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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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.
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.
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.
Rhys Davies, 09/06/2012 (Fly Casting Tuition)
I thoroughly enjoyed the lesson and it certainly provided me with a greater understanding of a few issues to improve upon and also confidence in my self taught skills.
The structure and pace of the lesson was great and Gareth’s manner certainly put me at ease thereby improving the learning element. I will certainly be looking to book another session to further improve my casting but to also learn a few new techniques.
I would recommend Gareth to anyone looking to improve or expand on their casting to benefit their fishing.
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 […]