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16.12.16 Trotting over depth in the Thames

Posted by The Flying Tench , 16 December 2016 · 0 views

2.45 - 4.15 pm
A typical brief session for the normal mixture of good and bad reasons. I had brought lobworms and maggots for perch, but the air pressure was high, and most of the morning cloud had disappeared, so I wasn't too optimistic. But I chatted to an angler on the bank who told me of a 'deep hole' where there might be some good perch. At least, th...


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9.12.16 Perch on wobbled smelt

Posted by The Flying Tench , 09 December 2016 · 0 views

2.15 to 4.15pm Thames lock cut

The last time I was here I fished for roach with little success, but when dusk came the pike went crazy. Each time I threw in some groundbait the bleak would leap from the water chased by the perch, and then one or two roach would surface followed by a massive explosion from 2 or 3 pike. Given that, today, we've had 3 days...


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14.11.16 Thames Trotting

Posted by The Flying Tench , 14 November 2016 · 0 views

3 - 4.30pm.  Tackle shop owners and anglers on the bank are saying the same thing. For some reason the Thames is full of roach this year, up to just under a pound. Chokka. Wall to wall. Brim full. It's so full of roach that I have found myself asking if there is even room for any water! And what is more they are unbelievably easy to catch. 'Bite a ch...


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11.11.16 Ultra-lite

Posted by The Flying Tench , 11 November 2016 · 0 views

3.30-4.45pm Brief session on the Thames. Clear blue sky, but nice flow in the river. Slow at the start, but a nice perch of about 1lb 4oz at the end on a change of lure. It was good to meet Kappa, who originally introduced me to ultra-lite, and gave some more valuable tips today.


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31.10.16 Kennet Weirpool

Posted by The Flying Tench , 31 October 2016 · 0 views

11am to 3pm
The forecast was a bright clear day with high pressure, and I was unable to make dusk - and unwilling to make dawn! I decided to visit a weir pool which I used to fish when I was in Newbury, and which used to hold a good shoal of decent sized perch, to see whether my new art of ultra-lite, taught to me by Kappa, landed more fish on the ba...


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24 and 25 Oct 2016 Britford Hants Avon

Posted by The Flying Tench , 26 October 2016 · 0 views

I booked into a B&B for one night to enable me to explore this well known fishery where there are still big roach. Though not for me on this occasion. The first thing that struck me was how amazingly clear it was, and I fully understood it when Stuart, the river keeper, told me there wasn't enough colour for roach. So I spent my time exploring an...


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Summer roach 29.8.16

Posted by The Flying Tench , 29 August 2016 · 0 views

7.30 - 8.30pm
 
A hot, bright bank holiday Monday, and there was only about an hour of reasonable light (not too bright, not too dark) to try for roach. Float fished hemp 'n tares. Two nice roach of about 8 and 10 oz, plus some smaller ones. Quite encouraging, and I shall be back in more roachy conditions. Perhaps I should have 'lit up...


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Warwicks Avon 25/26 July 2016

Posted by The Flying Tench , 26 July 2016 · 0 views

Decided to visit the Warwicks Avon at Fladbury in the hope of getting a bream (my pb stands at a lowly 5lb 12 oz), though I wasn't expecting too much as there was so little rain in the river. Had a brief float-fish in the afternoon, and had a nice roach-bream hybrid of about a pound. Well, I think I had him, I think he touched the bank, but I ne...


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hemp 'n tares 1.7.16

Posted by The Flying Tench , 01 July 2016 · 0 views

2.30-5pm
 
On the web you can find stories of amazing roach sessions with hemp and tares four or five years ago on the Thames near Oxford. I tried a few times last summer with limited success, but thought I'd have another go on a different stretch. I fed hemp, and alternated tares and caster as hook bait, a six foot deep swim only a rod length or...


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Local Lake 6.5.16

Posted by The Flying Tench , 06 May 2016 · 0 views

7-9pm. Bright warm day, so decided just to fish dusk in the hope of some decent roach. Started on caster, and it was soon clear they were up in the water, so I fished half depth. Bite a chuck small roach, but no big ones so switched to a bigger bait. Prawn is popular for perch and roach on this lake in winter, so tried half a prawn on the bottom, but just...






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