Nottinghan City Centre Rivers

Skateboard Dave

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Some of you may know me from my "River Soar Middle of Leicester" thread which has been running for years on here but now I've been trying Nottingham!
Two evening trips up to Nottingham to fish a trib. of the Trent often in supermarket carparks, back of factories, road bridges, etc. has produces 4 huge brownies up to around 3lb.:whistle:

I've also missed a couple of even larger fish I estimate to be around 4/5 lb.:cool:

I don't want to say which trib. for obvious reasons but it's in Nottingham and very urban!

If I can have this success with no idea of the local area in two short attempts then the locals have no excuse.

Plenty of small perch have also shown themselves and a few small roach too but the trout have been unbelievable.


I'll post some pics. very soon.


Dee
 

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The 1st session last Saturday evening,
3 browns - 1.5lb, 2lb and around 3lb!
Plus a couple of 3 or 4 lb pike and 4 small roach.
I'd started off fishing for roach on small nymphs but swapped to a bigger taddy when I found a few huge perch.
I couldn't temp them but the water was very clear. I tried all sorts both big and small but they wouldn't move and they were huge, really huge!
I think the biggest would have gone around 3lb.
Eventually in desperation I stuck on a size 8 tungy headed black zonker with a 5mm bead. This got some interest but only a slight follow then back to ignoring so I gave up.


A blind chuck upstream though in the spot saw the zonker hammered by this:


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I was super shocked as I'd only heard rumours of trout in the venue.

That returned and the very next cast over the same spot the zonker was missed by a 4lb brown!
It followed one more time before sulking under the streamer weed.

At this point I was thinking WTF maybe there are trout everywhere?


5 minutes later only about 30m upstream and this hammered the zonker:

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I estimated that one at about 3lb. It wasn't an easy capture as I was on a soft 11 ft nymph rod since I was after roach! I had to jump in and man handle it from the streamer weed - you tell me if it was worth it? ;-)


Five minutes later I had a 2lb one from where a drainage ditch entered the river by just dangling the zonker in the flow - easy life.


That was it for the trout but I also had a couple of jacks around 3/4 lb:

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Skateboard Dave

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Yesterday I tried the same river but scoped out a section a mile or so upstream from where I'd found trout last week.
I spent about 2 hours driving, parking, walking, driving. parking, walking...trying to find any suitable spots.
Pretty much everywhere was too shallow and exposed plus I saw almost nothing save for a few small roach. ;-(
Eventually, after very nearly giving up and heading back to where I knew, I decided to just take the plunge and give it a bash since I was there.
I didn't bother wadering up since some of the spots were literally fishing off the path/roads.
The 1st swim where I thought there was a chance was where the brook disappeared under a large road junction. Here the river transformed into a concrete rectangle but a large frond of streamer weed gave a little cover by the entrance. There was a little more depth too so maybe a trout could be lurking was my hope.

I opted for a size 10 dark olive tungsten headed taddy (5mm bead) and catapulted this into the shadow of the tunnel towards the far bank(vertical concrete wall) and the fastest flow.
After allowing this to get some depth I guided it back behind the swaying weed where it was spotted by a massive tout which somehow missed as it slashed at it with it's mouth open. ****! One cast and I'd just blown a 4 or 5 lb brownie!
I tried several more casts under and around the area with no more response until an extra long catapult into the gloom saw the line tighten but my strike didn't connect. I just saw the fat trout light up as it flinched when feeling the hook brush it's jaws. Two good chances blown.

The only other spot there was a very rapid short pool before a single lane bridge in a supermarket car park!
Here the bank was naturalish - concrete with some weeds and angled at 45 degree to the water.
I spooked a rat from here on my way into position but it was worth it as within seconds of my taddy hitting the water I was connected to a very angry trout.

Result:

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One of the best fights I've ever had from a brownie.
An old local guy on a push bike had spotted me struggling with it and had stopped to see me net it. He looked blown away and stated that he didn't think there was anything in there!

The swim:
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Two swims tried, probably 10 mins of fishing and I could have had two massive trout but was happy with one!
 

Skateboard Dave

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Upstream of the swim:
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After that fish and trying an empty(well I didn't catch!) but promising looking sluice just downstream I headed to the car to relocate further upstream.

Here the banks were natural with some reeds and plenty of road and foot bridges to try under. Still pretty shallow though but the narrower reed lined parts did look promising and they were. In the last hour around there I had 11 nice perch missed a huge trout that I watched turn and follow my taddy before engulfing it under my rod tip...I never felt a thing! :eek:mg:
Here I also saw a couple of huge chub which must have been close to 5lb, weird I never saw any smaller chub?
The perch came from anywhere deeper with cover - under bridges or next to reeds.
Good fun but I should have had another trout.
I also spooked a pike which looked a low double and one that I'm sure I'd seen on facebook! I saw a clip of a bloke landing an 11 lb pike earlier in the summer from a swim that looked very much like where that one spooked from.
There won't be many double figure girls in such a small river - would be nice to have it on a nymph rod.:whistle:

The stamp of perch:

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Further down towards the Trent next time. :cool:
Dee
 

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Love reading your reports pal, some cracking fish there to, so reminds me of the little stream i sometimes fish, nobody else fishes it, no clubs or nowt and it has the most and biggest fish in it, people who see me there when they are walking thier dogs keep saying you won't catch owt in there, to which i just smile.
 

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That is mental. I am by turns blown away, inspired and ashamed I've not thought of looking down the wrong end of the A52. What a great report. Thanks for sharing it!

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Skateboard Dave

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That is mental. I am by turns blown away, inspired and ashamed I've not thought of looking down the wrong end of the A52. What a great report. Thanks for sharing it!

:faint:
I used to be exactly the same. Living in Leicestershire, a trout free county according to those in the know, I would regularly head up the M1 to fish, far too expensive, rivers in Derbyshire ignoring what was on my doorstep.

That all ended when I spent several years trying to find the non existent Leicestershire river trout. It started as a challenge just to catch one. Then to catch one from as many different rivers as I could and now where I can catch at will from 6 or 7 Leicester brooks.

Those years searching taught me where to find trout in the marginal waters - those that are not your perfect trout streams but often more suited to coarse fish. I also leant how to effectively fish super overgrown tiny brooks and how to catch the lunkers.
Ten years plus down the line I now know Leicestershire trout are actually pretty common and widespread. It turns out those in the know actually knew nothing!
The trips into Derbyshire have stopped and the memberships long since lapsed. If anything the trout are bigger as the feeding is richer but the methods to temp them are not as pretty.
I took Steve Cullen to the river Soar, in the spring and he had his biggest river brown for a couple of seasons and he gets about a bit, fishing many know famous rivers. You don't need to fish the "proper" rivers to succeed.

I've used the same mentality to find superb free trout fishing to the south in Northamptonshire too and now a move north into Notts. looks pretty promising. ;-)

It's all about treading your own path not following the hoards.
Fish were no one else goes or tries and you might find something special.
Follow the masses and you'll only catch what they catch....if you are as good as them that is. ;-)
 
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Crikey! Didn't know the trout grew that big in that river. Seen a bright yellow one before holding it's position in the current at Mill St park. Also seen a few in the River Greet in Southwell. There were also some reported including a random rainbow trout in Fairham Brook, South of the Trent. Worth checking out some time..
 

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I like your intrepid spirit, and enjoy reading about trout turning up where least expected.

If I did all the hard work, like you, I certainly wouldn't share! Aren't you worried somebody popping in will recognise those spots and be less forgiving to those long-lived fish?

I look forward to the next update.
 

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I did get back to the Notts. venue one last time in the summer.
A week later (August 18th) I was checking out the downstream section close to the Trent.
It was the same here - most of the time was spent driving, walking, getting lost. trying to park. tearing hair out...
Eventually though I found somewhere that looked worthy of a fish or two and actually looked better for trout than the spots where I'd done so well with the big browns previously.

I started fishing up into a concrete culvert - not a picturesque, secluded mountain stream but if there are fish then I'm happy.

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I'd got a new Sunray "Zero" rod to try out and couldn't wait for whatever would put a bend into it. I didn't have to wait long.
The left hand side of the culvert was stuffed with small fish. A couple of small tungsten bead nymphs started picking them off from the first cast.
By the time takes had dried up, from the right hand side too, I'd had about 15 perch, a couple of dace and small chub, a nice roach and a rudd. They all felt huge on the super light rod. ;-)
The biggest perch, not huge but not a tiddler either:
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Downstream was really flowing and full of streamer weed. Here there was one of the best rises going on I'd ever witnessed. It was like being on a prime stretch of the dove at last light! They were not trout though but fat dace. If I'd had kit with me to throw a dry then I would have been in heaven but a nymph line with a strong downstream breeze wasn't going to work.
I still managed to add more perch and a few dace on nymphs though.
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I only had about 2 hours of actual fishing by the time I'd settled on the right area but that time planning was well spent as the coarse fly fishing was superb...it's not all about fat trout.
I'd meant to go back again but got side tracked with sea fishing from my kayak and from harbour walls, as you do when you live in the middle of the country. ;-)
I'll be back this autumn/winter, if the rivers ever get back to normal levels, for the big roach and perch I spotted over the summer.
 
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