Small Stream Guided Trips & 12″ Brown Trout

It’s always a great occasion when I’m able to get together again with a client from a previous trip, and Friday was a great example. Meeting up with Simon for a day’s small stream guided fishing on a wonderful mountain-esque tributary of the River Wye, the focus for the day was on the techniques needed in order to proficiently tackle the micro environments of small streams, brooks, and tributaries.

When Simon and I last got together, it was in order to gain a few new techniques for tackling larger rivers, such as the Wye, Usk, etc., both of which can make the angler think “Where the hell do I start!?”. In the extreme comparison, Friday began with a friendly chat on the banks of a minuscule Wye tributary, a water which (at its very widest) is no bigger than 15ft.

The day focused on an overview of the ideal small stream tackle, fishing techniques including upstream dry-fly, the duo, etc, and stealth tactics, all of which Simon put into practice like a true pro (and catching a good number of fish, despite the low waters, I might add!) Sadly, a day or two later the area we visited experienced a great amount of rain which really freshened up the system, however, Simon caught, and caught in tough conditions; testament to the great application of his new skills.

A great day indeed, and the heart stopping moment when Simon hooked, fought, and successfully landed a truly fantastic 12” fish (a very good small stream fish in anyone’s books), will stay with me for a long time. After creeping into position, Simon made a great cast and presented a spinner pattern a few feet upstream of a feeding trout; the rest is history, and a great example of perfect dry fly fishing.

Well done Simon!

Simon working a great pool…
...until working a great pool...

…and into another fish, despite the low, and far from perfect conditions…
Simon into another fish, despite the low, and far from perfect conditions...

The results: spotted gold…
The results: spotted gold...

Fly life was bountiful throughout the day, with Large Dark Olive Spinners (Baetis rhodani)…
Fly life was bountiful throughout the day, with Large Dark Olive Spinners (Baetis rhodani)...

…Mayfly duns (Ephemera danica)…
...Mayfly duns (Ephemera danica)...

…and Brook duns (Ecdyonurus torrentis)…
...and Brook duns (Ecdyonurus torrentis)...

The audience of a moos…
The audience of a moos...

Think like a ‘smoker’ and take regular breaks, watching the water as you go…
Think like a "smoker" and take regular breaks, watching the water as you go...

The fish of the day, and testament to Simon’s skill – the 12incher that fell for the spinner…
The fish of the day, and testament to Simons skill - the 12incher that fell for the spinner...

About Gareth Lewis

Hailing from the base of the beautiful and picturesque Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales, Gareth Lewis is a qualified Professional Game Angling Instructor specialising 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. Read More >>

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