Cwellyn and Tal-y-llyn – Boat and bank fishing in North Wales

In this guest blog post angling writer Wynn Davies shares his experience of fly fishing in spectacular North Wales over two eventful days, where camaraderie, breathtaking views and great fishing figure highly…

There are encounters in your life that you regret and there are encounters you celebrate.  It is always a double-edge sword to meet other anglers for the first time, especially in the close confines of a boat. To share a boat can be very unforgiving, as it magnifies the divisions and differences and can be intolerable. However, it can be one of the greatest joys and experiences that you will forever treasure.

One such encounter occurred recently, when, as part of the Monnow Rivers Auction. I was guiding Dave Smith and Lee Evans on lakes in North Wales. Two very experienced anglers and avid wild trout fishermen. It does not matter how experienced you are, it can be daunting hosting anglers of this ability, but being on familiar territory is a huge advantage.

The glorious Llyn Cwellyn

The glorious Llyn Cwellyn

The first day was boat fishing on Llyn Cwellyn, this 215 acre lake is special, as it holds wild brown trout, char, sea-trout and salmon. Admittedly populations of the latter species am unsure of, but you never know what you might encounter and it has the added bonus of being in a stunning location, After a good evening in the Black Boy Hostelry in Caernarfon and an eventful time picking keys up from the Cwellyn Arms, we were finally afloat on Cwellyn.

The boat - ready for a days drifting on Cwellyn

The boat – ready for a days drifting on Cwellyn

The lake is an intriguing challenge. Each area has its own characteristics, the roadside bank holds the larger fish, the far bank has much smaller fish. Whilst the areas where the river enters, at this time of year could hold char, sea-trout and salmon, where they might pause before they run upstream. So, you never know what you might catch, which causes a strike timing conundrum.

It was a cloudless bright day with an easterly wind so the portents were not good. We started to drift from the boat jetty, fishing the classic short line loch style, and drifted through the top end of the lake and onto the roadside bank, we did not encounter a single fish or see one rise. Even though the conditions were not on our side, we had a good wave and I was surprised that we had not risen a fish.

As we drifted down tight to the far bank, things began to change Dave and Lee started rising and catching fish, it was not the frenetic action you sometimes see in Cwellyn, they were very localized, which is unusual , as the bank usually fishes well throughout the drift.  Once the productive areas were fished, they would not fish again, it seemed that the trout were sulking in the bright sun.

A pretty wild Cwellyn trout

A pretty wild Cwellyn trout

Since the fish had gone quiet we decided to try the other bank, and yes fish were caught but they were smaller than before, which is typical of the lake, however, as is always the case with wild trout, what they lack in size they more than make up with their agility and energy. Then all of a sudden it was lunchtime, the bonhomie and laughter that ensued, is what makes fishing such a special sport, sharing great food with a nice glass of red wine on the bank of a beautiful Welsh lake is something that lingers long in the memory.

Lunch with a glass of fine wine!

Lunch with a glass of fine wine!

Dragging ourselves slightly reluctantly to the boat we finished  the drift and then decided to head back up to the top of the lake to see if we could encounter some of the lake’s other residents. Sadly we did not, though it no way detracted from the enjoyment of the day. Time had come to pack up and travel to our next location, Cwellyn, had given us a first day to remember.

Now the Llew Coch in Dinas Mawddwy is one of those no-nonsense country pubs I love, where we enjoyed great beer and food, before retiring happy and sated, to dream of what the next day might bring. The day dawned and I was high with anticipation, the lake would be, for me, something of an exploration of my past. Talyllyn or Llyn Mwyngil is a lake I have loved ever since I first set eyes on it many, many years ago, It was once one of Wales’ foremost wild brown trout waters, until it was taken over by Welsh Water and stocked.

Talyllyn or Llyn Mwyngil

Talyllyn or Llyn Mwyngil

After going through tumultuous times, the present owners are committed to restoring it’s fertile 220 acres as a wild trout fishery, therefore it has not been stocked for over 4 years. To fish it was going to be very interesting and to spice it up even further it has a good run of sea-trout and salmon and had hardly been fished. I also had the joy that my son, Huw was joining us for the day, the lake has captured his heart equally.

Although the owners only allow bank fishing at the moment, they are planning to allow boat fishing and float-tubing in the near future. Arriving at the lake and having a reconnoiter, two problems immediately become apparent, there are areas of the lake that has a significant weed problem, and the farmer on the far bank has erected  fence with double barbed wire, to within a yard of the waters edges. Not ideal but not insurmountable.

As the near bank borders the road we braved the far bank, climbing gingerly over the barbed wire, as one slip meant a ruined pair of waders, we walked down the bank to the areas Huw and I knew to be very productive, when it was a wild fishery.  As the day was cloudy with the occasional squall, I had a good feeling in my bones and so it proved. Dave, Lee and Huw were catching , with fish to 1 ½lb coming to the net.

Dave casting his line on Tal-y-llyn

Dave casting his line on Tal-y-llyn

As lunchtime beckoned, Lee gave a huge shout and the reason was all too apparent, his rod had a mighty bend. We rushed over to watch the battle, it was a great fish, Lee after a few anxious moments with the fish diving into the weed, finally netted a super fit wild brown trout of just 1oz short of 4lb, which was released with a flourish.

A superb wild trout from tal-y-llyn

A superb wild trout from tal-y-llyn

There was only one thing to do after such a great capture and that was to break for lunch. There is nothing and I mean nothing, that gives pleasure as much as like minded people enjoying beautiful scenery, and toasting the capture of a beautiful brown trout with a glass of red wine.

Lunch finished we resumed fishing and caught fish, but decided to pack up early as there was a long drive ahead.  For me it was a special weekend, met two great people, fished with my son, encountered superb wild fish and laughed, it does not get much better than that.

As for the flies we used they were mainly, Daddy Longlegs, Red Arsed Kate Hoppers, Sedgehogs and a Dirty Filthy Sooty (one of Dave’s flies), most tinged with some claret in the body. Fished on the surface they worked on both lakes, especially on Talyllyn, as with the weed present it would have been foolish to go sub-surface.

Author: Wynn Davies

Happiness personified - Lee Evans with a Tal-y-llyn special

Happiness personified – Lee Evans with a special Tal-y-llyn trout

The Quiet Time By Rene’ Harrop October, 2019

Short days often cold and damp are features that many find limiting and too uncomfortable for outdoor pursuits. These are among the influencing factors that bring change to the activity level on the waters of the Yellowstone region. Though far from deserted, premier lakes and rivers have largely lost their attraction to fair weather anglers at a time when fishing can be at its best.

October Prize

October Prize

Despite its unpredictable weather, October is the month chosen by the most serious of fly fishers to ply their skills on waters like the Henry’s Fork or Henry’s Lake. This is the quiet time on these otherwise busy trout fisheries and many who are found on the water are professional river guides who finally find fishing time for themselves after a long season of assisting paying clients. Others from the fly-fishing industry may travel many miles to reunite with trout and friends that are visited only at this time of year.

October Snow

October Snow

October is a time of particular importance to me as it marks the final month of life in the mountains where I spend half of each year. Whether fishing a Baetis hatch on the river or stripping submerged flies on still water, I savor the last days in a place where winter arrives early and departs late. Many of those days are shared with friends whom I care for most and respect far beyond common acquaintance.

Stillwater Gem

Stillwater Gem

By month’s end, it is not uncommon to find the landscape of the upper Henry’s Fork Drainage strongly influenced by conditions resembling winter as much as fall. By then, I will have relocated thirty-five miles downstream where the weather generally remains more seasonable well into November. But before my attention turns to the lower Fork and its resident brown trout, there will be golden days of fly-fishing prosperity on the upper river.

Quiet Time

Quiet Time

It is in this treasured time that I reflect on a balanced life that does not require leaving my homeland or the river I love regardless of the season.

 

Gear Test – Airflo Airtex 2 Wading Boot Review

In this article reproduced from Trout Fisherman Magazine Robbie Winram reviews the Airflo Airtex 2 fly fishing wading boots.

If weight is an important issue in your choice of wading boots check out these new Vibram-soled Airtex Pro boots that tip the scales at a mere 1lb 14oz for the pair of size 10’s that I had for review.

Gear on test - Airflo Airtex 2 Wading boots

Gear on test – Airflo Airtex 2 Wading boots

The uppers are made from a light but durable and abrasion-resistant synthetic material, and protection has been added in the form of a reinforced rubber toe, heel and side bumper that runs all the way around the boot. All this is bonded to the business part of the boot – the dense foam midsole and Vibram hydrogrip sole.

Although this particular sole design does not have an aggressive cleated pattern it does provide excellent grip over a range of slippery surfaces. If you find you need extra grip on very difficult terrain such as weed-covered boulders, you can add studs to give that extra bite.

The sole curves over the front of the boot to add a little more in the way of protection to the toe area. Second only in importance to the sole, for me anyway, is the quality of the toe box. There was sufficient reinforcement for it not to buckle over my toes when I was in deeper water, it offered good protection from toe strikes and there was plenty of wiggle room for my toes.

These are very easy boots to get in and out of with four sets of webbing eyelets and two pairs of quick-release metal lace hooks on the ankle. The thick laces tighten easily and although the tongue, which has reinforced abrasion panels, doesn’t have a lot of padding there’s sufficient to stop the laces from cutting down on top of your foot. While I was breaking the boots in I just used the webbing eyelets and the first set of metal hooks, which still gave sufficient comfort and support.

The boots are padded around the ankle and ankle cuff, have removable insoles, a pull tab on the heel and two drain holes on the inside edge of each boot.

Available in sizes 7-13. Also available with a felt sole in the same size range and price.

VERDICT:

The combination of the sole, fit and the lightness makes for a very comfortable and easy boot to walk in. Being synthetic they do dry quickly. Only a longer test will determine their durability.

Airflo Airtex 2 fly fishing wading boots are available here.

Fly Fishing For Bass

The sun beams down as you begin to rethink if the clammy wading jacket was a good idea, you leave the giggles and shouts of eager summer beach goers behind. You navigate a labyrinth of gullies and boulders only separated by small patches of sand. The mellow thundering of lapping waves takes over. You take a few steps into the water and feel the cooling sensation as the first wave crashes against your side and the salty spray hits your face in the onshore breeze. Maybe the wading jacket was a good idea after all…. this can only mean one thing. Summer fly fishing for bass!

Fly fishing for bass

Fly fishing for bass

If there’s one thing I’m confident in my ability to fish for and understand it’s bass! Since the age of 13 when I first picked up a fishing rod. The species that sparked my teenage fishing obsession is bass.

I’ve since evolved and expanded my bass bait and lure fishing to include fly fishing, becoming obsessionally concerned with trout, salmon and sea trout.

However, despite a passion for fly fishing since being able to drive, fly fishing and bass fishing never crossed paths. They were two very distinct disciplines that I equally enjoyed. I would often tell myself catching bass up to 12lb on light lure tackle was plenty sport. Why should I make it harder?

Well, I guess as happens to some anglers. It becomes less and less about catching numbers, more about those moments that you will cherish and remember for many years to come. Therefore last year after many difficult nights in pursuit of sea trout. I took my usual #7 to the salt and begun putting the wealth of bass fishing knowledge I’ve spent my youth developing into the skills more recently built on in fly fishing. A romance of two true passions.

Bass on the fly

Bass on the fly

Needless to say, I swallowed a slice of humble pie. I was understanding of why some anglers now spend hours driving to the coast to wave a fly rod about, and why some anglers solely chased them on fly. It was relaxing, skillful and strangely rewarding, yet the moment you feel the line tighten and spring off the water as the rod hoops over, you feel on top of the world with adrenaline and sense of achievement.

Saltwater fly fishing is not for the beginner. You must have a good base level of casting, line management and more so understanding of the saltwater environment and your target species.

Although my bass fishing is now being done with a #9, as I strive to throw a large fly a reasonable distance in proper open coast Bassy conditions. There is absolutely nothing to stop your average U.K. fly fisher turning their hand to this sport with their standard reservoir or sea trout outfit! In-fact, this is exactly how I started out fishing and on a beach or estuary where the bass can be caught under your feet and don’t require too much bullying this is still the perfect set up.

The Airflo Sniper fly line and V2 fly reel are a great bass combo!!

The Airflo Sniper fly line and V2 fly reel are a great bass combo!!

I found the Airflo Forty Plus sniper fly lines absolutely perfect for the salt and able to throw most Bass flies you’re likely to use. With the sniper being another more lazy but efficient line to cast, although I must admit when conditions allow I prefer being able to false cast a longer line than 30ft head. I will be experimenting with more of the wonderful Airflo fly lines before the season draws to an end and report back my findings and preferences!

Finding bass

Firstly unfortunately bass marks are small areas with narrow windows of opportunity. Bass fishermen are known for being secretive and with the commercial and angling pressure on them being high, good spots are often kept between sealed lips.

What I can tell you though, is finding Bass means finding “edges” and the more edges you can pair together the more likely you may be in catching them.

A stunning bass beach in september - not a soul in sight!

A stunning bass beach – now to find them!!

These edges include:

Drop offs, edges where sand meets rock, edges of rips, edges where day becomes night (or vice versa), edges of physical structures and edges of where fresh and saltwater meet.

Typical ground to hunt bass ranges from open stretches of rocky coastline, clean surf beaches, rocky edges and points of beaches and estuaries.

These will fish on all sizes and stages of tides and it really is a case of putting in the time and working out the window of opportunity at each mark. With experience you will begin to be able to tell from a glance (with an educated guess). However for rock marks, generally try the first or last two hours of the flooding tide, estuaries the last hour of high when at the tidal limit or last two of the ebb further down the estuary. Surf beaches are any state of tide, it’s just a case of figuring the pattern but begin to focus either side of high or low in short regular sessions until the trend emerges.

Suitable flies for bass fly fishing in the UK

Suitable flies for bass fly fishing in the UK

The beauty of the U.K. is that you’re never far from the coastline, nor bass that will take a fly. They live everywhere, but…most are caught in small windows of opportunity and the skill lies in deciphering this! I hope this encourages you to get out this month with a few 4-6 inch Sandeel flies (surf candies etc) and sink your teeth into one of the most exciting and challenging forms of fly fishing the U.K. has to offer. Don’t be daunted by the experience and start the learning curve. The satisfaction when it comes together will be worth it!

5 tips to remember for bass fly fishing in the sea:

  1. Be stubborn, believe it’s possible and don’t give up – it’s easy to be overwhelmed in a big ocean, but under the right conditions catching bass on the fly is more than possible.
  2. Change location not your fly – you’ll catch more bass by finding them then swapping flies for what isn’t there! Pick a fly that suits the water clarity and stick with it.
  3. Wash down your gear – You’ll quickly ruin your gear if you’re not washing it down after each session a little 5 minutes TLC goes a long way.
  4. Don’t be wrapped up in having to fish SW winds and big tides – yes some areas suit this but just as many produce in the complete opposite,especially for fly fishing. Experiment and don’t follow “rules”.
  5. Vary your retrieves! Bass will some days want a fly stripped FAST almost faster than you can manage, where as some days they’ll demand a fly crawled back slow or swung in the current.

Tightlines,

Nathanial James

About the author: Nathanial James is a passionate Surfer come somewhat obsessed angler from Swansea, South Wales, UK. Be sure to Check out his Hook’n’Surf blog for more bass fishing tips!

An Excuse to Fish More – Testing Airflo SuperFlo Lines

Living in the heart of American trout country and spending in excess of one hundred days annually with a fly rod in my hands does not mean that an excuse to spend even more time on the water is not entirely welcome. This was the effect of a package recently received from Gareth Jones.

Testing On The Fork

SuperFlo Testing On The Fork

With more than a year of development already in the books, it was finally my turn to try a new series of specialized fly lines from Airflo. Enthusiastic reports over the preceding months had revved the anticipation to the top of the scale by the time I was able to spool the first of several new tapers and head for the Henry’s Fork.

The timing for testing the SuperFlo Elite presentation line could not have been more ideal on a river known for its high demands in all aspects of the tool set required for consistent success in overcoming some of the world’s most elusive trout.

Henry's Fork Brown

Henry’s Fork Brown

With the full length of the most productive stretch in prime condition, my testing has been covering the delicate and precise requirements of fishing small dries to muscular rainbows on the slow moving and mostly wadable Harriman Ranch as well as a bigger and quicker Henry’s Fork thirty miles downstream. It is on the lower Fork where size ten and twelve drake hatches bring a heavier work load when a sixty foot or longer cast is often needed to reach big browns rising in deeper water.

Test On Still Water

Test On Still Water

The Still Water Taper was the other line selected for immediate sampling as all local lakes become hard to resist. With names like Henry’s, Hebgen, and Sheridan to choose from, there is no shortage of opportunity to a shoot accurate and well-timed casts to cruising surface feeders or extend to maximum distance when fishing a team of nymphs beneath the surface.

A Partner In Testing

A Partner In Testing

With the new SuperFlo Xceed and River and Stream tapers still waiting for my attention, the work continues. And while not always comforting to Bonnie, the excuse to fish more is not likely to end anytime soon. This is an exciting time to be a part of the Airflo team.

Think Floating Line…Think SuperFlo… Think Airflo…. Fly Line Review By Ben Fox

I, like most people, have tried a multitude of floating lines and each person has their own personal favourite… I had mine, and now I have the new SuperFlo floating line from Airflo.

The range is extensive with weights, tapers and colours to suit every freshwater fly angler. From the SuperFlo Stillwater with hi-vis chartreuse head to the Presentation taper with subtle colours, you’ll find the line to suit your fishing. Featuring one of the thinnest diameter running lines on the market these lines fly! Combined with a slick highly buoyant coating, welded loops and low stretch cores these lines have impressed both myself and scores of others (the score goes up with every new caster!)

SuperFlo stillwater fly line on test

SuperFlo stillwater fly line on test

Stillwater taper:

An updated version of the incredibly popular delta taper, the new Stillwater taper provides faster rod loading due to the slightly shorter front taper bringing the weight of the belly into the cast sooner. Marrying the ability to cast distance with presentation is not an easy task but the delta taper has never failed and the updated version continues to provide accuracy at distance, which it achieves easily with its ultra-slick coating and ultra-thin running line.

Airflo SuperFlo Stillwater taper

Airflo SuperFlo Stillwater taper

Presentation taper:

The Elite taper has always lived up to its name and combined with Airflo’s new FLO technology and subtle low visibility colours this line is a truly precious tool, perfectly designed for targeting those tricky rises where inches make all the difference.

Airflo SuperFlo Presentation taper

Airflo SuperFlo Presentation taper

Putting it to work…

Fitting in a quick test session around clients with photography done by my partner Jess, I had been looking forward to testing this line for a while so I was excited to get started. Tackling up my 10ft 7 weight Airlite V2 with a single fab on a 12ft leader of 8lb Airflo G3 I began to put the line through its paces at Kilnsey Park in the Yorkshire Dales. I had a few things I want to test out… roll casting, precision and distance. I have the Stillwater taper with the hi-vis head which really helped me to watch my loops and what a joy to watch a line working this well!

The stillwater taper with it's hi-vis head

The stillwater taper with it’s hi-vis head

Roll casting: Often over-looked, the roll cast really should be a part of your armoury as a modern fly angler and the Superflo makes this that little bit easier. Not only did it handle the fixed line casts well providing well formed, tight loops but with shooting line it was also very easily manageable.

Roll casting with the SuperFlo stillwater taper

Roll casting with the SuperFlo stillwater taper

Precision: One of the great things about Kilnsey Park is the willingness for fish to rise freely. There are plenty of targets for me to aim for. I found the line easily followed the path I sent it on and landed softly enough to not disturb even the spookiest fish.

Distance: Yes! This line will get the distance you need, it only took me a few practices to shoot the full line. And then, after a couple more attempts, I got the casting down to a roll into a false cast into the shoot to send the whole line out. The slick coating flies through the rings!

The SuperFlo line will get the distance you need

The SuperFlo line will get the distance you need

I targeted fish with my fab and hooked a few with takes coming static on the surface and on a slow figure of eight before I swapped to a haystack hairs ear and did the same retrieves. The fish kept coming and by the time my client had arrived I was certain this review would write itself. I was, and am, incredibly impressed!

To Summarise…

The SuperFlo, it’s a step up in floating fly lines from the people who perfected the worlds best sinkers. Get yours for the limited time offer of just £49.99 from all good Airflo dealers and Fishtec Tackle.

Fly fishing with the SuperFlo from Airflo

Fly fishing with the SuperFlo from Airflo

Article by Ben Fox.

To arrange a guided day or fly fishing tuition you can contact Ben via email on: benfox@fly-guy.co.uk

Facts and info:

The Presentation is available in WF3F to WF7F with a Lichen Green Head and Sunrise Yellow running line.

The Stillwater is available in WF5-WF9 and two head colours, Hi-Vis Chartreuse or Low-Vis Lichen green, both have an ivory coloured running line and are 35yds long.

The Presentation features Airflo’s Elite taper design and is a true to weight AFTM fly line.

The Stillwater features an updated version of the Delta taper, the slightly shorter front taper brings the weight of the belly into the cast sooner and loads quickly to help you cover rising fish fast.

Fly Fishing Gear On Test – Airflo Airtex Pro Clothing Review

If you are looking for a new set of waterproof, breathable fishing clothing then this review might be of use. Here Robbie Winram of Trout Fisherman magazine takes a closer look at the new Airtex Pro range of fly fishing clothing from tackle company Airflo.

Airflo’s new clothing range consists of three key elements: a wading jacket, three quarter length jacket and a bib and brace, and they are what I would class as ‘shell’ garments.

They are made from a three-layer nylon fabric and importantly there is no loose material or mesh linings, the layers are all formed into one. This makes them more durable and the fine backing layer on the inside enables them to slide and ride freely over your base and mid layers. They are also very quick-drying, and will shed water with one good shake. All three garments have a durable water-repellent finish, feature fully taped seams and are windproof, waterproof and breathable.

There’s nice attention to detail on the zips which all have high-vis yellow nylon cords with rubber pull tabs, and all tuck away into their own protective fabric housings.

Wading jacket

I had the large size for review and it sat comfortably at hip level. It has a main single zip opening with a good-size storm baffle behind it and the zip tucks away into a neat fleece lined chinguard that forms part of the high collar. The collar’s microfleece lining provides warmth and comfort around your neck.

Airflo Airtex pro wading jacket

Airflo Airtex pro wading jacket

The collar also houses the fold-away hood. When the hood is pulled out the collar can be folded down and secured in place with velcro fastenings. The hood itself is a very good design, giving excellent protection from the elements while also allowing for good peripheral vision. It has a reasonably stiff peak and an elasticated cord and toggle lock adjuster each side so it can be tightened around the face. The volume of the hood can be adjusted by another elasticated cord and toggle lock adjuster on the back of the head.

The sides of the hood can also be fastened to the collar with popper studs, helping to hold it in place. The jacket sleeves taper down to soft rubber cuffs with a tab and velcro fastening on the outside.There are no internal pockets, but on the outside there are plenty!

On the chest there are two large box pockets with vertical zips on their inside edges, protected by stormflaps. On the front of these pockets are smaller zipped accessory pockets, and set behind them are zipped pockets with a micro-fleece lining on one side to keep your hands warm. There’s also a small zipped pocket on the left arm.

Additional features include two rubber tool tabs located just above the right hand pocket, two D-rings set into fabric covers just below the chest pockets, and a larger D-ring on the back of the neck. The bottom hem has an elasticated cord and toggle lock adjusters and I notice that seams have been kept away from the vulnerable areas over the tops of the shoulders.

Airtex Pro jacket adjustable storm cuffs

Airtex Pro jacket adjustable storm cuffs

Bib & brace

The perfect garment to partner up with a wading jacket on the bank or in the boat as they provide maximum coverage, especially around the waist and the upper body. The high wear areas around the seat, crotch, knees and the inside of the ankles are further strengthened with extra fabric panels. An elasticated section at the back of the waist and a set of adjustable, elasticated webbing braces (fixed at the back and with quick-release
buckles at the front), ensure a snug and comfortable fit.

Airflo Airtex Pro bib and brace

Airflo Airtex Pro bib and brace

The main single zip opening is protected by a rain gutter and a large stormflap that secures with four popper studs. The legs are slightly contoured and articulated for
freedom of movement, and incorporate 10-inch zips that open up a gusset section at the ankles. This increases the leg opening by 3.5 inches, but I still wouldn’t try pulling them over your boots. The zips are protected by a stormflap with velcro fasteners. There’s an additional velcro tab adjustment on the bottom hem of the legs so you can cinch them up over your boots. There are four pockets – a small zipped pocket on the left chest, two zipped flat pockets on the waist and a thigh pocket with a large stormflap and velcro closure.

I had the medium size bib and brace with an inside leg seam of 33 inches and a waist of 38 inches. They were a good fit but just too long in the leg, so I had to pull them up slightly and secure them using the velcro tab at the ankles.

Airtex Pro B&B with detailing of storm flap and leg gusset

Airtex Pro B&B with detailing of storm flap and leg gusset

Three-quarter jacket

This is the perfect length to give good coverage over a set of thigh waders or waterproof trousers. It has the same sleeve, hood and collar design as the wading jacket, but the pocket layout is different. There are two chest pockets with vertical zips and two more at waist level that have micro-fleece linings on one side. There are no D-rings on this jacket, and because the yoke design is slightly different there is a seam running over the shoulders. I picked the large jacket which was a roomy fit in the body and sleeves, and it actually seemed at least half a size larger than the wading jacket.

Airtex Pro 34 Jacket - hood down and hood up

Airtex Pro Three-quarter jacket – hood down and hood up

VERDICT:

I think this is the best set of clothing that Airflo have produced to date, both in terms of value for money, comfort and design. They provide great coverage and protection from the elements and the hood design on the jackets is excellent.

The three Airtex Pro fly fishing garments are available in M to XXL and all cost £99.99 each, or buy any Airtex Pro jacket and the bib & brace for £179.99.

AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE HERE

New Airflo SuperFlo Fly Lines

With almost every angler looking for improved performance from the single most used fly line on the planet; it’s easy to see why a floating fly line that casts easier, floats higher where required, has almost zero memory and lasts measurably longer than any competitor would be deemed a significant benefit – enter SuperFlo!

Historically, Airflo floating lines have not always been at the top table, whilst having several properties that make them incredible, they have sometimes been lacking in certain areas. Things have changed in recent years, with the Ridge Lines in particular being superb floating fly lines. Moving forward, SuperFlo are the next generation of floating fly lines from Airflo and we feel they can now sit at the head of the table.

Airflo SuperFlo Fly lines

Airflo SuperFlo Fly lines

How

Airflo are the only company who extrude Polyurethane as super tough coating on their fly lines, but with extrusion comes certain technical difficulties that have up to this point made it impossible to smoothly make a large ratio between head and running line diameters.

Low diameter running lines are a key element of making a line come to life, giving both the head and the rod increased line/recovery speed that really make you smile when you cast.

With the inclusion of Airflo’s new FLO technology, they are are now able to make lines that have running lines slimmer in diameter than any competitor, without any of the durability issues associated with PVC.

Historically the running line diameter of a #5 Airflo floating fly line would be in the region of 1.1mm and our competitors, as low as 0.95mm. Now with Flo technology, Airflo are able to smoothly transfer to running line diameters as lows as 0.85mm on the same line. This may only seem fractional, but due to the reduction in line weight, the head of your fly line is now able to pick up a longer length of running line on the final delivery.

Airflo SuperFlo - New Super low diameter running lines!

Airflo SuperFlo – New Super low diameter running lines!

The head on each line is created with a supple PU coating that takes less energy to form a casting loop, making the line far more efficient at generating line speed. Whilst the running lines are made from a harder skin, to make them handle well and last even longer. At the start of each running line is a 20’ ‘Low Compression Zone’ another Airflo initiative that improves haul speed and makes the line feel really slick on very long casts.

CDC – Complete density control, allows Airflo to change density and water repellent levels appropriate to the situation a line is used – for instance, a Long distance Lake Line will have lower buoyancy levels than a Presentation line designed to float high at short range on a bumbling stream.

Airflo SuperFlo - the Super fly line!

Airflo SuperFlo – the Super fly line!

What

Airflo’s brand new SuperFlo Series is a product we have always wanted to offer – finally there is a floating line that will seriously improve your experience on the water. It maintains all the benefits of low stretch cores, neat welded loops, whilst incorporating Airflo FLO technology to make what we believe is the ultimate floating fly line.

TAPER DESIGN

Initially available in two taper designs, a Presentation taper and a Stillwater taper.

The Presentation is available in WF3F to WF7F with a Lichen Green Head and Sunrise Yellow running line. The Stillwater is available in WF5-WF9 and two head colours, Hi-Vis Fluo. Chartreuse or Low-Vis Lichen green, both have an ivory coloured running line and are 35yds long.

The Presentation features the Elite taper design and is a true to weight AFTM fly line.

  • TIP -0.5’
  • FRONT TAPER – 7.5’
  • BELLY – 25’
  • REAR TAPER – 7’
  • RUNNING LINE – 50’

The Stillwater features an updated version of the famous Airflo Delta taper, the slightly shorter front taper brings the weight of the belly into the cast sooner and loads quickly to help you cover rising fish fast.

  • TIP -1’
  • FRONT TAPER – 15’
  • BELLY – 18’
  • REAR TAPER – 12’
  • RUNNING LINE – 59’


Pricing

All SuperFlo lines will have an RRP of £69.99, but as an introductory offer to UK customers will be available at £49.99 for the first 3 months after the launch.

SUPERFLO PRESENTATION LINES ARE AVAILABLE HERE

SUPERFLO STILLWATER LINES ARE AVAILABLE HERE

The Month of Big Flies By Rene’ Harrop – June 2019

To state that the Henry’s Fork supports an extensive menu of trout foods might be an understatement. Aquatic invertebrates that annually cycle through a full year on what has been described by some as the most prolific insect factory on the planet represent an ever-changing display of insect life. For the most part, hatches on this amazing fishery seldom exceed size fourteen as individual organisms and the majority are considerably smaller.

A Mouthful

A Mouthful

Much of the difficulty associated with this iconic river relates to the precision required in overcoming exceptionally wary trout that grow large by resisting any weakness in physical skill or intellectual qualification.  Fortunately, there is an exception to the small flies, long leaders, and delicate presentation that generally describe the Henry’s Fork dry fly experience. This thirty-day reprieve from eye squinting intensity occurs at the beginning of the summer season when the days finally warm and winter becomes just a memory in the high country.

Known as the month of big flies, it is understandable why June is the most attractive time to visit the Henry’s Fork. This is the period when fishing can be a comparatively relaxed exercise as cautious trout succumb to the irresistible attraction of flies size twelve and larger.

Salmon Fly

Salmon Fly

The feast begins with giant Salmon flies that can reach two inches in length followed by Golden Stones, only slightly smaller than their orange colored cousins.

For decades, Green Drakes have been the headline hatch for much of the length of the Henry’s Fork. At a solid size ten, they are actually slightly smaller than the Brown Drakes which inhabit slower stretches of the upper river. At size twelve, Gray Drakes carry enough bulk to entice the same enthusiastic response as the larger mayflies, and they exist from the source to the confluence with the main Snake River more than fifty miles downstream.

Salmon Fly Brown

Salmon Fly Brown

Understandably, the opportunity of fishing to big rising rainbows and browns on imitations as large as size four comes with the condition of patience. But while June is assured to be busy on the Henry’s Fork, there is no better time to witness its magnificence while sampling its treasures.

Full Net

Full Net

 

 

New Airflo SuperFLo Fly Lines – Coming Soon

The word on the street is Airflo have a new fly line coming – The SuperFlo.

Rumored to be non-ridged, Airflo have developed all-new FLO technology which enables the running lines to be slimmer and slicker than any competitor product. The lines are also softer and more supple than ever before, yet they remain tangle free in all weather and temperature conditions.

Airflo SuperFlo fly line hero cast!!

Airflo SuperFlo fly line – Hero cast!!

For a taste of whats to come, check out Airflo’s SuperFlo fly line trailer film:

Airflo SuperFlo lines will be available from Fishtec in the next 2 -3 weeks. There will be two models to start with: Stillwater & Presentation.

SuperFlo sit at the premium end of the fly line market and will sit above the Airflo SuperDri ride fly lines as a new range, rather than replace them. Prices to be announced.

Airflo SuperFlo Stillwater