Scierra Pairs Final Rutland 2020

So, the dust is settling on the 2020 Scierra pairs final. Originally planned to be fished on Llyn Brenig in North Wales but like so many things this year Covid changed all that and Welsh Water pulled the plug on the event at the eleventh hour. This left organiser Phil Dixon with an extremely difficult task of finding a new venue at short notice in these very difficult times, credit to Phil, Andy Ainscough and his team at Rutland...

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Angling Trust Loch Style Match Grafham report by John Hardy

When the Autumn match series first came out with the idea of fishing a series of matches over the Autumn and Winter that culminated with a Spring final, the Renegades and I were all over it. With the effect of COVID-19 pandemic, there has been little lock style competition, add to that the simple fact of global warming and the need to move to the cooler times of the year for our chosen quarry, I thought “total winner”. Sadly,...

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Islanders Trip to Wales

We headed down to Clywedog Reservoir after checking in into our accommodation late Tuesday afternoon for the customary walk around we all do prior any big event! This was the beginning of the Fly Shop Invitational Competition which Wayne had kindly asked Emerald Islanders to attend. This didn’t require a second thought with ferry and accommodation booked in the blink of an eye! We met up briefly with Russ and Gaz who have be doing a sterling job at...

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Renegades Go West

Way back in March, Wayne rang me about a competition he was thinking of running, wanting it to be a good hard match but with a spirit of friendship; I was hooked, and Renegades started to plan their visit to a place that no one had ever been to or could even pronounce. For those that don’t know, Clywedog reservoir is a reservoir near Llanidloes, Wales on the head-waters of the River Severn. The construction of the reservoir was enabled by...

A fine perfect rainbow trout caught on a fly shop hopper

The Sceirra Pairs Heat Llyn Brenig

This year’s Sceirra Pairs Final sees a return to the 900-acre Llyn Brenig in Denbighshire, North Wales, and the second to last qualifier before the final was held at the same venue Sunday 30/0820. I hadn’t planned on entering the competition this year, but a mid-week call from The Fly Shop’s Wayne Jones explaining one angler was looking for a practise partner on the Saturday and a second angler was looking for a partner to compete with on the Sunday...

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Jim Crawford Chasing Bars Of Silver at Grafham Water

So, after being in lockdown for a few months and with the posts on Facebook it was awesome to get the chance to get a few days on the midland’s reservoirs.We planned a day on Grafham then a three-day package on Rutland. Having friends who are never off these places like, Tim Joyce is a full timer on Grafham and young Graham Hayward on Rutland it’s easy to pick up the where what and how to catch from these guys...


At a height of 1,200 feet, the 920 acre Llyn Brenig is recognised as one of the best top-of-the-water fisheries in the UK. The most anticipated hatches by anglers on Llyn Brenig is the Bibio Marci / Heather Fly which typically hatches during the months of July and August. Wayne Jones takes to the banks of Llyn Brenig in search of the infamous Heather Fly Fishing experience. If you would like a guided session on Llyn Brenig please contact

Loop 7X fly rod with Loop Opti dry fly reel used to catch wild brown trout with the fly shop flies


NYMPHING FOR DOLLAGHAN After some long awaited rain, the rivers got a much needed freshen up and more importantly a rise to help the migratory fish travel up the system. Near where I live I am fortunate to have both salmon and a unique strain of brown trout called Dollaghan that run up the rivers from Lough Neagh. These large trout spend most of the year feeding in Lough Neagh before returning to their rivers to spawn. These potamodromous fish...

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First Trip Of The Season To Llyn Trawsfynydd

Having grown up fishing Llyn Trawsfynydd as a child and fishing my first youth and senior internationals here it holds a very special place for me. Set in the beautiful Snowdonia national park with amazing mountain views, the lake is fairly shallow averaging 12 feet and has great features islands, massive rocks and stone walls. I was fishing and guiding Kevin Last and it was his first-time fishing from the boat on Llyn Trawsfynydd. It was my first visit...

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Russell Owen Enjoys His First Day Out With The Welsh Hawks Team.

Russ had been eagerly waiting for the first day out with the rest of the lads who I fish with in the Welsh Hawks. Although the forecast wasn’t great for our first day out on Clywedog with rain most of the day and a moderate breeze but I wanted to try out some of the new Superflo tip lines from Airflo.

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