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  1. Thanks for the reply, Phone. Following on from the above I found a Facebook group for Teme anglers and they said the same - that the upper reaches dry out every year, so maybe the photos above had a hint of the non-story about them really. Their recent photos of the Teme downstream look a lot more healthy and folks are catching a few chub and barbel, so I think I will give it a go one of these weekends. Derek
  2. A few years back I used to get up to the Teme in Worcestershire. Caught my first ever barbel and chub there and it was a beautiful river. Thinking about getting up there again, but can't get last summer's photos out of my mind when the heatwave dried up great swathes of the river. How long would it take for a river like that to get back to some kind of natural equilibrium - I would have guessed several years? (Assuming no repeat of the heatwave). Anyone been on the Teme this season yet? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-44722945 Derek
  3. I'm thinking of just sitting on my unhooking mat - it's quite thick and comfy, and rarely wet...
  4. I've been lure fishing a lot these last few years and enjoyed the freedom of just taking a small bag, one rod and reel, a net, and just a few items of tackle. Compared to my river fishing trips of the same period - a great big rucksack (that itself is meant to be part of the roving angler's arsenal, and I guess it is when compared to the wheel-barrows of many anglers), and two rods, and every pocket of that rucksack filled with something... I swapped that great big rucksack for a much smaller bag.But I found I was still carrying way too much. So the last couple of trips I've kind of re
  5. ... Sensas Easy Loop. My loops have never been so neat! Fine addition to my very small tackle bag. Derek
  6. I thoroughly enjoyed the series. I know who the two of them are, but I must confess I've never ever seen a Bob Mortimer or Paul Whitehouse programme in my life, so I came to the show (on the recommendation of a friend) with an open mind about them and their humour. I thought it was a lovely show, and they fished some beautiful venues.
  7. I've logged in for the first time in an age, too - forgot my password and there's no way to retrieve it as the forgotten password routine doesn't work. But now I've remembered it and here I am :-)
  8. I got into lure fishing a few years back partly because I didn't have a car at the time and I could carry all I needed on my pushbike. As you say, it was like going back in time. When I was a kid we cycled everywhere and didn't think about carrying too much tackle - all the tackle I had fitted in a small box, with my one rod and reel tied to the cross bar off we went. A while back I noticed I was starting to carry too much stuff again. I bought a small holdall to force my hand a bit... yet I'm still carrying too much! I'm on a session by session mission to reduce stuff to the minimum. Part
  9. I was loading my rucksack this morning and realised that the most voluminous and weighty items was the feed - for me! It was freezing cold so in went a litre of water, a kettle, a metal mug, two pot noodles and some coffee, a stove, knives and forks,and a cannister of propane. All the fish had was a pint of maggots and a tin of sweetcorn! Was nice sipping on a steaming pot noodle watching my float do very little though
  10. Interesting! I've been lure fishing for several seasons, partly because I had to get the kit down to a level I could carry on a push bike. Alas, I'm so rubbish at lure fishing I'm going to try some regular bait fishing again. This methodology looks to be just the job... even though I have a car again now :-) Kind regards, Derek
  11. All my fishing the last few years has been done via bicycle. No only is it a great way to combine two passions, but I get to cycle along the tow-path to swims where few other anglers seem to get to. Alas, few fish appear to get to these swims, either. Derek
  12. Hi Emma, I haven't posted here for a few years, but have been actively lure fishing in that time - often with good folk I met through the LAS. A great little organisation and very much alive and kicking ;-) Lure fishing is the only style of fishing I've done since selling the car at the height of the recession as I can fit everything I need on my pushbike. kind regards, Derek
  13. Yep, it felt great. One of those things that I wished I done months back. Cycling actually took the place of angling in terms of Saturday and Sunday mornings over the last year or two. Had to do something and I like to be out there in the open air away from everyone. To combine the two will be superb. Derek
  14. ...for the first time in over a year. Well, the first time since I sold the car two summers back. I'd got into the habit of taking a couple of rods and a chair and plenty of tackle and bait and alarms and metalwork and food and it all seemed rather impossible without a car. Then Sunday morning I thought I never had a car when I was a kid. I just tied a rod and a net on the crossbar of my bike and off I went. So that's what I did this weekend. Just tried a spot of lure fishing because that didn't need a whole lot of anything. Great fun. Very liberating and I was even able to cycle way down
  15. My season only really started a few weeks ago, due to non-fishing time pressures, and floods. Since then I've been to the Severn three times and the Avon once and caught nowt. This time last year I was catching some decent barbel and bream on the same venues. In desperation, last night I had a short post-work spinning session on the canal and managed to pull out a single jack. That's been it, so far. Derek
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