Monday, 30 August 2010


It had been on my mind for a while.
I had found a good bit of river, not
overfished, good access, safe parking
and it also has some cracking fish .
Only problem, with a bit of extra water
the swims are hard to fish on the float.
So with this in mind I had thought of
fishing the feeder! I'm not one for sitting
for hours waiting for that one fish. So my
idea was to approach it more like I would
with the stick, a roving method. Some bits
of river would still be waded with me
feeding, as normal from mid river. I was
so confident this would work I have even
been looking for the ideal rod. Not a heavy
Barbel rod but a feeder rod, it has to be
powerful enough for the big fish but also
delicate enough for Chub, Roach, and Dace.
Phil got a Fox specialist which is a lovely
bit of kit and if they still did that model
"0.75tc" it would be top of the list.
So after picking up a few rods and
having a read I have now made my mind
up. What confirmed it was going out with
my old rod and giving it a go.

Jeff rang and after a quick chat we decided
to have a late afternoon /evening on the
piece of water I described I told him of my
thoughts and he quite fancied it although
he was happy to settle on his chair after a few
beers the previous night.
I set up 11ft feeder rod 3oz tip 8lb mainline
6lb Froghair hook length 14's Drennan
specialist hook. Nothing complicated a
running open end feeder two beads to
buffer the knot, which was tied loop to
loop, this acts as a mini boom helping
keep the hook length away from the
feeder. Caster was the bait mixed into
a fish meal based feed.
The first swim is easier to approach off
the bank, in fact its impossible in good
water "bloody dangerous" .
I made one cast, and with the normal
approach in mind, after the short time I
thought it would take the feeder to
empty, I re cast. This would feed the
swim and with an uneven bottom would
always give me a chance that the feeder
was in the best place on occasions.
Not long to wait the tip banged round
and I was into a good fish. Jeff was amazed
at the quick result. I was chuffed it's a
sweet feeling when you think about
something and it works so well.
Moments later a Barbel of just
over 8lb was at the net, prime
condition, I expected more and
soon after I did get one around
a pound. The swim only produced
a few more trout. Jeff sat waiting
and I had a wander only an hour or
so, it gave me chance to try the
"wading feeder" two more Barbel
only small biggest may have pushed
3lb but it was working!!
Just a few adjustments and I think this
will bring me some good days.

Friday, 27 August 2010

Catching Up

The time for catching up is here I think.
This blog has been a very interesting
hobby for me. Around this time of
year it often slips a little. Its a record
of my fishing and on a cold day, the
thoughts of days well spent can be
most welcome.
The top photo was the view from the tent
on a couple of days camping in the Lakes.

Logan with a Perch I could only snatch
an hour or so, but the fishing was good.
I would imagine we may well go back!!
Some more photos of the last few weeks
Even though time as been curtailed the few
trips brought some good fishing.
Me and David have talked over the last couple of
years about a morning fishing...... well it finally
happened! It was a good morning even though the
river was up a little we managed a few fish.
The wading was a bit mad but with the chances of
the next trip being some time we had a go!

Pete with a Grayling, I told Pete he would
Love the Dane and I think I was rite. We have
spent a couple of evenings fishing until we could
not see the float. The method we fish on here has
brought some good fish for us.
We know some good fish live in the river
but getting them out is not easy.
Another thing the blogs given me is
the ability to capture the things we see
when out fishing. A love for nature.
I love taking photos and it's something
that I hope to "develop" pardon the pun!
I have an affinity with Chub I'm
always glad to see them. Maybe
it's because of memory's? Or even just
the fact that it's more or less guaranteed
that I'm by the river when in ones company.
Mike with a nice Dane Chub on the pin of
Well my dad loves rivers I'm still looking for
a nice spot with a short walk and good footing.
Until then it's a bit of carp bashing.
An afternoon on the pellet wagler brought
me a sore arm with a fish a chuck!!
We took Logan for another visit but not
so much joy we still managed one or two.
Logan helps his Grandad it's a joy to see.
Logan thinks the fish are daft
"if Grandad can catch them!!"
Well the fish race takes me up one more a Ruffe.
Another blogger spent a little time on the
river with me, again I have been saying
to Kerwin for some time we will get out
but that word "time" just not enough
of it for me!!! Not great, the water was up,
if I had not been promising him the trip
I wouldn't of gone he did manage a nice
Brown trout .
The nights have been getting shorter and the
rain makes the river a little unsure, so a bit of
late evening slider fishing at a local gravel pit.
I have really enjoyed this, it's taken me back to
being a kid, I can set off late and fish until.....
well "late" it's better than the TV.
As the night falls big fish move we are
not certain what they are, some are Tench
the big Bream but I suspect the odd
monster Rudd are also still in the waters.
Even though we did not catch a big one
Phil got to see the kind of fish I kept telling
him about with the one he caught below......
This story is only just starting I imagine.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Finding Time

I have only managed a few short sessions
over the last few weeks.The kids are on the
long summer break, a time I loved all so long
We had Two weeks off and my amateur attempts
at sea fishing came up short. When I got back
work was more than waiting, and the kids are
ready for me when I get home.
The blogs not been updated, at times you find a
block as to something new to write. I did catch a
few fish in this time however and will get the
pictures up over the next few days.
On a brighter note I fished a old haunt from my
early years the other night with Phil. The challenge
of catching one of the beasts that crashed and rolled
as darkness fell is now very much on my mind.
We had a drive out with our daughters, who are
becoming friends. It kills two birds with one stone,
they are happy to come out for an hour, while we
score some brownie points with the good lady's
and do a bit of scouting and even pre baiting, or
as the girls say feeding the fishees. Pete came down
but he could not see much as it was already dark! I'm
sure Mike will love the place as well. The good thing
is it's quite close, the nights are closing in and to be
able to nip out and fish a little into the night is good
and a nice change.Will report further on the quest
in the next few weeks.


"Life is but a dream?"

"... on a good day of fishing, the job, the noise and clutter ... fade away until there is only water and the rhythm of the rod and, now and then, a fish."

-Random Phrump

''A Thought''

A simple philosophy I have adopted over the years has been tested and re-enforced in the past few weeks. It is to celebrate those good and pleasing things encountered in daily life, no matter how small, with at least the same vigour as I bemoan the bad or merely vexing.
-Steve Dobson

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