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  1. #1
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    Default Winter River Fly Fishing for Coarse Fish

    Does anyone bother fly fishing rivers for coarse species in winter? I am aware that swinging streamers through deeper holes is quite productive for chub.

    So does anyone get out for coarse fish at this time of year?

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    Default Re: Winter River Fly Fishing for Coarse Fish

    Perch, pike are my main non grailing targets. Swinging streamers for chub sounds like fun but like lure fishing for grailing I would worry that it's not selective enough to avoid catching a lot of trout in my local waters.

    I'm also thinking of trying a local stillwater that has a lot of Ide

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    Default Re: Winter River Fly Fishing for Coarse Fish

    I'm lucky enough to be able to get out to the local streams and rivers several lunchtimes a week.

    I either target Roach, Dace and small Chub with size 16 or 18 GRHE, Black Pennels and sqirmy wormies (especially in coloured water). Or Perch on anything with a bit of weight and flash in it.

    Yesterday I was on the small stream out the back of the office:




    This one had eluded the heron, but fell to my fly:


    Catch of the day:


    If this sort of thing interests you, there are some older threads on he packed with info.

    Jerry

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    Default Re: Winter River Fly Fishing for Coarse Fish

    Was out today fishing a tiny brook just north of Leicester.
    Last year this brook was superb after a few seasons when it was barely OK.
    Today it was off the scale!
    Just under 4 hours of fishing and I'd caught 54 fish.
    Loads of nice perch, about 10 dace (including some huge ones), about 10 chub up to around a pound, one small roach and a pound sized out of season brownie.
    No pics. as my camera got drowned earlier in the year and I've not go round to replacing it yet.
    Fished 2 flies on the dangle whilst wading to kick up a little silt as the water was far too clear for much action...that tip alone can make a huge difference to your catches.
    Last weekend myself and Peter "bakerlite" fished the Ise in Kettering. We had around 75 fish between us despite it being one of the coldest days so far of the Autumn/Winter. I had 7 nice sized roach on tiny nymphs before going cruder for the perch and chub.
    If you know the right venue winter coarse fish can be easier than summer fish.
    They often shoal up tighter, weed has died back, banks are clearer and the flow is better plus you won't have overhead sun sending them under the banks for cover.
    Dee
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    Default Re: Winter River Fly Fishing for Coarse Fish

    Chub on clousers are do-able, seem to get the better fish with them too.

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    Default Re: Winter River Fly Fishing for Coarse Fish

    If the storm does not happen I will try my hand at swinging for some chub.

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    Default Re: Winter River Fly Fishing for Coarse Fish

    Yep in winter you can catch some really big fish on the right day¡
    I caught my biggest fly caught roach on a black pennell, from the River Hull.[COLOR="Silver"]
    Last edited by Paul T 68; 06-12-2017 at 06:43 PM.

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    Default Re: Winter River Fly Fishing for Coarse Fish

    Too right Paul.

    Give me a coloured winter brook over a clear low one any day.
    You don't need to wade so can keep warmer & you can catch far more from a swim. One or two from a "good" clear pool and everything will be spooked but the same pool when coloured may produce 20 or 30 fish.
    You have to know the venue pretty well though as it can be hard to have confidence that a swim contains fish when it is chocolate coloured.

    If it's bombing through a bit little tiny slacks often right in the bankside can throw up good fish. Any slack water next to a known fish holding pool can become a hotspot when the river rises. I often catch from slacks on the near or far bank that may be no bigger than my laptop.

    It's raining now so fingers crossed the local brooks will be coloured for a change this weekend.

    Dee
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    Default Re: Winter River Fly Fishing for Coarse Fish

    Off the back of this post I tried for Chub today with a black wooly bu99er, I caught nothing but Perch (not that there's anything wrong with that).

    Even managed a double hook up with a GRHE size 12 as the second fly.

    10ft 3#, on a small river, deep pool but low and clear.


    Gif here
    https://i.imgur.com/SQVrsJF.gifv
    Last edited by jerryrum; 09-12-2017 at 02:47 PM. Reason: Trying to add gif

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    Default Re: Winter River Fly Fishing for Coarse Fish

    Chub are great sport this time of year as well on the chalk streams, winter doesn't seem to make much difference to them
    Last edited by noidea; 16-12-2017 at 05:15 PM.

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