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    Default Vyrnwy 2015

    It's been 2.5 years and time to go fishing again. Yesterday I set off for Lake Vyrnwy and although the water level is approximately 3' down I just couldn't have picked a better day; nice coolish breeze, lovely sunshine and a whole lake full of feeding trout to myself. As it has been a while since I had been fishing I set out thirty yards down from Whitegates and practiced a couple of casts.
    Second cast:


    Third cast:
    https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-U.../CIMG3334s.jpg
    The fish were certainly moving especially the smaller ones and there was plenty of sport to be had with these especially along the shaded banks:
    https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-S.../CIMG3339s.jpg
    At times there was a fish or a take every cast and there were three occasions when two were taken at the same time. I lost count of how many were caught but the highlight of the day was this 1.5lb plus specimen which snapped up a Zulu:
    https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-u.../CIMG3340s.jpg
    Used a fast retrieved team of flies on a DI3 line fished into and against the shady shoreline during the day and later when the fish were topping switched to Intermediate line and would have used a Floating line except I'd forgotten to pack the spare spools. Flies used Bibio, Dunkeld (my Vyrnwy favourite), Claret Bumble, Connemara Black and Zulu. Looking at the hotel's catch returns there have been some good bags lately using similar flies.

    Fantastic day, superb sunset and really looking forward to a return trip next month.
    https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-i.../CIMG3343s.jpg
    Apologies if the pics aren't displayed or the links don't work.
    Last edited by mike_hayes; 22-04-2015 at 04:20 PM.

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    Default Re: Vyrnwy 2015

    Looks like you had a great day mike. It is a wonderful place.
    Were you on your own?

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    Default Re: Vyrnwy 2015

    richfish1, I was out on my own (it's a bit dangerous in a boat when I'm casting a fly). After spending two years getting our business up and running with no time for fishing trips it's a real bonus to be able to go again and an additional bonus to have such a wonderful place within an hours drive from home. Are you thinking of going there soon?

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    I'm going to be going when I get back from holiday. Be somewhere around 20th may. Don't like going out on the boat on my own tbh. And the Mrs gets bored😉
    Edit. Probably be the 22nd may.
    Last edited by richfish1; 22-04-2015 at 05:10 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richfish1 View Post
    I'm going to be going when I get back from holiday. Be somewhere around 20th may. Don't like going out on the boat on my own tbh. And the Mrs gets bored��
    Edit. Probably be the 22nd may.
    You should book her in to the hotel spa whilst you go off for the day in the boat. I'll definitely be going back there at least once in May.

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    Default Re: Vyrnwy 2015

    Thanks for the report Mike. I'm up to Vyrnwy in a couple of weeks with some friends and that's certainly whetted my appetite.

    Cheers

    Jon

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    I'm going to Vyrnwy in early July this year to fish this wonderful lake in a beautiful part of the world. Been there many times (but not to fish) but always wanted to and now I have the chance. I can't wait tbf. However, it does look quite daunting. I've only been fly fishing for a couple of years so any tips would be muchley appreciated. Only fished with single flies so don't fully understand the concept of using 2 or 3 flies although have done some reading up. I understand the weather changing, boat fishing only etc, just some little pointers will do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul1960 View Post
    I'm going to Vyrnwy in early July this year to fish this wonderful lake in a beautiful part of the world. Been there many times (but not to fish) but always wanted to and now I have the chance. I can't wait tbf. However, it does look quite daunting. I've only been fly fishing for a couple of years so any tips would be muchley appreciated. Only fished with single flies so don't fully understand the concept of using 2 or 3 flies although have done some reading up. I understand the weather changing, boat fishing only etc, just some little pointers will do.
    Hi Paul, your best tactics are to drift up the shorelines, casting as close to the bank and trees as you dare. You will be surprised how near the bank they are.
    Flies I like to use are zulu, blue zulu, bibio, kate mclaren, claret bumble, mallard and claret, coch y bonddu, dunkeld, blae and black and mini lures, such as Viva, clifton, ace of spades and Montana.
    Small dries work well, with most offerings likely to tempt interest.
    If you email the lake Vyrnwy hotel, they sell a book all about fishing the lake. Well worth a read before you go. I'm sure they'll post a copy to you. (About a fiver)
    Finally, don't be disappointed if it's difficult, as it can be at times. Other days though, they'll be leaping on your flies like they're going out of fashion.
    Rich.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul1960 View Post
    I'm going to Vyrnwy in early July this year to fish this wonderful lake in a beautiful part of the world. Been there many times (but not to fish) but always wanted to and now I have the chance. I can't wait tbf. However, it does look quite daunting. I've only been fly fishing for a couple of years so any tips would be muchley appreciated. Only fished with single flies so don't fully understand the concept of using 2 or 3 flies although have done some reading up. I understand the weather changing, boat fishing only etc, just some little pointers will do.
    Paul. I agree with what Rich has said; cast as close to the banks as possible and his selection of flies should see fish on the boat. There is also the whole of the bay at the top end which is quite shallow and there are some wonderful drifts across this. I use two or three flies when fishing the lake spaced about 2.5' - 3' apart on 8" - 10" droppers which seem to work for me. The book from the hotel is definitely worth a read and there is also a bit of information regarding flies on the hotel website. There are also further Vyrnwy threads on this forum which may help. Some people only like fishing the lake early or late season but I've had good catches throughout. One last thing. If you go there for a whole day's fishing and don't catch a thing, you won't care. You can take away the memories of the wonderful surroundings and the magic of the place when experienced from a boat.

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    Found time to get a days fishing on Lake Vyrnwy on Friday. Water level is back up to almost full after the recent weather. Went to Whitegates and the random, squally SW - W wind made conditions really difficult especially so at the top end later in the day. However still caught 24 brownies up to a 1lb. There was some spectacular sport to be had fishing the foam lanes 5 - 20 yards out or the odd cast in under the trees (if the wind allowed) from Eunant Bay all the way down to Ceunant Bridge. Flies used; Dunkeld, Bibio, Kate McClaren, Mrs Simpson lure and GRHE fished on the good old DI3 or an Intermediate line.

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