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Old 18-07-2013, 09:16 PM
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Default Re: First time on a river.

Well done.

River fishing gives me an enjoyment that fishing for bows never will.

Welcome to the real fun
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Old 19-07-2013, 10:03 AM
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Well done, and I am genuinely pleased that you enjoy rivers so much; but please don't fall into the trap of thinking that fishing still waters for stocked trout is something to be ashamed of, whatever some might suggest.
I've been catching fish by fair means or foul since I first used a jam jar to catch stone loach -- no minnows in the upper South Tyne at Alston when I was a boy -- and I have found that all forms of fly fishing, in various venues whether rivers or lakes, give us an opportunity to learn. Learning has to lead to greater pleasure, and not all still water fishing is ''stockie bashing''. It can be just as difficult, or more so at times, winkling trout out of a lake or a reservoir.
Of course, do what you like best, but try to enjoy all that is available.
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Old 19-07-2013, 10:14 AM
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It is 100% the way forward! I've been fishing a local stretch till after 11.30pm this week, fishing has not been great due to the water being so low, but its just being out, stalking the fish which i absolutely love!!!
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Jada, I have no intention of becoming a river snob, I enjoy all forms of fishing (although I draw the line at camping out for carp!) I still coarse fish, I still sea fish, both beach and boat, and I'm considering kitting out myself for a bit of spear fishing (what else do you do when there's no surf to ride? Lol ) luckily even though I'm away all week at work my Mrs is very undrstanding of my need to hunt

Went down to the river this evening, its very low, but that just makes it easier to wade, loads of chub and a couple of larger brownies, only about 10" though. For anyone that knows the river I was fishing from just below the weir casting right up to it. Bit worried about the stamp of fish though, not one chub over 1lb, none of the coarse guys were catching much either. There used to be a lot of 3 to 5lb chub in there. I heard the eastern Europeans had eaten a lot of the fish, but chub? They're like cotton wool full of needles to eat, or so I've been reliably informed!
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Be a year for me on rivers in August, can't beat it.

I never thought I'd take to it, thought it would be too hard. What it's taught me is how hard Stillwater fishing actually is, at least in a river you have half an idea where the fish will be.
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these were caught on the stick float last autumn hope they haven't all been eaten
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Default Re: First time on a river.

Cheers Darren, that's upped my confidence a bit, but that looks like part of the AA stretch, I think that's a bit better bailiffed, might have put them off.

Of course, the other reason I might only be catching smaller stuff is clumsy wading and casting, so I shall keep trying. Glad to see the river of my childhood still producing good fish!
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Cheers Darren, that's upped my confidence a bit, but that looks like part of the AA stretch, I think that's a bit better bailiffed, might have put them off.

Of course, the other reason I might only be catching smaller stuff is clumsy wading and casting, so I shall keep trying. Glad to see the river of my childhood still producing good fish!
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If that is the condition of the river you are fishing then you should not wade it at all.

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Sorry Richard, I fail to understand why?
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Sorry Richard, I fail to understand why?
It's totally unnecessary, if it is like the river in that photograph. Better to hide low on the bank than wade and risk scaring a tidal wave of fish in front of you. You will catch more fish and your casting will get better and better if you fish from the bank.

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