River Soar-Middle of Leicester

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just logged on for a quick view, will send further info via pm when I have time to write it up. as to locations i'll keep that one up my sleive for now as it was hard won, further details to follow
 

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Has anyone heard of Trout or Grayling in the Soar round Radcliffe or thereabouts? LE Victoria have a gorgeous little stretch, and have recently joined Looks good for duo in a few places below the wier. Plenty of rising fish in late summer, though probably Dace. Had a 12lb barbel there late Feb, also v good chub,though not on Fly. Will be trying to tempt them with the Streamflex come June.
 

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DITCHDANGLER said:
Be careful friend! we are still in the closed season for coarse fish, accidental catches are viewed with suspicion, but to actually state that they are your quarry! is begging to have ones collar felt:eek:
Alan
Hey DitchAngler, I never stated chub were my quarry....I said it was a nice brook even for just small chub and I'd be back(also I didn't state when!)...big difference. I'll fish it in the open coarse season for sure and then will go for "everything", I'm sure I'll have the big chub then.
If I try it again in the close season, it will be after trout, I'll still enjoy whatever I catch though. The same as I'd enjoy an out of season brownie when grayling fishing...but likewise I wouldn't go targeting them.
At no point did I target the chub, I was just fishing "blind" casting into any trouty looking water as I couldn't sight fish with the conditions, it can be almost impossable anyway on little "comando brooks". You are usually on hands and knees whist keeping maximum distance...very tricky under those conditions to tell what species the shadows are, if you can even see anything apart from distant bulges in the water from spooked fish! If I had been targeting the chub that I did see then I'd have had considerably more than a dozen! I'd have also used bigger and different flies, I stuck on what I though would be the best bet for a trout.
My mate who had the trout thinks he saw another 2 that morning, so along with the one he landed and some that were unseen, there could be a good few to be had.
My concience is clear.
Dee
 
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Hi Dee, I was not suggesting that you were deliberately fishing for coarse fish, maybe I read you post wrong! but some of the EA also read our postings and for a wrong interpretation?

Good luck on the Soar, its a cracking little river, as my brother lives but a couple of miles from it at East Leake, I get to see it quite often, maybe we will bump into one another some time.

Alan
 

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DITCHDANGLER said:
Hi Dee, I was not suggesting that you were deliberately fishing for coarse fish, maybe I read you post wrong! but some of the EA also read our postings and for a wrong interpretation?

Good luck on the Soar, its a cracking little river, as my brother lives but a couple of miles from it at East Leake, I get to see it quite often, maybe we will bump into one another some time.

Alan
Hi Alan, I didn't think you were suggesting that...I just wanted to make sure my intentions were not being misread by anyone, on here.
If ever you are down this way in the summer let me know, I can guide you to some brilliant chub fly fishing on the Soar and the Wreake. The Soar is much better for fly action upstream(south) of Leicester city center.
As for the EA... they are a waste of space when it comes to enforcing any sort of fishing regulations. The Soar around here was fished by bait anglers every single day during the Easter break, and not just by school kids. I saw 7 Polish fishermen on one journey home alone. There have been blokes on baskets with holdalls, the whole kit, even bloody keepnets in the water! I see this every trip to work, every day. If you phone the EA the only response you get is that they are aware of the problem, but doing f' all about it.
I was fishing the spot where I caught the trout a couple of days after but it was imposible. There were 6 youths(14/16yrs) fishing, two had nets in and they were spooking everything for miles about. I made them empty their nets. Asked them if they had rod licences...none of them did! I informed them of all the laws they were breaking and even told them where they could fish nearby legally, but they insisted on fishing the river, as they might get collared for a £2 day ticket on the legal canal (and a ten minute walk to get there). They even said there was no point buying a rod licence as the ballifs couldn't catch them if they ever showed up.
Don't anyone go telling me these are the future of our sport!
These were just chavs with their usual lack of any respect for anyone/anything...and if you had seen the amount of litter they left, in nearly every swim for about half a mile...these are the ones who get fishing spots closed down and they shouldn't have even been there. :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:
...back to the fly tying...
Dee
 

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Wow!
The pictures of the trout caught in a brook near Peterborough look brilliant. The fish is in first class condition. It just shows what unknown brooks and streams can produce, having little fishing pressure on them. Perhaps we should urge and persuade most anglers to fish muddy puddles, to leave our brooks and streams alone for those in the know.
 

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1965nick said:
Wow!
The pictures of the trout caught in a brook near Peterborough look brilliant. The fish is in first class condition. It just shows what unknown brooks and streams can produce, having little fishing pressure on them. Perhaps we should urge and persuade most anglers to fish muddy puddles, to leave our brooks and streams alone for those in the know.
Nick, I don't think anyone (hardly anyone) will bother to try the "little brooks". The average flyfisher, or angler in general, wants everything on a plate and way too easy for them. The work involved in just getting to a new venue, let alone trying to work them out is just too much for the vast majority, if they haven't read an article on the exact method to use in the exact swim and been kitted out with identicle tackle then they will just stick to going where they know.
If I find anywhere stuffed with trout I'll be keeping it underwraps though. The odd trout is just not enough to get them out trying. I had 2 from the soar last year(and didn't try too hard!), all of the LFFC knew about this but to my knowledge none of them have given it a go, and they are locals, add a 50+ mile round trip into the equation and it isn't happening...it is just for a sellect keen few. i.e me, you and just a couple more active individuals.
Dee
 

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Erewash attempt #3

Tried the Erewash again on Thursday (26th April). This time I went north, about 7/8 miles north of Toton(previous venue) to the Eastwood area. From what I could gather this was free fishing...well I never got arrested or booted off and saw no signs to put me off!
After about an hour of driving about trying to get access and several stops to check out various sections of the river, I finally found a very promising area about half a mile from my car. I ran back..litterally. I couldn't wait to get kitted up and get the nymphs in there, I really thought this was area going to throw up a trout or two.
I was soon at the first pool and it was screaming trout. First cast in, between two overhanging hawthorns, into the fast flowing neck of a pool, saw the line dart across the current almost immediately it hit down. A quick lift and an 8oz fish leapt from the gurgling water. My heart raced, "trout", I was certain as it leapt again but as it came to rest, the gold bead PT visible in it's rubbery chub lips my adrenaline pumped body deflated. I was so sure I'd cracked it first cast!
That was the only fish I saw or action I had from that point for the next mile or so upstream. The water seemed wrong the further on I went. It is very unusual not to see some fish in small rivers like this? I soon came to a massive sewerage works, the culprit? I also saw 2 or 3 areas or the bankside leeching bright orange liquid into the river? Couldn't be doing any good whatever it was.
Back downstream, past the original swim and things started looking up, I spooked a big fish from a gravely riffle but if this was a trout it was 3lb+! A local told me that trout regularly came out in matches...matches! It didn't look like a match venue but more confidence, which I needed after the sewer zone. I ended up catching a couple 2lb+ chub, another 8oz one and a nice fat roach all to the beaded PT but still no trout.

One of the chub...a victim of the match men in it's early days...missing it's top lip!

The roach, more deep bodied than ones I'm used too which was always peculiar to the Trent system roach from my stick floating days.


My next effort may be a good way above the sewerage works or south of Toton as there were many more fish here to be seen, on my previous visits and so probably trout...more fish better water quality?
Dee
 
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Anymore news on the Erewash, recent weather probably has coloured it up. If only I had the time to get out and try it for myself.
The picture of the trout from a brook near Peterborough, I'm wondering if it came out of Willow Brook, rumoured to hold trout? I do respect the captors hard work, and certainly would keep it under wraps if it were me.
 

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Tried the Soar again on Sunday evening, didn't get fishing untill about 8pm. I was planning to try some muddlers down and accross in an area I know trout have come from. Weather was mild and overcast, was hoping for a bit hotter temps and to fish untill about 11pm.
I only fished for 30 minutes or so, mainly spent the time looking around and waiting for dark when I hoped any trout may move into the tails of the pools.
I missed one take and caught 2 chub but no sign of any trout, I was hoping to see. I left at about 10pm as I was convinced it was gonna be chub city...I'll try again with this method after June 15th when I won't care if it is a chub a chuck all night long.
The bigger of the chub..."look into my eyes, look directly into my eyes, don't look around my eyes"....

The fly that did the business.

Dee
 

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nice one dee
things are still slow at my end. Off this week end to catch up with lochinloch-up the hills-if the car starts.
 

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Trout in the middle of leicester

it's been a while since there has been any postings on this thread, it would be interesting to hear of any more trout caught from the Soar, Erewash or indeed any of the smaller streams or brooks mentioned. My season has been one of very few outings, but I have a new river to add to list to rivers where I have caught wild trout from: the River Bradmore near Ashbourne. Come on guys share your news of trout from the smaller and less well known streams and brooks of the East Midlands.
 

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Hi Nick

Fished the Polster Brook and had several monster chub out of it (well monster for the size of the water, it is after all little more than a ditch in places)! Tried the Erewash but it was in flood both times I visited. Fished the smite (it is on my doorstep) and had lots of chub and dace out of it. Further a field in Leicestershire i tried the Wreake and a brook near Quienbrough (sp?) and I am almost certain that I saw a brown trout in this brook but alas I couldn’t get it to rise to my dry fly for the occasion.

All in all it has been a great introductory year to fly fishing for me! I have really enjoyed fishing the brooks and streams in the region, so much so in fact that I am going to treat myself to a 3wt rod for the new year. :)
 

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Hi Dave.

New to this forum but after searching for info on my lcoal waters i found this. I have come back to fly fishing after cousre fishing and would like to investigate my local rivers with the posibility of catching a wild brownie. Would it be possible to give me any more info on the rough area where you caught the brownie, not too much as that would spoil the fun :) . Anyaway I have fished the Soar where it meets the Sence in Jubliee (i think) Park in Whetstone for Chub and Perch, and plan to head back there when the weather is a bit nicer. The river doesnt look too wide in your pic so im guessing it must be towards the Aylestone side of the city. Usualy in summer i cyle into work along canal towpath from Blaby way and i can forsee some happy diversions on the way home coming.

Cheers.

Sheepy.
 

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richardw said:
I love the atmosphere of this thread! You've got the nucleus of an entire genre - "Urban River Fly Fishing".

Keep it coming, I know it can be a drag sometimes to write up these trips but they are very inspiring.

If you could get the owners fired up with enthusiasm too, the whole support infrastructure of WTT, EA, Rivers' Trusts, ACA (if needed) could be called on to help.

richard

Richard, I fish many areas of The river Don in and around the center of Sheffield.. first introduced by Nicepix... if ever there was need for support from 'any' body this would be great.. if not just for a damn good clean up throughout its urban reaches! I doubt any city has such an eyesore running through it worse than Sheffield but, plenty of wild fish to be caught. Last week I had 6 lovely little Brownies adjacent to the SWFC ground in a couple of hours in an out-of-sorts river.

Martin Introna
 

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Donkeys years ago, I used to fish a little river in Leicestershire called the Wreake. Used to catch chub, big roach, and dace. And, not infrequently, trout.
I haven't been there for 40 years. Does it still exist?
 

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Grumpy i fished the Wreake this summer. There are some monster chub in it!! Yet to pluck a trout out but there is trout in its tributries so perhaps this summer ill come across one - hope so!
 

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Martyn- Frisby on the Wreake I think it was. There was an agricultural college
nearby, and a pub called the Bluebell Inn or Dewdrop Inn? When we were kids we thought it was a massive river. I expect I could jump it now, if it wasn't for the zimmer.
 

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Grumpy said:
Martyn- Frisby on the Wreake I think it was. There was an agricultural college
nearby, and a pub called the Bluebell Inn or Dewdrop Inn? When we were kids we thought it was a massive river. I expect I could jump it now, if it wasn't for the zimmer.
and your short legs;) ;)
 
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