The Big Water

Today I fished the Big Water. In an attempt to keep Her golden treasures concealed, She hit me with brutal westerlies and cloudless skies. Bathed in warm sunshine and accompanied by the sound of rustling alder, I smiled as I watched trout dimple on chironomids in a sheltered pool. September…

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River Llynfi Pollution Incident and Fish Kill – August 2020

I would prefer to be writing a piece about a beautiful summer evening fishing for trout - leaves rustling gently in the warm summer breeze; the river's mirror sheen surface broken here and there by the gentle, dimpling majesty of a feeding brown trout - however, these images of beauty…

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BFFI 2021 Announced

It's that time of year, as we patiently await the announcement and dates of the coming year's British Fly Fair International, and as a host of fly dressers around the world wait nervously to hear if they've been lucky enough to have been picked for the famous International Fly Tyers…

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Concerning Mayflies (Ephemera danica) and Other Such Things…

It is late May 2020, and we are entering the ninth week of the COVID-19 lockdown here in Wales, UK. Fishing 'within your locality' is still the message advertised by the Welsh Government; however, my favourite waters are a 30-minute drive away. As fishing clubs throughout Wales scramble to deal…

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Paul

I attempted to write something yesterday, however, much like the tears, I failed to catch the words which tumbled through my fingers. Like the rest of the fishing community, I reeled at the news that you had passed; you, one of the nicest, most humble and beautiful human beings I've…

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Always Whispering

She bubbles and babbles, always whispering. She can also roar, heavily stained as she moves ever downward, a slave only unto gravity. Today she whispers. Happily trickling and chattering as I listen in silence and smile.

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Silver Linings

When all this is over, we won't have experienced anything like it. They'll have been left alone and untouched; untroubled by trout fishermen, dry fly imitations, and bad drifts. Left alone to do what trout do when we aren't looking. It is going to be awesome. Silver linings.

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Though the World Is Going to Hell in a Handbasket, Life Isn’t so Bad

Last night's rain had resulted in a day of dog walks and fly tying. The water table is so high at the moment you could spit and there'd be a flood. Yesterday, however, was a good day. Yesterday I was able to cast dry flies. Nothing targeted (as nothing was…

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