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Well, it's been a day of monumental come-backs !!!! This afternoon, the Welsh pulled off a bit of a Harry Houdini against the Sweaties . . . . but 'the' comeback of the day undoubtedly came this morning !!

Following some drunken discussions in the shout-box last night, a plan was hatched to do some fluff-chucking this morning. The beer was curtailed, and with only a mildly thick head this morning, i set off at 6:30am to go and pick up Marc Westwood. We worked out last night, that the last time i went Trout Fishing / Fly Fishing, was 16 years ago (christ, where did 16 years go ??). Marc very kindly let me use his back-up set-up, and all i took was myself & some grub / drinks.

I hoped that i'd be able to get my casting up to scratch, and not disgrace myself, and although i did fluff a few, generally i didnt do too badly.

Things started well enough, when i hooked into a fish on about my 4th or 5th cast, but after a 20 second battle, the fish was off. Still, grinning from ear to ear, i was enormously encouraged by such a promising start. Another couple of follows later, with plenty of fish rising, and we were eager to land our first fish of the day. Marc was first on the score-board with a beautifully coloured Brown Trout . . .





We then had a quiet spell, where a cold biting wind came into play, and we made a move across to the other side of the lake. No joy there, and we were trying to find a pattern that would get things going. Marc then asked me whether i wanted to try an "experimental fly" ??? I was up for it, so tied on a white & blue pattern. Marc had bought them last year after reading an article that had tipped them as a good cold conditions fly. He had never used them, so it was up to me to give them a crack. Within about 5 minutes, my rod was bent into a really scrappy Rainbow Trout . . . . after several really strong runs, and much giggling & chuckling from me, it eventually found its way into the net (expertly handled by Marc). . . . . .
A fine fish, and a wonderful way to come back after a 16 year gap . . . . .



Absolutely delighted with myself, we fished on . . . Marc also changed to the white & blue pattern, and the fish came on the feed . . . .

A 'very' tidy Brownie for me (a pb at around 2.5lb) . . .



Marc in action . . .



Fish-on for Marc . . .



. . . & a Brownie landed (& returned) . . .



A beautiful scene . . .



. . a 3rd Brownie for Marc . . . .



. . . and my 3rd Rainbow of the day . . .



So, the final tally was 3 Brownies for Marc, and 3 Rainbow & a Brownie for me. A very successful, pleasing & peaceful morning.

Looks like i'll be investing in a fly set-up of my own this week !!!!!
 

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Well done Si, good report and pictures thank you for sharing
 

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Tidy Darts boys! Nice plan and well executed. If I can beg, borrow, steal or hire an outfit I'll join you next time. Did you have the place to yourselves? Do tell Marc to smile next time though - lovely looking brownie and would have bought a smile to me face! Fishing is fishing and you both got your string pulled - well done. :-D
 

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great sesh fellas,lovely brownies.are the pics from the lumix si?.check out www.graiglwydsprings.co.uk and check out the size of the trout.up the road from my house.great place to stay for a fishing holiday and not far from very bassy grounds.cheers daz
 

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Thanks for the comments Gents.

. Did you have the place to yourselves? Do tell Marc to smile next time though - lovely looking brownie and would have bought a smile to me face! Fishing is fishing and you both got your string pulled - well done. :-D
Only one other angler arrived at the same time as us (a woman :shock:!!!), and a small handful of others tipped-up a bit later on, but it was very uncrowded & peaceful. In fact, the noisiest thing there was a Woodpecker pecking 7 bells out of some poor defenceless trees !! & yes, Marc does look a little miserable in that pic. He was happy though . . honest !!! :-D

are the pics from the lumix si?.
Yep. Pleased with the quality of the pics so far, albiet i think i can get them better with more use of the different pre-set modes on it. Hopefully i'll get plenty of practice on the Bass this year !!! :-D
 

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Nice fishing guys!! Let me know when you fish Garnffrwd next will be up for a sesh!! I also need to remind Jaime (the owner) about his expeditions in a Birmingham srtip club!!! couldnt concentrate on my demonstration at the go fishing show in the NEC the following day!!!
Iestyn, sounds like grounds for negotiating a discount??
 

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Jesus, I look like I need a good sh*t, Next time I promise to smile!!

I look forward to seeing Iestyn and Tim at Garnffrwd. A Welsh bumble pre Spring Bass run. Cracking day, I was more excited to see Simon catch than me.

Lovely days fishing
 

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Nice fishing, Marc. Defo have a pre-bass meet there.
 

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Well done guys just what I needed to see.
 
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