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Old 18-08-2006, 11:48 AM
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Default Frustrating sewin!

Fishing my local river yesterday walked passed a pool that was absolutely jam packed with sewin, ranging from about 1lb up to waht must have been 7 or 8lb, this river doesnt see many sewin but these buggers were everywhere, in about 2 foot of water, but would the take anything?! No! I tried spinning for them and used the fly rod. Nothing to the fly, but they did chase the spinner a few times only to turn around and settle back down. They werent exactly spooked by me sitting on the bank, sometimes the line hitting the water from the spinning rod spooked them abit.

What i wanted to ask is what is the best way to get these buggers to take, better to wait till dark and then try? Is spinning just as useful in the nite, its not very open for a fly rod you see. But if i was to use the fly rod how would i go about it? or any tips for the day would be great.
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Old 18-08-2006, 12:08 PM
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Hi Welshy

Must have been something in the air last night!

I was travelling back from London on the train last night.

My last stage was on the Swansea to Carmarthen train, the scenic route, you know the waters and estuaries it passes, I was amazed at the amount of fish rising and skimming the water, may have been sewin, may have been mullet.

Never seen it like that before, they were everywhere!!!


Every little backwater had them !

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Old 18-08-2006, 12:12 PM
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Must have been something in the air last night!
There was - rain! Lots of it down our way. Sounds like it might have freshened things up bit.
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The little backwaters near kidwelly were probably full of mullet, the fish i seen were about 2 miles upstream, we had alot of rain last nite and this morn but i dont think it would have changed the river much, may go up this evening to try again.

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What i wanted to ask is what is the best way to get these buggers to take, better to wait till dark and then try? Is spinning just as useful in the nite, its not very open for a fly rod you see. But if i was to use the fly rod how would i go about it? or any tips for the day would be great.
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Sewin will chase a spinner during the day - they have an uncanny knack of following with their nose 2 or 3" from a Mepps or similar - sometimes two or three following at once - they don't seem able to stop themselves. I've found that in clear, low water only the occasional fish will actually grab the lure.

Tactics? Fine and far off with a tiny tube fly or even a dry fly or a goldhead.

Best advice though is to wait until nightfall and fish the fly meanwhile praying that nobody's disturbed them with a spinner during the day!
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Wait until dark Welshy. OR, start just as it is starting to get dark - when you see the bats. Try the little wets as it is getting dark - on a floater - butchers, alex etc. Then when it is dark, go to a lure mate - tube fly. Try one of about an inch, then if nothing doing, go to a bigger one, maybe inch and half or two inches. Black wing, silver body. If you have any muddlers - take 'em along. Try one a floater to make a 'bulge' in the surface.

This is a whistle-stop guide to tackling Sewin mate and is extremely basic. If you want any more specifics, send me a PM.

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To catch sewin during the day, you need some fresh water and a good height. Perhaps a hint of colour on a falling or rising spate - preferably a river rising to a second spate. Lime green is excellent colour. In such water the fish will be active and you can catch them on spinner - vary the depths, running worm (single) or sparkly fly under an indicator - don't forget upstream as well as down and across. Absence of fresh "exciting" (you can feel it) water means that you should follow the advice above and wait until dusk and thereafter.
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...... Perhaps a hint of colour on a falling or rising spate - preferably a river rising to a second spate. Lime green is excellent colour.....
Ah......what you Welsh have to put up with! You want to get the E.A boys on to it. Up here we like our rivers the colour of a light beer, or maybe a delicate malt!
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All right, not exactly a lime green but I do like a greeny tint to the water. In contrast to you scots I have never liked a light beery colour, or even worse tea - never been succesful and put it down to too much acidity.
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...... never been succesful and put it down to too much acidity.
I'd blame the rum!
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