Newbies Len and Jim joined returning anglers Graham, Sam and the three wise men (John M, John A & John O) for Novembers CTD .
In the morning session, the less experienced trio of Len, Graham and Jim made excellent progress considering the wet and windy conditions. Len was new to the fly rod but soon got the hang of it, Jim tightened up his casting technique so that the wind posed no problems and Graham got to grips with adding the very useful Double Spey to his casting armoury.
Meanwhile, The more experienced guys brushed up on casts & techniques for coping in windy conditions. However, as most of them were getting takes on their casting fluff, it was decided that we would break with tradition and they’d be allowed to tie on flies before lunch… after all, it is nearly Xmas!
John O, still smarting from his recent and spectacular blank not only managed an ‘illegal fish’, but he also managed to steal it from under the nose of John M, blaming the wind for his errant casting! Fortunately lunch was called before a brawl ensued.
The weather kept a few away today but they missed a great Chilli lunch and amongst other things, Jules’ homemade chocolate orange marble cake (which she didn’t actually want anyone to eat so she could take it home).
The afternoon saw various sedge and beetle patterns employed to good effect and again virtually everybody had tales of ‘the one that got away’. Newbies Jim & Graham were treated harshly by the fish gods but Len managed to land his first ever rainbow on a fly rod!
Of the more experienced anglers, Sam suffered the same fate as Graham and Jim who all had hook ups but ‘no cigar’ and John M never quite got over having his pocket picked earlier by John O. John A was ‘Mr consistent’ with 4 fish to a Coch Y Bonddu pattern and the disgraced John O redeemed himself slightly with a late charge taking another 4 fish at the death on a Muddler.
The banter was great as usual and hopefully all the attendees left slightly more skilled than when they arrived. In addition, we got fed and we got fish. Is there a better way to spend a rainy, windy, winters afternoon? Probably… but not if you’re a fisherman!