Standing in the Shadows
It’s been pretty hectic in the world of Splash lately but I managed to steal a day back on Saturday to get out fishing with the lads on the Clydach (from left to right: Ceri Sweeney, Terry Bromwell and Nick Steedman). The Taff was running high, so we opted to fish one of her tributaries instead, Nick hasn’t been on this particular water before and his first impression, on seeing the flow rushing through at the bottom of the tributary near its confluence with the main river, was that it was barely fishable but Terry and I know from previous experiences that this is actually a good time to visit. The weather was wet and changeable for most of the day, giving way to sunshine and warmth later. Dry fly fishing wasn’t really practical with such fast water, so we all opted for nymphing; it was a bit of a slow pick up for Nick and I compared to Terry and Ceri who had started further upstream but we kept moving and once our eye was focussed in on spotting the right lies, it soon became clear that nymphing was the right choice on this visit and remained the predominant method used all day. We did dabble with dries later in the afternoon, when we found pockets of more manageable water, as the levels dropped slightly and the colour cleared a touch but this was only for short bursts, unlike other visits when the river was flowing slower making for entertaining dry fly sport. Even though fast and raging white water was the norm throughout most of the waters we covered, the fish didn’t seem to mind as they were on the boil and appeared to have welcomed the flush through from the recent rain, which no doubt stirred up lots of bugs for them to eat. We managed well over a 100 powerful little stream fish between us, the fishing was great despite us getting a little wet from the rain and it was a great day out with good company … I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
Some of the feisty little inhabitants:
Despite lurking around in the shadows most of the day, the sun peaked through on occasions and reminded us of the colours of summer (Foxglove):
Tight Lines, Splash