As it is my birthday today where better to spend the day I asked myself. It is a good job we go fishing for more reasons than the catch, as today proved biteless. Of all the days, the fish decided not to feed in any of my favourite swims. After persevering for four hours trying stick float and swimfeeder without any success, I finally conceded defeat to a normally prolific river.
Sunday, 23 January 2011
Thursday, 20 January 2011
Armed with local knowledge like that I shouldn't go far wrong at weekend.
Sunday, 9 January 2011
I decided to try the swim on the River Medlock I blanked on at new year this morning. Having previously lost a big fish here I was fairly confident I could find a fish or two here. The river was carrying a little extra water today and much more colour. The river here runs in a valley between Clayton and Newton Heath, and really is an oasis in the Manchester inner city suburbs.
Sunday, 2 January 2011
This morning saw me determined to see in the new year with a fish or two from my local river. Having fished new years day morning at Clayton Bridge and ending up blanking, I decided to concentrate my efforts further upstream. At Clayton Bridge I managed to hook two fish, one of which was decent, but lost both to far bank snags. Today I joined the river at Daisy Nook and waded downstream for a few miles stopping at some of the more likely looking swims. The river was low and very clear, and only having trotting gear it became apparent I was going to have to cover some ground as deep swims were few and far between.