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.
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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.
Roger Miles, 22/05/2012 (Fly Tying Demonstration)
I have been to quite a few of the evenings like the one that was held last night at the Hereford Fly Tying Club. Your one I will always remember, it was that good.
I must say that I found your approach wonderful. The whole room was captivated. A real skill you have there, and I know it has been brought about by hard work.
I said to the guy next to me "When he becomes famous, I will be proud to stand up and say, I knew him when he used to laugh at my jokes!"
Thank you for an inspiring night, and great artistry.
Steve Mills, 04/03/2012 (Guided Fishing Trip / Fly Casting Tuition)
Fantastic tuition day which included an introduction to rods, reels, lines and casting lessons; learning about natural fish food types, fish habits and habitats, river craft, fishing techniques and fly types.
Having never fly fished before, Gareth pitched this to suit my learning requirements and the tuition given and progress of the day was tailored to my abilities. By the end of the day I really felt I had learnt a lot and had progressed in developing skills which has given me the confidence to further pursue fly fishing. Gareth was always willing to answer my questions and was ever patient and understanding working with a complete novice.
The lesson certainly met my requirements, was perfectly pitched. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Gary Scofield, 14/05/2011 (Guided Fishing Trip)
Thank you for a fantastic day on Saturday. I learnt more in an hour with you than in my previous three annual trips trying to figure things out for myself.
On arriving at the Ithon the next morning, instead of the usual ‘what am I supposed to do with this?’ reaction, I actually thought ‘right then, I can do this, let’s catch some fish!’
Thanks again - your patience and determination in the face of a tough situation is a rare skill.
Confidence is high.
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.
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 […]