Welcome to Wildflies.com!...

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!...

If you have any questions, queries, comments or would just like to get in touch, feel free to email me at: wildflies1@gmail.com or "follow" me twitter:@Wildflies

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



Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Another year gone...

So again we come to the end of a year, a year that for me has been both great and poor in terms of fishing for me! I can't remember a year like it for bad river conditions, I just didn't get to do any of my favourite summer river fishing for coarse fish, and Ive really missed it!!!

I've not fished for 3 months due to one thing or another, and we do seem to get a lot of rain on Fridays recently, just in time to ruin the chances of a fish for those of us who have to work during the week!

I have a little time off over Christmas and hope to get to the river at some point, no promises but if the weathers kind and if I manage to get out I'll be sure to tell you about it here!...

In the mean time here's hoping you all a very merry Christmas and all the best for 2013!!!

Cheers,


Graham


Friday, 24 August 2012

IM ALIVE!!!...

....Just in case you were wondering.

The weathers been great hasn't it?

My last post was 4 months ago, FOUR MONTHS!!!

 My apologies, since the great start to the Trout season i enjoyed I've honestly not done a lot, of fishing anyway! After the great start and all those out sized trout from the stream it rained, it rained and rained and rained and in fact it's raining right now as i look through the window, but a few times it stopped, almost long enough for the river to clear, but not often!

 To be honest i was getting a little bored of the spotty ones and was looking forward to the start of the coarse season and a little variety, it didn't happen, the two main rivers i fish have been up and down like the proverbial yo-yo, that combined with buying and restoring a 40yr old motorcycle kept me from the river bank for the past four months...

 I did however manage a few days fishing in Cornwall with my dad, and it happened to be probably the best weeks weather this summer, talk about flukey!

 Although hot, bright and still days are not usually what fishermen are looking for this was ok by me, my plans revolved round fishing at dawn/dusk plus some hours in complete darkness, the only problem for me would be trying to grab a few hours kip during the day in a sauna of a tent...

Some pictures...















 I did fish with my dad a few times(mostly in the evening) but due to his lack of obsession i fished the mornings on my own. The alarm went off at 2am to give me time to get to the mark in complete darkness to fish my way into dusk, it was worth the effort. I fished till mid morning then headed back to the tent for some shut eye, and then, after some sleep I'd head out to the deep water marks to fish them around low water sight fishing for Pollack in what were like giant aquariums due to the clarity and stillness. This was great fun and it felt good to have the sun on my back once again after weeks of the wet stuff, about time!

 The evenings were spent at varying marks depending on the mood of the day and how hard i wanted to work bearing in mind I'd be up at 2am again the morning! I had one particularly good session where the rising tide met the back of a rocky beach just as the sun dipped behind the cliffs leaving some cover for the Bass, which were three rod lengths out, fins erect as they browsed among the shallow gulley's. A short cast just past and to the side of a fish followed by a fast stripped Gurgler met with the savage take one was hoping for, not big fish but sight fishing for individual Bass is something to be savoured.







The Dark Side...

A little more about the morning sessions. These were without doubt the highlight of the trip for me, fishing the coast in darkness is just magic, i cant put into words the complete overload of stimuli to your senses that this brings, it just has to be experienced!...

Of course the half mile hike down hills, over gates, climbing down cliffs and(after turning off your headlamp) making your way across rocks to (almost) the waters edge takes a little getting used to and i wouldn't for one second suggest doing it on your own, like i did, oops! but if you can, DO IT! As i was saying after making your way across the rocks to almost the waters edge you stand and listen, and if the weather was like i enjoyed(not a breath of wind) you can hear all sorts going on out there! Splashes, slurps, dashes, gulls flapping to take off a well as owls behind me way up on the cliffs, like i said sensory overload! The rod was set up at the car, a floating line(Rio outbound) 9' leader and a 1/0 Gurgler in black was the setup, after stripping off a little line i cast(starting short), i could hear the fly gurgling nicely out there, i remember getting quite annoyed with the sound of my wading jacket rubbing against my side as i retrieved the fly, it was the only noise i didn't want to hear! I felt the head of the line thicken in my hands then start to taper off when i heard a sound very similar to that of a carp sipping, i realised it was MY fly that had been taken, tightened the line and all hell broke loose! well not all hell but a fit 2lb Bass close in and in full darkness feels pretty close to it!..

This happened a few times each morning, i took them on black and white gurglers as well as a 4" pattern (8th pic from the top) that looks a little like a small Pollack, so they took on and below the surface. I'm new to fishing in the dark but i fully intend to spend more time learning the "dark art". I read recently in Chris yate's latest book how spotting a deer in the day only took the attention of his eyes while to spot it at night commanded all his senses, that's kind of this felt to me, you can see a fish take a gurgler off the top in daylight but add to that darkness and ones imagination, you then have a recipe for some highly intense fishing, try it.......you just might like it!
 







Ill try not to leave it quite so long next time(wink wink)

Cheers,


Graham

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Brownie bonanza...

Second week into the Trout season and still the fish keep coming, i really cant remember such a good start, who'd have thought it given our rivers low and slow conditions?!

First an afternoon on the local stream a couple of days ago, it was a bright morning that drew Adam and myself to the water, which quickly turned cold and blustery as soon as we got out of the car! We waded a long way prospecting before a fish was found, and what a fish it was! We fished the whole stretch with Adam taking a couple of small fish and myself only contacting a couple of Dace, nice to see them on the stream though...


Release video

I managed to get out once again today, on arriving it was all blue skies and fluffy white clouds, once I'd walked to the entry point it started raining which left me cowering under a bridge for 20mins or so, but eventually the dark skies gave way and i was able to venture from my troll like shelter. The wind was strong and made casting light Nymphs and dries tricky between the many trees and brambles, and soon fish came my way, Baetis Nymphs and Olive emergers took most but i finished with a good fish on a tiny midge, i slung a short video together with some stills as well as a little footage, i hope you enjoy...


Video

Rain is forecast for the rest of the week, and while I'm a little miffed due to having the week off work i know we need it so it's all good, plus I'm sure I've had more than my fortnightly quota of trout, it's only fair!

So i may be tying flies, I'll post some pics of a few in the next few days...

Cheers,


Graham

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Happy Easter...

Just a quick one(told you I'd post more often), ventured out with Adam for a couple of hours this afternoon, it started of really quite nicely, warm with sunny spells that soon turned into dark clouds and a biting wind. Someone flicked the switch and the fish disappeared, cowering in preparation for tomorrows weather no doubt, but we did manage a few between us, i took a short clip of my best fish going back, click on the word video below, another out sized example for such a small stream...

VIDEO

The weather's not looking great for fishing in the next few days, although we cant complain now can we? Enjoy the rest of your Easter weekend and hopefully it wont be too long before i can get out again!

Cheers,


Graham

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Robert Zimmerman....

....Better known as Bob Dylan sang "the times, they are a changin'", and while this applies to many things on this planet at the moment it's the fishing I'm talking about!

The 8wt has been cleaned and put away in a dark corner, no more toothy Pike, it's awaiting sea temperatures to rise a little more and bring numbers of silvery, spikey Bass within casting distance...

It's all about spots now, some of my favourite ones that I've not seen since autumn and of course the red and black ones found on Brown trout. The last week of march was a scorcher, records broken more than once for different parts of the country and the rivers and streams looking more and more a shadow of their usual "full and flowing" state for this time of year, more "fragile and frail"......

ANYWAY, I've fished 4 times since the start of the season, opening day on a stream a little further afield but a big favourite and the local stream since then, 15mins down the road, perfect for an after work "cleanse"....

Opening day was tough but eventually Adam and i starting getting back into the swing of things, tiny nymphs and short cane rods are quite a departure after months of chucking budgies on the 8wt! Tight loops between trees were not instantly available but came after losing a few lovingly tied "deadlies" to hungry boughs, and by the end of the day we'd taken a dozen or so, ,ore than enough to kick things off!

The local "dribble" has been a real surprise this last week, not lots of fish caught but fish of a really good average size, and some way beyond! We started taking fish on tiny midge patterns and the odd ascending Grannom but now the fish are taking all stages of Grannom plus midge, Baetis nymphs and olive duns, it's all go!...

So here's a few pictures to get things up to date, starting with a couple of trips, one before and one on March 14th, by this time i'd got fed up with the Pike and had Perch on the brain, which were huge fun on the 7ft glass rod(plus the odd small Pike). Then the Trout took over...

















This one will take some beating on the local stream!....





Another surprise...........


So there we are, a long overdue update, i promise to pull my finger out and up the frequency of posts this year, you how it is;)

Oh and before i forget here's a link for a short vid of a fish going back from last night, i recently bought a Gopro camera after flogging much stuff on eBay and making a few quid. I must admit to being a little disappointed with the focus underwater but after a team modding session yesterday I'm much more comfortable with the quality, this is 720p at 60fps, I'm sure it'll be used a fair amount this year and looking forward to it....

Cheers,


Graham

Thanks to my brother Adam(Rawson&perrin) for many of the above photos, and the rod that tamed all of the Trout!

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Time's almost up...


An update is well overdue, as i write the rain is coming down steadily outside, and for the first time in a long time!

I've managed to get in a few trips in the last few weeks, one or two to my local river as well as a couple further afield...

First off was a day on my local river, Adam and i were joined by our friend Chris who didn't fish but spent the day as cameraman, shooting mainly video which I'll put together asap. It was cool day to start off with but soon warmed up once the sun made it over the sides of the valley, unfortunately we only took a couple of small Pike but it was a good day out with friends, plenty of banter and laughs made up for the lack of fish...

I had a day on the somerset levels with friends Luke and Malc(Nadder-diary), the weather was kind and once we'd bought day tickets we made the short drive to the river. The clarity wasn't great but Malc assured us that it was always so and didn't stop him catching his PB a couple of weeks earlier, with appetites whetted we started fishing our way along the length. It was quiet to say the least, Malc had a fish show interest in his fly early on, i saw nothing while Luke had a minor altercation with a local farmer. We reached some guys fishing with Roach poles who informed us that the gates had been opened the day before and the level had dropped a couple feet overnight, this along with a slight drop in temp could possibly explain the lack of action, although Malc finally broke our duck a good way down the stretch. Bait fish were been hassled where a drainage pipe splashed into the main river, every now and then little splinters of silver leapt clear of the water in attempt to evade the toothy ones, i couldn't reach them with my large flies and 8wt, Malc stepped up with a smaller fly on his 10wt and soon it had a nice lively curve to it..




Sadly Luke and i remained fish less, but a good day nonetheless and a place that definitely needs another trip...



We arranged to fish again Malc, Luke and i, "somewhere a bit more river like" was the topic of conversation before the venue was chosen, a date was set but sadly a last minute change of circumstances meant that Luke couldn't make it, so early one Saturday morning i headed south to meet with Malc near Salisbury, We headed down to Christchurch to Davis tackle for the day ticket and soon we were donning waders and making our way over gates to the river.

Throop mill and the Stour are more than a little well known, I'd not been there before, i think i was maybe expecting something else but after walking the banks a while it's the same as anywhere really, the same kinds of anglers you'd see on other rivers. The "all the gear and no idea" types rub shoulders with the newbie doing his best trying to control a float in flowing water for the first time, it was kinda nice to see, and of course Malc and i were the only fly rods on the water, of which it is a lovely piece! It reminded me of my local Bristol Avon, but "up a notch", wider and more powerful, even in it's low state(it's still raining!).

Malc made first contact having a Pike boil at his fly without sticking in just a couple of casts! I saw some movement along the reeds but all i managed to hook was another anglers lure, a fish arrow that now resides in the sea tackle. We crossed the river and noticed a nice slack under the bridge, Malc had a few casts across with no luck so from downstream i waded out to a reed bed where i put the fly right up into the foamy water, second cast BANG! My first Stour Pike, not a big fish but a very welcome one...(Pic By Malc)


We fished upstream to where the Red arrow sadly went down a while ago, we fished down stream to a lovely looking but fish less weir and nothing grabbed our flies, we headed back to the car and made our way to another stretch which we eventually found after a little mountaineering and what we'll call logistical problems...

We walked for miles without so much as a pull, some great looking features were covered and I'd love to come back in the summer with the 5wt and a box of big dries and buggers for the Chub and Perch, but for today the Pike were not playing ball, or we didn't cover them, always a problem when fishing a new river.(again Malcs pic)


Malc decided we should pop into a short but lovely stretch of the Avon on the way back, it was now around 4pm and by now the sun bathed the fields in a lovely warm light(or maybe it was the polarising lenses). Within 15mins i was into a small but strong fish that i was certain was much bigger than it turned out to be!(Another of Malcs pics)


We were both feeling a little tired after a day spent throwing 8" flies around, and i felt sorry for Malc who obviously wasn't having the luck that today, i managed one more small Pike which was annoyingly camera shy, a really nicely painted fish that leapt clear of my chinning and thrashed back into mid river. Within half an hour it was time to head home and after bidding farewell to Malc it was the hour or so journey north, which gave me chance to soak the day in, lovely area and somewhere i hope to visit again without a doubt...








And that brings us right up to yesterday, another day out with Adam at the usual haunts on the local. We both took 5wts along hoping to find some Perch or Chub, along with the 8wt pike gear. Our first stop brought Adam 2 Pike in fairly quick succession, including a nice one of 33ins(10-11lbish) i even managed a small one on the 5wt that took a tiny 4's zonker creation meant for Perch! thankfully 8lb mono holding just long enough to chin the little tiger...




A couple of Adam's pics



We fished a couple more spots with only one more small Pike coming to Adams 8wt, i left mine in the car and got sidetracked with the 5wt(the usual story), i ended up giggling away happily in the sunshine catching Minnows and Bleak, enjoying casting small flies at last. Adam got a text from his other half advising of a severe hail storm back home while we enjoyed considerable warmth in the valley, there was even a brave couple taking a dip in the river!




So there we go back up to date! It's the 4th March today, people in certain parts of the country will already have ventured out onto their Trout streams, and to be honest i cant wait to join them! The wild garlic is well on its way on the banks now and the whole riverside is starting to look much more lush, oh to be wandering around in a long sleeve shirt rather than a fleece beneath a jacket, it wont be long.....

Not long left to fish for Pike though, i hope to get out at least one more time before the close season starts on the 15th, last day of the season usually gives me a good fish, i hope this year is no different!...

Cheers,



Graham