Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

I’M more than ready for the sea­son to start. I’ve been as frus­trated as the abo­li­tion­ists, watch­ing my lo­cal semi-tidal Thames go from rag­ing tor­rent to a de­li­cious-look­ing semi­clear flow­ing river. It’s stick float pace as I write, some­thing that sel­dom hap­pened last year.

De­spite that, my sum­mer ses­sions will be spent be­hind a quiv­er­tip rod wait­ing for the roach of a life­time.

I know they’re in there, and I know how to catch them... at least, I did last year.

I’ll also be giv­ing the river a bit of a go­ing-over lower down. I’m try­ing to sort roach from bream on the full tidal too and, de­spite ru­mours, there’s an abun­dance of free park­ing – mid­week too – a full 10m from the river!

Like all great things, the new sea­son is worth wait­ing for.

A de­cent Thames roach I caught on pel­let last year. I’m hop­ing for a mon­ster or two this sea­son.

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