Dates of Course
|2018 – Cost £750 inc VAT.
Friday 27th July 2018 (arr 1500 hrs) – Monday 30th July 2018 (dep 1100 hrs)
|In 2018 we hope to be holding a three-day sea-trout fishing course complete with accommodation, on the Golden Grove Fishery on the River Towy in Carmarthenshire, Wales. Golden Grove is regarded as the best sea-trout fishing in the United Kingdom with 2014, 2015 and 2016 each producing over 650 sewin (as sea-trout are called in Wales) with an average weight of nearly four pounds, mostly caught on the fly, including a many sewin over 10lbs, together with 93 salmon (2017). Catching a double figure fish on a fly at night is regarded as the holy grail of sea-trout fishing and a lifetime’s ambition for many. In 2008 Golden Grove produced a sewin of 21 lbs which is the largest caught in the UK for many, many years.These are not purely theoretical courses but are designed to be intensive fishing experiences with a hands-on approach where all the participants will fish over three nights, conditions permitting, and have an excellent chance to hook fish. They are in prime times and there is every chance of encountering a real monster.We will provide rods the chance to fish with professional guides at night whilst improving their casting and range of skills and giving them a better understanding of how to read water, approach and fish for sewin, and increase their chance of success.The courses are designed both for those anglers who have already some experience with river fishing for sea trout, but want to improve their skills, and also for beginners who may have only fished for trout and/or salmon but not had the chance of experiencing night-time fly fishing for sewin. Golden Grove is only an hour and a half from the Severn Bridge and is very accessible from London and all parts of the South and the Midlands.The Towy is a large river and Golden Grove is very well maintained. Overhanging trees are not generally an issue. Access is very good and whilst wading is essential it is generally easy. Fishing is permitted in Wales on a Sunday (unlike Scotland) and midges/mosquitoes are very rare indeed (also unlike Scotland!).The courses are limited to six rods each and you will be taught and looked after by Golden Grove ghillie Jamie Harries and Alun Rees.
Profiles of Course Tutors: Jamie Harris is the head ghillie on the Golden Grove Fishery as well as being honoured as the current Captain of the Welsh fly-fishing team. As one of only two full time ghillies on the Towy he has an unrivalled knowledge of the water which he has fished for over 30 years. He is regarded as one of the best fly fishermen in the valley and uses his experience to guide rods throughout the season at Golden Grove. The number of successful and returning fisherman attest to his professionalism and ability.
Alun Rees is from Aberdare, South Wales. For the last 25 years or so he has been indulging in his life’s passion, Sewin (Sea trout) Fishing. At the height of the season he is out on the river several nights a week; fishing, guiding and instructing.
Alun is a member of the Game Angling Instructors Association and a qualified Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructor (APGAI) in both single handed and two handed casting. He is also a member of the International Federation of Fly Fishers and holds both of their advanced qualifications; Master Casting Instructor (MCI – single handed casting) and Two Handed Casting Instructor (THCI). He is also a member of the G Loomis Pro Guide team and demonstrates and uses their rods exclusively.
Bed and Breakfast accommodation is included in the price and will be either in The Cawdor Hotel in Llandeilo (www.thecawdor.com) or The Plough Inn at Rhosmaen, Llandeilo (www.ploughrhosmaen.com.) Both hotels are well appointed and the food is excellent and both are close to the river. Most importantly they are understanding of the hours kept by fishermen.
Both hotels have good facilities and are suitable for anglers who wish to bring their partners. For the non-fisher the Towy is a lovely Valley to explore with many castles (Dinefwr, Dryslwyn and Carreg Cennen) and the famous Aberglasney Gardens and The National Botanical Garden of Wales. The coast and beautiful beaches of the Gower and Pembrokeshire can be reached in an hour or so.
Course participants should arrive at their hotel at 3pm on the first day where Jamie and Alun will be there to greet them, to have a short meeting to allow everyone to get to know each other and to give an up to date report on the river.
We will have a river walk to look at the beats on this first afternoon and there will be a chance for Alun to show the various casts which may be useful when fishing that night.
The courses will include:
If anyone would like to attend this course but lives locally and does not need the accommodation the cost will be £525 incl VAT
Please book by telephone: 01494 524411
For further details about the course:
Jamie Harris at Jamie@golden-grove.org.uk or 078101 845 47
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