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  1. #61
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    Default Re: Winter River Fly Fishing for Coarse Fish

    The rivers near here are highest I've seen them this year, but with only a few days left of the season I popped out to give it a shot.
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    This tributary on the left is often a dry ditch

    Winter River Fly Fishing for Coarse Fish-img_20180312_135437-jpg
    And there's a weir with a 4ft drop under here

    I did manage to find a few spots with slow flow or back eddies.

    Winter River Fly Fishing for Coarse Fish-img_20180312_152731-jpg

    Persistence paid off. This Roach was the only one I managed to bank, but I had a couple come off while playing them (lots of snags and debris), the bigger of which would definitely have been over the pound mark.
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    Last edited by jerryrum; 12-03-2018 at 07:41 PM.

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    Default Re: Winter River Fly Fishing for Coarse Fish

    Hi Jerry,

    I have just dropped by to say I envy your enthusiasm. I had a look at the Harpers and the Nene today as I came down the A605 from Peterborough, and the state of both were shocking. As an aside I wonder what others use to post photos, I can use me Google drive but I hate that it only shows a clickable link. Anyways, I will need to post a few photos, but I did not fancy wetting the line in the Harpers today. It was literally in the fields. I am not even sure even the slacks would have had any fish, it was absolutely bombing through. We are talking about a brook which is less than half the size of your Ousel through Leighton Buzzard. It must have been up by 2-3m. We should get you out on the canal at your end. It produced a few nice perch on the last few days of 2017. I wonder if the boat life picks up as soon as the sun is out, which can bump the fishing on the head.
    Keep us posted!

    Cheers,

    Pete

    UPDATE:

    Harpers in flood condition: Winter River Fly Fishing for Coarse Fish-img_3986-jpg
    Last edited by bakelit79; 02-04-2018 at 07:55 PM.

  3. #63
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    Default Re: Winter River Fly Fishing for Coarse Fish

    Great thread learning so much

  4. #64
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    Default Re: Winter River Fly Fishing for Coarse Fish

    Has anyone experience nymphing for roach and other coarse fish with a sink tip?

    Fishes now are too deep for a floating line here and I need to get down at least like 3 to 4 meters.if it helps I'm fishing stillwater.

    What setup would you use (line, leader, nymphs...) and how would you fish (strip it in, just let it sink down and occasionally pull in a little...)? How do you notice bites with a sink tip? Or should I use an intermediate or full sinker even?

    Or doesn't it make sense at all to go for fishes that are that deep?

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    Default Re: Winter River Fly Fishing for Coarse Fish

    Does anyone have experience with that?

  6. #66
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    Default Re: Winter River Fly Fishing for Coarse Fish

    The closest I can come to this is going after Perch on small lakes, but even then I'd only be fishing 1.5 - 2m deep at most.

    On the odd occasion I do this I would use a bright red or orange weighted 'worm' pattern (see some of my other posts).

    But I'd still use a floating line and just adjust the length of leader.

    The retrieve would be slow and twitch, like bumping.

    What is the clarity like on your water?

    There are very few waters round here that are clear enough to fish deep in winter.

  7. #67
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    Default Re: Winter River Fly Fishing for Coarse Fish

    Water is pretty clear, it is a stillwater.

    Must get down like 3-4m. So would you use a longer leader and heavier fly to get there instead of a sink tip oder sinking poly leader?

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    Default Re: Winter River Fly Fishing for Coarse Fish

    Well I went Nymphing for Grayling on Saturday in the Yorkshire Derwent , Four hours and not a sniff of a Grayling , but had half a dozen pretty WBT and 2 overwintering stockies that were a couple of pounds apiece , they were a proper handful on the two weight ... Was nice to get in a river again , it was still carrying a fair but of water though...

    O M W

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    Default Re: Winter River Fly Fishing for Coarse Fish

    Quote Originally Posted by Dominikk85 View Post
    Water is pretty clear, it is a stillwater.

    Must get down like 3-4m. So would you use a longer leader and heavier fly to get there instead of a sink tip oder sinking poly leader?
    Once a year I pull damsel nymphs for Rainbows on a beautiful local stocked lake. I fish from the bank.

    On that day I use a floating line and 10ft of 6lb mono straight through. That is mainly because I don’t have any sink tip line and have no experience of using one.
    The water is deep and clear, so that is the closest I come to what you are describing.

    The summary of that is:
    I catch fish
    The presentation is not very delicate (tends to be a bit of a plop as the fly hits the water)
    I strike either when I see the floating fly line twitch or when I feel resistance on the line (sometimes both happen at once)
    If I put on a fly with some red in it I can pick up a few Perch, but they tend to be in the shallow margins
    I have fun, but I wouldn’t fish like this regularly

    I don’t know how this would translate to course fish. My experience is that Roach and Dace takes are a lot more delicate than Rainbows, but Chub can give a good jolt.
    I guess try it with the equipment you have and let us know how you get on.

    As for me, I’ll be sticking with mucky rivers for now.
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    Default Re: Winter River Fly Fishing for Coarse Fish

    Mucky rivers I have too. How do you fish there and for what fish?

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