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    Default Tench on the fly ?

    Well as my local Stillwater hasn't been fishing that great recently with the hot weather I thought I'd have a go at catching some other species for a bit of variety.

    I've noticed there's some huge tench in the lakes as well as carp.

    Any idea on what method I can use to catch tench on the fly ?

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    Default Re: Tench on the fly ?

    Possibly a San Juan worm or similar fished on the deck to sighted fish? I think you will need to see the take though as they are quite sensitive. I have fluked a tench on the fly before using a damsel but have never thought of targetting them specifically.

    Have a look for some of the American guys that sight fish for carp, the same tactics may work.
    http://eclecticangler.blogspot.com/

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    Default Re: Tench on the fly ?

    A PTN or HEN weighted with underbody so it drops quick and cast infront of fish and then twitch it as/if fish turn toward it. Also a bloodworm pattern or killer bug should work well. For Carp you want to try anything that plops as it lands and rubber legs.

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    Default Re: Tench on the fly ?

    I spotted this one at long range cruising not far under the surface, it was just a large dark fish shape which I took to be a trout (we had no idea there were tench in the water). I cast to it with a bead head buzzer and it took. Weighed around the 6lb mark and is certainly not the prettiest fish I've caught, also after a couple of decent runs it played like a wet sack. It was landed by a friend with his big carp net. This happened two or three years ago, but last week a friend of mine caught a 6" tench on a bead head buzzer as well, so while I have no idea about specific flies for targeting tench, they will take the odd buzzer, especially if plopped in front of them.

    Andrew

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    Default Re: Tench on the fly ?

    When I used to course fish for Tench, bread, worms and sweetcorn were my top baits.

    Now get to the vice and make a sweetcorn fly

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    Default Re: Tench on the fly ?

    Cheers for the advice. The waters very clear as its a spring fed lake and there's plenty of Tench in there.
    I used to course fish years ago and yes I had most success on sweetcorn!
    I'm not sure on the rules of the fishery regarding bait as its fly fishing only. Ill find out this week.
    I seem to remember a John Wilson program 20 odd years ago where he was fly fishing with with a hair rigged boilee and dog biscuits ;-)

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    Default Re: Tench on the fly ?

    Tench are beautiful fish, but that is one ugly brute.

    I've thought about trying to catch them on the fly, but it's rare to observe them feeding in clear enough water to spot a take, and they will suck in and blow out food without necessarily moving, so fishing blind to bubbles would be hit and miss.

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    Default Re: Tench on the fly ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Walker View Post
    Tench are beautiful fish, but that is one ugly brute.
    It is Steve isn't it?

    Here's the one my friend caught last week, don't think it put much of a bend in his 10' #7 Loomis GLX


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    Default Re: Tench on the fly ?

    The late John Goddard has a nice chapter about tench on the PTN in 'Reflections of A Game Fisher' (if I remember rightly he uses an induced take method but its a while since I read it). You've just inspired me to revisit a 'coarse' river this evening to plop a beadhead PTN or sedge pupa in front of some chubs. Thanks!

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    Default Re: Tench on the fly ?

    That's a bit cuter!

    Very unusual on most waters to catch tiny tench. I've fished a few where the tench were stunted, but on most of the places I fish it's very rare to see them much under a pound.

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