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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Coarse Fish in Winter Brooks- NOT PIKE!

    Quote Originally Posted by Skateboard Dave View Post
    Nah, it's the Black Brook in Loughborough.

    Dee
    Ha! I know the Black Brook, I used to live on Thorpe Acre and played rugby for Loughborough!

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    Default Re: Coarse Fish in Winter Brooks- NOT PIKE!

    I don't tie, does anybody know where I can buy? The only squirmies I can find online are size 10, from this post I guess I need something smaller.

    I fish in the Milton Keynes rivers and I have no luck what so ever since the waters started getting coloured.

    Summer and Autumn were great for Dace, with the odd Roach or Chub, but now its got colder and wetter the fish don't seem to respond to any of my existing flies.

    advice on buying flies, but also general winter fishing tips welcome

    many thanks

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    Default Re: Coarse Fish in Winter Brooks- NOT PIKE!

    Thank f*** you twisted your knee because this is great to see, not so good for you of course... Immersion in cold water (w waders) might help?
    I'm stuck here with a mountain of production deadlines, and this is light relief! Hopefully in a weeks time I'll have some time off... to do my accounts, and fit in some fishing.

    If you ever fancy some stillwater chubbing and you're over in mid Wales then drop me a line.

    Jerry - If you know anyone local to you with a fly tying vice I'd get them the materials and they'll knock you up a dozen in a few sizes in an hr or so, no problem.
    Last edited by Dunk; 02-12-2016 at 09:32 AM.

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    Default Re: Coarse Fish in Winter Brooks- NOT PIKE!

    I don't tie, does anybody know where I can buy? The only squirmies I can find online are size 10, from this post I guess I need something smaller.
    Squirmy rubber is really soft and is a beggar to tie on as the thread cuts through it , take a size 12/14 skinny buzzer and just superglue a length of squirmy to it .

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    Default Re: Coarse Fish in Winter Brooks- NOT PIKE!

    Quote Originally Posted by taterdu View Post
    Ha! I know the Black Brook, I used to live on Thorpe Acre and played rugby for Loughborough!
    I was at the uni in 90 to 93....
    Not another blank. Hidden Content

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    Default 26th Nov. Rothey Brook

    It was back down to earth when I got out for a longer session the week after my Black Brook success.
    I tried the Rothey brook at Anstey - mainly because it was very close by and also because I'd done pretty well there at the end of the summer. Then it had been low plus very clear and so the fish had been in small groups anywhere that had a bit of depth and/or flow. This made them easy to locate, tricky to fool but catchable.

    On 26th Nov. though the brook was much fuller which made it actually look superb but the fish also had the choice of hundreds of great looking swims. Well that is my theory as to why I struggled so much. I was out for nearly 4 hour and had just 2 takes! Luckily I caught both of them.
    The 1st was a lovely chub that took under some overhanging bushes at the head of a really nice pool.




    That gave me a right run around and landing it wasn't easy either especially as my twisted knee meant I was 1/2 crippled...and didn't have a net...and the banks were steep...
    I ended up sitting on my backside and sliding down the bank into the river to reach it. I then had to wade downstream to find somewhere where I could get out.
    Even very gently sloping banksides were very tricky to negotiate with my dodgy knee. Apologies to the local dog walking comunity as several times I was screaming and cursing in agony. I even ended up stuck on my back, twice, unable to right myself because of my useless painful limb. Think 6ft turtle on it's back, cussing in a Leicester accent and you'll have a pretty good idea what I was going through and why the locals seemed to be giving me such a wide berth.
    I really shouldn't have gone out but once I was there I was determined to try pain or not.
    It was rock hard though not helped by my not being as stealthy as usual - kneeling or squating were both completely out of the question.

    Eventually I spotted a tiny rise, flicked downstream to it and had my 2nd fish, another chub but this time tiny.



    I never even saw another fish but tried for a couple more hours. The brook looked absolutely perfect too...I'll not be going back there again this winter!

    Dee
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    Default Winter Venue Produces the Goods - 65 of 'em!

    Last week my fishing was taken up with the canal match - not my venue of choice at this time of year.
    The previous week I'd had a very disapointing session on the Rothey brook so
    this weekend I was desperate for flowing water with plenty of fish to go for. At this time of year quality goes out of the window- I just want a load of takes and to have the rod bent regularly.
    That is the problem.
    The local brooks and the not so local ones around Peterborough, where my usual fishing buddy Peter lives, have declined drastically over the last few seasons. Streams where you could count on 20 plus fish a session have been producing just 2 or 3 and those that were "hard" are now a challenge just to avoid the dreaded blank.
    The coarse fish stocks have dwindled badly probably due to predation. Most of the brooks still have a few trout present which shows it can't be water quality.
    Anyone who knows anything about coarse fish on the fly, especially in winter, will know you need to find a fair few to be in with a shout. The quest this year (well every year) was to find a brook stuffed with fish - just like they all were 10 to 15 years ago.
    I'd fished one in the Summer which I got all excited (200+ fish in 4 hours!) about as it could be the winter venue we'd been hunting.
    Yesterday (Saturday 10th Dec) myself and Peter headed south into Northamptonshire full of anticipation and optimism that this would be "it".

    We arrived at around 10:30 to find the little stream low, clear and full of fish! The first peep through the bankside bushes revealed little pods of small dace and chub over the clean gravel bed. I spotted more fish in the first 5 minutes than I'd seen in the last 3 trips added together!
    I couldn't wait and was at the bankside rigging up before Peter even had his waders on. As usual I fished my Hends 11/12ft rod - yes, on a 10/15 ft wide river. I decided on a double squirmy attack again although with the amount of good dace I was seeing a small spider on the point wouldn't have gone unmolested for long. The bright pink point "worm" was a tiny #18 with a 2.8mm pink bead and and 3 ft up the line on the dropper a 3.5mm #14. Both tied very short for squirmies at no more than 1.25 inch long (#18 only 3/4").
    Peter arrived to see me miss 4 or 5 instant takes and finally catch a small roach from the first pool. Then swing in a couple of small perch whilst he was still trying to get fishing.

    Peter keeping low, notice the clear water and shallow depth.

    We both started catching, and missing, plenty of small chub and perch. This was like summer fishing on our regular venues.
    Wading and fishing downstream through our own silt clouds made the fish less cautious and the catch rate increased even more.


    Hand sized perch.


    Fat dace.


    Plump roach.
    I did have some slightly better ones but my camera misted up with all the drizzle by the time I caught them so the pics were like ghost roach.


    Downstream the brook became more silty with less fish but some better quality ones showing themselves.




    Better chub.

    By the time it was too dark to continue I'd had 65 fish; lots of small chub, a couple of propper chub, lots of perch, several double headers, 9 or 10 dace and 4 roach.
    Peter had had 30 or 40 fish too.
    I'd also spotted several big roach (another day!) and there was loads of water that we never got to try so it could get even better!

    I think it has just spoilt all of my local venues for the winter.

    Dee
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    Default Re: Coarse Fish in Winter Brooks- NOT PIKE!

    Dee did you mean the swift nr peterborough, I'm peterborough born and bred and not heard ofit round here. Definitely going to tye up some of those tungsten squirmys in both colours in12 & 14.

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    Default Re: Coarse Fish in Winter Brooks- NOT PIKE!

    Quote Originally Posted by davejg View Post
    Dee did you mean the swift nr peterborough, I'm peterborough born and bred and not heard ofit round here. Definitely going to tye up some of those tungsten squirmys in both colours in12 & 14.
    Yeah, the Swift.
    It used to be fantastic about 5/6 seasons back but has declined over the last few years.
    It's still one of the best small brooks we fish though plus it is very flood resistant.
    I've fished it and caught well when the Nene & Welland are completely unfishable.
    Alot of it is private (shooting land) or owned by a fly fishing syndicate (trout stocked downstream - allegedly). We fish it around Kingscliffe which is a few miles Leicester side of Peterborough. There you can access a few good lengths via public footpaths. We last fished it about a month back, it was hard but I had about 14 fish in a couple of hours including a chub of around 3lb.
    Out your way we also fish the Kings Dyke at Whittlesy and the Glen (can't remember where on the Glen though -Pete always drives there) plus if you are really keen the Nene below the Dog in a Doublet sluice (you have to get the tide right there). Rock hard at the last venue but if you can catch on fly there you can catch anywhere.
    Dee
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    Default Re: Coarse Fish in Winter Brooks- NOT PIKE!

    With you now dee, i have fished the glen & and kings dyke (also the old nene close to kingsdyke) but not with fly tackle, try that next year. Swift was further west than i fished then.

    ---------- Post added at 10:17 PM ---------- Previous post was at 10:13 PM ----------

    Used to fish the dog for zander and night sessions for BIG bream.

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