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Dusk Time River Roach

This is probably my last after work session for the rest of this year with the nights getting quite dark when I finish now sadly! This session was a month or so ago of time of publish for reference.

Headed out back to my favoured spot on the river chelmer, to continue my mission to catch another big Roach!

Typical tactics, cage feeder, long hook length and bread were in order! Again, the method I swear by for big roach, and quality roach. And from reading Mark Everards Redfin Daires, a lot of his fantastic roach were also caught on bread!

This however, was my first blip of the year. Sorry for spoilers. With a few bites coming, I was back into the habit of missing them all! Proving to be incredibly frustrating.

Even more frustrating, was watching lovely size Roach prime all evening (well for the hour or two I was there!). Priming essentially is when the roach roll or surface, this is typically so they can let out/take in air into their swim bladder, so adjust the depth they are at.

Maybe I should’ve read this better and adjusted how I fish, maybe going into the margin, or, maybe they were just shallow and a float would’ve caught them, I didn’t have any float gear on me so trying the margins would’ve been a good bet! But I didn’t.

I preserved with my methods, hoping they would switch on, I guess I hoped they would change depth to the bottom!

As the darkness set in, and recording got harder, and seeing my rod tip, I had a few twitches, which then developed!

BLANK SAVER! Relief…at least I had caught.

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This just shows, I have had a good run, but fishing is always different on a river, and I have to adjust, and maybe take in the signs I saw while fishing!

Hope you guys enjoyed this, let me know what you would’ve done! If you did, check out the video of the session here, and if you enjoy that, please subscribe to see more!

One reply on “Dusk Time River Roach”

Rivers are much more variable and therefore unpredictable compared to still waters. Colour, temperature, depth and flow changes from day to day. That’s what in my opinion makes them much more in interesting to fish. I always carry both a float and ledger rod then fish according to conditions rather than make the choice in advance before I leave home.

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