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Welsh week, mate!



Article Video: Tal-y-Llyn Video: Test All pictures

Wales has a lot of good fishing to offer



By Martin Joergensen

All 48 pictures




A cuppa
A cuppa
Paul sipping a cup of coffee during our lunch break on the test.
A room with a view
A room with a view
The benches and table right in front of our fishing hut on the Test. Notice the amazing clearity of the water. Under the far bank by those green patches it's probably 2-3 feet deep.
Another one
Another one
Paul with yet another Test brown trout.
Bacon and eggs...
Bacon and eggs...
...and sausages and fried tomatoes and toast. Charles' English breakfast was a feast!
Bamboo bending
Bamboo bending
Me and my cane rod are into a good Test brown trout.
Boats
Boats
A classical scenery: boats and a stillwater.
Boys having fun
Boys having fun
Paul broke the lid off a couple of fly boxes and we had a ball groing through his collection of furs and feathers from all over the world.
Bug hunter
Bug hunter
Paul looking for creepy crawly things under the rocks in the Usk
Butterfish
Butterfish
Some of the Test brownies were really colorful and yellow.
Cane on the Test
Cane on the Test
My Partridge cane rod posing in its proper environment: by an English chalkstream.
CDC&Elk
CDC&Elk
The CDC&Elk struck on the test too. It's a very productive pattern.
Charles' den
Charles' den
Charles Picton in his office
Closeup
Closeup
A closer look at a Test brown trout.
Coch-y-Bonddu Books
Coch-y-Bonddu Books
Paul Morgan hiding (right) while we browse his book shelves filled with great litterature.
Doublé
Doublé
I had several double hook-ups on Tall-y-Lynn. These were the largest ones I caught - and two at a time!
Fisheye view
Fisheye view
A fisheye view of Paul in the boat on Tal-y-Llyn - a most beautiful lake in Wales.
Hooked
Hooked
There were dozens of fish in this bend on the Test. We managed to spook most of them, but did get a couple to hand too.
Just beat it
Just beat it
Even though the beats were clearly marked, we did manage to cross into the next guy's beat a couple of times.
Lake bend
Lake bend
Paul's rod bent by a stocked rainbow.
Looking for sculpins
Looking for sculpins
Paul rolling over rocks in the Usk in search for Sculpins.
March Brown
March Brown
The March Brown mayfly (Stenonema sp.) nymph on an Usk rock.
Mountain lake
Mountain lake
This desolated mointain lake held som nice wil brown trout
Nicely kept
Nicely kept
Typical beat on the Test: short grass, paths, bridges. All for your convenience, Sir!
Not that easy
Not that easy
It might seem very trimmed and easy, but trust me: spooky fish, clear, shallow water and more trees than it looks like can make it quite challenging to fish the Test.
Not wild
Not wild
They may not be wild (the trout), but they sure are beautiful (the trout).
Oak
Oak
Nice, fresh oak leaves on the bank of the Usk.
Paul's trousers
Paul's trousers
"It's like being home", Paul said when he pulled on his army surplus trousers.
Paul, Paul and Simon
Paul, Paul and Simon
The luch was a small bag of crispies for each eaten on the bank of the lake.
Rain-bows!
Rain-bows!
That must be why they are called rain-bows, the fish that Charlie stocks in his secret lake. Notice the umbrella - standard equipment for fishing in Wales.
Ready to release
Ready to release
Paul is ready to let a Test brown trout return the the clear water.
Roast dinner
Roast dinner
Paul's excellent roast dinner. It was as good as it looks - and then some.
Rod & Reel
Rod & Reel
Nothing like a sunset over a chalkstream as a backdrop for the classical gear photo.
Sign
Sign
We were on 3, the other guy was on 4... and we were not welcome!
Skating caddis
Skating caddis
The maountain lake fish loved the fast, skating caddis on the wind swept surface.
Spotted Dick
Spotted Dick
Spotted Dick is the desert, not the person. The person is Paul Slaney obviously enjoying the double serving of this traditional British sweet.
Tangle
Tangle
This Black Zulu would up in a mess of leader material after I had taken a few casts. Learning to master the long leaders takes a little time.
Test beauty
Test beauty
A real gem of a brown trout from the chalkstream the Test.
Test brownie
Test brownie
This my my largest fish of the day on the Test
Test trout
Test trout
One of the first trout we managed to hook on the Test.
The hotel
The hotel
Our hotel was beautifully located on the bank of Tal-y-Lynn.
The mad hatter
The mad hatter
Paul Morgan's hat contains enough flies for a couple of months of fishing.
The Usk
The Usk
We should have fished it this day. Had I taken this picture the next day, I would have drowned, so much had the river gone up due to rain.
Trimmed
Trimmed
Paul into a fish from the trimmed banks of the Test. The trees are cut and the grass is mowed along the banks of this very beautiful river - just to make fishing easier.
Tubing
Tubing
Paul Morgan in the tub on Tal-y-Llyn.
Welsh lake
Welsh lake
The bank of the beautiful Tall-y-lynn lake.
Welsh mountains
Welsh mountains
A typical Welsh landscape in typical Welsh weather.
What I did
What I did
Relaxing in the boat on Tal-Y-Llyn. The double chin is not mine BTW!
What Paul did
What Paul did
When our motor stopped working, Paul grabbed the ores and tried to hold us from drifting even further away.