We are having a very mild summer here, probably hotter in Criccieth than it is in Coimbra. This has made for some pleasant evenings on the river with good insect hatches, including sedges, and lots of barbel in the 3-6 lb range feeding in water a few inches deep. Last night, I got there at 7.30 pm, river had a good flow of water from electricity generation and feeding fish everywhere. It took about half an hour and a couple of fly changes to figure out what they wanted: a hare´s ear body with brown CDC hackle and red plastic bead head dead drifted towards them. I had anticipated a bit less water, so had tackled up with a 9-foot 3-weight and WF4 line with a 15 foot leader finishing with 5 feet of 4 x flurocarbon tippet 7lb b.s. A small yarn indicator was attached about a yard above the fly. As soon as the hare´s ear fly went on, I got good takes from two fish but missed them both. I then spotted a big tail in a few inches of water and covered it a yard upstream - bang and fish number one on! Off he went like a train towards deeper water then it was a few minutes back and forth and a couple of anxious moments when the line went between some rocks. The 3-weight was giving as good as it was getting and quite soon I was able to slide him up the gravel. By this time, some cloud had come over and there was a big hatch of large midges and some small sedges. I put on a size 14 klinkhammer type fly with a brown peacock quill body and ginger hackle and the hare´s year fly attacked to the bend with about 1 yard of tippet. First cast, a small mullet took the nymph. Second cast ahead of a big tail right into the bank the dry fly was inhaled with a huge splash and fish number two proceeded to sprint upstream until I was well into the backing. This one took me up and down the river a few times before he was beached. By this time it was getting dark, the water was dropping back, and the fish activity was tapering off so I called it a day.