Pro Fishing Guide – Frank Williams sent me these few notes on fishing for trout in this cold spring weather
Although the winter seems to be endless and the rivers have been slow to start showing their true potential, there are still fish to be caught at this time of year. It’s all about choosing the right time, place and method. Today, while helping a beginner to start his journey as a fly angler, I timed the lesson so we hit the water at 1pm. Just as we arrived there was the first fluttering of a hatch of Large Dark Olives which grew to a steady stream. The fish, hungry from their winter starvation, were quick to take advantage of the bounty on offer. Within fifteen minutes of the hatch beginning we could see four or five fish rising at the head of a pool, just below a riffle.
Often at this time of year the fish are looking for an easy meal and are not always willing to take a true dry fly, especially if it is riding high on the surface. More success can be had fishing with a small traditional wet fly in the top 10 cm of the water column and today was no exception. My choice of fly in these conditions is a Waterhen Bloa although any of the traditional North Country Spider patterns can be effective, and the best method is to fish them “across and down” traditional wet fly style.
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My advice then is to skip lunch and be sure to be on the water between 12.30 and 2pm to take advantage of this small window of what can be frenetic feeding activity by the trout.
Fly Fishing Open Days – Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April
On both of these days Frank will be running a morning and an afternoon session for six anglers per session. After a brief spell on the lawn it is down to the river for some one to one instruction. This will be your chance to tell Frank what aspect of your fly fishing you are keen to improve upon and he can help you there and then or recommend which course would be right for you. This will be a great chance to get a feel for the Usk, have a look at Gliffaes if you have not visited before and to meet Frank.
The cost of the open day will be £25, which includes a light lunch. If you book one of the courses the fee will be refunded.
Please call us to book a session (01874 730 371) and specify which date and whether you would like to attend the morning or afternoon session. Lunch will be served at 1pm in the hotel.