Fly fishing diary: June 2021

With the local waters currently too hot for trout, and the river running low, we head to Anglesey for some saltwater action instead.

Fly fishing diary: June 2021
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Fly fishing diary: June 2021
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Fly fishing diary: June 2021
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Saturday, June 27th, 2021

With the weather in June rather hot, the local stillwaters and reservoirs haven't been fishing that well. Even the river has been fishing poorly, with very little water around. As a result, we'd done little fishing, so headed over to Anglesey for an evening of sea fishing for a change.

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We arrived at our destination at low water, which was perhaps rather too early, as we ended up being unable to fish for a good few hours as the water was so shallow. Nonetheless, it was useful to get an idea of the sort of ground we'd be fishing over later, and the surroundings and wildlife were amazing, with various terns spotted, and a rare chough.

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We'd got various rods set up. We were using two carp rods - one each - with either ragworm, prawn, or mackerel strips or fillets as bait, as there are a range of species at this venue. George and I were both also fishing with metal lures and soft plastics on lighter tackle. Things were pretty quiet until the tide started to rise, with a nice little ballan wrasse our first catch.

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As things got darker, and the tide rose higher, the action became pretty much constant. Pretty much every cast, our baits would be found within a minute and the rod tip would start bouncing. We lost a couple of bigger fish, which completely hooped the rods over (which we presumed to be bass), but all we landed were dogfish.

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While the fun of catching dogfish cast after cast does eventually wear off, George thought they were great fun and they did actually pull a bit on the light tackle we were using. It was a really different experience to our usual fly fishing adventures too.

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