Here I will update with details of my angling experiences, tackle tinkering, fly tying and other trips out into the countryside.
Tuesday, 10 July 2012
Dove floodwater barbel
Just back from an evening session on a rising River Dove. I'd thought the river was dropping after keeping my eye on the EA site all day and it was reading 0.96m at Marston as I left home 1830 ish. I couldn't decide whether to go to Tutbury or Scropton so ended up on autopilot in my fav swim. The river was really pushing through and probably put on the thick end of 6" whilst I fished. I needed 3oz to just hold bottom fishing over the crease but there was some clag coming down the river, I lost a few hooks. Unusually for me I tried the inside line but just ended getting more snags. Just as I thought a blank was on the cards so I'd finish my flask round went the rod. It was straight off the rest and probably only saved by the baitrunner. This fish really gave me the run around and after one final run that slammed the rod tip into the water it went into the net at first ask and was then well rested. It weighed 7lb 14oz and I'm wondering whether this swim is a one trick pony as the three fish I've weighed this season have gone 8lb 1oz, 8lb 1oz, and 7lb 14oz!! Dark was dropping now so I did nor cast in again and made my way back through the mud in the last of the light.