2011: The Roundup

It’s been a busy but fantastic year here at GL Fly Fishing. The interest in the Fly Shop since it’s inception just a short few months ago has been spectacular; with a continuous flow of orders coming in and flowing back out within their intended turnaround times. The feedback I’ve received has been hugely positive, and I’m so excited about growing the facility even more through 2012. Orders have been sent far and wide, and not just internally – a number of international fly boxes now house my patterns, including the US, South Africa, Portugal, Austria, and France.

Stay tuned guys, there will be a number of new patterns coming soon, and the same ‘stamp of approval’ will apply to all. I only advertise the flies which I’ve used and abused on a number of waters, and for a number of years. I may have tweaked the patterns a little over time, but this has only been met with increased success. My fly patterns aren’t just hooks, with some of the patterns being the product of years of tweaking and playing.

The Pheasant Tail Nymph – Deadly simple, and can be used year-round!
The Pheasant Tail Nymph - Deadly simple, and can be used year-round!

A happy chappy! Henry Young with a beautiful River Test grayling who just couldn’t resist one of my Hot-Spot Gammarus Czech Nymphs!
Thanks to a fly order, Henry Young holds a beauty of a River Test grayling...

Likewise, over the last 12 months my guided trips and casting lessons have boomed, with bookings for both services during 2012 already flying in fast! 2011 hasn’t been the best year regarding water levels here in South Wales, but we’ve caught some true beauties! By focusing on low, clear-water techniques, clients have been rewarded handsomely thanks to such techniques as dry fly fishing using long leaders, fishing micro flies and, of course, never forgetting the French Nymphing technique. The back country streams have continued to produce season-round despite the conditions, with healthy looking wild brown trout happily continuing to attack any dry fly presented correctly.

Guiding on the River Usk, with a wonderful client trying out a number of different nymphing techniques for the first time…and with great success!
Guiding on the River Usk, with a wonderful client trying out a number of different nymphing techniques for the first time...and with great success!

Simon McHattie into a wild, small stream fish, despite the low levels and far from perfect conditions…
Simon McHattie into a wild, small stream fish, despite the low and far from perfect conditions...

Lastly, my group events, as well as the GAIA Public Mentoring Days/Weekends which I help out with, have proven hugely successful. My beginner groups have allowed a number of ‘never-fished-before’ guys to enter the wonderful world of fly fishing; a couple of which (unbeknownst to them) even caught what was likely to be the biggest fish of their lives! The smiles and enjoyment that come from such sessions is hugely rewarding, and a pleasure to experience.

Regarding such events, stay tuned to both the news section of GarethLewisFlyFishing.com or over on my blog, Fly Fishing in South Wales, at FFISW.com for announcements.

One of my fantastic Beginner Events at Garnffrwd Fishery, nr Carmarthen, West Wales…
One of my fantastic Beginner Events at Garnffrwd Fisher, nr Carmarthen, West Wales...

…and helping out fellow GAIA Instructor, Justin Connolly, at one of his beginner evenings at Big Well Fishery, nr Monmouth back in August 2011.
...and helping out fellow GAIA Instructor, Justin Connolly, at one of his beginner evenings at Big Well Fishery, nr Monmouth back in August 2011.

If you are interested in any of my events or services, I’d like to suggest you get in fast! I’m now taking bookings for guided trips up to as far as March, although there are still openings available for winter grayling days. Likewise, and if you aren’t too big a fan of fishing in the cold and prefer the warmth of the trout fishing season, why not start the season in style by blowing off the cobwebs with a casting lesson or two before March? Hit the ground water running with an improved and even expanded armoury of casts!

Guys, I’d like to thank you ALL for your wonderful support during 2011, and I’d like to wish you ALL a happy, healthy, and productive 2012! A happy New Year to you all!!!

Gareth

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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