Heres a rouges gallery of clients who have come for casting instruction, guided days on the usk and at Glyncorrwg ponds.
Lots of learning took place for all concerned!
Yesterday I had one of the coolest days, guiding Jim who was over from Connecticut USA. Jim has fished and hunted all his life and had some great stories to tell. His big aim was to get a fish from Wales, as nobody else in his family had fished here before him. We took a day on www.glanuskestate.com hoping for an LDO or grannom hatch.
I strung up two rods, one double nymph rig and one dry fly as any hatch can start and finish before you know it. Fishing the lower beat Jim was a little rusty casting wise but I soon got him using a double spey to get those nymphs from downstream, to upstream. He picked up his best fish of the day after an hour or so on a #16 nymph.
After witnessing the complete absence of any hatch (yet again) we moved on to the top beat. After a bacon butty lunch, I decided we should fish it from the left bank which involved descending a steep cliff. Fishing here was rewarding. Jim lost more fish than he landed on a team of 3 spiders cast down and across. He needed to learn a new upstream spey cast but couldn’t quite get to grips with the single or circle spey with the cliff behind us and trees overhead….so he invented the ‘Maloney method’ to over come the cramped casting conditions. Half way down the run we were fishing, Jim discovered an improvement to the standard Maloney…..the ‘improved Maloney’. I cant tell you what the methods involved as I was sworn to secrecy….I couldn’t describe them anyway. It will be taking the eastern sea board by storm.
Top days guiding with a top bloke.
Yesterday I had a great half day instructing at Tyn y graig trout fishery in crynant. My clients were a lovely family from High Wycome, Abel, Naoko and their 11 year old daughter Hannah were on their last day of a welsh holiday. This was very basic instruction as nobody had fished before, let alone fly fished. Abel originally wanted to fish a welsh highland llyn, but I advised against this. Those wild places aren’t the easiest places to learn to cast and fish.
We took the instruction from the top… how to put the rod together, what the reel is and how does it attach to the rod etc. Most of the half day was taken up with learning to cast. By the end of the day, all three were fishing drys to the stocked rainbows. Abel was able to overhead cast and shoot line with Naoko and Hannah (only had to rescue Hannah’s fly from the tree twice) able to roll cast to the fish they could see.
Considering the weather, the enthusiasm for what they learned at the end of their welsh holiday was clear to see, what lovely people to spend a few hours with. We will hopefully see them again next year.