...but fall­ing leaves will put chub, roach and dace on the feed

Angling Times (UK) - - YOUR FISHING WEEK -

LEAVES are still fall­ing out­side in the gar­den as I write, and there are still plenty on the trees!

They make things dif­fi­cult for river an­glers, but I’m sure they give the fish an in­jec­tion of food be­fore the win­ter, what with all the in­sects that fall in with them.

A few days ago when I was on the river the wind got up and lots of leaves started to fall on to the wa­ter. Then chub, roach and dace started to rise in num­bers to take food from the sur­face that was com­ing down with the leaves.

Take a walk along the river when the leaves are fall­ing. You’ll get a great idea where the fish are hold­ing up for the next few weeks.


Had a few mag­gots left over from a carp­ing ses­sion so I popped down to the River Stour for a few hours’ fish­ing on the float.

It was quite hard fish­ing and that was on a few dif­fer­ent swims, ones I nor­mally find very pro­duc­tive. It was just one of those days when the fish were not hav­ing it, or at least they weren’t hav­ing what I was try­ing to give them!

I ended up with a few dace, a big gud­geon and one tiny roach, but it was a nice crisp day and gave me a good ap­petite for din­ner.

I need a cou­ple more trips on the float this win­ter be­cause to say I was rusty is an un­der­state­ment...


Fished with jigs on the Sev­ern just north of Bewd­ley. In the clear wa­ter I en­joyed a great day with about 20 perch.

I know an­glers have been win­ning matches on perch and you can see why – the river is full of them. The best I had weighed 2lb 7oz, with an­other two over 2lb, but lots of them were over 1lb – great sport on a light rod.

By bounc­ing the shads slowly along the bot­tom I had lots of takes and I missed a few as well.

I now have so many lures that it’s hard to decide which one to use. Not long ago all you took was a Mepps spin­ner and a Shakespeare Big S!

Of course the biggest perch were the high­light of the day, but run­ning it close was the sight of a dip­per fly­ing up the cen­tre of the river. It’s al­ways special to see one of these de­light­ful lit­tle birds. I jumped in the car and felt I had fished well, so I was in a good mood – ex­actly how a day’s fish­ing should leave you feel­ing!


Phone call from Nige Wil­liams to tell me he had caught an­other 30lb pike – his twenty-fifth over 30lb and from 17 dif­fer­ent wa­ters. That is sim­ply amazing, and con­firms Nige as one of the most suc­cess­ful big-pike an­glers of all time.

We made ar­range­ments for our an­nual Christ­mas pik­ing trip where we set up a bivvy ta­ble and drink wine, eat sausage rolls and mince pies while wait­ing for the bob­bins to drop off. We’ve had some good fish to­gether in the past. One year on the Fens we caught seven pike over 20lb and lots of big dou­bles in two days… all with a rag­ing hang­over!


An early start on the Wye for pike with Steve Green­way and, with a cou­ple of foot of wa­ter on, it was look­ing good for some fish.

It’s al­ways a proper day out with Steve, start­ing with a dou­ble bacon-and-egg sand­wich, freshly cooked min­utes be­fore I ar­rive at his house. The chat with Steve on the jour­ney is al­ways in­ter­est­ing be­cause his knowl­edge of an­gling and wildlife is su­perb, and I al­ways learn some­thing new.

We ar­rived and were cast­ing at the break of dawn. It’s al­ways nice to hear the words ‘bring the net’ on the first cast and soon Steve had banked a 10-pounder on a leg­ered sar­dine. Un­for­tu­nately that was the only run on this spot and at 10.30am we moved up­stream… with no suc­cess.

We moved again to an­other spot. We’d now walked a good distance, but that’s all part of being a river an­gler. This time we were catch­ing within min­utes and ended up with a cou­ple of fish well into dou­ble fig­ures. I’d for­got­ten how these river pike fight, and my 10ft Scope rods were bent dou­ble.

By the time we got on the road in heavy traf­fic we were ob­vi­ously go­ing to be late home, so we stopped for fish and chips. The tem­per­a­ture had dropped out­side and as we sat out­side the chippy in the car eat­ing our meal, we made plans for our next Wye pik­ing trip.

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