Dates of Course
|2017- Cost £750 inc VAT. Friday 28th July (arr 1500 hrs) – Monday 31st July (dep 1100 hrs)|
|In 2017 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 and the 2011 season alone produced around 380 sewin (as sea-trout are called in Wales) with an average weight of nearly four pounds, mostly caught on the fly, including a dozen sewin over 10lbs, together with 64 salmon. 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 pustyley 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
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.
Accommodation at the Plough Inn, Rhosmaen, Llandeilo Accommodation (B & B) is included in the price and is only a few miles from the Fishery in an excellent well-appointed hotel which is well used to the needs of fishermen. The rooms are quiet and set well back from the road and it has very good food. See www.ploughrhosmaen.com
The accommodation has many facilities and is 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 are not far and the coast of Pembrokeshire can be reached in an hour or so.
Course participants should arrive at the Plough Inn 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 anglers will return home after breakfast following the last night fishing.
The courses will include:
- Three nights fishing on private beats, all double bank.
- Three nights accommodation (Bed and Breakfast).
- Full guiding and instruction. Rods will be guided until 2am (anglers will be able to fish on if they so wish).
- Casting demonstrations/instruction during the day.
- Reading pools and maximising one’s chances of success.
- Tactical considerations.
- Tackle advice.
- Fly considerations and fly dressing.
- Day time fishing for sewin will be an option if the river is coloured after heavy rain and night time fishing is not advisable.
Tackle The list is not exhaustive but is a good indicator. If you do not have some of the tackle requirements please let us know in advance and we will ensure that they are available:
- Rods of 9’6” – 10’6” AFTM rated 7 or 8
- Flylines: floaters, intermediates, sink tips or full sinkers i.e. Wet Cel 2 or equivalent AFTM 7 or 8.
- Nylon or fluorocarbon in 8, 10 and 12lb
- Flies of black and silver or blue and silver in sizes 6, 8 and 10 with tubes of 1 – 1.5” with double or treble hooks size 8, 10 and 12 and possibly some Waddington or tandem lures
- Chest waders (essential). Wading staff.
- Wet weather clothing – the weather in West Wales is very unpredictable even in June!
- Torch (inc head torch)
- Eye protection or spectacles.
|Cost||£750 inc VAT|
|Non fishing partner||£200 inc VAT|
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