Llyn Guides is the creation of Noel Hulmston. A lifelong passion for the countryside and wild, remote, places has been combined with Noel’s fishing and shooting activities. The latter culminated in his winning the British Association for Shooting and Conservation’s Stanley Duncan Award for conservation, in the BASC’s centenary year. First recollections of fishing, in the village pond, are of a bamboo pole, with a length of line attached and a bent pin at the business end! Bait was the usual kids bit of squashed bread. Technique with this basic kit was the age old – watch the fish grab the bait and then grab the fish. A technique used by native Americans for centuries. Expeditions further away, by bicycle, to the confluence of the rivers Dee and Alyn followed. The target species on these juvenile wanderings were the fluke. Trout came into view when a family friend showed a good sized brownie, caught in the river below the village. Enthusiasm for running water increased when a friend’s father took him after salmon on the Welsh Dee. Since those far off formative days Noel has enjoyed fishing in many different and varied places including Australia, Ireland, Scandinavia and America. Ice fishing, in the latter two countries, is a winter activity, albeit a cold one! The challenge of river fishing for catfish still holds a special interest for Noel.
Having taken friends fishing in the hills, for a few years, he has been persuaded to make the experience more generally available and Llyn Guides was developed.
Noel is a keen supporter of the work of the Wild Trout Trust in the UK and the American conservation equivalent Trout Unlimited. Members of both organisations being welcome to avail themselves of a 10% discount should they use the services of Llyn Guides.