Pencoed & District Angling Club

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Fishing; Tackle & Techniques

General Approach

On a small river in a confined space, you will find yourself fishing at close proximity, often only a few rod lengths away at the furthest. And rod-length on the Ewenny is a lot less than it might be on most larger rivers! The tight space for casting means that, on 90% of the river, a standard 9ft rod will have you mourning the loss of many, many flies, and spending most of your precious fishing time re-tying your cast. For the Ewenny, a 6ft 6”-7ft 6” 3wt rod is the perfect tool. It will allow you to fish small to medium sized nymphs and any of your dries into virtually all the river’s fish-holding nooks and crannies.
A Double-Taper line floating line to match your rod weight (4wt at the most) terminating in a 6-9ft leader with 2-3lb tippet would generally put you in the right frame for catching on the Ewenny. Reels need not be expensive and certainly don’t need clutches – keep it light and delicate.

There is a case for fishing longer rods during the winter, especially on the Fords section of the river, which is wider and more open, but it can be fished almost just as well with the short outfit.

PADAC exercise a single-fly rule, so whether it’s dry flies or nymphs, only one can be fished at a time. It is also important that they are barbless, either tied on barbless hooks, or have the barb crushed by pliers before use.

Polaroids are, as always, a must, but try and get some with pale, yellow/amber lenses; during the summer, the heavy tree cover and high banks can make the light levels quite low, and normal sunglasses are simply too dark. The light enhancing qualities of amber or yellow lenses really help, whilst the polaroid properties continue to minimise reflections so you can spot that lightning-quick take!

fishing on your kees (604 x 479)

Rob gets down on one knee to propose to a Grayling...that it should take his fly of course!

Finally, in terms of general requirements, don’t forget your net – a scoop-net is fine for any section where you are wading. If you connect with one of the Ewenny’s bigger residents, you’ll be glad you bought it!

So, that’s the basics covered, now let’s look at a few aspects in a little more below...

Fishing in Trout Season...

Winter Grayling Fishing...

A chunky Grayling (983 x 576)
In the net (978 x 441)

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