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    Default River Usk - Mardy Beat

    Hi

    Looking to fish the River Usk this weekend on above beat can anybody give me some tips on flies to use etc ?

    Thanks in advance.

    Paul

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    Default Re: River Usk - Mardy Beat

    I've fished above and below Mardy over the last two weeks and it's been tough. During the day there is little to observe and you are better off sub-surface in the faster water and pockets. The river seems to wake up in the late evening but it can be difficult to crack the code. I've seen a lot of spinners coming off and some yellow May. I've have most success with emerger patterns and a simple F fly. I've caught more on smaller flies (16 and below) than fatties.
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    Paul

    I haven't fished it this year but I would head to the bottom of the beat and note what's going on, on your way down.

    There's some very good mixed water with proper nymphing water and plenty of glides.

    If there are no fish topping, head for the faster water ignoring the glides. You can either fish klink and dink along the seams and in the shallow riffled water or fish a pair of heavy nymphs through the fast water, working the seams and main current.

    For klink and dink 2.5mm beaded flies are about right but for the heavier nymph work you'll need 3-4mm tungsten bead headed nymphs.

    If you're fishing until dark the last hour in the glides can be superb. CDC and spinner patterns are the way to go. If you're simply prospecting during the day DH and CDC emergers do well but be aware if there isn't a hatch it can be hard and the fish on the Usk are renowned for playing chase me during the day, (you move a yard to get into position to cast and the fish move a yard. This often continues until you get to the deeper water where they are safe).

    It's a great length, not easy fish but very rewarding if you approach it correctly. There are also some very good fish although it's often better when it's fining down with a slight touch of colour.

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    Default Re: River Usk - Mardy Beat

    Dave, you went into a bit more detail, but seems like we are aligned.
    I have to say, this is one of the more challenging seasons on both the Usk and Monnow catchment. We should hook up again soon if possible.
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    Jon

    We must have been writing at the same time . I'm free next Saturday if you want a day/evening session. Could do either the Taff or the Usk or combine the two. PM me and we'll sort something out

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