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    Mondego Barbel in October

    October 5 is a holiday in Portugal, and having not been to the river for over six weeks, I was sorely in need of some time on the water. The previous couple of days it had rained, and the river was carrying a bit of water - just perfect for the spots I was planning to go. As soon as I got to...
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    Trout from the Tiber (Italy)

    Does it have a closed season?
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    Mondego barbel

    When they are in a taking mood, they seem to like flies with red or orange bead heads. I did try a San Juan worm type fly the other night but no joy. I also tried some tiny midge pupa imitations as well but they got no response either. Whatever they are taking it is quite close to the surface...
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    Mondego barbel

    I live in Coimbra, and I fish the lower Mondego quite close by downstream of the city limits. It´s a shame that you could not get set up in Gois because you have some nice trout fishing very close by during the season (February-July). Licenses can now be got online (check one of my previous...
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    Klinkhammers for Iberian barbel

    The interesting question is what do the fish take them for. There have been some good hatches of small sedges, but at the same time, some quite large buzzer-like flies have also been appearing - the river has some silted areas in the margins that look like good buzzer nurseries and this is...
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    Klinkhammers for Iberian barbel

    Some quill-bodied klinkhammers that have attracted some nice Iberian barbel in the evenings recently. Hook:. Hends BL550 size 16 barbless Body:. Peacock quill Post:. Patagonian hare foot fur Hackle. Ginger-cree. The Hends hooks are quite big for their size so the 16 might be closer to a 14 for...
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    Mondego barbel

    They were carefully beached on to wet sand under cloudy conditions, you can see the water by the tail of fish 1. Both fish recovered quickly, the first one stayed for a few minutes in a little run so I was able to watch how he was. When they are feeding in very shallow water, they actually...
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    Mondego barbel

    We are having a very mild summer here, probably hotter in Criccieth than it is in Coimbra. This has made for some pleasant evenings on the river with good insect hatches, including sedges, and lots of barbel in the 3-6 lb range feeding in water a few inches deep. Last night, I got there at...
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    Mondego barbel

    A great evening with perfect conditions - river coming down slowly after hydro generation. Hooked in about a foot of water after he waved his big tail at me! I lost a couple of others of the same size, one just came off and the other pinged my 8 lb tippet. All of them on a size 14 hare´s ear...
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    Best glue to re-attach felt soles to wading boot

    Great! I take it I would look for this in the hardware shop where they have the section for glueing tiles and the like?
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    Best glue to re-attach felt soles to wading boot

    Felt soles came off my wading shoe the other night on the river. As I soon found out, without the felt, it was like walking on a 3-D ice rink! The exposed shoe sole is smooth rubbery material. I cleaned it up with wire brush and did the same to the felt soles. Now ready to apply the glue. What...
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    Heatwave Mullet

    In the Mondego in central Portugal, they get up past Coimbra, about 50 Km from the sea. Here, they can be caught by dead-drifiting nymphs, size 12-14, with sunset being by far the best time.
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    Portuguese fishing licence

    Starting this year, fishing licences are being issued through Balcão Eletrónico do Mar (BMar) https://www.bmar.pt The site is in both Portuguese and English , but the main point is that it takes 5 days to issue the license (3 days if you pay double!!) so best to plan ahead. One year license...
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    What's Been Bugging Me About Barbel

    Very interesting, here in Portugal the direction that I came from for catching barbel on the fly was through trying to catch the mullet that are also present in this stretch of river. As for mullet everywhere, these fish are extremely skittish and do not tolerate any kind of drag or other...
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    What's Been Bugging Me About Barbel

    I have been catching Iberian barbel in the Mondego near Coimbra, Portugal. Here, they like to feed in very shallow water a few inches deep and right into the banks. There's no doubt that they tune in to caddis pupa/nymphs when they are present and on occasion they also go for the adults on the...
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