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Welcome to Wildflies.com, and i hope you enjoy the site!

Everything here is my own, the words, images and video, all taken by myself whilst out fishing or spending time in wild places, which is what it's all about in my view! Get out there and enjoy it, or grab a cup of tea, sit down and i'll go for you!...

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Sunday, 25 September 2016

Weir pool pike on the fly video...

I must admit during the week it's not often I get up before the alarm goes off but today I did, up, dressed and coffee made in the Stanley mug and I was out the door well before half six! This felt good until 15 minutes later I was nearly at the river and it was still dark, I do a fair amount of bass fishing in the dark which isn't a problem on tame rocks, gravel or sand, but I didn't fancy stumbling around on boulders in a weir pool with no head torch. I eased up on the cruise control(courtesy car, Vauxhall meriva, terrible) and took my time, I needn't have worried as by the time I'd put the line through the rings and got the waders on a lovely soft light started to light the valley, picking out the tops of some tall trees on the far side first, they shone a deep reddy brown.

I had the 10wt for a quick go for a toothy one as well as the old Daiwa Lochmor 8ft 4wt with me, I've really enjoyed using this little rod again recently, and it's just thing for generally prospecting with small nymphs and dries once the sun is a little higher.

After walking down the lane and cross a stile or two I leant the Lochmor against a tree on the bank and made my way upstream of a slack in between reeds where a tongue of current runs in. Clipped to the wire trace is my favourite early morning or late evening Pike snack, a Gartside gurgler tied on a 6/0 big mouth extra weith the barb crushed down, it's not the easiest thing to cast but the commotions that it's air resistant body create on the surface when you pop and gurgle it across a likely looking spot definitely ring the dinner bell for old Esox the toothy one! I popped it into the first spot with no interest, mainly due to the fact it's full to the brim with cabbage weed, that combined with the lower summer levels mean there's not a great deal of room for a large predator to inhabit, but it's always worth a chuck! Another step or two and I worked out a little more line, landing the fly on the other slack side of the current I threw a mend in the line and stripped once, stripped twice... BANG!!! What followed was quite a show, not a big fish by any stretch of the imagination but wowzers was he ever full of beans! I could have a stab at describing the acrobatics but luckily I had the GoPro on me so here's a little over a minute of the best bits, parts have been slowed down a touch for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy:)


After that I tried a couple of other spots for Pike with no joy so put the 10wt down and had some fun with the Lochmor, I caught plenty of Chub, Dace and a few Grayling, mostly on nymphs but by mid morning they were taking midges and a few olives off the surface so I switched to a size 18's emerger which seem to fool them adequately. I side note on Grayling, I'm amazed how many I'm catching on the river these days, it's a large, lowland stretch I'm fishing but I think the weir and addition of the trend in later years for the level to be very low for many months of the year mean certain locations are now booming with ladies, these aren't big fish, mostly they're around 6-8oz and just today I caught 2 that were no bigger then my little finger so they're obviously breeding, could be interesting in a few years...

I suppose really I should've been looking for a trout or two as the season is over next Saturday, hopefully we'll have a bright day during the week so it stays light to a decent hour meaning I can get to the river after work, it's always nice to end the summer with a few spots, fingers crossed!...

Cheers,


Graham




Thursday, 22 September 2016

The contemplative mans recreation...

I can't vouch for anyone else, but as one of the unfortunate souls that have to work during the week I can find myself, or my thoughts, far from where they should be while I'm slaving away at the nine to five(ish). More often than not I suffer from a head filled with sheets of transparent running water full of long wafting ribbons of half a dozen different shades of green, the soothing hiss of a soft breeze playing with increasingly drying leaves overhead and the sight of a dark silhouette effortlessly holding in the current as if it were just waiting to be spotted by me...

It's Friday tomorrow, get organised and set your alarm, it won't be long before we're hampered by all those extra layers, wondering why we're out freezing our backsides off! Autumn is a wonderful time to be beside water, especially if it's running and situated somewhere to be left to its own devices, the season is just about turning now, early mornings mean being greeted by a steamy looking river and a mist of anticipation across the fields,it's only a little more than 24hrs away, just try not to daydream to much tomorrow until home time!

Tight lines...




Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Quick video...

Nearly 2yrs since the last post and now 2 in day!!! You lucky lucky people:)

A quick video edit from a recent afternoon on the river, I'll be honest I didn't catch lots or even anything of any size but it was one of those days where you're just glad to be there, strolling around fishing for whatever you can see...


As I say, only short and purely hand held footage but im working on it. 

Cheers,

Graham

A fresh start...

Howdy folks, I know it's been a long time, nearly 2 yrs to be exact! And I apologise, for not advising of the long break, truth is it wasn't really planned, like many things in life it just happened...

Don't worry it's not like I haven't been fishing, I have, just enjoying it and been very lazy in not posting anything here, the ease of taking a fairly low quality picture on the phone and sending it straight to Twitter(@Wildflies) makes for a simple life when sharing with friends and like minded folk, but it's just not "cricket" is it?...

So here I am, again! Promises promises, but I really do intend to post more regularly and with a new PC making the whole writing and image "upload/download shake it all about-load" a ton easier I have a no excuses why I can't!

The premise hasn't changed, nor my fishing, I'm still just as passionate about flyfishing and targeting all species, although there will be a little coarse fishing showing up once in a while, I've really got the winter Roach bug these days and when the lower river is out of sorts for Pike on the fly the upper reaches are usually spot on for The redfins on float and pin, happy days! And as ever all the content will be my own, words, images and video etc. So by way of a pictorial catch up here's a few pictures to hopefully whet your appetite for things to come...

                                 



























































































































































Friday, 5 December 2014

Salty weekend...

I've managed a couple of outings recently, luckily I managed to get some time off work and join my dad on the coast for a weekend chasing Bass. Although the weather was great for spending time on the coast it wasn't the best for fishing, bright skies and little wave made the sport hard work at times but some misty mornings and a couple of  dull days helped things along. I fished the  fly rod as much as I could but even though I lost what was possibly a PB on the first morning most fish came on the lure rod at range, but a few we're off the surface which is always good fun! We didn't come across any monsters but a good few fish to 3lb made for a great weekend, it'll be a far too long winter/spring till I can get to the coast again...

Some pictures









It was a great weekend, probably my favourite way to spend time with a fly rod made even better by sharing it with my dad, we don't get to fish together often enough, until next time!


Cheers,


Graham







Sunday, 28 September 2014

Last hoorah of the Trout season...


I know a post is long overdue, and I'll try to get things going again ASAP!

I managed to get out after the spotty ones before they get left alone till April and couldn't have been luckier, in more ways than one...

The weather was glorious, it started off over cast but lovely and warm and by late morning it can't have been far short of 20 degrees, in late September!?!

I managed a few fish but mostly on nymphs, no monsters although I did hook one that parted my leader after a very brief and heart stopping encounter, why we keep going back I guess...

A few images...

 












Hopefully it won't be so long till the next post, thanks for being patient!

Cheers,


Graham













Sunday, 24 February 2013

Quick update...

At last we've enjoyed some dry weather, the last week has allowed the rivers to drop and clear, and while its got a little colder I still had a good feeling about a quick session on the lower river today...

I managed two Pike, a smaller lean, scamp of a fish that took an articulated streamer on the swing meant for Perch, and a good fish at 36ins which equates to 14lb on the Mona's length to weight scale. A solid fish that have a good account of herself on the 8wt, bar a couple of leeches she was in good condition also, obviously feeding well!

Apologies for the brief post, things are a little hectic right now with a house purchase going through, I hope to post some "proper" reports in the not too distant future!

Here's looking forward to spring!

Cheers,


Graham