It seems every time Cliff Waters crosses the border into Wales the heavens open up.
A visit to Maesteg in South Wales a few years ago was without doubt, one of the most unpleasant experiences I’ve ever had. It took a tractor to remove my car from a car park where it was up to its axles in gloopy mud and a further hour in a Services rest room removing the mud and my soaked clothing.
The forecast said cool but dry with light breeze, ha, ha, more like b****y freezing, lashing rain and a howling northerly gale. Please tell me why it is national forecasters find it so difficult to predict the correct weather even for the following day. It drives me up the wall. But hey ho at least Graiglwyd Springs was un-frozen unlike many of our East Anglia small waters, Huw Jones does stock some cracking big fish, and, I hadn’t wet a line for what seems like months.
My fishing buddy was David Hoppe and he’d just taken delivery of a couple of new model Sonik rods, the SK4XT and the SKS so we had some nice new tools to have fun with. Despite the appalling conditions the fish were playing ball and David soon had a corking three-pounder dancing to his tune, metaphorically speaking. Having a chat to some of the locals, indications were that Damsel patterns had been doing the business. So with that in mind I tackled up the SKS with a Midge Tip with a goldbead damsel-style Lure on the point and a couple of Buzzers above it. Lots of fish were moving close to the draw-off platform and my second cast had one of them well hooked and tail walking across the water. It was a very successful day all told netting more than 25 fish between us and you’ll be able to read about our adventure it in a couple of months time.
It’s weird fishing a small square reservoir as there’s a lot of crossover casting going on, but the visit was a particularly pleasurable experience and Huw Jones is one of better fishery owners who really knows how to stoke a wood burning stove and that was a godsend on the day I can tell you.
Off to deepest Norfolk on Thursday for a fish with a rather well known rock musician and it’s forecast to be 63 degrees…oh yeah yeah yeah!!