhile.

Rain has made up the bulk of the weather over the festive period and has left the rivers and streams in the upper Wye system severely full, but a day or two without rain should bring them back down very quickly, such is the nature of these spate rivers.

On Wednesday I seized my opportunity and sank my waders into the still high and partially coloured river Irfon, the wind was blowing hard and the current was pushing hard against my waders but it was good to be casting a line again.

I had set up a three fly combination which consisted of a very heavy tungsten nymph on the middle dropper with two lighter nymphs either side, these were fished on a short line using my 10’ 4wt Streamflex with a short lob to get them out in the flow.

Heavily weighted dual tungsten 'sacrificial' nymph

The method worked well under the conditions and I caught 12 grayling in just a few hours with some nice fish amongst them. The fish took all three flies but the pink point fly was possibly favourite.

I also snatched a couple of hours today (Thursday) where the Irfon had dropped a couple more inches and was a lovely colour, the wind was blowing even harder but similar tactics proved good again and I was rewarded with some more nice grayling including one which I would consider to be one of my best from this river, a stunning 18” fish which was full bodied and in perfect condition.

Very deep 18" Grayling
As I write this the rain is lashing against the window (as it has done most of the afternoon) and the planned day out tomorrow fishing with a friend looks certain to be put on hold until the New Year.


  1. And here in Sweden it's freezing cold. We don't have so much snow yet but the fly fishing season is over. I wish I could fish all year round. I'm not envying you at all:-(

    Have fun,

  2. Hi M.O it's un-seasonably warm here at the moment, unfortunately that normally means lots of rain! This time last year we had a prolonged spell of sub-zero temperatures with frozen rivers and snow so I'm not complaining too much!

  3. Nice to see you getting out and catching some grayling Mick! Had a few days on the Taff, its been high and fishing's hard but had a few stragglers in the edges. Just sorting my fly boxes out and re-filling!

    Hopefully be out on the Wye and Irfon within the next few weeks before the trout start back, Ill give you a call!