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Old 21-06-2017, 04:19 PM
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I fished Packington lake last night.
It was boiling hot, so I didn't have great expectations.
My only fish of the session was a tench caught on a green/white lure.
Is it common to catch tench on a fly?
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Old 21-06-2017, 04:24 PM
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I can remember getting one on a green hares ear many years ago. Don't think they are a common catch on fly though

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Old 21-06-2017, 05:09 PM
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Tench are bottom feeders so think catching one on a fly must be quite a rare event
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Old 21-06-2017, 05:46 PM
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They may be bottom feeders but they are caught on the lake I fish for trout. In this heat it is the only time they can be seen. They tend to swim in the shallows. Watched a 2.5 and a 4.00 lb tench within a yard of the bank on Sunday. Seemed to be swimming aimlessly in this heat.
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Tench will happily take of the top. Floating bread and such, back in my coarse fishing days.
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Tench are bottom feeders so think catching one on a fly must be quite a rare event
A nymph is a fly so something on or near the bottom could be taken by a tench. In my youth we didn't have carp in the gravel pits around Canterbury. Tench were their stand in. Only caught a few, mostly under three pounds. What explosive fish they were ! I've caught carp to fifteen pounds and they can be just chore to land them after you have fooled them. Not a patch on wild fish is what I'm saying. I left/ got eased out of a carp syndicate with very big roach and perch that I wanted to fish for. It was, for some reason on a decline and the residents didn't like this being pointed out. What wasn't an issue was fish caught were a heller to land. They would just go of on a blinding run and there was nothing you could do about it. I lost a couple whilst fishing for perch on eight pound line with a decent hook. Average was sixteen pounds. Hardly worth a mention on a carp forum.
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Old 21-06-2017, 06:28 PM
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I've caught a handful at a local fishery. Always as dusk approaches and always on bushy dry flies such as bibios.

Can't say I'm delighted to see all of the slime these guys have in my landing net!
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I've caught a handful at a local fishery. Always as dusk approaches and always on bushy dry flies such as bibios.

Can't say I'm delighted to see all of the slime these guys have in my landing net!
Fair point. If the land and water are close enough I often unhook in the water. They do seem to have im giving up/knackered mindset I find.
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The one I caught/foul-hooked at Lechlade gave up after a milisecond and was a beauty, or at least it would have been if it had been alive. It was a good 5lb fish floating in the middle of the lake so was a good casting session to foul hook it, took quite a few attempts but it was at least 50 yards with no double-haul
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Have had one on a montana many years ago.
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