Any wader will do it is the underlayers and socks that count not just the wader material itself. Jeans and sports socks will leave you freezing in minutes. Boots upward is the way to go as these are the submerged bits of your body. I made the very same mistakes this year, my 1st year wading. I was freezing my feet off, my legs were going numb and I was faltering in the water. Neoprene kyak booties, merino wool under socks with wool socks over those, merino wool base layer, neoprene legs and jogging bottoms kept everything under the water toasty warm. it's a pain to put on and take off but by Christ it keeps those submerged bits from freezing.U will need to buy pair of neoprene waders if u intend to fish the winter plus a thermal suit thing from airflow.
I've only fished it the once so far as reported some pages back - and I was trotting/centrepin for winter grayling - but it was certainly full of fish -although saying that I had to loosefeed quite heavily (compared to what I'm used to for grayling on the Dove) to get them going. I'm sure it would have been a lot harder on bugging gear (and harder work) but given the numbers present in most likely looking glides I'm sure it must generally produce pretty well. That was the stretch below Radyr Weir on a day ticket from Garry Evans. Quite easy wading it seemed too. I haven't managed to get down again over summer with the fly gear, but will certainly have another crack at the grayling trotting this winter when I can.After anything that sodding eats a fly. Like that taff but hard to read and the likely spots don't hold fish. Fishing the lower section. But some thing beautiful about the river that keeps dragging me back. Even if it's to catch the latest shopping trolley!
Interesting that you have said that the "dead water" above Radyr Weir is barbel territory. Can you throw anymore light on this?You can fish the left bank up to the M4, the right bank's a hassle above Radyr weir. The water down from the weir is all fairly good, frequently fished illegally, if you see anything odd phone NRW. The dead water above the weir is barbel territory, interesting to see if the work on the weir changes that, I doubt if it will though, should have blown the bloody thing up.
Congrats on the trout TP, a two pounder's a good fish in anyone's book, flashy wets can be very effective, I particularly like both of those, try a 3-4 mm tungsten bead hare's ear on the point to slow the swing a little, works well, the river should be perfect for that approach in a couple of days.
Many thanks for all the useful information about the Taff. I'll let you know how I get on!Quite good barbel wise particularly if you pre-bait I'm told but the chub population isn't what it was, recruitment has been hammered by the cormorants over the last ten years but despite that there are still a few big chub around.
The Glamorgan Anglers water below Radyr weir and Blackweir have the favoured barbel swims and some real beauties in double figures come out each year, not as good as the Wye or Severn perhaps but still one of Wales' best mixed fisheries. I believe Glam Ang are stocking some silver fish so perhaps the chub as well as the dace and roach will come back although I have my doubts as both the club and NRW aren't keen on built-in fish refuges. GAC don't like the effect they would have on float fishing and NRW are incredibly reluctant to engage on any discussion with regard to in-stream installations due to the flood risk they pose and as no one's shooting the cormorants I'd imagine they're very grateful for any extra fish that come their way.
Good luck with the barbel, you'll get plenty of advice from the boys at Gary Evans and the anglers you meet on the river. Haven't caught any barbel on the fly myself but I know a few people who have (accidentally). Chub on the fly in the fast deep runs on the right bank below Radyr weir are still a reasonably good bet, a gold bead hares ear with a 4 mm tungsten bead gets you down deep enough and quickly enough to stand a chance of tempting one in the autumn.