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   Old Thread  #10 5 Sept 2019 at 8.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Thanks very much everyone for kind words..

I can see there are people on here who just love angling in its many forms...long may it continue..

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   Old Thread  #9 5 Sept 2019 at 7.36pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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My favourite trips of the year are down on the river itchen/test for the trout and grayling. The trip Ian speaks about was a great day.

Great read wandle.
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   Old Thread  #8 5 Sept 2019 at 6.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The adventures are out there, it's up to us to make them happen.
Thanks for sharing.
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   Old Thread  #7 5 Sept 2019 at 4.13pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Brilliant read.
Makes me want to go fishing which is the hallmark of any great angling tale.
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   Old Thread  #6 5 Sept 2019 at 3.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Nice story Adam, had my own little grayling adventure late last year with josh Tom and Paul from here, a real fun day and managed my first ever grayling, although only a very small one of maybe 12oz. It definitely made me want to go back for more. Also agree about fishing for things other than carp, I have spent more time in the last couple of years fishing for other species rather than carp and really enjoyed it in the most part. It gives you more hunger for the carp fishing too I've found
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   Old Thread  #5 5 Sept 2019 at 1.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks Mal,I reckon that it would do a lot of carp anglers a lot of good,to have a little deviate from carp fishing,especially those who have only carp fished...

In reality,carping is the most easiest form of angling in many ways, as everything is done for you,I liked it more when it was harder,and a double meant something...

Each to there own,I still love All,aspects of angling,including minimalist short session over nighters...for carp....
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   Old Thread  #4 5 Sept 2019 at 0.07am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Brilliant post mate.

Sounds like a real treat.

I used to live on the bank of the river irwell and sorted myself fishing a quiet stretch upstream from ramsbottom. I'd get myself on the float and trot downstream for some lovely trout. Occasionally fished on the fly but it was a narrow stretch with a lot of trees overhanging and I'm no fly expert by any stretch of the imagination.

Thanks for your story. As you say, one magical grayling can put all those big stocked carp into angling perspective
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Thanks mate,that's exactly what I'm trying to say...that one grayling,from that river is worth any thirty or forty to me,everything is relative,I shall never forget that trip.

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Great story and proper angling. Shows there is still magic in fishing without going to a rammed commercial trying to catch a 40.

I spent my summer hols trying to catch a bass from the Falmouth coastline - only managed mackerel and pollack, but good fun nonetheless.
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I`m a great believer in keeping things fresh in your angling,now I know this a carp based forum and I`m as passionate about carping as the next person,however I am not defined as a carper I am merely an angler ,an angler with a special interest in wild places ,often off the beaten track .that does not mean illegal angling by the way ,you see I have gained many times permission to fish private places just by asking upfront ,the worst someone can say is no...!!!


Anyway next to Myplace is a small salmon / trout stream i have to have fenced the lake due to my much versed writings on a certain subject,but today however i`m not on about that...you see at night times when i`m carping i can be found wandering up and down the river with a powerful beam,looking and learning all the time ,what i saw recently fired me up no end ,this was because the rumours from "old boys "are true ,i did indeed see a small shoal of grayling ,not any old Grayling but Cornish Grayling,that lit somethng deep within my soul,i had to catch one...bearing in mind i have been fishing this little river for a minimum of 34 years i was made up ,to see the lady of the stream..


Some weeks went by ,and my night time lookings with a beam revealed nothing other than minnows and small brownies,so i did what i always do in angling and that is to educate myself ,in particular about the lower reaches of the river and the riparian owners,which i did....

Using my contacts in the ruralality i gained a weekend on a VERY private stretch of the same river that runs past Myplace,for the princley sum of 5 for the weekend ,including some stealth camping in the meadow next to the river..


I made plans which included a new dropshot rod ,maggotts ,worms ,and various types of food ,my thoughts were to try everything in the three deep pools i had access too ,as well as the fast broken water...and see what came to the net....On the way my phone bleeped,i stopped and noted my wife had said i`d left my food at home,which was not a great start.....so i drove to the nearest farm shop and supplied myself with fresh Cornish,Bacon,mushrooms and free range eggs from the farm nearby....so ,i felt a little better...


after driving for ages down lanes which were totally overgrown ,with grass growing up in the middle i eventually reached my destination,however i was not prepared for the steep decline into the valley and i was so glad of my bugged Crv...i just prayed it stayed dry for when i came back up the incline...

As i mentioned this is private land,and as i parked by this opening ,i left a note in my car letting the owners know i had arrived and thanking them ...i wandered around ,totally in awe of the wildness and beauty of the surroundings ,bearing in mind where i live is totally breathtaking, this on its own was special indeed ..I wasted no time in setting up my stealth tent ,uco fire pit ,mini Trangia...made myself a coffee....then i was ready to angle..
With shaking hands i set up the new rod,a Whychwood dropshot rod,oh and the new Okuma Jaw reel too...I planned to spin,jig and use maggots and worms,using the splitshot method,i was taught on the valency and rocky valley rivers by an old countryman ,a friend of mine ...I fished for around three hours with only a lost small brook tout to show for my efforts,but with darkness approaching i put my plan into action


After cooking no trace on the Uco,and boy does sausages ,bacon taste good outside on a wood fired grill ,I walked to the deep ,but now strangely noisy pool,i began to feed maggot and ripped worm upstream ,hopefully to entice a bite or two...Using the sensitive tip on the dropshot rod was a pleasure as a succession of various trout to a pound came to my net ,it was great fishing in the darkness ,using only touch and feel no light pollution ,no noise only from the river and the hoot of the owl above me,hunting ,like me..!!!!


All of a sudden the eight ft rod slammed over ,line ripping off the little okuma 300 jaw,this was no brookie i thought ,after a bit of a tussle ,i could see in my net a fantastic silvery coloured sea trout ,i was proper happy..it was around 3lb ,lovely !!!....I think i had 12 trout by feel ,and i was getting tired as it was 2am by now so i clmbed into my Vango stealth tent and slept....


In the morning i found a plaant pot outside my tent ,filled with fresh tomatoes ,a lovely gesture from my hosts indeed,i wasted no time in frying them up in the sunlight ,very tasty with bacon i must say...the owner again reappeared and asked me to follow her ,as we walked through her garden ,she pointed and said that stretch there ,good for grayling,give it a go...!!.....so i did ,i tried everything,to no avail,no matter i thought ,i can come back as i had already been invited again...

Anyway time was moving on ,and i had to be home for 2pm.....,i packed up my gear ,it all fits a 38 litre Kombat pack and i thought i`d give the pool another go.....this time i used a perch bobber ,a gift from one of the `cane n pin`guys i fish with.....soon as i cast in,the bait being maggotts it shot under,after a powerful frightening battle there lay in my net a beautiful wild twp pound Cornish grayling....


Dont think dreams,make them happen......best W1
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