Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

I’M just back from Hamp­shire’s River Test, where on a pre­vi­ous visit to the Broad­lands stretch I came close to the ‘Walker Brace’, be­ing half-an-ounce off a 2lb roach and 3oz light of a 1lb dace.

This time I didn’t come close to either but I had sev­eral out-of-sea­son brown­ies, that were taken by the river keeper to their win­ter quar­ters where they are kept un­til the next re­stock­ing, and more than 50 grayling. There were also sev­eral dace to 10oz and a chub that would have just failed to make 4lb. Sim­ply mag­nif­i­cent.

Achieve­ment of the day went to my great mate Nigel Bother­way who had a grayling snatched by a pike and man­aged to land both – although the grayling had been munched to death, sadly.

I en­joyed the day so much I’m al­ready work­ing on an­other in­vi­ta­tion...

Nigel Bother­way with pike an (sadly de­ceased) grayling.

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