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    Default Winter 2015-16: What's happening!

    Been wildfowling a few times, but have not yet shot my first foreshore duck. Shot a squirrel a few Saturdays ago with the biggest tail I've ever seen. Its tail is hanging in the shed with a few other tails at the moment which will be used to make flies over the next few years! This rain aint helping, I have a mountain of outdoor work to do, but feel if I tramp around the lawn in this weather it will do more harm than good. So hoping for more proper dry winter weather to get out there. Cabin fever is a curable condition!Click here to enlarge
    Anybody else getting outside? I've started this thread off to keep the forum "ticking over" during the winter months, so feel free to contribute. Fieldsports? Watching or Playing Sport (I watch some local rugby during the winter, used to play until my daughter was born, also watch my son play football). Outdoor work e.g. I plan to start a new log pile off for winter 2017. Gardening? Take your pic its open ended, but keep it clean and keep it legel. LOL
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    Aled
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    Visited the Royal Welsh Winter fair at Builth Wells yesterday. The cold rain was a problem, but the food produce, tools, outdoor kit, and stalls were worth a look. Some impressive looking animals on display as well.
    First time I've been to the Winter fair (although I've visited the summer and Smallholders). The fair was worth a visit, but the rain was not good!!
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    Have had to give up my night fishing finally because of mobility problem (one of the penalties of getting older) but the river isn't going to get rid of me as easy as that! Still have a driving licence, so with the help of a walking aid and a wading staff, I can still totter down to part of my little stream and fish for brownies...which is fantastic fun!
    Highlight of 2015 was when one warm and sunny afternoon, I was stood in the very tail of a pool, leaning against the bank, when I saw about six fresh run sewin not more than 15 feet opposite..They did not notice me because of the troubled water surface and that I was in the shade. I was using a little home made, 7' #4 weight cane rod and silk line, with a size 18 black gnat on a 7x fluoro leader. A careful flick across and a fish of about 3 lbs. just turned around and sipped it in..casual as you like! I gently tightened up...and then he woke up! You have never heard a 3" reel unwind so fast..
    Eventually, he came to the net..just fitting in, and after a quick look and a kiss goodbye, went back to join his friends..hopefully to survive, spawn and bring up a large family!
    I can tell you, sea trouting at night is exciting, but this was something else again..I'm getting back to that river next season if I have to crawl there!!

    ...Meanwhile, it's the close season so lots of new flies to tie and things to mend..I am learning all manner of new skills that you can do when you try..shooting won't be one of them but if the rivers ever get the chance to drop..which is not anytime soon, I am determined to try and catch a grayling from the River Lyd, which offer day tickets for them..

    By the way, it's great to be back on this forum...been away too long, but have fond memories of all the happy banter that used to go on here..

    Best regards to all,

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    Nice one WM, sorry to hear about the mobility problem but happy to know that you are still soldiering on & that you haven't given up paying your river a visit.Good luck & tight lines chasing those "ladies".
    "Gleisiad"

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    Yes I too am sorry to hear of your mobility problems. Need to show this thread to my pal Arwel, he's been trying to catch a sewin on Dry Fly for years! Good luck for the future WM.
    I don't care what the weather is like on Saturday I'm taking my son out on the bike, we need fresh air!
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    Watch this and reflect on the imminent introduction of compulsory satch and release on all salmon rivers in Wales as well as catch and release of sea trout on many rivers as well

    Highplains

    www.cpwf.co.uk

    Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise that we cannot eat money (Cree Indian saying)

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