This weekend we’re off to North Wales for Christmas where hopefully I’ll get my belated birthday nymph fishing on the river Dee for grayling! As well as packing our 3wt outfits for the river we’ll also be taking our casting gear with us, so everything from a #5 through to the monstrous T120. At the back of my parents’ house there is a great field for practicing, this has views down to the sea and the array of wind turbines that are placed just off-shore. It is therefore renowned for a consistent breeze – none of the swirly conditions that the BFCC ‘loves’ to cast in, as such both James and I have set many personal bests there. With the casting competition rule changes I need to work on what outfit I am going to cast and in what wind. I’m happy with my #5 outfit, although obviously I’d like to cast it further , but there are options for the #7 e.g. 9ft or 10ft rod – soft, stiff or bargepole options. Hopefully a winner will emerge out of the various permutations (although more likely it’ll just add to the confusion).
I’ll also be working on my ST27 shooting head casting. Currently I have 3 lines to choose from, between 50ft and 70ft in length. At the moment the 70ft line is a bit of a struggle (it’s the equivalent of picking up the fly from 95ft), I can do it but I’d like to produce more speed with it. Carrying this amount of line is definitely improving my full line casting though. Again there are rod options to consider, my current PB is with a 9ft rod and the 50ft head – I’ll be interested to see if this is still the case after Christmas.
Whether you’re entering a fishing competition, just fishing or casting, have an enjoyable weekend,