First client of what was a busy August was Yorkshires finest Pierre Mahon. Pierre was in South Wales for the green man festival at Glanusk and wanted to brush up on some new techniques. He has been fishing since a child but had recently picked up a fly rod in the last few years, fishing the Wharfe.
We fished Penpont which I have to say was disappointing. The bottom of the beat has a large campsite which seemed to have a lot of tents and vans with fishing rods set up outside them. Whether the beat has been fished hard by campers legally or illegally, or if it’s a case of a lot of water disturbance by dogs etc, what every the reason the fishing was extremely poor, even for a warm day in August.
Pierre did nothing wrong, we fished the entire beat but to no avail. After lunch Pierre described a situation on the wharfe where he has seen big fish crashing into fry on the surface of a deep pool. He was unsure how to tackle them. I explained that he would need to fish a streamer so we set up a 6wt skagit line with a heavy sinking streamer and spent most of the afternoon session mending the fly through the bedrock runs at the top of the beat….this is instruction at its best, you cant get this from a book or youtube.
Luckily Pierre winkled a trout out of the river when he came back on his own during the evening. Well done Pierre, good work.