Shooting season is over and the guns are cleaned, oiled and put away, time to turn my attentions back to the fly fishing.
The next few weeks is going to be a busy one at the vice for me, replenishing the fly boxes for the new season ahead, not only on topping up my salt water patterns but, on starting a fresh on a new batch of sea trout (sewin) flies.
There was once a time I was addicted to sea trout fishing and I spent the best part of twenty years of my life solely targeting these magnificent creatures, with a number of productive rivers right on my doorstep most nights of the week I would be found sitting bankside waiting for the lights to go out.
When I say “Most nights of the week” I mean at least four or five and for a great part of it seven, I really can’t put in to words the effect these fish had on me, obsessed would be a understatement. Holding down a full time job and sea trout fishing is not ideal when you have such a obsession, I would try my hardest to limit my weekday sessions to around 1am but, of course, if the fish were on, my limit would go out the window, many a time I’ve found myself walking off the river and driving straight to work.
As I referred to in a past blog, I achieved about as much as I wanted to on the sea trout, targets were set and broken and I just felt the time was right to move on. After so many years at the game I did start to lose the enthusiasm for it, I was not getting that buzz I once was , It was time for a change and a new challenge. I dabbled with saltwater fly fishing for many years but, the past six years has seen all my efforts directed towards the sport and it’s been a blast!, the enthusiasm I was lacking and the buzz I was missing rekindle……So why the return to sea trout fishing?
Salt water fly fishing is so weather dependent around the South Wales coast that many times through a season I get blown off the water, for days, sometimes weeks with a persistent south westerly wind. Although I get plenty of time at the vice to tie flies during these periods my need/urge to be close to water waving a fly rod around, chucking a lure at something fishy is what I crave….I need that fix!
The other reason for my return to sea trout fishing was while fly fishing for mullet in a local estuary last season, the size of some of the sea trout that swam past me at this mark sure got the heart racing a little faster and rekindled some fond memories. They past with in feet of me in no more than eighteen inches of water, I could make out every beautiful detail of them, those spots, that shape, streamlined power, wow! That’s when I decided what I was going to do this year when conditions dictate I can’t hit the surf.
I won’t be going at them with the same conviction I showed all those years ago and most of my fishing will be concentrated around daytime/evening sessions, with night time forays limited to the weekends. I say that now but, who knows? With me, when it comes to fishing, anything can happen. Having been out of it for so long I’m really not sure what to expect? All I’ve had the past few seasons from the guys still at it is doom and gloom reports, there’s no doubt about it that sea trout are in decline and numbers have been steadily dwindling for many years despite the great efforts of a select few to turn things around. Anyway, enough of that, could be a future blog.
The water I’m going to be fishing (fishing most) is new to me, not new in the fact I don’t know of it, just that I have never sent a line across it. Why,I really don’t know it’s no more than a stone’s throw from the house. It’s a very intimate little river, boulder strewn with many a twists and turns, weirs, and some deep gorges. As well as the salmon and sea trout that run it there is also a healthy population of wild brown which will provide me with some sport. I’m quite sure it’s going to be a tough nut to crack and honestly don’t think it’s going to give up its inhabitants to me with ease, I’ve so much to learn about it, I could take a short cut and fish the rivers I know so well but, I’m really up for the challenge of this one.
I’m also really excited this year to be putting the new Airflo Airlite V2 fly rods to the test. I honestly think Airflo are on to a winner with this new range, which brings back the original blank from 9 years ago with re-tweaked and improved actions for 2017. I simply cannot wait to try them out on some hard fighting Welsh sea trout – watch this space!