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Catfish.017
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Re: Roach on the Wye

Post by Catfish.017 » Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:11 pm

ImageI remembered I had some old pics from those Wye days!ImageImage

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Re: Roach on the Wye

Post by Catfish.017 » Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:15 pm

Yes I'm afraid our fish care wasn't the best in those days. I sincerely hope that didn't contribute to the decline we speak of!

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Re: Roach on the Wye

Post by Dave Burr » Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:22 pm

Ahh the 70's. The sartorial elegance, the obligatory 'tash and a fag on. I have many similar images catfish but alas none with such impressive roach. I should love to have fished the Wye back then.

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Re: Roach on the Wye

Post by Catfish.017 » Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:57 pm

That's my pal Alan with the fag and the German airforce greatcoat! I had just given up smoking then, Alan carried on , suffers from angina and had a triple bypass recently. While still at hospital recovering he was caught smoking in the loo! Old habits eh

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Re: Roach on the Wye

Post by Tengisgol » Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:23 pm

Troydog wrote:
Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:23 am
Hi Tengisgol - I knew 'Joe' Burrows who may have really been a Lionel. 'Joe' was on the committee of H&DAA for years. I only ever fished one match in my life and Joe knew the lake venue and told me exactly what I had to do to win. So I followed his instructions and did win! That was thirty years ago.
Different chap. Lionel was a very dear friend that I met at Severals, originally from Slough but then retired to Ross. He was a very active and good roach fisher and caught many Wye redfins over the years including some two's. When he was in Slough he fished on the Thames and Kennet locally and then, like me, travelled to the Avon and Dorset Stour. He began fishing the Wye on holiday, staying in a caravan park before he bought a bungalow and stopped working. He was very much involved in bailiffing locally and I just thought there was a chance you may have come across each other (accepting its a long river and you are upstream somewhat).

I was with Lionel on a very special day on the Avon. He'd been part of the Burgate crowd but we went onto a new stretch (to us). He taught me a real lesson. He spent at least two hours walking and watching the stretch before deciding where he would fish. Within an hour there was a scream and a yell and his rod flew through the air into the undergrowth. Lionel emerged red with rage and anger, after he'd dropped a big fish at the net. Shortly after he put a much smaller roach on the bank...his fiftieth two pounder at 2lbs 6oz.

He had form and knew a big roach, his PB being a 3-6-00 from the Stour...rest in peace my dear friend.
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Re: Roach on the Wye

Post by Caractacus Potts » Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:46 am

Interesting thread this for me as a Wye local and a roach fisher (part time though). I have yet to beat 1lb 7oz but have had an absolute rake of 1lb fish from one of the places mentioned. I think if I fished at Hereford I could get a 2 more easily (although still hard work of course as they don't grow on trees.)

I will stick to the more local lower river though, and dream of a giant, while still valuing every smaller fish !

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Post by Troydog » Sun Aug 20, 2017 5:23 pm

Yes I've been out of town searching for the redfins this last week on occasions - without success. Barbel, chub and dace seem to dominate some of the swims that used to hold shoals of roach. But these things are sometimes cyclical so we will see.....

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Re: Roach on the Wye

Post by Troydog » Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:17 am

Yes I think that Dave is absolutely right about these roach. They are very thin on the ground when you venture far upstream from Hereford town. Nonetheless they are there if you are prepared to put the time and the legwork in.
Fishing hemp and tare on the hook last week I am delighted to say that my first roach this Autumn was a 'three'. Yes it measured a full three inches from nose to tail......

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Re: Roach on the Wye

Post by Dave Burr » Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:28 pm

Troydog wrote:
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:17 am
Yes I think that Dave is absolutely right about these roach. They are very thin on the ground when you venture far upstream from Hereford town. Nonetheless they are there if you are prepared to put the time and the legwork in.
Fishing hemp and tare on the hook last week I am delighted to say that my first roach this Autumn was a 'three'. Yes it measured a full three inches from nose to tail......
Just for a minute there.... :Hahaha:

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Re: Roach on the Wye

Post by Troydog » Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:08 am

I think you are right Dave. With the River Fest qualifier on the Wye today it'll be interesting to see if any roach show. There's still some colour in the water from earlier in the week.

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