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 Post subject: Novice fly fishing in the gower - assistance!
PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 11:54 am 

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Hello all!

Apologies for a cheeky first time post /request but I am looking for some tips / expertise that is beyond what the local tackle shop offered!

I am a reasonable fly fisher but have only been on still water before for trout. I am shortly off to the Gower and in particular the worms head to try some sea fly fishing for the the first time. I was wondering if anyone could advise on the following

Is my rod a phazer Berkley (ln wt 5-7) up to the job - if so could someone tell me what type of line to get?
Can I use standard leader?
Can anyone suggest what flies it would be worth using for July at the Worms head?

Any help is really appreciated!


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 Post subject: Re: Novice fly fishing in the gower - assistance!
PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 2:42 pm 

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Your rod may prove a tad light but it's worth using on a calm day- depends how much you are going to give things a go really as to whether it's worth going for something more specialist and bit heavier

Broadly speaking for occasional salty work some reservoir gear is fine- I use an 8 weight though even this feels undergunned sometimes when in to a head wind. You can use floating lines with weighted flies (clousers) and with sinking poly leaders (airflo do some good ones) to gain a bit more depth. A sinking tip or a slow intermediate is a more useful line particularly when there is a bit more depth or the conditions are a bit heavier.

Leaders provoke a bit more discussion. I would suggest that when starting out a straight through fluorocarbon leader of minimum 16lb of around 9 ft will do. Some will argue for a more tapered approach such as having a tapered leader semi permanently connected to your fly line with a loop to loop connection to some finer more disposable tippet. When using a sinking line approach it can be a good idea to shorten your leader so that the fly doesn't float up. An advanced example of this is a fast sinking line with a very short, (say 3ft) leader and a floating fly such as a crease fly.

I have only fished around the Gower and Worms Head a few times and the water seems prone to colouring up which may influence our fly choice a bit. On a very murky occasion a managed to catch using Cockroach fly. You might want to consider a fly that moves water such as a muddler and something very bright or very dark to provide some visibility and profile in the water

Lots more that can be said. The main thing is to get out there fishing and give it a go. Sounds like you've not caught bass on the fly before - even a small one will pull your string a bit.

p.s. it's quite quiet here on this forum- more's the shame. Happy to chat but you may find some other places that are a bit more vibrant ;-)

Bass, mullet, pike and flats flies

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