Garnffwyd Fly Fishery

Fly fishing could be described as sometimes elegant, often enjoyable but nearly always frustrating. So many subtle movements combine to make the perfect cast, a sharp tug on the line, a quick burst of arm sometimes combined with deft flick of the wrist. A mismatch of these elements can cause airborne tangles or piles of line to plummet into the water or perhaps a tree line peppered with lost flies, which have been lovingly crafted on the vice at home.

I would probably describe myself as an intermittently brilliant fly fisher. When running in normal mode I would say that most casts are terrible and the trout remain comfortably safe in their watery home,  however, there are flashes of genius.  Periods when flies are turning over beautifully, presentation is perfect and the trout are in trouble. Unfortunately, these moments are rare, especially, when a stiff breeze and a rustiness gathered after a long closed season are thrown into the mix; this was exactly the case on my latest trip with Jamie to fish at Garnffywd Fly Fishery.

It must be said that on Friday at the fishery, bar the wind, conditions were perfect. Absolutely perfect, in fact, when me and Jamie were tackling up at the waters edge, we both acknowledged that if we didn’t catch the weather could not be held at fault. It was the first time we had fished this water and it blew us both away, the water is crystal clear and it is surrounded by lovely Welsh countryside. Sometimes, when I have fished small still waters in the past I felt that I am just going through the motions fan casting out in a featureless pond. This isn’t the case at Garnffwyd, the water is riddled with little nooks and crannies and absolutely packed full of chunky little trout.

Throughout the day we switched up flies and to be honest we both had little interest on a range of naturals. It wasn’t until a few hours had past that I finally hooked into a hard fighting rainbow. I was fishing a black buzzer almost static just retrieving line fast enough to stay in touch with the fly when the line locked up and a quick fight ensued which ended with a trout of around a pound and a quarter being scooped over the rim of my net. What made this especially satisfying was that it was the first fish that had been duped into taking a fly which I myself had tied. After dispatching the trout, I took a quick break mainly to gloat to Jamie and then to proclaim that I was the “pro of Garnffwyd”. Fully recharged, I returned to my fishing peg and starting working the margins with the same small buzzer when a beautiful brown trout took my fly. Once landed, it was clear this little pound and a half’er was my new PB brown trout, I was well chuffed. So after another quick comfort break/ gloating session I gave Jamie one of the black buzzers I had tied. He was soon into a beautiful little brown trout which had the most vivid patterning I had ever seen. After this fish, he soon hooked into a rainbow which we decided to kill for the pan as well. This was significant as it was, as far as I can recall, the first time we had caught our limit of fish.

I will remember this trip for a long time firstly because of the beautiful brown trout and secondly because we caught these fish on flies which I had tied myself. FYI – I tied these buzzers using the following TAFishing Video, not the first time Graeme Pullen and his son have helped me catch fish and probably not the last.

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