Thanks Thanks:  0
Likes Likes:  184
Page 21 of 21 FirstFirst ... 11192021
Results 201 to 210 of 210
  1. #201
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Kempsford, Gloucestershire
    Posts
    188

    Default Re: The official Monnow Social 2014 thread - A weekend to remember!!

    Reality check.....less than 30 hours ago I was fishing the Monnow, and now I'm sat in a hotel room in Mumbai! The scenery is far from the pristine beauty of the Monnow Valley. Having diced with death umpteen times from airport to hotel, where traffic lights appear to be of decorative value only, and I'll never moan about another pothole back home. I think I'll hang on to the weekend's memories for a while yet.

    That's the only 'Horse' I came across on the Monnow ;-)

  2. #202
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Herefordshire
    Posts
    4,258

    Default Re: The official Monnow Social 2014 thread - A weekend to remember!!

    Monnow Social 2014 | Casterbridge Fisheries Ltd Looking forward to the full write up. Thanks John, it was great to have you on board.
    "The sun was so delightfully warm, and the stone, which had been sitting in it for a long time, was so warm, too, that Pooh had almost decided to go on being Pooh in the middle of the stream for the rest of the morning."

  3. #203
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    The Wild West of Dymock
    Posts
    6,219

    Default Re: The official Monnow Social 2014 thread - A weekend to remember!!

    Full write up on my blog in due course, but for now a few pictorial memories:

    Saturday
    Fished with Steven (Brennan) - I'd plighted my troth in fishing terms on a drunken friday night, and insisted that as a newcomer he fished with me on the Saturday... the poor sod! We ended up fishing an exceptionally lightly fished and rather lovely beat. It was full of fish but the biggest problem was in presenting a fly over their nose in a horrendous wind. But we managed occasionally:



    Steven doing a spot of early nymphing...

    ...and the result:



    After a brief daliance with the nymphs, we came across some rising fish and that was it for the day really... we just wandered, watched and waited. Mostly like this:

    A tricky lie... tight to the bank under some alder branches.

    The cast:



    The drift...


    Mother Ship to TM... we have contact!



    the end result...



    The fish were beautiful Monnow Leopards, and occasionally we stumbled across some of the Big Cats...

    There was one lie in particular where a confident, persistent feeder could be seen chomping Brook Duns ever 2 minutes or so. Lying tight (3-9") off the far bank in a very open lie, the cast was always going to be a challenge in the very strong wind. We must have spent around 75 minutes on this one fish, at least. Rising it, resting it, coming and seeing if it was still feeding. We'd seen it's back and knew it was a decent size. Every time we came back we had the trembles as the wind seemed to gust harder. Eventually Steven hooked the fish and after a careful fight, released this beauty:



    Right that's enough for now... Sunday's pics to follow. More of the glorious same, but with a very bad head!
    "I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding" John O'Donohue

  4. #204
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Deepest Dorset
    Posts
    209

    Default Re: The official Monnow Social 2014 thread - A weekend to remember!!

    Quote Originally Posted by tigermoth View Post
    Full write up on my blog in due course, but for now a few pictorial memories:

    Saturday
    Fished with Steven (Brennan) - I'd plighted my troth in fishing terms on a drunken friday night, and insisted that as a newcomer he fished with me on the Saturday... the poor sod! We ended up fishing an exceptionally lightly fished and rather lovely beat. It was full of fish but the biggest problem was in presenting a fly over their nose in a horrendous wind. But we managed occasionally:



    Steven doing a spot of early nymphing...

    ...and the result:



    After a brief daliance with the nymphs, we came across some rising fish and that was it for the day really... we just wandered, watched and waited. Mostly like this:

    A tricky lie... tight to the bank under some alder branches.

    The cast:



    The drift...


    Mother Ship to TM... we have contact!



    the end result...



    The fish were beautiful Monnow Leopards, and occasionally we stumbled across some of the Big Cats...

    There was one lie in particular where a confident, persistent feeder could be seen chomping Brook Duns ever 2 minutes or so. Lying tight (3-9") off the far bank in a very open lie, the cast was always going to be a challenge in the very strong wind. We must have spent around 75 minutes on this one fish, at least. Rising it, resting it, coming and seeing if it was still feeding. We'd seen it's back and knew it was a decent size. Every time we came back we had the trembles as the wind seemed to gust harder. Eventually Steven hooked the fish and after a careful fight, released this beauty:



    Right that's enough for now... Sunday's pics to follow. More of the glorious same, but with a very bad head!
    There was one lie in particular where a confident, persistent feeder could be seen chomping Brook Duns ever 2 minutes or so. Lying tight (3-9") off the far bank in a very open lie, the cast was always going to be a challenge in the very strong wind. We must have spent around 75 minutes on this one fish, at least. Rising it, resting it, coming and seeing if it was still feeding. We'd seen it's back and knew it was a decent size. Every time we came back we had the trembles as the wind seemed to gust harder. Eventually Steven hooked the fish and after a careful fight, released this beauty:

    Just realized that I also spent the best part of 30 - 40 mins on this same fish. Tried everything going and still it kept rising but would not venture more than 3 or 4 inches from the bank.
    Well done Steven, at least I know what she looks like.
    Seen anything rise?

  5. #205
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Derby
    Posts
    1,052

    Default Re: The official Monnow Social 2014 thread - A weekend to remember!!

    I think I'm just starting to get back to normal now after a 12 hour sleep last night.

    What can I say, it was one hell of a weekend. It was great chatting to you all, even if my memory of the detail is a little bit hazy, and putting a face to the names. Everything was very well organised (thank you mafia). All I had to do was eat, drink and fish.
    Fishing with TM was an eye opener, the food was amazing (thanks to TFC and the kitchen *****es) and I now have an appreciation for jerky, tarragon and mustard butter, although not necessarily all at the same time.

    I'm already looking forward to the 2015 version.
    Pics and a write up of the fishing to follow.

    Steven
    http://sperrinsstreams.blogspot.com/

  6. #206
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Herefordshire
    Posts
    4,258

    Default Re: The official Monnow Social 2014 thread - A weekend to remember!!

    Gentlemen, if have not yet submitted a catch return for one or more days then could you please post it here or if you are shy or embarrassed, as well some of might be(!) then PM to MrP. These returns a important so that we can build a picture of how or river is performing and when we thank the beat owners, who freely gave the fishing for your enjoyment, we can tell them how great their beat is or how **** you were!

    We were particularly pleased that many of you reported sightings of HB (and pulled it) and JK, which MrP and I checked out yesterday in areas where it had not been reported before. Very happy to report that none was found. Anglers are the eyes and ears of any river and your vigilance is vital to maintain the work we and other river groups are doing.
    "The sun was so delightfully warm, and the stone, which had been sitting in it for a long time, was so warm, too, that Pooh had almost decided to go on being Pooh in the middle of the stream for the rest of the morning."

  7. #207
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    The Wild West of Dymock
    Posts
    6,219

    Default Re: The official Monnow Social 2014 thread - A weekend to remember!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Cranefly View Post
    Gentlemen, if have not yet submitted a catch return for one or more days then could you please post it here or if you are shy or embarrassed, as well some of might be(!) then PM to MrP. These returns a important so that we can build a picture of how or river is performing and when we thank the beat owners, who freely gave the fishing for your enjoyment, we can tell them how great their beat is or how **** you were!

    We were particularly pleased that many of you reported sightings of HB (and pulled it) and JK, which MrP and I checked out yesterday in areas where it had not been reported before. Very happy to report that none was found. Anglers are the eyes and ears of any river and your vigilance is vital to maintain the work we and other river groups are doing.
    Amen to all of that. The middle river is on fire at the moment. I cannot remember seeing so many good quality fish showing.
    "I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding" John O'Donohue

  8. #208
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Kempsford, Gloucestershire
    Posts
    188

    Default Re: The official Monnow Social 2014 thread - A weekend to remember!!

    Return for Sunday on the Monnow Lodge water.
    2 Grayling - 6" and 10" on nymph
    5 Wild Browns - 3 in 8-10" on nymph, 11" on CDC quill olive following a good 20+ ft roll cast under a tree into a back eddy but not without a fly sacrifice to the tree gods (a case of persistence pays), a feisty 13-14" fish on a large Balloon Caddis which it absolutely smashed as I twitched it. Lost another really good fish to a submerged tree trunk which I didn't see when I initially hooked it kneeling down, thinking I'd wisely bring it left of me to save spooking the pool until I stood up.....a simultaneous "Oh ******" as the fish darted for the trunk....@&#%$%#%$!!!!! :-(

  9. #209
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Derby
    Posts
    1,052

    Default Re: The official Monnow Social 2014 thread - A weekend to remember!!

    Tigermoth's write up pretty much sums up the fishing. I'll fill in a few of the details from the day.

    Early in the session, we approached a narrow pool where there were a few fish rising. TM, really liked the look of these risers and after a few casts he managed to hook something bigger than average.



    After an intense battle, Dave seems pretty happy to have the fish in the net.



    The prize.



    The Monnow fish have a distinct appearance. One notable feature is the 'steely' sheen of the gill plate.



    As Dave mentioned in his report, we happened upon a steadily rising fish only a mere 3 - 6" from the bank, just under the rushes.



    And here's Dave just after missing said fish.



    The hatch of LBDs and mayflies was quite prolonged, and we encountered rising fish for most of the day.



    Some mayflies were offering themselves to the trout.



    And they were all too happy to accept.



    The Monnow valley really is a beautiful place.







    And I am already looking forward to camping in this place next year for a weekend of food, beer, craic and, of course, some fishing.



    Steven
    http://sperrinsstreams.blogspot.com/

  10. #210
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Kempsford, Gloucestershire
    Posts
    188

    Default Re: The official Monnow Social 2014 thread - A weekend to remember!!

    Great pics Steven

Page 21 of 21 FirstFirst ... 11192021

Similar Threads

  1. Monnow Social 2014
    By Cranefly in forum River Monnow
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 10-03-2014, 03:00 PM
  2. Monnow Social 2011
    By tigermoth in forum Fly Fishing Club Events and Member Meetings
    Replies: 88
    Last Post: 13-05-2011, 12:37 PM
  3. Monnow Social 2011
    By Cranefly in forum River Monnow
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 22-04-2011, 02:47 PM
  4. Monnow Social 2010
    By tigermoth in forum River Monnow
    Replies: 41
    Last Post: 13-05-2010, 10:21 PM
  5. Monnow Social
    By tigermoth in forum Fly Fishing Club Events and Member Meetings
    Replies: 217
    Last Post: 06-06-2007, 03:57 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •