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Members are invited to send in any articles about fishing trips/holidays or venues that they have enjoyed. Information about fishing venues can be of help and interest to other members so it  doesn’t matter whether  it is somewhere local or across the other side of the world, share it. Any photographs add to the enjoyment and are welcome.

 

Submittted by Paul Heavens.

Grayling Society Symposium and Fishing Trip

The Dee at Carrog

Several anglers from our region made the trip across to Wrexham for the Grayling Society Symposium on Saturday 21st October. It also gave us the opportunity to meet up with Invicta member Peter Oldham who moved to Cheshire last year. We had booked in for the whole weekend in the hope of some decent fishing on the river Dee on the Sunday; this had been arranged by the society and we were told about our beats and supplied with maps.

Dave Southall

The symposium had some good speakers and in particular Dave Southall gave an excellent (and impressive) demonstration of Italian style casting and Tenkara. He was casting very light lines 1, 2 and 3 weight into a strong breeze and still getting distance and accuracy.

For the ‘centre pin’ enthusiasts Alan Roe gave a tutorial on using the ‘Wallis cast’, a method of casting at distance with a centre pin reel. Very impressive and he made it look much easier than I’m sure it is. It needs practice and requires the skill of getting your timing correct with different hands doing different things – much like the skill required for the double haul.

Chaps from our area: Martyn Sharp, Mac McDonald, Ray Storer, Bill Knights, Paul Heavens and Peter Oldham

Sadly, during the afternoon ‘Storm David’ made its way across Wales and hourly river reports were showing a rapid rise in levels and wind speed. By Sunday morning we were advised not to attempt fishing as it was up by 1.06m which was a big disappointment, however some of us decided to familiarise ourselves with some of the beats and see what we were missing.

One of the chaps from our area Martyn Sharp from Peterborough is a very experienced all round course angler and had taken his trotting gear. He decided it was worth a try and positioned himself near Glyndyfrdwy bridge on the Llangollen to Corwen stretch and took 4 grayling and two brownies. He was probably one of the only people to take a fish from the Dee that day. I told him that he needs widen his angling to include the fly rod and plans a day Grafham before too long. He was very interested in the fly casting clinic that Invicta are planning in the New Year.

So, a very enjoyable weekend in good company (at times we got a bit thirsty and had to do something about it) and next year it will be held in the North East.

 

 

 

Submittted by Peter Oldham.

No 5lb Rainbows Here! …The River Dane 

The River Dane originates on the western slopes of the Pennines, springing from
numerous underground waterways and aquifers together with run-off from the hills.

Click link to read article:  No 5lb Rainbows here!

Submittted by Steve Middleton.

Memories of the annual Pilgrimage Match

Click link to read article:  Pilgrimage Memories

 

 

Submittted by Graham Williams.

 

Fishing the Discovery Passage between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia

 

Click link to read article: Fishing in Canada

Submitted by John Reynolds.

Wild Trout in Cambridge

River Granta trout - John Reynolds

Invicta member John Reynolds has been fishing using the Tenkara method for three or four seasons and shows that he has perfected his this style of fly fishing  by being rewarded with a fine wild brownie.

The fish was  taken on a ‘daddy’ just a short distance from the Cambridge city centre.

 

 

 

 

Submitted by John Caldwell.

One for the List

Driffield BeckI recently made the trip to East Yorkshire to fish the Mulberry Whin beat of Driffield West Beck which has been described as one of the finest stretches of Chalkstream fishing in the UK www.mulberry-whin.com

Andrew Dixon and family own the fishing which is

Nice Brown caught by John

Nice Brown caught by John

single upstream dry fly or nymph, barbless or debarbed hooks maximum size 12. The Yorkshire chalkstream has brown trout, grayling and the occasional rainbow (you are asked to remove any rainbows caught). There is B&B accommodation at the farmhouse for a price.

The river is delightful and you may see kingfishers, otters and water voles if you are lucky, Canada geese and cormorants if you’re not. There is a maximum of four rods per day and this time of year a day rod costs £60.00 (range £50 to £70 depending on season). Winter Grayling fishing from 1st October costs from £20 to £30.

I had two nice brownies on a day which was torrential rain when they left Lincoln but sunny by lunchtime.