Out of season river fishing

catzrob

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Any suggestions for the Bath/Bristol area? Happy to travel a bit if needs be.

For clarity looking for grayling and any other legal target species (at present I’m not too hot on coarse seasons but will check before fishing). I will leave the trout well alone. Just don’t want to put down the fly rod when the ever-closer close of season arrives.
 

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...(at present I’m not too hot on coarse seasons but will check before fishing).
Rivers and drains (thinking Somerset Levels when I say drains) coarse fish open season June 16th to March 14th inclusive. Plenty of pike to go at on the Levels.


Andy
 

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Well for good winter fishing for grayling with a fly rod then the test itchen pretty much are the only day ticket options. Wales has grayling but it's a long drive and no guarantee that the bit of river you end up will have fish on it pretty much hit and miss.

Ps I can't recommend the drains if you using a fly rod. Tried that and it was pants!
But you may catch pike on the fly.
 

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I’m unfamiliar with West Country rivers but could you not fish for chub and perch in waters that are known for coarse fishing? Possibly Stour/Avon?
 

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Wiltshire Avon ? Avon Springs stillwater fishery also has a nice stretch that's available on a reasonably priced day ticket from Fishing Breaks. Frome as suggested upthread is also a good call - if you can find a day ticket fishery.
 

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Salisbury and District have miles of great coarse river fishing for the winter and I believe Coarse membership is available and not too far from you. Grayling, Chub, Barbel, Pike, Dace etc etc.
 

catzrob

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Great suggestions- thanks everyone! I will look at that little Avon link, Somerset and the frome. Frome angling association looks a good place to start, any experiences to share?
 

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Certainly does. The current record came from a Fishing Breaks beat at Ilsington. 4lb 9oz I believe.

I was guiding a chap on the beat 3 years ago. It's a very hard beat to fish, but I found a pool on Day 1 out of 3 that I was there that I was sure must hold fish. On the afternoon in question I got the guy in position and he missed two takes that had me curling my toes inside my waders. Then he got a fish that turned out to be a grayling and was at least 2.75lb if not closer to 3. A second followed at 2.5 minimum and was followed by a third at around 2.25lb.

Three grayling like that in the space of ten minutes should have any grayling aficionado drooling. The guy was unimpressed!
 

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I wander what kind of grayling fishing that guy is used to if he was unimpressed. I suspect he just didn't know what he had caught that day ie in terms of good fishing.

I had a similar experience once I caught two perch around 3 lbs each in 10 min on a fly rod. Had never caught a perch before I was like nice fish coloured fish, obviously not big like carp.

Chap in my boat was like you just caught a once in a lifetime event it will never happen again etc and he was right. I can now appreciate it with hindsight - experience of catching a million smaller perch 10cm only knowing that the avg perch doesn't get anywhere near 3 lb.
 
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I wander what kind of grayling fishing that guy is used to if he was unimpressed. I suspect he just didn't know what he had caught that day ie in terms of good fishing.
It wasn't a trout and therefore not as good. Until, that is, I pointed out that there were ardent grayling fishers who would trade their daughters in for three fish like that. THEN the penny dropped.
 
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