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    Default Nottinghan City Centre Rivers

    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.

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

    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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    Default Re: Nottinghan City Centre Rivers

    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:


    Nottinghan City Centre Rivers-trout_leen_15-jpg

    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:

    Nottinghan City Centre Rivers-trout_leen_3-jpg

    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:

    Nottinghan City Centre Rivers-jack_leen-jpg
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    Default Re: Nottinghan City Centre Rivers

    ...and what I was actually after:
    Nottinghan City Centre Rivers-leen_roach-jpgNottinghan City Centre Rivers-leen_roach-jpg

    The river/brook, not big but the trout don't seem to mind:

    Nottinghan City Centre Rivers-leen1-jpg

    I'll add a short write up from yesterday soon - not as good a session but still superb!

    Enjoy.

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    Default Re: Nottinghan City Centre Rivers

    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:

    Nottinghan City Centre Rivers-leen_11aug19_head-jpg

    Nottinghan City Centre Rivers-leen_trout_11aug19-jpg

    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:
    Nottinghan City Centre Rivers-leen_11aug19-jpg

    Two swims tried, probably 10 mins of fishing and I could have had two massive trout but was happy with one!
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    Default Re: Nottinghan City Centre Rivers

    Upstream of the swim:
    Nottinghan City Centre Rivers-leen_11aug19_upstream-jpg

    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!
    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.

    The stamp of perch:

    Nottinghan City Centre Rivers-leen_perch-jpg


    Further down towards the Trent next time.
    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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    Default Re: Nottinghan City Centre Rivers

    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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    Default Re: Nottinghan City Centre Rivers

    Quote Originally Posted by heathenwoods View Post
    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!

    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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