Dace (Leuciscus leuciscus)
| Fact File: British Record 1 lb 5oz 2 drms (0.595kg)|
Captor: Mr Simon Ashton
Location: River Weir
The Dace is often found in shoals within rivers often frequenting the faster stretches. It's streamlined body makes it a fast fish often seen taking flies from the surface. Occasionally mistaken for a small Chub, the Dace can easily be identified by it's concave anal fin. It's main diet consisting of larval and adult insects.
Methods of Capture. The best method that springs to mind is the Stick Float. Fished light with shot spread evenly down the line, the stick float gently held back, can have excellent results. A small bait such as maggot or castor allowed to rise and fall with the current will tempt the Dace into biting. A shoal fish, the Dace needs steady and consistent feeding in order to maintain it's interest which once gotten becomes an avid feeder and the bites become more confident. Large weights can be obtained this way often with the addition of a Chub or two that has latched on to the feeding fish.
An alternative method which also has some good results is fly-fishing using a dry fly or nymph.
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