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    Default Help for a novice...?

    Hi there,

    I live just three miles from Skenfrith and I drive over the Monnow every week, yet I've never fished it...! My river flyfishing skills are not the best, and I'm much more used to spinning for migratory fish on the Usk and also the Cothi.

    I would dearly love to get to know my local river and thus I wondered if I might pick the brains of a Monnow regular as to how I should approach fishing the river to have a chance of success. If I could tag along with a fellow angler for an hour or so I would gladly buy the beer after the fishing.

    Kind Regards,
    Gavin.

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    Default Re: Help for a novice...?

    I'm not a regular Gavin but if you want a few hours on the WUF passport beats let me know, maybe start on the streams and hone your skills before hitting the bigger water ? Probably the logical way to go about things maybe, others can advise better than I however.

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    Default Re: Help for a novice...?

    Hi, Gavin, sorry not to have picked this up,sooner but we have been a bit preoccupied with the Monnow Social, which would have been a perfect introduction for so watch this space for next year.

    I am sure several of us will gladly show you the ropes for a few hours. What sort of days and hours are you able to get out?

    The great news for you and any potential Monnow anglers is that there are nearly 20 beats of upper tribs available on day ticket and one or two syndicates with spaces or waiting lists so there is now excuse for not taking the plunge.

    Rob
    "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."

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    Default Re: Help for a novice...?

    Hi Gavin. Likewise with Cranefly ( Rob ) I am sorry that I did not notice your post earlier, or I would also have suggested the Monnow Social as an introduction to fly fishing your local river.

    And having attended last week's MS as a 'newbie' and fished with Rob, I can only advise in the strongest terms that if you get a chance to fish the Monnow with him, you grab the opportunity with both hands.

    You say that your river fly fishing skills are not the best.

    Oh Lordy...

    Gird your loins young man, in Rob's company you will be in for a baptism of fire.

    You will be sworn at, insulted and vilified. It's nothing personal, it's just Rob's passion to drive you towards success.

    Your casting skills will be de-constructed, rearranged and reconstructed. A badly placed cast will be greeted with derision, but equally a well placed cast will receive fulsome praise.

    If you possess the stomach for such strong medicine you will emerge from the experience a much better angler, and confident enough to tackle the river on your own.

    Go fishing with Rob. Sit quietly at the waterside and listen with fascination as he identifies the flies emerging from the water, describes their life cycles, and how best to present your deceptive imitations.

    And constantly throughout the day he will drill into you the three most important elements of successful river fly fishing;

    Observation.

    Observation.

    Observation.

    My time spent fishing in his company last weekend was a revelation, and improved my river fishing beyond anything I could have imagined.

    And all being well, we look forward to seeing you on the next Monnow Social...

    Cheers! Castaline.

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    Default Re: Help for a novice...?

    What he said

    Observation plays a huge part of it. Rob finished the weekend off with a very good fish due to it. If nothing else go and sit quietly next to the river and tune in to what`s happening all around, it costs nothing but time.

    Roll and tap then eh John
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    Default 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 because of Neil's excellent observation with a 15" fish rising tight to the bank with tiny sips. Still I did teach him everything he knows!!
    "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."

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    Default Re: Help for a novice...?

    Many thanks for the replies and kind offers gents, I will certainly take them up.

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