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Two Days Away 2017 – Fly-Fishing in the Welsh hills

We are a very busy group of anglers.  As soon as the competition season starts to drop off, we have a hectic social schedule to manage and no trip is more popular than the annual ‘Two Days Away’ for members of the Fly-Fishing section.
This year, the lucky venue to receive 18 Midlanders for a couple of days was Llyn Clywedog, near Llanidloes in Mid-Wales. Nestled in the beautiful Cambrian Mountains, the reservoir had been gaining quite a reputation for itself over the past few years as both a productive and picturesque venue and together with the fact that staff there were found to be very welcoming, it was the ideal place for this year’s trip.
We arrived at our destination by minibus and car, nice and early on the first day so that we could get the trip started in time-honoured fashion with a communal breakfast. Then it wasn’t long before eager anglers set off for the hills, arriving at the reservoir in good time for a full day’s fishing. The group received a warm welcome by fishery staff and given information about where to fish and a few safety rules. Everyone was soon out on the water though and it wasn’t long before some were finding the hotspots for the time of year and putting a few fish in the net.  This information was shared freely at lunch when everyone got together (there was no trophy at stake!) and put to good use in the afternoon when those spots were visited by nearly every boat on the reservoir!
The evening was a social affair, with a communal table, a good meal and the annual presentations by Secretary Steve Owen.  Chris Howkins was awarded the cut glass bowl this year for his services to the section as treasurer and everybody thanked Steve for his tireless work as secretary and for organising the trip.
The second day was pretty wet, but if you’re catching fish it doesn’t seem to matter so much!  It was again, a very productive day out on the water and despite being a bit of a bedraggled bunch that met up back at the car park by the end of the afternoon, it was a happy bunch and the fish and chips on the way back helped to make our collective dampness a minor detail in what had been a great couple of days.
Once again, a ‘Two Days Away’ to remember and one which reinforced the bond within the section that helps anglers of all levels, aspirations and backgrounds to come together and enjoy this fascinating sport.  What’s more, we do it in some of the most beautiful parts of the country.
 … What could be better? 
Maybe going back again next year for another ‘Two Days Away’ with the West Midlands Police Fly-Fishing section!
Kevin Pearson
West Midlands Police Fly-Fishing section
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