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.
Mobile: 07540 813 399
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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.
Ken Burgess, 20/03/2011 (Casting Lessons)
Gareth, thanks for yesterday morning, I learned loads and would recommend you to anyone. The best money I've ever spent on fishing!
See you again soon.
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!
Simon McHattie, 29/04/2011 (Guided Fishing Trip / Fly Casting Tuition)
After some discussion Peter and I decided to hire Gareth's services at this relatively early stage of the season to brush up on our skills and learn some new tricks of the trade. We were not disappointed.
Anyone out there considering the services of a guide in the South Wales catchment, you need look no further. Gareth’s whole approach to the session was spot on. He is undoubtedly an expert and has a great deal of knowledge anyone can benefit from. Above all Gareth gave me and Pete the space to try what we’d learned making the whole session relaxed, easy going and fun, and despite the tough conditions Gareth got Pete and I into fish, both on the long flats and in the riffles.
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!
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 […]