Out on a few occasions I have also witnessed significant hatches of Large Dark Olives, Grannom
Sedge and Hawthorn Flies during the last week or so.
His dry flies were all on the bushy side and some - especially that Grannom
and Dai's Alder - carried three to four hackles and were always effective.
fly was seen hatching on rivers Usk and Teifi as early as April 1 - but as this was so early, the anglers missed out the usual bonanza.
- the Mayfly of the Usk and Teifi - were hatching some 10 days early and although the numbers are way down from a few decades ago, there were sufficient to help the fish recover.
However it is good to record that last year a fair number of grannom
fly hatches were witnessed on many rivers in Wales and the trout thoroughly enjoyed the banquet as the flies descended on the water like manna from above.
The trout then seem completely satiated after feasting on the grannom
and as Dai had eight mouths to feed, he had to come up with a somewhat spectacular fly and this is when he devised a small black fly - which some called Blackie and which was later christened Doctor and later still amended to Lady Doctor by Vicar Powell.
In recent years there has been grave concern that the fly life has declined because of pollution, but it is good to be able to say that the grannom
fly - although not in the trillions as of old - were about in sufficient numbers to get the fish on the fin and readily feasting on this daily manna.
The early arrival of the Grannom
fly - in some places 20 days earlier than normal - gave the fish the urge to bite and brought with it some challenging sport.
The most important fly family on many a Welsh river is the grannom
and despite all the pollution problems they are still to be seen on some rivers.
One sunny afternoon in mid-May I spent some time on a bridge over the river Teifi watching the trout feed on a fly called the grannom
These feathers make for an excellent copy of the wings of flies such as the grannom
and March brown.
fly is to Welsh rivers what the mayfly is to the chalk streams in England because the grannom
is the early bite which brings the wild brown trout into condition.