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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 start to make an appearance in July after the first floods.
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 this season and I had been hearing great things on how well it was fishing. After a quick chat the night before with Stephen Roberts I had a good idea on starting points.
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.
Gazza Dixon Takes To Llyn Clywedog For A Day Fishing Drys Since lock down has been lifted, I have hardly had chance to get out fishing myself as I have been so focused on ensuring the safe running of Llyn Clywedog. I had been really looking forward to a day out to relax. My plan was mainly to fish dry fly’s for the day with a bit of bung fishing around the cage to see if I could get one of the monsters I see on an almost daily basis. I also had some new bits to try which is always great. Wayne Jones had sent me down the new Loop 7X 10 ft 7 wt
To say the last few months have been tough without fly fishing as you all know would be an understatement so when the opportunity arose for a day out on Lake of Menteith it was a no brainer.
Sean Hanlon takes a boat out for the first time after lock down on Rutland water. A tough start finding the method but once dialed in a great a days fishing using hare's ear nymphs and boobies.
After a long lock down, it was great to finally get out fishing again. I received a call from good friend Mike Williams and asked if I fancied a short evening session at Wal Goch Trout Fishery. The fishery is only a short distance from my office so what better than after a long day, a few hours fishing.
So eventually we were given the green light to venture out of the house for angling activities after our mandatory lockdown. In fairness that last 8 weeks actually went surprisingly quick considering I hadn’t lifted a rod. Must have been all those household chores I was never able to complete!
One question I get asked a lot throughout the season when fishing from a drifting boat is how I manage to spot fish rising so well and be able to see my dry flies. There are lots of tips that help, spending time on the water and honing your peripheral vision is a big help. Once you get used to seeing any movement on the water you will be amazed how fast your fish spotting skills improve. When looking for your dry fly follow the fly line, I normally fish 3 dry flies from a drifting boat and always have a large dry fly on the top dropper to draw my eye. Wearing a peaked cap also makes a big difference and I prefer the peak to have a dark inside which also helps with the glare.
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