ROACH DO IT FOR ME!
E ALL have our favourite early angling memories, and for me many of them involve roach. I was lucky enough to anjoy an angling apprenticeship on the rivers and drains of Eastern England, where roach were – and still are – abundant.
Milton Ferry on the River Nene was one of my first stamping grounds, and I’d cycle there with my brother back in the mid-1970s to some out-of-the-way swims where we’d fish with waggler and maggot.
A few years later I ‘graduated’ to hemp and tares and the fish I caught suddenly doubled in size! By then I was fishing a few matches, and I can still feel the excitement when the float dipped for the first time after an hour or two with a grain of hemp on the hook.
So I am delighted this week to bring readers of Angling Times a bit of a roach special, with Dave Harrell revealing his 20 best tips for catching them this summer, cracking advice in our Know Your Stuff pages, and lots of waters where you can take a bag of roach in our Where to Fish pages.
Don’t forget, roach fishing isn’t all about rivers. Most natural and commercial lakes hold huge stocks of roach, many of them relatively unfished for as anglers prefer larger quarry. So why not give your local carp lake a try using some of our roach tips this week? You might be surprised!