Ian Robertson Newton-Le-Willows

by Ian Robertson
(Newton-Le-Willows England)

Had another good day on the Alyn in North Wales catching Grayling but as we move into November they will vanish and go to the deep pools in the River Dee. But for the time being I will fish until they vanish.

Have found a setup that suits me for the Alyn. I made a leader of 9ft of 0.35 Red Ice which is a fluorescent line used in Sea Fishing it is a Hi Vis extra strong super soft mono line, the beauty of it is that it floats easily so I can go under trees. Attached to that is a tippet ring and attached is approx. 6ft of leader, this time I had on 6x Orvis Super Strong Copolymer. The flies where a size 16 Black Para with a Pink Post and on the point was a size 18 Copper Tungsten bead PT. I caught on the nymph, at first but as the day went on the fish came to the dry.

Can't wait until next season. I think I will get a more powerful tenkara rod as the Iwana will probably be too light for the other river I fish where trout 2 lb and upwards are possible to catch. In fact this season my best was 3.5 lb and I lost bigger fish. Also the river is bigger and the runs are faster so when a decent fish is hooked it is a battle to land it.

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