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Re: Tales from Wales

PostPosted: Fri Dec 25, 2009 4:06 pm
by Daniel @ Tenkara USA
WOW! That's incredible! To my knowledge it's indeed the first one in the UK. Congratulations!

Re: Tales from Wales

PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 5:05 pm
by ConorUK
great account Simon, it was probably a blessing to be rid of the salmon in place of an intact rod!

Re: Tales from Wales

PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 3:21 pm
by FlyKS
It is amazing to hear of these fishing stories in the land of half of my ancestors. I will get over there to fish one of these days, and may well be using Tenkara at the time.

Another convert?

PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:27 am
by Simon.A.Hayes
Sonia and I joined Warrington Anglers this weekend to gain access to extra waters including downstream of Rossett on the Alyn. We arrived at Ithels farm around 1pm and met up with Peter “Pedros” who was interested in the Tenkara rods we have. We spent the next 3hrs alternating between the two Tenkara rods trying them out on this small river. We think Peter has seen why this style of fishing is ideal for our river. With the river high and running fast no fish were caught but many fishy stories were told. Maybe another convert to Tenkara. :?:
Simon.

Re: Tales from Wales

PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 3:20 pm
by pedros
Another convert indeed.
Tankara left LA an hour ago according to the tracking info. :D. Could be in my hands by the weekend

Re: Tales from Wales

PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 4:53 am
by Softouch333
Pedros, I think people might like to read your blog on your tenkara evaluations. I did.

http://pedrosonthefly.blogspot.com/

It was good of you,
Sonia and Simon, to be generous with your tenkara rods and continue to spread the word.

Re: Tales from Wales

PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 11:02 am
by Daniel @ Tenkara USA
This is a great blog. Nice read!

Tales from Wales

PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2010 8:34 am
by Simon.A.Hayes
Its been a few weeks since the last instalment from the rivers of North Wales, this has been due to the terrible weather that we all seem to have had. Last weekend we managed an afternoon on the river Dee at Llangollen, the river was at Summer levels and crystal clear, problem being was the snow melt which has really chilled the water down. No fish or even a nibble today but a chance to try out our new underwater camera above and below the surface. For the casting video the camera is on a strap around my head, that's why it's not level but I think it shows the turnover very well. The underwater view nearly froze my hand off! Next time the camera will be fixed to a stick. Both videos are a trial so I will not be expecting a nomination for an Oscar! When the fish decide to play I hope to get some exciting underwater footage.
This weekend we were upstream nymphing on the Lower River Alyn. Again the river water is still very cold but clear. I seem to be losing my touch again the fish vanished from every pool and run I tried. Nearly broke every bone in my body by slipping and falling, as I fell I remembered to throw the rod to save it from damage! I'll let Sonia tell you of her outing, I will say though she is very hard to live with when she catches and I don't!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TNx2q4mnD0 Casting a Hi Vis leader

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuIYZ_mbHyw Underwater nymphs

Simon.

Rossett Alyn 3rd March

PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 12:49 am
by Simon.A.Hayes
At last the new 2010 brown trout season is here and we can at last fish my local club waters that are closed to us over the winter! I have been working many miles away, At 10am on opening day I'm still over 5hrs drive away, I hope the M25 and M1 are clear? The God of traffic is on my side, I arrive home to pick up Sonia only to find her walking the dogs? Not very impressed! We are short on daylight as we arrive at the river Tenkara rods ready for battle around 4pm. Both the River Alyn and the air are very cold. As with our river it has change over the winter months and with the help of the Human beavers? Deep holes have appeared and gravel beds have grown. With no intention of targeting the brown trouts Grayling are the quarry, with my Hi Vis leader and my and a GRHE on the point I only had chance to target pools where last season were productive. First pool nothing; second nothing; third nothing? What am I doing wrong? Called Sonia on the radio to find out if shy was doing any better, same as me? Arrived at a run that was not productive for Grayling last season, a run out of Gresford weir into a deep pool.

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Casting into the fast headwater and following the nymph into the slower water, watching the leader like a hawk, one; two; three cast nothing, then a snag on the bottom only the bottom moved! A very nice Grayling came to the net, the first for the 2010 season.

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He became an instant photographic model before returning to the river.

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Another Grayling followed in quick succession. Now the cold air and the lack of daylight drove us off the river. Made it on the first day of the season and for 1hrs fishing did OK. Hopefully many more reports to follow this year.

Simon.

7th March outing

PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 12:06 pm
by Simon.A.Hayes
I had been making orders for my Furled leaders all morning and I needed a break. A quick trip to the Alyn with the Tenkara rod. With a short time to fish I decided to fish at Llay bridge, an easy place as you can park right on the river with easy access to the water via some steps. I set up with my Hi Vis leader; 4ft of tippet with a GRHE on the point. I entered the river via the steps and cast upstream from there. Third cast the leader stopped and the rod bent in half, fish on. A good fight followed leading to a fine Grayling around 2lb in weight. At last I got to try the underwater camera with a fish, shame the water was very murky! The fish was released and within another 3 or 4 casts another Grayling came to the net. I carried on fishing with another 2 fish allowing me to catch them. After ½ hour it was time to return home to the Furling board. Have a look at the film of the sub surface fight with the Grayling.
Simon.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oY4WOZs8bHU