First outting on the Taff today. Called into www.cliff-harvey-angling.co.uk to pick up my ticket and off I went loking for the first trickle of LDO and maybe some grannom. After consulting my good friend FALNM on the length of the beat, I began to walk the river, looking for the first of the noses.
At the end of a long glide a good size fish was busy pushing water every now and then, though the hatch hadn’t started yet. I made a note of its position and carried on my walk along the banks.
The first fish i had a crack at was tucked under a branch which was touching the water. This was a very clean fish taking duns. I got him to take the #14 Wyatt DHE twice over 15 mins, but the hook didn’t connect. Strange but true! Maybe im rusty.
After a couple of small fish on the same fly, I made my way to the first good fish I had spotted earlier. Just on the tail of a pool, he was in full flight. Another fish was showing 10ft above ‘my’ fish. The fish seemed to be taking crippled or spent LDO rather than the duns, so i changed to a clipped hackled parachute pheasant tail type fly that I tied years ago for evening spinner falls. Up he came, down he went, twang went the 3.5lb tippet. Great.
Moving on to my fish, tied another of the same fly on. Downstream cast, plenty of slack, ‘nom’ and all hell brakes lose. After a good scrap that puts any brown of the same size to shame, out come this alien.
Not a fish I have caught in a welsh river before, obvious cormorant abuse on its flank. It pulled the 4wt about a bit.
After a few more smaller fish i decided to walk the river again, looking for better fish. Didn’t take to long to find a long snout, again not taking the duns but either cripples or spent flys. Upstream cast, no interest. 2nd cast, nom, good fish. Took me all around the shallow pool for a minute than ‘twang’. Not amussed. I had seen the fish and it was very long, but slender, it length would have made him over 3lb. Needless to say this spool of tippet will be burned.
Finished up with a skagit line spey casting a streamer walking down from the top of the beat with the heavy rain colouring the river. No takers. Good day.