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Old 14-04-2011, 11:22 PM
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do you just cast them out and leave them on the bottom?
I fish them on a floating line like you would a team of nymphs.I put a weighted Apps on the point and either buzzers or diawls on the droppers and just figure of eight them back or just let them drift around in the breeze and take up the slack line.Ive even had fish take them on the drop,work that one out

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Now having been a course matchman in a past life. Bloodworm was the main bait I used. They come in many colours green brown grey oh and red. All but the red ones tend to be one inch or less in length normally called jokers. The red bloodworm is normally two inches in length. Bloodworm do not burrow into the mud. But anchor themself to the lake bed with two little gripper on the tail end. They also have a small black head. They move along the lake bed in short whip like movement about one inch up in the water from the lake bed. So the best way with a imitation is to use a similar retrieve, but as slow as possible.
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They swim quite inefficiently with a rapid coiling and uncoiling of the body - it really just takes them off the mud a short way and sets them down somewhere else.

I recently experimented with a foam-arsed Apps - I put that on a dropper and a tungsten weighted one on the point, fished on an intermediate line. The idea was that little twitches on the retrieve would make the buoyant one rise and fall like a real one. It caught me a fish, but was then sacrificed to the tree gods, and I had stupidly only taken the one.

Experiment to be continued.
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Old 15-04-2011, 10:05 AM
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Now having been a course matchman in a past life. Bloodworm was the main bait I used. They come in many colours green brown grey oh and red. All but the red ones tend to be one inch or less in length normally called jokers. The red bloodworm is normally two inches in length. Bloodworm do not burrow into the mud. But anchor themself to the lake bed with two little gripper on the tail end. They also have a small black head. They move along the lake bed in short whip like movement about one inch up in the water from the lake bed. So the best way with a imitation is to use a similar retrieve, but as slow as possible.

im pretty sure this is a real blood worm, the larvae of the chironomid is just commonly known as a blood worm, much smaller and not really a worm.
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This is what coarse anglers know as a bloodworm - it's the larvae of a chironomid midge, and will eventually pupate and hatch as a buzzer.

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The only true worm I can think of which is also known as a bloodworm is a species of marine polychaete. I suppose people could also be talking about tubifex, an oligochaete worm, but I've not heard it called that.
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I have just had another frustrating day a local trout fishery- ther rainbows are regularly breaking the surface but do not seem to be feeding off the top- their fins can be seen quite clearly above the surface and they are not taking dries- any advice what they are doing and how to catch them?
I would certainly give corixa a shot..............birdsnest

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Also they were earlier right on the bottom and were disturbing the dirt etc- what are the up to and is there a way to capitalise in the cathcing method
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I have just had another frustrating day a local trout fishery- ther rainbows are regularly breaking the surface but do not seem to be feeding off the top- their fins can be seen quite clearly above the surface and they are not taking dries- any advice what they are doing and how to catch them?

Also they were earlier right on the bottom and were disturbing the dirt etc- what are the up to and is there a way to capitalise in the cathcing method

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We had exactly the same experience at Thornton on Saturday, tried a dry fly but nothing doing. Then my son retrieved the dry slowly and all hell broke loose!!. We know what to do now!!.

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We know what to do now!!.
Cool......just dont expect it to work all the time...
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I reckon to try a buzzer tied Shipman style - straight hook - with floating yarn breathers and grease only the breathers - seems to keep it in an emerger attitude in the film, which often does the business
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