I spot her from atop a bridge, mouth white and gills flaring as she feeds on ascending Heptagenids. Every once in a while she rises, targeting one of the hundreds of thousands of midge trapped in the surface film above her position. This is my world. Thirty something minutes getting into position, baby steps so […]
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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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!
Chris Purdie, 25/07/2011 (Fly Tying Services)
Field testing had to wait until yesterday evening. The klinks did not disappoint. They float like corks and sit well in the water. Just what I've been looking for! My local stream is on its knees now in midsummer, poor winter rain compounded by abstraction like many of the South Country rivers, and typically no hatch whatsoever, save the odd sedge. Even in such tricky conditions, the klinks rose fish in all the likely lies, including the big fish that has eluded me in consecutive visits (he slashed just short again!). All wild fish here so a good test for the klinks which passed with flying colours!
Robert Denny, 06/05/2012 (Fly Tying Services)
In the absence of any sensible chance of fishing the Monnow, Lloyd and I decamped to the Derbyshire Wye. We both fished your tying of the Greenwell/Adams variant, #16 and #18 almost exclusively. On the first day we caught 70 fish and on the second, harder day, 25 between us.
Every fly looked the business and floated perfectly, obviously proved attractive to the wild Browns and Rainbows and all were really durable – none needing to be replaced due to wear and tear, just angler incompetence.
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!
Paul Brown, 13/05/2013 (Fly Tying Services)
Just received my order of chironomid emergers. Really beautifully tied flies. They look like they will be absolutely deadly!
I’ll certainly be ordering more.
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 […]
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 […]