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    Default First few fish from rivers or streams 2017 season

    Right then, who's already been out there catching in these first few days?

    Anyone got any stories or pictures?

    I'm just back from the coast and I had no success with my fly gear there, so today was my first chance on running water.

    I don't want to set the bar to high, but I had a great result, no scales, so I don't know if it was PB, but what a fish.

    I had forgotten what the nettles were like this time of year, so I was wearing shorts, my legs are red and burning now, but it was well worth it.

    In the dense vegetation I broke my rod tip and lost countless flies, but I battled on and I'm glad I did.

    The heat nearly put me off, but I kept on and it was worth it.

    And now.....

    Without further ado....

    My first fish....

    On a fly.....

    On running water....

    Of the 2017 season........





    Bet none of you can beat that!

    Yours sarcastically
    Jerry

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    Default Re: First few fish from rivers or streams 2017 season

    Getting better

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    Default Re: First few fish from rivers or streams 2017 season

    Well, not as great as yours but for me is the best fish for 2017 so far ... Upstream nymphing on a size 10 caddis caught..let's say.. inside the M25

    Last edited by pike71; 21-06-2017 at 03:29 PM.

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    Default Re: First few fish from rivers or streams 2017 season

    Jerry,
    I've been twice - but no pictures, I'm afraid. I went on opening day and had 7~8 fish, dace & chub, including a couple of decent chub (8oz+). It got too hot, so I went home about 6. Yesterday I arrived at the river at about 7; it was much better: 6 dace, including a couple of decent fish, 7 chub, including 3 over 2lbs (no chublets), plus a couple of perch on nymphs late on. The dry fly takes seemed to stop after about 9PM. My feeling is that it's better than last year at this time - which is lucky, because the weather has stopped me going to Farmoor
    More in hope than anticipation.

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    Default Re: First few fish from rivers or streams 2017 season

    This time last year I was only just getting in to fly for coarse so my catch rates were very low, but just from watching the rivers there do seem to be a lot more fish about (or maybe its just the polarised glasses).

    The weather has changed down here today. Tues and Wed were hot, sunny and still. Today is cooler, cloudy and windy. Normally I find that overcast days produce more fish, but not this time.

    The sunny days brought plenty of Dace and Chublets, with the odd Perch.









    The dace and Chublets were mainly caught on size 14 nymphs cast across stream and quickly (very quickly) retrieved, in shallow runs.

    The bigger Chub and Perch were from deeper pools with a twitched retrieve.




    I did see some 3 to 4lb Chub, but they weren't interested in the bigger flies I threw at them. I did see one swim past with a crayfish sticking out of it's mouth, so maybe that's why.

    Today I tried a different spot, with more vegetation, the wind soon made me realise that was a bad decision. I lost loads of flies but only caught a couple of tiddlers.




    I eventually gave up when I had my line in a tree, Cows stopping my back cast, and a Pike swimming past making all the silvers flee.

    Last edited by jerryrum; 23-06-2017 at 12:55 PM. Reason: Spelling

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    Default Re: First few fish from rivers or streams 2017 season

    First day on the rivers targeting coarse species on Monday, pike, chub lots of, dace and bleak. 43 fish in total


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    Default Re: First few fish from rivers or streams 2017 season

    Hey Jerry.
    I got out on Wednesday for a short evening session on the river Soar close to my home.
    It was stupidly hot and ridiculously overgrown which combined with long sleeves, a hat and chest waders made it a nightmare!
    I could barely see due to steamed up polaroids plus was drenched in sweat...nice.
    First fish was a 1.5lb brownie! Just the coarse fish start you expect on the river Soar.
    After about an hour & a half I'd had 10 fish - chub up to a couple of pounds and a couple of nice dace...and I'd had enough too!
    I'd exhausted the good swims as the river was so low there were only a handful of spots worth a chuck. Sadly no perch at all despite fishing the "right" holes with heavy jig patterns - I fear they have died out on the upper Soar. Shame as we've had a good run with them for the lasts a few years.

    Just before the 16th, when we had all the rain, I fished a brook just north of Leicester. This venue needs water to fish well and is a brownie gold mine.
    Since the Soar was nearly over it's banks I headed there one evening hoping it would be perfect...it wasn't. The rain had hardly touched it!
    Despite this I fished the one big hole on it - waist deep and 20 foot across rather than 6 inch and 6ft across like the majority of it.
    That one swim gave up 11 brownies (up to 12oz), 10 perch (up to 10oz) and a solitary roach.
    I also gave my camera a wash - hence no pictures!

    Myself and Pete will have to try the Ouzel soon so will give you a shout if we're heading that way.

    Dee
    It's not flyfishing if you're throwing bait in....learn to do it properly

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    Default Re: First few fish from rivers or streams 2017 season

    Hi Dee

    I'll be after brownies this week, but I'll have to travel a bit further to do it. I'm going to be in Glasgow with work.

    I haven't been down to the Ouzel in LB yet, and I've only been once in MK. The vegetation has put me off. I'll have to get my waders out, I'll give you a shout when I do.

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    Default Re: First few fish from rivers or streams 2017 season

    Bought a cheap travel rod to fit in my rucksack on work trips.
    Flextec Oscar traveller 9ft 5/6#

    Took it out for a test run at lunchtime.

    Seems to do the job!


    Stalked two bigger fish on the edge of a shoal, even though I was fishing a dog nobbler, the water was so clear I was able to see the take.

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    Default Re: First few fish from rivers or streams 2017 season

    Immaculate looking chub, they're a brilliant target fish on a fly rod
    Last edited by mart_s; 28-06-2017 at 01:12 PM.

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