A first for me and, as a certain someone keeps banging on about the magical properties of this pattern (Mr Walsh), I thought I’d relent and finally give one a go. No doubt he’s smirking to himself right now… In preparation for this pattern (and regarding the front partridge hackle), I understand some prefer the […]
Hailing from the base of the beautiful and picturesque Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales, Gareth specialises in small stream and river fly fishing techniques for both wild trout and grayling, and provides guided fishing trips, fly casting tuition, and high quality fly tying services.
Mobile: 07540 813 399
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Justin @ The River Beat blog, 19/01/2012 (Fly Tying Services)
I recently ordered a handful of flies from Gareth Lewis for the upcoming fishing season. I’d seen a few photos of his work on a fly fishing forum and I was impressed. So I ordered a couple of the usual patterns he offers for sale - CDC & Elk, Olive Paraduns and micro Copper Johns and also asked him if he would do a custom job. The fly I had in mind was a very simple yet “buggy” looking midge pattern featured on Tom Sutcliffe’s website, the high-vis CDC Midge. The fly is designed for South African conditions but I noticed Tom mentions the pattern was used with some success on his last trip to the southern chalkstreams, so much so that the locals raided his fly box and took every last one. I suspect it’s a pattern that will work well in most parts of the world. Gareth, who admits to being a bit of a midge fanatic, happily agreed to oblige.
Simon McHattie, 29/04/2011 (Guided Fishing Trip / Fly Casting Tuition)
After some discussion Peter and I decided to hire Gareth's services at this relatively early stage of the season to brush up on our skills and learn some new tricks of the trade. We were not disappointed.
Anyone out there considering the services of a guide in the South Wales catchment, you need look no further. Gareth’s whole approach to the session was spot on. He is undoubtedly an expert and has a great deal of knowledge anyone can benefit from. Above all Gareth gave me and Pete the space to try what we’d learned making the whole session relaxed, easy going and fun, and despite the tough conditions Gareth got Pete and I into fish, both on the long flats and in the riffles.
Ben Sier (age 12), 28/01/2011 (Guided Fishing Trip / Fly Casting Tuition)
When Gareth took me fishing he taught me how to set up the rod and how to cast. Using a fly that Gareth had made himself, he showed me the best places to fish and the best way to cast. Under his instruction I caught my first fish (a brown trout) and it was brilliant! I really enjoyed my day with Gareth, he was very patient and I learned loads from him. I can’t wait to go again.
Rory McAllister, 01/07/2013 (Fly Casting Tuition)
What can I say…..yesterday’s coaching was top notch. I learnt so much in such a short time, and I’ll always remember the "sheet of paper"; whether or not I master it is another thing! I’ll definitely be practising the roll cast on the Monnow.
I’ll also be keeping my eye on your web page as you are now installed on my favourite list.
Thanks once again and I look forward to the flies.
Rob Stimpson, 27/08/2012 (Guided Fishing Trip)
All in all it was a fantastic day and I really enjoyed myself! It was a beautiful stretch of river stuffed with fish, the equipment provided was top notch and Gareth is a great bloke who really put me ease. It was just like going fishing with an old mate and the hot cuppa’s courtesy of Gareth and his brew kit were a real luxury and a nice touch.
The tuition was first class and at a perfect pace to suit me perfectly. I learned a tremendous amount and my casting has improved no end. Now that I am remembering to drop my elbow and watching my wrist, I am now casting like a pro! Well almost! I learned lots of new techniques which I can now apply to improve my fishing at home. This is exactly what I wanted from the day and achieved this on all counts.
Other than a little less rain I can’t think of any way to improve the day. Gareth was happy to start a bit earlier at my request and finished much later than he should have, so I really got my money’s worth and I have no complaints whatsoever!
Thanks for a great day Gareth!
I’m a huge supporter of the Monnow Rivers Association and, as such, I’ve entered an auction lot into this year’s MRA Auction. All proceeds will go to the conservation of these wonderful waters and a huge range of projects, one of the largest being the eradication of Himalayan Balsam. This monumental task has already been […]
Preparations for this year’s British Fly Fair International are now done and dusted and, for the first year in many, my flies for display are complete. It’s already been said elsewhere, but tying at this outstanding event is a huge privilege, and saying that it’s an honour to tie alongside such a host of amazing fly […]
That’s right folks, for those planning on attending this weekend’s Fly Fest Fly Fishing Film Festival & Fly Fair, drop by the stand for a chin wag about everything fly fishing and fly tying, and grab yourself a bargain on all fly patterns available via the Gareth Lewis Fly Fishing Fly Shop! The discount is exclusive to Fly Fest visitors […]
Well folks, it’s that time of year again! The UK trout season is set to end within the next couple of weeks and, as us ‘hardcores’ gear up for the upcoming winter Grayling season, so start the UK’s fly tying shows in earnest. First up (and as the title of this post gives a clue to), is the Fly Fest […]