Wild River Trout

Our Brecon based HQ is right next to some of the best wild trout river angling in the UK. The river Usk runs through the town and produces some cracking browns with a high average size, with fish up to 5 lb in weight caught every year. There are also some productive small streams and tributaries in the area such as the fantastic river llynfi, Honddu and Tarell, which flows past our warehouse. The famous river Wye is also a short drive away.

My personal tackle choice for the Usk is a 9’ #5 Sage fly rod, a 5/7 Airflo balance fly reel and a matching Airflo ridge ultra supple tactical line. The Airflo fly lines have a low stretch core, which has boosted my catch rate immensely. Hooking quick taking fish on dries in particular has now become much easier.  For the smaller streams our streamtec series of rods are ideal. These are available down to 7’6 #3/4 weights.

The wiley wild brownies require stealthy wading, and accurate casts with long leaders, so I use the pre-tapered 12 foot Hi-tec mono leaders combined with my favourite tippet, the Airflo ultra strong co-polymer which is competitively priced with fantastic knot strength. I also use Gore-Tex Simms fishing waders, wading jacket and Simms Freestone MK2 wading boots for the ultimate in quality, reliability and durability.

Wild Trout

Wild Trout

My Top Ten River Tips:

  1. Move quietly and enter the water as silently as possible.
  2. Make as few false casts as you can.
  3. Degrease your tippet regularly with sinkant.
  4. Cast as close to sunken trees, branches or rocks as you can. If you are not loosing a few flies you are not casting close enough.
  5. Fish late into the evening until its dark
  6. Don’t be afraid to try large flies for bigger trout, such as a black zonker/tadpole patterns. These can often attract the big guys but make sure the colour choice is drab.
  7. Use as long a leader as you can manage, 18 -20 foot essential on deep slow glides and pools.
  8. Check your leader and fly every few casts for wind knots and damage to the hook point.
  9. Fish flies in tandem NZ style with a nymph under a dry to cover surface and subsurface levels.
  10. Cover as much water as you can, generally if a fish is there it will react to the first cast into a new area, provided presentation is good.
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Ceri Thomas

About Ceri Thomas

Ceri Thomas is the online marketing manager at Airflo and Fishtec. An accomplished fly-fisher and predator angler with over two decades of experience, he can be found casting fly lines across Wales and beyond. Ceri also lends his expertise to several publications including Fly Fishing & Fly Tying magazine, Fulling Mill blog, Today’s Flyfisher, Eat Sleep Fish and more. A member of Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association, he is active in the public discourse surrounding environmental conservation. You can keep up with his fishing adventures on his Fly Fishing Wales blog and twitter account.