I’m going to start targeting them over winter, I’ve joined a club which has a river with chub to over 6lbs, barbel into doubles, big perch and the odd pike! A bit of a change from grayling fishing which I must admit doesn’t excite me as much as it used to!Had 2 chub when fly fishing, a good one of about 3lb off the Don on a beaded nymph, the other about 3oz on a streamer that was almost as big as the fish off the Dane
It’s crystal clear too so could sight fish them, must do some research on barbel on the fly so I have some idea of what to do. The chub and perch I’ll be able to get on streamers, I don’t think the pike are worth targeting on the fly.Barbel on the fly could be fun, a step up in terminal tackle would be needed, depending on the amount of water they have to swim in.
Well done mate..Top end of the river freshened up a bit with the recent rain, still low but temperature down to 15c this evening, concentrated on the faster bits of water again, bumping fish for fun on the nymphs, I’d tied up some fresh nymphs as I did the same last time out and though the hook might have been slightly blunted though didn’t feel it, any way 15 or so stuck, had fish from 3 bits of water I’d not caught in before which pleased me, shame there’s a tree down at the bottom of a short run that usually produces which prevents getting a line in, why do .they always fall across good water enjoying using the 7ft drift with a French leader on the small river, I was using the Rio nymph line previously but the fl is a big improvement, nothing over 8oz this evening but good fun.
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Await the update.I'm away for a week from tomorrow up to Rannoch Moor, Scotland.
I'm hoping to escape for a day or two's fishing, although that is far from guaranteed.
All a bit negative at the moment as I'm told they have drought conditions and the fishing on Loch Laidon has been dire. However, that won't put me off. Should I get away, I'll give it my best shot.
All the best.
Great day all round lad well done.. We're they Nymphs you tied yourself.?I had a cracking early morning session today.
Things started slowly and I struggled to find fish. First one was a mere 5in trout but that meant I wasn't going to blank today.
Followed by a nice size feisty trout that took a nymph at the head of a small pool, then dashed downstream to faster water, I managed to catch up with it and held it in the current but it broke me off before I could scoop it up. It was roughly 16".
I kept working my way upstream and caught a very distinctive grayling. It had a scar indentation on the back and 2 raw scars on either "cheek". I straight away recognised that fish. Took a couple of pics and released it. I've checked the photos on my phone and found that I caught that same fish 3 weeks ago (sorry grayling!). I can't remember exactly the spot but it was in that general area. I think the wounds are healing well compared to how they were.
First two pics are from 3 weeks ago, the other two from today.
First time ever that it happens to me and I find it quite incredible actually.
I continued fishing a few more hours and caught 2 good size trouts around 18".
Ended up with 6 graylings and 5 trouts all on nymphs. There were generally good size fish but some fry in the mix as well.
Cheers - yes it's annoying when you snap a section. No worries in this case though, as I've got a spare tip section at home.That's a very nice thumper indeed. I hope it wasn't a favorite rod , mind you, I'm on my third 8 footer this season! I don't know what's the matter with me this year. It's a case of "Rodney you ............"