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Re: Bolo versus Crowquill Avon

Hi - for obvious reasons I tend to find I am fishing deeper water or deeper swims in winter and always prefer float if possible, unless I am after barbel. I have a very simple set up which is a hybrid of lots of other methods, but it is great in deep steady swims and I usually catch well if the fish are there and feeding. I use a 17 foot float rod with an avon style float, with a wire stem, taking between 2g and 3g. Most of the weight is an olivet about three feet from hook to get bait down quickly. Have a micro swivel to attach hook length with a few small shot and droppers below oilvet. Bites are very positive and easy to hit with long rod. 17 foot rod allows you to fish in up to about 12 feet quite well. If swim is not too deep I may get away with 15 foot rod set up. Doubt I'll be using this rig any time soon though on the severn.......

Posted on February 26, 2020 at 1:37 PM

Winter float fishing

Hi Guys - would appreciate some advice / information. Most of my river fishing is trotting a s tick float for 'anything with fins'. This is fine in summer and I usually wade and fish fast shallow swims. Winter float fishing presents a different set of challenges and I usually concentrate on the deeper sections around and below Stourport. This winter I want to try and fish the float on the middle Severn between Bridgnorth and Bewdley, when the river is just carrying a foot or two of extra water, but winter pegs are very different to summer ones, so my question is, can anyone recommend any areas / BAA sections in middle Severn that lend themselves to winter trotting? I have seen a few good looking pegs at the Danery, but would be fishing blind as I have only ever fished the feeder there. Any information on winter float fishing would be very helpful. Happy New Year to you all.

Posted on December 31, 2019 at 5:05 PM

Re: Recce walk Coomby's Farm - Harbour Inn.

Hi Colin - the river around Arley is very accessible and paths follow the river on both sides. Parking is good in Arley on either side of the river. A really nice walk, with lots of great pegs to explore, is to walk upstream from Arley to the Severn Valley Country Park / Alveley, where there is a pedestrian footbridge, where you can cross the river and walk back downstream to Arley, then cross back over via the footbridge at Arley. Round trip is about 7 miles, about 2.5 hours, or a lot longer if you stop off at the Ship Inn for a beer at Highley.

Posted on December 17, 2019 at 11:16 AM

Re: new to the rivers

Welcome to this forum and to the challenge of river fishing. Winter can be very frustrating for the river fisherman as big rivers present a totally different challenge at this time of the year compared to summer. Previous post is spot on - smaller rivers like the Stour rise and fall very quickly and can fish very well in winter if you pick your time carefully. The Severn now has about 5 feet of water on, compared to summer levels and unfortunately unless we have a very dry spell, will remain fairly high over the next few months. Appreciate that you are keen to get out and catch a few fish, but not sure what the BAA can do about abnormally wet autumns and rivers that are unfishable. There is plenty of information on the web about river levels - the BAA lease waters on behalf of the members, but cannot legislate for conditions. I think most river fisherman accept that realistically, their main season runs from June to November, with a few session during the winter, when conditions allow.

Posted on November 24, 2019 at 1:59 PM

Re: W/Avon Barbel record ?

My humble opinion is that when it comes to big / record fish (look at carp fishing and double figure barbel circus on lower Trent) it eventually all becomes about the angler and not the fish. I'm happy to recognise and celebrate the capture of large fish, but can't get my head around the mentality of pursuing more and more large fish to cement a reputation, with repeat captures of sometimes known fish the goal at all costs, regardless of the pressure put on the fish. Anyway - I'll let you get on with the inevitable bickering that follows a comment by onelastcast.

Posted on September 27, 2019 at 8:13 AM
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