This lovely 8lbs rainbow took at 8:21 this morning. After seeing him swimming just under the surface film, I knew my 6ft sink tip fly line was the line needed to get to the cruising level of the fish. Next, I had to choose the fly I thought would result in a take, which for me, was a very easy choice. I proceeded to set up with 15ft of 6lb fluorocarbon leader and a single fly set up. The secret weapon was once again the Black Mamba. I cast to the side to wet the fly and retrieved slowly. Lifted and began to cast. I landed the fly around 16ft in front of the fish so it would be able to sink to its level before I started the retrieve. To my surprise, the fish came torpedoing towards the fly as it sat on the top of the water and turned away last minute. I gave it a quick tweak to submerge the fly and started a slow figure eight. The fish turned and started swimming like a submarine towards the fly. After a flash of white, I felt everything tighten up and lifted into the fish. He was on now the real battle began. He came crashing out of the water before boring deep and heading straight for the weeds. It took a full 6 minutes to land and in fairness, my arm probably couldn't take much longer a superb fish I will never forget. I continued to fish for the next 4 hours landing 11 fish.
The very next Friday I revisited Garnffrwd with my father in law Rob Steadman. We start fishing around 8:30 am. I had an early fish on the Damsel fly at 8:40. A lovely 2lbs fish on a slow figure eight retrieve. Then we carried on fishing for 3 hours with not a touch trying every fly we had in the box. Then, as I was changing flies I heard a huge disturbance on the opposite pear. Rob was into a big fish. It went deep and started swimming under one of the platforms, Rob did well to turn the fish and get it swimming out into the open water. We finally netted it and it was a beautiful fish that weighed 8lbs 4ounces. No surprise he had put on a Black Mamba and again for the 2nd time in two weeks it had come up trumps with 2 PB's for us. I put back on the killer pattern and we fished into the margins. Rob ended the day with 3 rainbows and a lovely brown trout and I ended the day with 4 rainbows another good day and another 7 fish to the Black Mamba. The Black Mamba is by far, my most successful fly of 2016 and has caught consistently on any water we have visited in the UK.