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Forum: River Monnow Yesterday, 09:29 PM
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Posted By Cranefly
Re: Fishing the Monnow

Overcast and quite windy this afternoon and evening but one of the best mayfly hatches I've seen anywhere, never mind the Monnow. The breeze meant theynweremoffmthe water quickly, often followed by a...
Forum: River Monnow Yesterday, 11:05 AM
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Posted By Cranefly
Re: Fishing the Monnow

Not arguing! I read your desire to get the best of research as an assumption that I or others weren't aware of it and "your going to do some thinking around the possibilities", rather reinforced it....
Forum: River Monnow Yesterday, 09:31 AM
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Posted By Cranefly
Arrow Re: Fishing the Monnow

And you're assuming that some of us have not already done any research into it or have some practical experience, all of which so far points to mixed results on the Monnow, where only single beats...
Forum: River Monnow 26-05-2015, 04:28 PM
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Posted By Cranefly
Re: Fishing the Monnow

I am not sure what research needs doing? It is more a case of a fag packet and pencil plus lots of volunteer time and some funding from the owners, on the basis that it might not work but has to be...
Forum: River Monnow 26-05-2015, 07:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 451
Posted By Cranefly
Re: MRA Auction VIII Final Lot: The Monnow Cane Rod

I am lucky to have had a cast with this rod on water. As someone who first cast a fly with a cane rod I can tell you it is a revelation: light and crisp and, as MrP showed at the Social, can throw a...
Forum: River Monnow 26-05-2015, 07:21 AM
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Posted By Cranefly
Re: Fishing the Monnow

The two places Ranunculus seems to well on are the Dore and in Monmouth, close the Wye, which has an abundance. The Dore has a gravel over clay bed but is subject to more silty run off and phosphate...
Forum: River Monnow 24-05-2015, 06:19 AM
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Posted By Cranefly
Re: Fishing the Monnow

MrP, could some of the change in the bigger fish percentage be down to the location of your fishing changing over the last 5 years?
Forum: River Monnow 23-05-2015, 12:01 AM
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Posted By Cranefly
Re: Fishing the Monnow

Are you bidding?
Forum: River Monnow 22-05-2015, 03:25 PM
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Views: 314,180
Posted By Cranefly
Re: Fishing the Monnow

Brilliant post, Fleaflicker. Lovely profile to those flies.

To add to the post above, I don't think the presence of stockies on a beat has much to do with it. My Raspberry came from a stocked...
Forum: River Monnow 22-05-2015, 01:40 PM
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Posted By Cranefly
Re: Fishing the Monnow

I think the clue is in SB's (near) last paragraph. Historically, when the Monnow was at its prime the average size of the fish was much smaller, even from non stocked and very lightly private beats....
Forum: River Monnow 21-05-2015, 03:56 PM
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Posted By Cranefly
Re: Fishing the Monnow

Us Limeys are a generous bunch, especially when it comes to info on other people's Hog Holes.
Forum: River Monnow 21-05-2015, 08:29 AM
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Posted By Cranefly
Re: Fishing the Monnow

I've copied and pasted this from The Wye and Usk Foundation - Feedback (http://www.wyeuskfoundation.org/fishing/feedback.php) - just to underline what the Honddu can produce!

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Forum: River Monnow 20-05-2015, 05:27 AM
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Posted By Cranefly
Re: Fishing the Monnow

All the tribs, bar perhaps the Dore should be in very good order today. The upper main river is probably fishable, particularly if the Mayfly are hatching but the main river will be out for a day...
Forum: River Monnow 20-05-2015, 05:10 AM
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Posted By Cranefly
Re: Fishing the Monnow

I remember the day well, TM - hard to imagine having more fun for a fiver.

Not to mention her many other charms: most notably the unbelievable scenery, which gets better and better the higher up...
Forum: River Monnow 19-05-2015, 07:16 PM
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Posted By Cranefly
Re: Fishing the Monnow

GarethL and Geraint still talk of their fish from the same hole and others have had similar experiences. I have seen fish to over 3lbs on the upper Honddu - until now I have not mentioned them...
Forum: Salmon Fishing 19-05-2015, 10:18 AM
Replies: 1,134
Views: 43,156
Posted By Cranefly
Re: Wye Discussion 2015

[QUOTE=stealth_fox;1971254]More on Possible UDN in the Wye

More on UDN « The Wye Salmon Association (http://www.wyesalmon.com/more-on-udn/)[/]

Crying with laughter; "due to the fish being dead...
Forum: River Monnow 18-05-2015, 03:21 PM
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Posted By Cranefly
Re: Fishing the Monnow

Upper tribs are up about 1 foot after today's rain and mainstem is responding now. The Honddu should fish tomorrow and you can expect mayfly to be hatching there too, along with many other upwings...
Forum: Trout and Grayling Fishing 18-05-2015, 09:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 463
Posted By Cranefly
Re: Mayfly questions

To add to that; our focus can be often on the huge mayfly, when the trout's focus has switched to something much, much smaller that we have not noticed hatching or falling....
Forum: Trout and Grayling Fishing 18-05-2015, 08:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 463
Posted By Cranefly
Re: Mayfly questions

Thing to note about Mayflies is that they emerge flat on the surface so gink the body too.

A size 12 para Adams is an excellent fly for them.

Taking shucks and crippled mayfly in preference...
Forum: River Monnow 16-05-2015, 08:26 PM
Replies: 4,266
Views: 314,180
Posted By Cranefly
Re: Fishing the Monnow

A fair number of Mays hatching around 12 to 1.00 but only a few being taken so far. It is early in the hatch but definitely underway and quite a few fish are prepared to take your big offering but...
Forum: River Monnow 15-05-2015, 07:20 AM
Replies: 4,266
Views: 314,180
Posted By Cranefly
Re: Fishing the Monnow

Looking at the gauges, the mainstem will fish able tomorrow
Forum: River Monnow 14-05-2015, 08:57 PM
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Views: 314,180
Posted By Cranefly
Re: Fishing the Monnow

Judging by Wednesday, the Mayfly hatch is about to start so get the lawns mown and all those passes out sorted and enjoy the next few weeks on the river.

Today's rain has put some height and co...
Forum: River Monnow 13-05-2015, 09:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 323
Posted By Cranefly
Re: Help for a novice...?

John, thank your for the fulsome but undeserved praise. My style depends on the student, after all I coach an under 8 rugby team so I can reduce the expletives!

I finished the weekend off so well...
Forum: River Monnow 12-05-2015, 09:03 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 3,552
Posted By Cranefly
Re: The Monnow Social 2015 - Bring It On.

Not having discussed this yet, Jon but you can be reasonably confident for Friday May 6 to Sunday May 8 2016.
Forum: Trout and Grayling Fishing 12-05-2015, 08:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 976
Posted By Cranefly
Re: Looking for River Fishing..

Not sure on exact geography but the Monnow might be doable in that time. Garway FFC have 5 miles of main river and spaces.
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