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  1. #51
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    Default Re: Coarse Fish in Winter Brooks- NOT PIKE!

    Got my Chub!

    Not on a streamer, but on a size 14 gold bead GRHE.
    (You can just about see it in the middle picture).



    It just nudged 3lb on my cheap, unreliable scales. A PB either way.

    I was on the Gt Ouse and it was so high I was fishing a pool that is normally dry land. I using the 'slow retrieve against the current' method (one of the many tips I got from Pete and Dee) when the fly stuck. I though I was in to some more sunken debris (I've lost more than my fair share of flys in the last few days), when the line suddenly started moving upstream.

    Although there was no initial run, it took a good bit of playing (6lb leader), and I was massively relieved when I got it in the net.



    I'm at the London Fly Fishing Fair tomorrow, and there is no chance of getting out over the weekend, so this could be my last day on the river for a while.

    If it is, then it's a pretty good end to the season.

  2. #52
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    Default Re: Coarse Fish in Winter Brooks- NOT PIKE!

    Nice one Jerry.

    I fish a little brook in Loughborough which has been producing when it looks just too coloured.
    Just shows if you can find the slacks where they hold up -sounds like you were in the perfect spot - then you can still catch when it looks hopeless.
    You'll have to start fishing the canal around MK after next weekend - no closed season on there and you should still catch a perch or two in your lunch break plus maybe more...

    Pete and Myself have lots of brooks around here full of brownies and not all tiddlers either so we won't miss the coarse rivers too much.
    Last April I had 24 in one evening session biggest about 2.5lb and that is within 6 or 7 miles of my home...no one in Leicester knows anything about how or where so they are all left for us.

    Dee
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  3. #53
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    Default Re: Coarse Fish in Winter Brooks- NOT PIKE!

    Beautiful fish Jerry. I had my last session of the season yesterday and didn't get a touch. This nymphing in winter brooks lark is beyond me... :-(
    I think I need a master class from you or Dave.
    But no worries, come June the dry will be king!

  4. #54

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Skateboard Dave View Post
    Nice one Jerry.

    I fish a little brook in Loughborough which has been producing when it looks just too coloured.
    Just shows if you can find the slacks where they hold up -sounds like you were in the perfect spot - then you can still catch when it looks hopeless.
    You'll have to start fishing the canal around MK after next weekend - no closed season on there and you should still catch a perch or two in your lunch break plus maybe more...

    Pete and Myself have lots of brooks around here full of brownies and not all tiddlers either so we won't miss the coarse rivers too much.
    Last April I had 24 in one evening session biggest about 2.5lb and that is within 6 or 7 miles of my home...no one in Leicester knows anything about how or where so they are all left for us.

    Dee

    Sorry Dee, i think that may have posted before.... Was at uni at Loughborough in the nineties, so have lots of fond memories of the area... Do you fishing the Soar....?
    How about the brook in front of the university...In front of Elvyn Richard's hall......May be a tributary of the Soar.....

    Is it really over twenty years since I left. Omg i am a middle aged fart...
    Not another blank. Hidden Content

  5. #55
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    Default Re: Coarse Fish in Winter Brooks- NOT PIKE!

    Quote Originally Posted by oldgold View Post
    Sorry Dee, i think that may have posted before.... Was at uni at Loughborough in the nineties, so have lots of fond memories of the area... Do you fishing the Soar....?
    How about the brook in front of the university...In front of Elvyn Richard's hall......May be a tributary of the Soar.....

    Is it really over twenty years since I left. Omg i am a middle aged fart...
    Hi Oldgold.

    We all are - middle aged farts that is.

    I don't fish the Soar around Loughborough. It may be OK but I just don't know it enough especially to try in winter.
    The water at the very start of this thread is the Black Brook which is only about a mile north of the Loughborough University track...I still run there sometimes despite being over 50 (a very old fart!).
    I think the water you are talking about joins the Black Brook - might be wrong. I've looked at it a couple of times but it is too small even for myself - if I'd seen fish I'd have tried it though.
    Myself and Peter are heading out tomorrow for our last river coarse fish foray before the closed season. It'll be trout, canals and the sea after that -how terrible.

    Dee
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  6. #56

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

    I'm going to have a try out this afternoon on a little backwater - and hopefully avoid the pike. The water holds a bit of allsorts - dace, chub, nice roach, so wish me luck.

  7. #57

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

    Quote Originally Posted by thegamekeeper View Post
    I'm going to have a try out this afternoon on a little backwater - and hopefully avoid the pike. The water holds a bit of allsorts - dace, chub, nice roach, so wish me luck.
    Nothing to report - other than a blank, but had a great couple of hours - and being new to fly fishing - was really chuffed with my casting - only one messy cast and all in all ready for a trip to Cumbria.

    Just need a nice net for the trip - can't get one our southern angling shops. Want something hinged that I can hang from my belt for a little shallow wading and landing from the bank.

  8. #58
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    Default Re: Coarse Fish in Winter Brooks- NOT PIKE!

    Fantastic read, love the new fly Dave never thought of using a squirmy tail fly.Glad to see your still fishing sorry about the old knee.
    Jerryrum I thoroughly enjoyed reading your posts, it took me right back to my earlier times of trying to catch coarse fish on the fly. As you can see it is possible and on some days it's the best method. I noticed your using a little fladen vantage rod, I had a look at one of those and they are a super little rod for the money.
    The weather is starting to warm up now but the rivers are closed for coarse fish till June 16. However most canals (check first) are still open and will provide great sport on the fly, I usually fish these a and the odd still water until the rivers open again.
    Keep at it the more you do it the better you will get.

  9. #59
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    Default Re: Coarse Fish in Winter Brooks- NOT PIKE!

    Been a while since I updated this thread but today (and the last few sessions to be honest) was something special so it was time to put finger to key again.

    Myself and Swelly (Simon) fished the "wonder brook" in Northampton today. The brook that Pete and I had written about previously - the one where we always catch shed loads!
    Over the last few weeks I've been fishing an area on it that is roach central - the best roach fly fishing I've ever found on any brook or river, winter or summer!

    I fished it a couple of weeks back with Simon and had 57 roach and 18 perch.
    This week I wanted to crack the ton in winter!

    It didn't go perfectly to plan - bit too windy and a few too many tangles and lost rigs but I did manage 90 roach up to around 8oz!

    I fished a super light weight tenkara rigged with two tiny nymphs about 36" apart. The dropper fly was a #18 2.3mm tungsten bead black & peacock spider with a #20 pink wisp of a fly on the point. The point fly had just a 1.5mm tungy bead at it's head, a pink CDC dubbed body and a sparse hackle of brown CDC.

    Both flies caught about evenly and I even had 6 double headers during the session- that is how heaving with roach the water must be!


    Simon also had 40+ roach to similar small bead head nymphs. his biggest was around 10oz. He used a 12ft Anglers Roost rod rather than my tenkara approach.

    I might have "battered" him but even his haul was way beyond any previous roach catches I've ever had in winter. I use to think anything over half a dozen red fins was a superb session for them - not anymore!


    This area has been a revelation and has also jolted me out of my micro squirmy obsession which had gotten a little boring. The only trouble is I now have to force myself to fish anywhere else. ;-)


    Apologies - no pictures but it's better than reading about more pike, isn't it?


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

    The Roach shoaled up at a particular spot on the Gringley canal in winter, just below a point where the canal narrowed before the tunnel. It was a prime spot, although it was a very long walk to get there, because it was sheltered. For a few yards you could catch loads of Roach up to 1 1/2 lb, outside that small area, nothing except the odd small Perch.
    Fascinating how the habits of Roach change with the seasons.
    Well done on a fantastic days fishing.

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