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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2021 7:04 am    Post subject: Fly fishing the canal Reply with quote

To practice my Roll casting, I decided to visit a local stretch of the Grand Union canal which has a good flow of water due to the river Colne running through it. The plan was to roll cast a single fly then deal with the mending and drag free fishing of the fly. The stretch I am using has an amazing Mayfly hatch and this is what sparked the idea of using the fly rod.

I have never fly fished for coarse fish, preferring the conventional lure or bait route to success.

It has been a great success for me on both counts of casting and fishing. The foliage behind on the towpath forces one to roll cast as a back cast would always end in lost flies and leader. I took a selection of trout dry flies and nymphs to tie on the point and set about my practice. Before I knew it time had ticked away and it was 9.30 pm. I had spent four hours fishing, caught two Perch and risen lots of Chub but not hooked them. This has inspired me to pursue flyfishing on the canal a bit further, Chub and Perch seem to be the best species to aim for although I know there maybe others which would take the fly.

Flyfishing without a fifty mile drive so a win win for me Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2021 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Barrio SLX fly line has a spey type taper and is a dream to roll cast. If and when they come back in stock you may want to invest circa £30 as they would make fishing in the constraints you talk off a dream.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2021 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am using a double taper 5#, cut in half (an old school trick) on a 4# rod, it goes out like a dream.
But thanks for the tip.
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My first ever Chub on a fly.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2021 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The experiment continues at a pace, roll casting is becoming more consistent and accurate.
Catch rate is increasing, last night I managed 8 small Chub (under half a pound) on nymphs and dries.
The dry fly is particularly interesting, despite a hatch of Mayfly an imitation was unsuccessful, but a foam beetle proved a winner with a lot of rises but only four hook ups. Due no doubt to the size of the fish rising.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2021 7:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had another crack at the canal with the fly rod last night. The difference this time was I went expecting to catch a fish rather than just practice the roll cast.
The forecast was saying heavy rain, but it had been holding off all afternoon.

I used a shorter leader and indicator and tied on a hairs ear as they have been a winner in the past, plus I have noticed shrimp on various clumps of weed I have pulled from the canal while lure fishing.
Roll casting too little areas/opening under trees on the far bank proved the winning way of contacting small chub.
Then from the main channel came another first for me, a solid half pound roach (on the fly) followed by a small perch. My guess is larger chub are few and far between on this section of the canal, but I have spotted a single carp around ten pounds, plus a shoal of bream.
I may try other sections of the canal and see what I can get although the issue in my area is moored boats that stay for weeks and restrict access to prime fishing areas.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 04, 2021 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These are a few highlights from my last trip out.
I am slowly getting the hang of fishing for the coarse fish.
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