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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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.
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.
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.
Stuart Jenkins, 26/12/2011 (Fly Tying Services)
Many, many thanks Gareth for your wonderful selection of flies in a presentation box which my wife gave to me for Christmas. I really haven't stopped beaming since I had it and can't stop looking at them, which may make me a bit sad in the eyes of my wife but you'll understand. On the one hand I can't wait to try them but on the other, I'm afraid to use them in case I lose any.
Once again, I can't thank you enough and look forward to seeing you sometime during the new season.
Mike Maxfield, 19/03/2011 (Guided Fishing Trip / Fly Casting Tuition)
Just a quick note to say thanks a million for a cracker of a day mate - I got more out of it than I had originally hoped so a massive thanks to you for that. I'm more psyched for GAIA now than ever.
Was great to finally meet you and am very much looking forward to getting back onto a South Wales small stream with you again in the near future.
Speak to you soon, and thanks again!
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 […]