Airflo Fly Line Videos Spring 2017

Recently Airflo sales Director Gareth Jones visited the USA. There he produced a number of fly fishing videos featuring some the most popular Airflo fly lines – The Super-Dri Bandit, Lake Pro (aka River & Stream), Clear Camo intermediate, Sixth Sense, Forty Plus and the SLN Euro.

Though produced for the American market, these product videos are very informative and explain the fly lines in depth; they are well worth a watch if you are looking at purchasing a new fly fishing line this season.

All of the Airflo fly lines featured on this post can be purchased through the Fishtec tackle store here.

Airflo Skagit Scout – The New Era of Spey Fishing

The use of switch, lightweight double hand and even single hand rods for spey casting is growing exponentially world-wide. To meet this demand Airflo have come up with a perfect new spey casting head – the Skagit Scout.

Already a big hit in the USA, we believe that this line will become a firm favourite of UK Sea trout and Salmon anglers. This guest post by American spey casting expert Tom Larimer explains everything you need to know about the Skagit Scout head.

scout-loopSpey fishing has been in a constant state of evolution for a while now. While spey rods have taken over steelhead and salmon rivers from the West Coast to the Great Lakes, anglers are also using two-handed rods for fisheries ranging from trout in the Rockies to smallmouth in the Midwest to pike in Alaska. In many ways two-handed lines have been the driver of this change. Skagit lines, introduced to the market almost 15 years ago, have influenced everything from the flies we fish, the rods we cast and the water we fish. In essence, line design has been the major catalyst for change in almost every aspect of our sport. This trend will no doubt continue with the introduction of the revolutionary Airflo Skagit Scout.

Lifting off the Skagit Scout head

Lifting off the Skagit Scout head.

Designed by Tom Larimer and the design team at Rajeff Sports, Airflo’s Skagit Scout answers the call for a short length Skagit head build for smaller two-handed rods, switch rods and single-hand rods. These lines give the caster the ability to efficiently cast large flies and heavy sink-tips on light rods in the tightest of casting situations.


Designing heads this short is challenging for two huge reasons. First, the shorter a line is the faster it wants to turn-over. This makes it incredibly difficult to build a line that is stable in the air and holds a loop when longer casts are required. Secondly, a fast turn-over also leads to the line recoiling at the end of the cast which in turn effects how the line ultimately sets up for the swing. Existing short heads on the market will easily cast large flies in tight casting quarters, but they struggle with these issues. When we went to work on this project our goal was to create the ultimate short Skagit head that both cast and fished better than anything available on the market. We put a ton of thought into the tapers, diameters and materials to improve flight performance. These lines almost defy the laws of physics… they are incredibly stable even when jacking long casts. More so, they lay out straight at the end of the cast setting things up for the perfect swing.

Additionally, we stole some design elements from our existing Skagit heads like the Skagit Compact G2 and the Skagit Switch G2. Like all of our heads, the mass of the line is near the back end which gives the caster amazing versatility. In tight casting conditions the head can be cast with no overhang, tight to the rod tip. The mass helps load the rod with minimal line speed and facilitates a tiny D-loop. However, when longer casts are required the caster can use 2’ to 4’ of overhang which moves the mass away from the rod tip thus increasing the swing speed and lengthening the casting stroke, all of which help increase loop stability and over-all casting distance.

In short, if you love our existing Skagit heads you’ll feel right at home with the new Skagit Scout.

Steelhead caught on the Scout head!!

Steelhead caught on the Scout head!!

Skagit Scout Specs:

Ranging from 150 grains to 480 grains in 13.5’ to 18.5’, the Skagit Scout is ideal for Spey and switch rods up to 12’6 in length in line sizes #7 and smaller. While the Skagit Scout is the ultimate casting and fishing tool for two-handed rods in tight casting quarters, they are also tremendous when paired this single-hand rods.

Like all Airflo Spey lines, they feature Polyurethane construction, a low stretch core, and our revolutionary Super Dry coating. Additionally, we used our bombproof loops, our innovative black rear loop for a visual break between the head and the running line, and our line rating ID with a color band on the front loop for easy identification when spooled on a reel. Finally, the striking “Wasabi Green” color is ideal for tracking the swing even in low light conditions.

Fish on!! Airflo Scout heads rule.

Fish on!!

How to Line a Skagit Scout:

As shorter Skagit lines have appeared on the market there has been a lot of discussion on how to line them. Some anglers like a very light load lining their rods 90-100 grains lighter than a traditional Skagit. While there are no “wrong” ways to line a rod, anglers should realize that the lighter the head becomes the more mass you lose, which helps in turn-over large flies and heavy sink-tips. More so, a lighter load makes it easier to blow your anchor out of the water on the forward cast. Consequently, the majority of anglers will prefer to line their rods identical to a Skagit Switch.


If you want to have a ton of fun hucking big flies and sink-tips on smaller Spey rods, switch rods and single-handers and demand a Spey line that has incredible loop stability and resists recoiling at the end of the cast, the Skagit Scout has you covered for every fishing situation ranging from chasing trout in the Rockies to stomping down your favorite winter steelhead haunts.

By Tom Larimer

Where to get one?

North America – Visit or Echo Fly Fishing for list of dealers.
UK & Europe –

Back End Trout Fishing – Super Sport On The Reservoirs

Top UK match angler and Airflo consultant Iain Barr shares his recent back end fly fishing success on the reservoirs. For super sport this autumn, keep on fishing!

If you’re looking for a big fish or a personal best, this is often the time of year you’re likely to encounter it. Temperatures dropping trigger the instinct for the trout to feed heavily for the lean months ahead and fry and shrimps are full of protein and just the diet required to pack on the weight.

Fishing off the dam at Grafham

Fishing off the dam at Grafham water.

In the last month I have made several trips to Grafham and Farmoor Reservoirs and the fishing has been off the scale in terms of numbers and quality. In 4 trips between the venues, 2 on each, I have netted 131 fish up to 6lb, nothing short of incredible fishing!

Grafham, renowned for it’s killer shrimps has been in excellent form for weeks and it’s continuing! Large quantities of fish are tight in the margins feeding heavily on astronomical amounts of shrimp! Don’t make the mistake of wading in before fishing the very edges – If you have more that two foot of water in the edge don’t wade in at all. Most trips I have fished stood several feet away from the waters edge and barely cast more than 10 yards of fly line all day. Hot spots have been the dam wall where I enjoyed some frantic mornings with Airflo’s Gareth Jones, anywhere on the North Shore and Gaynes Cove. Top patterns have been my Grafham Killer shrimps, crunchers and diawl bachs in size 12.

Quality back end Grafham fish

Quality back end Grafham fish.

Last week I had a morning in the boat harbour at the lodge and here the fish were hitting the fry. I fished from first light and had 13 fish before 11:00am and fish tipping 6lb using a Black and Silver Humungous fished with a slow fig of eight on the new Airflo Forge Floating line, out soon. At only £29.99 this is a cracker so grab one when it comes out! I’m also hugely impressed with the new G5 fluorocarbon. It’s supple and finer makeup allows for better presentation of the smaller flies and makes it even harder for the fish to see and I’ve been using the 11.2lb for nymphing and 13.1lb for lures without any issues at all, it’s incredible stuff!

The Airflo Forge – a great line for just £29.99

The Airflo Forge – a great line for just £29.99.

If heading to Grafham, it’s worth setting the alarm early to be there for first light. Call the lodge and buy your ticket before you go as the lodge doesn’t open until 08:00am and if recent form is anything to go by you could land a dozen or more by this time, it’s been that good!

Book in advance - so you can get an early start!

Book in advance – so you can get an early start.

Farmoor 1 has been explosive with so many fish in the 3-5lb bracket. I landed 50 in just one day before 15:00 with fish rising all day around me taking advantage of a late small red buzzer hatch, first I’ve seen in October for many years! Surprisingly they were fairly hard to tempt on dries as I took 5 in an hour but covered plenty. I switched to a candy fab on the point with nymphs and the disturbance of the fab had the fish in a frenzy! There is nothing more exciting that having bow waves coming from all directions after your flies and this is just how it was. If there was a red letter day in fly fishing, this was it! I switched to a fab and booby, all on a floater as you can’t beat fish chasing across the top. If I’d put a sinker on to make the boobies go under earlier on the retrieve would have no doubt caught more but there was no way I was stopping the exhilarating fun of fish bow waving my flies, often for 20 yards or more!

Fishing on Farmoor in November

Fishing on Farmoor in November. (Image: Steve Reed)

The fish seemed to be all round the lake from the margins to right through the middle. Fishing the wind lanes certainly proved productive so head for these as a first bet. There were some seriously big fish where the boats launch from and having caught a couple they had sticklebacks in them. A minkie booby or floating fry with a candy fab bounced across the top was the way to go for some frantic sport. The fish may well drop in this cold snap so be prepared to drop with them and an Airflo Di3 should be sufficient. Fish will start to move in as the water cools and I’ll definitely be heading back!

I will be hosting a big cash prize competition on Farmoor on the first weekend in March. Singles on Saturday and Pairs on the Sunday with up to £15,000 up for grabs! Details will be available on here and Iain Barr’s Fly Fishing for Trout Flies – Home and Iain Barr World Bank Masters on facebook very soon. It will be the first 200 paid entries who fish, no heats and 100% of all entry fees will be given away in the cash prize fund and plenty of tagged fish tackle and cash prizes open for anyone to catch over the weekend! The Elinor Bank Masters will still be going ahead with up to £3000 up for grabs, provisional date 16th April. Again, this will be the first paid 100 entries and 100% of entry fees will go to the prize fund.

Recommended Winter Packs :-

Humungus Heaven
Crunchers size 12
Diawl Bachs size 12
Crazy Cats
Minkie Boobies

Airflo Tropical Saltwater Fly Lines – Reviewed by Matthieu Cosson

Airflo fly lines are the guides choice the world over for good reason – super tough, slick, and ultra reliable. Combine these attributes with awesome tapers and casting performance that goes on day after day, season upon season, it’s no wonder they have become the choice of professional guides in all four corners of the globe.

Here Matthieu Cosson, the head guide at outfitter FlyCastaway reviews the awesome Airflo tropical saltwater ridge clear tip and GT floating lines – read on to find out exactly why saltwater pro’s love them so much!

Airflo Tropical Saltwater Ridge Clear Tip:

I have been using this line exclusively for 4 years now on #8, #9 and #10 weight rods during my fishing but also guiding guests on Saint Brandon atoll (Mauritius) and in the Seychelles waters mainly at the Farquhar and Providence atolls. The 10 feet of clear tip make for a huge advantage as it adds more stealth to each presentation.

For confirmed fly casters as well as for beginners, the taper is the best for presentation casts to any species living on the flats of Indian Ocean flats. The former will also find it great for longer presentations as you are able to carry a lot of line in the air and it keeps true tracking.

I’ve landed a 16lb Indo Pacific Permit, lining it on its right hand side to be able to drop the crab just 8 feet in front of its head while it was tailing. The cast went into the strong Saint Brandon wind (around 14-16 knots). I never imagined being able to do such a presentation with any of the other lines available on the market and then getting the fish to eat the fly.

It also stalk the schools of Humphead Parrotfish on Farquhar and Providence atoll flats as well as the Triggerfish found there. It makes for a soft landing on the water and you can clearly see the fish swimming or feeding underneath the clear tip without being spooked. This is definitely improving your chances to get more bites!

 A Humphead Parrotfish - fooled using the Airflo clear tip.

A Humphead Parrotfish – fooled using the Airflo clear tip.

Also as a guide, having only 10 feet of clear tip helps to track the line drifting on top all the way to the customer’s fly, which is a huge advantage compared to a full clear line.

Despite not having a 60lb core, I found out it serves well as a GT line in 12-weight persuasion for pure inside flats fishing on pressured fisheries where the fish are smarter for these same reasons stated above. I meant pure flats fishing as you will not have to lift the GT from the below or horse it back from reef structure in atoll reef areas like , i.e. when fishing the surf which usually requires a hell of a lot of strength in fly lines.

A brace of GT’s (Giant Trevally)

Airflo Tropical Ridge GT floating line:

For years, guides have been looking for lines that combine both a good presentation and fighting abilities. Airflo have come out with their GT line using a 60lb braid core that does not stretch.

Up to the day, it is THE ONE line I will fish and recommend to my guests to use as not only has it the strongest welded loops on the market (should you choose to use them) but also a great taper to cast a size 4/0 to 8/0 fly without struggling.

My guests most of the time have an image of the GT as a rowdy fish species that will eat anything anytime and in any circumstances, thanks to some crazy fish porn, probably! The reality can be quite removed: …a GT following a ray or tailing into a school of Humphead Parrotfish on the flats is one of the spookiest fish to target.

Once your GT rod is set up with a certain type of line, you can’t change it quickly while on the flats as you don’t have time to change spools at all. It is critical to have a line that can both deliver a fly quickly into the surf as well as making great presentations with the fly landing softly.

The Tropical Ridge GT line allows the angler to track the fish while casting as it possesses a real taper. This makes presentations far better than any other lines and giving anglers better chances to hook and land the GT of a lifetime.

The line is also quite versatile, as I also use it for bluewater flyfishing here: we fish for sailfish, tuna, wahoo and small marlin in the blue. It loads heavier/stiffer rods up to a 13-weight quite well and has the desired breaking strength for pulling these pelagic fish up from the depths, we just know what we are talking about when we mean pulling hard.

We fish for sailfish, tuna, wahoo and small marlin using the GT line.

We fish for sailfish, tuna, wahoo and small marlin using the GT line.

For about a year now, Airflo has added their SuperDri coating technology to the line which definitely enhances its casting qualities, another great reason why I am never on the water without a spare Ridge GT floating line as a backup for my angling guests!

Matthieu Cosson
FlyCastaway Head Guide

FlyCastaway specializes in guiding groups of dedicated anglers to various exotic destinations in Africa and the Indian & Atlantic Ocean Islands around the continent.
For the trip of a lifetime visit:

Airflo G-Shock Fly Line Review

Small stillwater expert Stuart Smitham gives a new fly line a very thorough work out on his local Ellerdine lakes trout fishery. Find out what he makes of the new Airflo G-Shock floating line, and if he manages to successfully land any fish with it.

For a fly fishing line manufacturer like Airflo, to introduce a line that has an increased level of stretch, is something I thought I would never see? Being a low stretch addict for so long, you know that there is nothing like hooking up at distance and feel is everything for me. Though I think there’s always scope to add another dimension to the mix!

The new Airflo G-shock fly line

The new Airflo G-shock fly line.

For years Airflo have been hitting the sounding boards with lower stretch lines. We’ve seen stretch points taken down to a very remarkable 6%. These fly lines offering a radical perception on take detection‎, right down their line length, no matter how much line you have out.  The take and that first run, feeling like a pulse coursing up the fly line and bucking the rod tip.‎ With this characteristic, Airflo have gained a worldwide following, with nothing to match it.

New for 2015 are Super Dri G Shock. The latest addition, to the massive Airflo fly line range. G Shock have a controlled stretch of around 15%, compared to the 20 – 25% on offer with some competitor manufacturers lines. There really is something to be said in looking for the “HolyGrail”, in fly line technology. So how could this line be a game changer for you? Especially if your an Airflo line addict like me, and now have the chance to experience twice the level of stretch that you’re used to?

Well for a start, many anglers now use lighter, thinner tippet diameters in lower strengths. Realising that these finer leaders, can often out perform others,when pitched against a thicker material.  There is also a trend for stiffer faster action fly rods, designed for purely distance casting, which of course have less shock absorption capability. You need something to balance this out or suffer a break off from some very violent takes. Having something that offers a little more in protecting these light tippets is always a bonus for me.

Let’s face it, some of us have been there, when a hard hit can bend a hook out of shape, or worse break off a leader. When a true water horse, has just powered away on the take and left you wondering, what’s gone on? I went through a phase of this last year, at Ellerdine Lakes. Hits from large stocked rainbow trout in the 5-7lb range were just mind blowingly hard. Upwind runners that were‎ looking for food in the upper layers and they’d rush onto the flies and continue on track. Sometimes pulling the line, out of your hand on the take, Just an amazing show of raw power in a fish!

Talking this over with Gareth Jones at Airflo, in the Autumn of 2014, I found I wasn’t alone. Others had been treated to the same “trout abuse” on UK stillwaters.  Fishing with lower stretch lines and using finer tippet with a fast action fly fishing rod, you will always come to a decision point, where you have to take a closer look at your rig make up. My answer to this, was having a little buffer that acted like a shock absorber, I custom made one of these out of pole Elastic and micro poly backing and this worked a treat. Positioning this about 4ft from the line tip, I could maintain contact with these hard runners, but the absorber pulled the leader length under too quickly.

A little shock absorber - made from pole elastic

A little shock absorber – made from pole elastic.

Gareth who designed this line, had this to add, on why G Shock came into being. “Having stayed out of the stretchy line arena for many years, we decided to offer SUPER DRI technology to those that actually prefer a stretchy type line. Most PVC lines have a core that elongates over 20%, but keeping the line to a stretch level of around 15% actually gave a nice balance and will help on those days, when fish are feeding quickly on the move and are ripping the line out of your hand on the take”‎

Constructed on the Super Dri Elite taper. This already has a huge following, as a great ”all round” taper for both distance and presentation.  Making long controlled casts a breeze.‎ It’s probably the most widely used line of the Super Dri range. Also remember as with all the Super Dri lines, the G-shock is UV, DEET and Sunscreen resistant. So you can apply whatever you want to your hands, knowing it won’t affect the lines performance.

DIY fly line spooling

DIY fly line spooling.

Opening the box on the fly line, the spooled line needs very little attention, apart from a piercing in the centre of the spool with a pencil or screwdriver. Once I’ve attached the backing to the “Reel end”, all I need do now is take a pew and place the spool between my knees‎. Just a case of reeling in and watching the line fill the spool. Always consider your backing requirements when spooling up. Floating lines need less backing, because of their bulk. Sinkers need more because they tend to be thinner in diameter. The specification on your spools, are available from your reel manufacturer.

Pay close attention to your fly reel backing knot too. Over the last few months several fishers here have had all their fly line pulled on the water. Then the inevitable happens and the backing parts company with the fly line. Not the best of outcomes on the fish of a lifetime, but it happens!  Factory welded loops are standard ‎on G Shock so in the case of attaching backing a simple tucked blood knot gives you an ultra secure join. If your not a big fan, then simply snip the loop off and seal the end of the line with a dab of superglue. You can then fit a braided loop if you prefer.  With two colour choices in Hot Coral or Peach on this line. I’ve chosen the Hi-Vis element, for a better focus point when marked up. I personally add black bands with a permanent marker on this colour line, offers me much more scope in spotting those subtle takes‎.

Into a fish on the G-shock line

Into a fish on the G-shock line.

Peeling off the first 30ft I get to see the grey ”hauling zone” which is a good contrast point, for a great visual at distance. The plastic polymer is also slightly stiffer in the zone, like all Super dri lines. This low compression compound is in the part of the line exposed to the most stress, and ensures the line doesn’t stick to the rod guides when hauling and shooting.  What also strikes me is the line is totally free of any memory, and feels extremely supple and ultra smooth in the hand. From the line tip to the 30ft point is this shocking Hot Coral colour, which certainly stands out. I’ve peeled this and all the 20ft hauling zone out off the reel. For the moment, I just want to get a feel for the this line, so fishing is secondary. I’ve about 10ft on line on the surface, so a quickly lift and I  just want to do some small casts. I want to feel this line load the rod tip. It’s on the backcast, that I can feel more of increased stretch in the line, which although is  quite fractional, does indeed make a difference. Another thing I notice is the welded tip of the fly line is extremely buoyant, in fact it floats like a cork!

Extending my line length with 30ft of line out, my rod reacts a little more, to the added line weight on the rod tip. As I introduce more line, I can use the hauling zone‎ as intended. Being a harder compound than the rest of the line, this is where you can really build up some line speed. You just have to remember, to slow your casting stroke, so that you allow for the line to extend out normally.  Even though this is fractionally slower, when you get it right the line just flies.

This is a 30yd line, so getting all this out is do able, but I don’t need to. I’m just finding as I cast more with G Shock, I like the way it handles. You can create neat loops and the line reacts well to speed changes. Roll casting is really nice with this taper too. It just lends itself to so much more‎. If you want to punch this out, beyond the running line, then build up your speed slowly. Use the hauling zone for this. It’s what it’s intended for and works extremely well.

Skinny buzzers - ideal for fishing on a G-Shock line

Skinny buzzers – ideal for fishing on a G-Shock line.

I’ve attached just two skinny buzzer, that are a firm favourite of mine now. I’ve got 12ft of G3 fluorocarbon on, and this is more than enough for the 5 – 7lb  ”boomers”, that Ellerdine Lakes is famous for. Wth a steady retrieve, bunched as a figure of eight into my palm I once again notice that there is zero line memory- I can honestly say this must be one of the straightest fly lines I have ever used right out of the packet! The first hit on this line, feels a little strange. I saw a boil and just caught the line banding jag forward. When I chopped my line hand down, I just felt the slightest of pulls on the line. So drawing the rod sideways, was when I really felt ‎the pressure on the take and then the ”thud thud”. Having used low stretch, then changing to double what I’m used to is something that I can get the hang of. Moving from Marsh to Meadow, there are some big fish running here. I’m soon feeling a boomer hit the fly, slamming sideways then a hard run for about 20ft. It’s this initial hard run, that was breaking me before and it’s why G Shock works so well.  You feel the head shakes and the lunges yes, but the stretch absorbs so many hard pulls and turns. It makes staying connected to one of these bruisers so much fun!

The end result - one of 15 nice trout.

The end result – one of 15 nice trout.

To cut this short, finishing on 15 fish and landing all of them is just a superb plus for me. True I did miss several fast hits, but those that were hooked stayed attached and that’s what this test was all about. No more hand made shock absorbers and worrying about break offs! When you try the line, you’ll understand everything about hard hits and remaining connected after it. That’s why G Shock now has a permanent spot in my fishing tackle‎. Because it works!

Now if Gareth would make me a Mini tip with G Shock, then that would be enough for me…..  Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Best regards, Stuart



Essential Early Season Fly Lines

The clock is ticking down towards the UK fly fishing season opening days on many of the UK’s large reservoir fisheries. We are talking of famous and popular venues such as Rutland water, Grafham, Blagdon, Chew valley , Eyebrook, Stocks, Draycote and many more.

Thousands of fine rainbow trout are being stocked in readiness, and the fully finned overwintered residents are bound to be hungry and ready to rip that fly line out of your hands! (Check out their facebook pages for more information on stocking)

A rare calm opening day on Rutland water

A rare calm opening day on Rutland water

We tend to have a mental image of a balmy spring day as the perfect season opener, with the trout gently sipping buzzers off the top in mild and calm conditions… The reality however is almost always very different in mid March – its often way too wet, windy and cold for top water fly fishing to be successful. The trout will have a much slower metabolism due the very cold water temperatures, and will invariably be inactive and deep down in the water column or hugging the bottom.

Thankfully to make things much easier for us, the team at Airflo have come up with the ultimate early season fly lines, the Sixth Sense range! They are perfect for those dour cold windy days – when you really need that deep and slow presentation, or for fishing a booby static.

Gareth Jones, Airflo Sales Director describes the uses and benefits of the whole Airflo sixth sense range:

For us the Airflo Sixth Sense Di7 in particular is the ”must have” early season line

If you are a bank angler early season can be even more of a challenge than on the boat. Airflo’s answer to this is the 40 plus range of fly lines. Airflo have successfully updated the old fashioned ”shooting head” tradition. Long gone are the days of hearing that annoying rattle of the crude lumpy join going through your guides, and the frustrating hours spent unpicking your curly mono running line. With the latest generation of forty plus lines, Airflo have seamlessly integrated the head and running line into a smooth tapered join, with a continuous non stretch core for superb take detection. The result is much easier casting execution combined with superb longevity.

Here’s Gareth explaining more about the forty plus fly lines:

For early season bank fishing we’d recommend the Airflo Forty Plus Di 5 & Di 7.

2015 Airflo World Bank Masters

2015 Airflo World Bank Masters

Chris Jones Winner 2012

Fancy your chances of winning a £2,000 cash prize? Enter the 2015 Airflo World Bank Masters! 

The Airflo Bank Masters is now in it’s fourth consecutive year with the prize find growing year on year. With the first prize being £2000 (excluding other prizes), it’s easy to understand why this competition is still such a success!

With over 25 heats across the UK at recognised fisheries and still waters, and the opportunity to enter more than one heat to increase your chances of qualifying, why not enter the Airflo Bank Masters and try your hand at the fantastic cash and fly fishing tackle prizes?

Entry Fee: £29 – Which includes a free goody bag for your first entry only, then any additional entries are charged at £22 with no addition goody bag.

*Your free goody bag includes, an Airflo fly line and a pack of Iain Barr flies! (Worth well over £50 RRP)

Where can you fish?

The Final will be fished on the 18th of April 2015 at Elinor Trout Fishery

*Download your entry form here:
Airflo World Bank Masters Open Championships – Entry Form 2015

Cwm Hedd Lakes Fly Fishing Report 27th January

Big cwm hedd Brown trout

The water temperature is a chilly four degrees, so with optimum water temperature for catching being 6-12 degrees there’s no surprise that the fish are not very active. To Rob Collier’s delight an 8lb brown trout put in an appearance though, caught and returned by Rob on the far bank on a damsel and intermediate. Rob released another, while son Tom also took and released one. During the week, Keith Higgins also caught and released a brown that he thought was around 3-3 and a half pounds, which is great news as that must be another resident rather than a stock fish. Keith also took a rainbow and returned two on a damsel and an Airflo intermediate Fly Lines.

Paul Elsworthy, Graham Davies, Rob Mien, Ken Pascoe, Vernon Williams, Matthew Russell Barrie Powell all took fish this week, with Vernon on a little black buzzer and a floating line, Ken on a black daddy and sink tip, Rob on a Dawsons olive, floating line and Graham on a damsel and intermediate. Matthew Russell took one and returned six on a sunburst blob and a floating line.

I was very pleased to see Jason Williams and Max Williams at Cwm Hedd this week and their good humour brightened up a dull and damp day. Jason has a cumbersome cast on his leg, so we found a chair for him and despite his frustrations at having to sit down for most of the time, his impressive casting and angling skills were a joy to watch. Jason took one and released six on damsels and buzzers and a floating line, even though he had to put up with me taking photographs and yacking to him. As Earnest Hemingway apparently said in the days before electronic communication took over the world: Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl. Max took one and released two, on a diawl bach, damsel and buzzer, and a floating line.

Cheer Up Ticket

Take advantage of the Cheer up ticket at Cwm Hedd
Anglers have already taken advantage of the January ‘cheer-up ticket’, so find a friend who’s been thinking of coming along and you can bag a bargain. New to Cwm Hedd this week, Jo Thomas from Blackwood came back for a second visit this week with his two brothers Sean and Matthew, and had his own five hour ticket for £8.75, as did Tim Wellman from Bristol who brought friend Mark Miles, so happy days! A keen salmon angler Jo is very happy to have found us to take his mind off the interminable wait for the salmon season to begin. All took fish on a range of flies – humungous and olive cat the choice of Jo, Sean and Matthew, while it was snakes for Tim and Mark. To remind you of the offer in case you had a nana nap when you read the report last week: if you have fished at Cwm Hedd since October 2014, bring a new angler along and get your ticket on the day for half price (either a 5 hour or day ticket). The angler you bring to experience the delights of Cwm Hedd must not have fished here before and must be paying at least a £15 concession or £17.50 five hour ticket.

Cwm Hedd regular Luke Thomas took first place in the Welsh International Bank trials held at Garnffrwd on Sunday. Luke is through to the finals on the 15th February. We’re all very proud of you Luke – must be all that practice at Cwm Hedd!

More congratulations!
Brian Haynes from Pontypool was startled and ecstatic to find he had hooked the tag fish last Thursday. Although the pot was quite modest at £32, Brian was over the moon as he also won a day ticket voucher, saying that he never wins anything! Well done Brian.

Cwm Hedd Bridge

Bridge update
The new bridge is in place, but not quite ready for action, unless as hubs Chris put it you have “the leap of a gazelle”. It’s rather beautiful as well as being the means of transporting you to fishing heaven on the island. Thanks to Chris and son Tom for designing and constructing the bridge, with only a few tiffs on the way – the alpha male and the young buck resolved a few disagreements without descent into locking of horns. Martin Turner and David Burns helped to get the bridge onto the water and in situ.

Events and competitions –
Please help to promote the Welsh International Coaching Day at Cwm Hedd, on Saturday 21st February. As you know I only send out one e-mail a week, but his week I hope you will not mind me sending an extra e-mail about the forthcoming coaching event on 21st February, and that you will be kind enough to help promote the event by forwarding the event e-mail to as many friends and colleagues as possible as well as liking and sharing event posts and news on facebook and twitter. The event is a golden opportunity to learn from Wales’ top internationals so spread the word!

The fundraising event is being organised by Lisa Povey and Renee Carlsson, member of the Wales ladies fly fishing team and is for anglers of all abilities from complete beginners through to experienced anglers. Book a session with one of Wales’ international anglers: the cost will be £15 per hour for adults and £10 per hour for under 18s, with all proceeds going towards team funding.

There will also be fly tying in the lodge and instruction for beginners on how to set up a rod, tie a fly on, and advice on choosing rods and reels (no charge for activities in the lodge). Booking forms are available at the lodge and on the event facebook page, or contact Lisa Povey via e-mail:


Iain Barr Bank Masters – sponsored by Airflo
I am very pleased to confirm that a heat for the above will take place at Cwm Hedd on 22nd March 2015. Visit for details on how to enter this prestigious event. In addition to the competition entry fee the Cwm Hedd ticket for the day will be £22.50 payable in advance, with a minimum of fifteen paid entries and fishing tickets required by 15th March. I will of course be including a free bacon sandwich, bread pud/cakes/tea coffee etc and mopping your brow if required during the day. I am relaxing the rules on fish to be released for the day, so it will be take the first fish and release up to 15, with the format as regards moving platforms and scoring etc available soon . We’ll be putting all this on the Cwm Hedd website and facebook in the next day or so.

Gwyn Williams Memorial competition
The date for the memorial competition will be Saturday May 16th. Entry will be £20 plus sponsorship: release up to ten fish and take any one: the four anglers with the heaviest fish will win a day ticket each. If anyone would like to sponsor further prize/prizes then please let me know, but as those of you who saw last week’s e-mail will know, the aim is for this to be an informal comp with the emphasis on having a good day with friends. I have already had several anglers who want to put their names down, so will make a provisional list, but to be sure of a place get your entry and payment in when I’ve sorted the entry form and sponsor forms. Bacon sandwich etc included on the day: if the weather’s good there will also be a barbecue (will have to enlist hubs for this as I’m useless on this front).

I have today been catapulted further into the mad whirl of social media in the form of Twitter:, so feel free to tweet away folks using #cwmheddlakes.

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Tel: 01633 896854 (lodge during opening hours); 07813 143 034 (any time/day before 6pm) My best wishes to all of you, especially if you are not well or feeling sad. Look forward to seeing you all soon.

NEW Bruce Chard Fly Lines from Airflo

Bruce Chard is renown for being one of the most sought after fly fishing guides in the Florida Keys… and to help us mere-mortal anglers, he’s teamed up with Airflo to design a fly line for tropical angling – A fly line that will help you deliver a fly to the target quickly and accurately with minimal fuss.

The new Airflo Bruce Chard Tropical Punch fly line has been designed with Bruce and the experts at Airflo, using the latest materials technology in the fly line industry, this Topical fly line from Airflo really packs a punch.

The secret to this fly line is its compact front taper and extend rear taper. For the average fisherman who only gets a few weeks a year to chase a grand slam; wind, big flies, and knocking knees can get in the way of their goal. The Chard line uses the latest super-Dri technology, ultra quiet ridge technology, and low stretch power core to get your fly to the fish, stick it – and stay stuck.


Available in WF 8 – 12
Head colour: Sky Blue
Running Line Colour: Pale Yellow


Cwm Hedd Fly Fishing Report End of November

Cwm Hedd Lakes Fishery Report

Platform courtesy

Most anglers have their favourite platforms or would like an opportunity to fish the current ‘hotspots’ and it’s difficult to know the best way to reach a compromise, especially when some platforms are fishing particularly well. For the next few weeks, to be fair and courteous to all please move off a platform after you have taken/released four fish and return only if no one else wants to fish that particular platform, and we’ll see how that works.

No bags/tackle to be left on platforms

Continuing the theme of courtesy, if you leave a platform eg to come up to the lodge for a cup of tea, please do not leave any items on or around the platform.   There is plenty of room between platforms to leave tackle if you don’t wish to bring it up to the lodge during a break, but remember that all items are left at your own risk.

Bag checking

All bags/tackle boxes will be checked on every visit as I have realised recently that not to check everyone’s makes it difficult to check anyone’s, and I am sure you appreciate the dilemma. Please also remember not to return to the car park at any time without calling at the lodge first, so that I can frisk you en route!   Calling at the lodge is also very important as I need to be sure that everyone is accounted for.

How’s it fishing this week?

Firstly, I must have had a senior moment last week as I forgot to include Mike James’s catch in last week’s report: Mike took four cracking rainbows home for various family members. One fish was taken on a humungus and intermediate line and three on a small black daddy , floating line.

The east wind persisted until Sunday, when it couldn’t quite make its mind up, switching between east and west, interspersed with periods of flat calm on a very warm and bright day which saw many anglers leaving with empty nets. Those few who caught had to work very hard, with the late afternoon brining success to Luke Thomas, who took one and released three on a bloodworm and a floating line. John Turner on his first visit this season took one on a goldhead damsel with a floating line, while Alastair Denness took one on a black buzzer and a floating line, estimating that the fish were about three feet down.   Christian Jones on his second visit this week took a superb rainbow weighing 5lb 10oz, another Troutmasters entry, taken on a white nomad and a floating line, releasing another on a pink blob.

Exmoor Stock delivery

While Sunday was extremely difficult the previous days had been mixed in terms of fish taken and returned. After a slowish day on Wednesday with the lake quite calm and only the occasional light east wind, about half took fish. The delivery of 50 cracking rainbows (from 2.25 – 3lbs) from Exmoor Fisheries livened up proceedings with the majority of anglers on Thursday, Friday and Saturday taking and returning fish.

Over two visits Ken Bowring took 2 and released 19 on a bloodworm and a cats whisker and a red legged daddy, on a full floating line as well as an intermediate line, entering a 5lb 12oz rainbow for Troutmasters. Also over two visits Roger Martyn took two and released 11 on a bloodworm, a black gnat and a cats whisker. Ted Lyons took four on a bloodworm and intermediate while Craig Bowles took one and released four on a mini-cat, with a diawl bach on a dropper and intermediate line,  three rainbows in front of the lodge and two on the far bank.

Gareth West also entered Troutmasters with a 4lb 6oz rainbow taken on a black and green fritz and a floating line. Mike Porteous took one on a cat and intermediate, Colin Cox, Terry Griffiths and Roger Andrews each took one on a bloodworm, floating line; Keith Higgins took one and released one on a damsel and intermediate off the main island platform; Dave Eckett took one on a cats whisker floating line; Dave Smith took one and release 1 on a damsel and a cats whisker, sink-tip line; Garry Collins took one on a daddy and a floating line.

Tony Hemming took one and released one on a diawl bach floating line; John Hefferman took three on an orange goldhead floating line; Garry Wharton took one and released 5 on a yellowhead damsel and three on a jungle cock diawl bach; Russell Barry took one and release two on a green nomad and a diawl bach; Mike Mckeown took two in the main bay and released one on a tadpole.

Plenty of fish were moving on Saturday, which turned out to be a lovely mild and quite sunny day especially late in the afternoon. The east wind blowing towards the lodge is not the best direction for good fishing at Cwm Hedd, but it pushed the food and the fish to the front of the lake where those confident enough to fish into the wind had considerable success. A range of flies and fly lines were used including a few new to me, such as the zobble and zulu, employed by John Belcher and Wales international Sally Ann Iles. Sal took two and released two on the zobble, fishing off the man island as well as behind it. John took one when he fished the zobble dry, while his pheasant tail zulu brought him another.

Regular Rob Collier and son Tom had a great few hours: Rob took one and released 3 on a cats whisker and a black fritz intermediate line, while Tom took one and released eight on a mini cat, and a black montana with a floating line. Most were brought to the bank on the main island, but Rob also took two of his in the bay where he stream enter the lake.

Paul Elsworthy took one and released two on a cats whisker ghost-tip line, while friend Alan Powell took one and released three on a green cats whisker and a midge tip line.Huw Davies and Chris Jones found the near bank in front of the lodge and the far side of the island productive, with Huw taking one and releasing four on a hopper with a floating line and a damsel and intermediate line. On his first visit, Christian Jones (from Aberdare) took one and released three on a pink blob and a floating line.

Competitions and events

Boxing Day comp: £20 (NB pre entry required – enter at the lodge)

8am- 4pm, arrive any time before 11am.Entry includes bacon roll, tea/coffee/cake.   Release up to ten fish and take one out of the ten. The four anglers with the heaviest fish will each win a Cwm Hedd day ticket (one prize per entry).

Coaching event – Wales Teams fundraiser

The event is for anglers of all abilities from complete beginners through to experienced anglers. Book a session with one of Wales international anglers: adults £15 per hour, juniors £10 per hour, with all proceeds going towards funding various Welsh angling teams who really need our support. There will also be fly tying in the lodge and instruction for beginners on how to set up a rod, tie a fly on etc (no charge for activities in the lodge).

Cwm Hedd vouchers

Cwm Hedd day ticket vouchers are available for purchase from the lodge

Tel: 01633 896854 (lodge during opening hours); 07813 143 034 (any time/day before 6pm)

Lots of pics on facebook