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Angling review of the year VI

Friday, 20 December 2019 at 10:05

Bustards As the year reached its zenith I visited the Eden with Richard Faulks in order to make a Trout and Salmon feature about bustard fishing (night fishing for brown trout on rivers). We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and Richard released a wonderful brown trout of over 2lb. which he'd taken on a large Orange Muddler at midnight. I'd tied up some replicas of Pritt's bustard patterns (the Brown and the White Bustard) and caught a goodly number of smaller trout over our two nights' work.

At the end of the Eden trip I stayed over in the north and had the pleasure of fishing Stocks Reservoir (rainbows to the dry fly) with my old friend Lord Calbrade - another highlight of the year.

Angling review of the year VII

Friday, 20 December 2019 at 10:02

High summer High summer saw some short trips to a local small stillwater (a gravel pit): cane rod, centre-pin, red-topped quill float and bait which varied between maggots, worms, bread and luncheon meat. My objective was to catch crucians and although results weren't spectacular there did come an early morning when three crucians (best around 1½lb.) graced the landing-net.

Angling review of the year VIII

Friday, 20 December 2019 at 09:57

Autumn perch Later summer and earlier autumn saw a bit of a perch campaign in a local gravel pit...if three sessions and a tub of prawns can be called a campaign. I didn't catch anything massive but did release two larger perch (around 1½lb. each) along with some of their greedier and smaller relatives. One of the big ones even took line off the Mitchell 300. I'll keep trying for something even bigger - there are fish running to 3lb. and more in the pit - and find perch a captivating and handsome fish.

Angling review of the year IX

Friday, 20 December 2019 at 09:53

Trotting Although the demands of work have been fairly brutal this past autumn I have managed two weekends away to fish for grayling in Yorkshire, often in the company of Steve Rhodes. Steve picked up some good-quality grayling while long-trotting; meanwhile I was experimenting with the swim-feeder as well as the trotted float and managed a bare few fish, though I was glad to see them - and the angling experiment contrasting trotting vs. swimfeeding was instructive.

Age, patina and cold weather

Monday, 2 December 2019 at 14:24

Aerial To Yorkshire, fishing with Steve on a day of bitter cold. The frost didn't get out of the ground at all and even wan winter sunshine didn't lift the chill. Still, during a short session we shared a catch of eight grayling (Steve five to my three), with Steve trotting and me manipulating the quiver-tip (badly). That was an interesting comparative experiment, since we were fishing only fifty yards apart in the same glide. What splendid grayling they were, too, fit and pristine, with two brace of them at or over the pound. At lunchtime I admired Steve's reel. 'Used to keep it for dapping,' he said. 'It's not really a trotting reel' - it looks to me like an Aerial C815 - 'but I cleaned and oiled it, I've given it a good bat and it runs really well. Bit of a wobble but you barely notice that when you're fishing.' He turned the reel over. We peered at the back-plate. Lovely patina. I reflected that although we have a bit of functionally insignificant wobble, as it were, we too have a fairly fine aged patina and generally run well...after you've cleaned and oiled and batted us, of course.

A lovely stamp of fish

Monday, 2 December 2019 at 14:19

December grayling They were a lovely stamp of grayling, with the best four at or over the pound. Good to see some smaller grayling, too - fish of 12oz. or so. This one (one of Steve's fish) took a small red worm fished on trotting tackle. Others took maggots (a red/white maggot cocktail seemed - as so often - to be favoured). It was a brisk few hours around lunchtime. By early afternoon the cold and the need to travel meant that we decided to pack in, but it had been a heartening session all the same.

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