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Shocking Weather, floods, cold and Flu have all prevented this winters Fishing Trips. So when two came along at once I was raring to go!  Watching the river levels closely on Gauge Map, a window of opportunity opened for a well timed Long Trotting Session for Grayling...

Christmas Cracker 23rd December

The rivers and the weather in general have severely curtailed the Grayling fishing so far this season so when there appeared a brief window of opportunity today, I jumped through it! The crazy Christmas traffic and the howling winds were no deterrent. The river itself...

Chirk Training Day Sunday 13th December

This months CTD numbers were severely Depleted due to Christmas, illness (get well soon Guy) and of course the hideous weather! We considered cancelling but many of us were going stir crazy and chomping at the bit to get out and catch some fish. So rather than the...

Chirk Training Day 15th November

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...

Chirk Training Day 11th October

Another good turn out for the Day and a cracking bunch of upbeat guys, a fifty fifty split of relatively new and experienced Fly Fishers split nicely into two groups. The experienced boys were perfecting Casts during the mornings Casting Tuition, while the less...

Grafters

A cold, but still morning on the Upper Welsh Dee had the John's and Myself feeling confident about our day ahead. Jon D was getting to grips with the leader to hand technique for the first time while John A was off down the bank putting into practice what he'd learnt...

Chirk Training Day 6th September

This month, in addition to regulars John M and John A we were joined a few new faces. We had Peter H, a confident young man with his eyes set firmly on being an instructor, work colleagues Roger, Jack and Dave and lifelong friends Guy & Norman. Of the newcomers, all...

Chirk Training Day 2nd August

Todays CTD was lightly attended to say the least. Maybe it was the holidays, maybe it was the weather or maybe some people had a premonition of just how tough it was going to be! The 4 who braved the less than perfect summer conditions were regulars Jon M and John A...

Family day sat 11th June

The Rose family make a point of doing a family activity once every month. For their July get together, they had decided to try fishing at Chirk Fishery. With the family spanning 3 generations and ranging from 6 years of age, it was going to be hectic. For their day...

Chirk Training Day 5th July

A full house for this months CTD endured one of the most difficult and frustrating days I have ever experienced on the Chirk pools. The weather was 'unsettled' to say the least switching regularly between bright sunshine and flat calm and torrential rain and swirling...

Corporate Day River Dee 27th June

When we met the 4 guys from Cosford & Sons at Chirk on Saturday morning, they were already fishing. This was even more impressive as during the meet and greet it became apparent that the previous nights events were prolonged and 'messy'. Up from Northampton for a...

Chirk Training Day 31st May

As this months CTD wasn't fully subscribed, Steve and I had a little more time to really concentrate on the individual requirements of the attendees. Husband and wife George and Janet wanted to improve their dry fly casting, John 'A' and John 'O' wanted to work on...

Chirk Training Day 26th April

A GAME OF TWO HALVES A full house at April's CTD saw a fairly even split between beginner and experienced fly fishermen and women. The plan as usual was to concentrate on casting in the morning and fishing in the afternoon but dissension in the ranks meant that the...

Chirk Training Day 29th March

Rainbows under the Rainbows Heavy rain and a stiff breeze greeted our arrival at Chirk Fishery today. It didn't look at all promising for the years first CTD. Newcomer Neil was given a baptism of fire as the ever increasing wind added another factor to contend with on...

Chirk Training Day 14th December

XMAS CTD The weather and the conditions did their best to dampen the spirits of those who attended the Xmas CTD but our clients are made of sterner stuff! The morning session was dominated by some light hearted casting and fishing competition. Furthest cast went to...

Grayling Skills 6th December

With conditions near perfect John A and John M joined Steve and myself for some Grayling fishing on the river Dee. Both Johns are accomplished stillwater anglers but to date had done little or no Grayling fishing. Various styles were employed during the day but the...

Chirk Training Day 16th November

The November CTD was again a fab affair with another full house of mixed ability anglers. This time out Steve spent the morning with beginners Rod, Phil, Janet and George helping them refine their casting technique and Trev spent time with the more experienced anglers...

(Un) Like father, Like son!

As members of the Game Angling Instructors Association (GAIA) we are keen to keep our skills up to date and meet with fellow instructors on the CPPD (Continuing Personal and Professional Development) days when they are held in our area. Last weekend, the GAIA meeting...

Chirk Training Day 26th October

Battle Stations! The October Chirk Training day (CTD) was a challenge as both beginner and advanced fly fishers fought the conditions to improve their skills. To accompany the cool Autumn temperature there was a howling, swirling wind that added a different dimension...

Late Season Brownies September/October

Whilst it is permitted to fish for Trout on most still waters all through the year, the season for targeting Wild Trout in rivers finishes around the beginning of October depending on the regions bylaws. From October though until March, most river fly fishers will...

Chirk Training Day 28th September

Chirk Training Days are always exciting but this one was made extra special by the appearance of what appears to be a Daubenton's bat. Fishery owner Shaun had mentioned that he'd found a seemingly dead bat earlier but when he had picked it up to dispose of it, it bit...

First Ever Grayling! 20th September

John, one of our Chirk Training Day regulars joined us on the River Dee to target Grayling, a fish that he has hooked and played a few times but as yet never landed! John is a committed Buzzer fisherman and tier of some of the most exquisite Buzzers I've ever seen. He...

Sea Trout: For Supper?………or for Breakfast?

Many books and articles have been written about these very special fish and the majority of them would have you believe that the only time to catch them is at night. Many moons ago I was given the following advice on Sea Trout fishing, “wait till it goes dark and then...

Chirk Casting Tuition Day 31st August, 2014

Another great turnout again at Chirk Fishery for the Heyday School of Fly Fishing. Our guests were male and female, beginners to advanced and from 16 years old to 81 years young! A truly mixed bunch, proving this sport is for everyone and it was an absolute pleasure...

Chirk training day 27th July

Today's Chirk training day was a Tale of two Charlie's. Old Charlie was so inspired by the tale of young Charlie's recent 1 and a half pound Sea Trout that he broke with tradition and started fishing as soon as he hit the water. We were alerted to his dissent by the...

Chirk Training Day on 27th June

The Heyday Fly Fishing School hosted its first official Chirk training day on 27th June and what a great day it was. A full house turned out to fish this beautiful water and as usual, there was a good mix of abilities. The attendees were divided into groups of...

Evening Rise at Chirk Fishery – 17th July

Tonight a few of the Chirk Training Day regulars met up to fish the evening rise at Chirk fishery. The training days usually finish at around 4pm but on those hot, bright summer days, the fishing can be tough. Whats more frustrating is that as we pack up and the day...

River Dee in Corwen – 10th July

Today Steve and I headed up to the River Dee in Corwen to explore some of the excellent waters managed by CADAC. The river is as low as I have seen it and it was crystal clear which made it even more of a challenge. In these conditions, we concluded that a more...

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