Travelling light.

62tucker

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Yesterday had a walk up a local stream. Wellies on. Secateurs for brambles etc. The gear I had.
30 year old 7ft spinning rod and small reel. 2 bb float. Size 18 hook.
In pocket. Tub of worms. Spare packet of hooks. Tub of bb. Spare float. Disgorger. Forceps scissors.
Was away about 3 hrs. Class. Peace. And a few brown trout as a bonus. Walking up seeing them rising and trying to get a cast on them with overhanging branches etc is not easy. Small saw would been handy to remove a few branches for next time. Also moved a few rocks. Made a few dams to create move rapids for fish to lie at bottom of flow. River level really low. A trickle and some points. Fished same stretch for over 40 years and fish are always smaller now than when a kid, and water level definitely lower in general. Another bonus was seeing a kingfisher.
 

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I love travelling light, the other day we went to the Wharfe great sightings of wildlife and Birds on the mile and half trek to the sandbank, the only bad thing was seeing the Otter prints in the wet sand :(
 

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Are you both mad!!!! Are you telling me you left most of your tackle and accessories at home, on the deluded assumption you probably won't need them! What are you thinking....a complete and utterly reckless action by both of you....you should know better!!! :mad:
 

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Are you both mad!!!! Are you telling me you left most of your tackle and accessories at home, on the deluded assumption you probably won't need them! What are you thinking....a complete and utterly reckless action by both of you....you should know better!!! :mad:
I totally agree. Not being prepared for that 'what if' situation and disrespecting your other gear? Thoughtless. :LOL:
 

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I sometimes park up in the middle of our stretch of river then wander off with a set up rod and some bits and bait in a bait apron plus a landing net and might fish anything up to ten swims 2015-08-09 13.26.58.jpg 2014-10-05 10.59.00.jpg
 

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Love travelling light - Do so on my local club water - Usually surface fishing. Rod made up, Mat, Bag of bits, and landing net. So easy to move and the added challenge of having to ' make it work' with what you have. Some great sessions with little kit and refreshing. No seatbox / poles / rods and things you might 'need' :)

Wish I had some decent stream / small rivers close by
 

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I love travelling light.... 8' converted fly rod, Allcock Popular a few bits and bait and a net... job done
 

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Much of my angling involves traveling light, whether it's river or stillwater fishing. I don't remember the last time I took more than two rods to any venue. Much of my river angling involves a single rod, landing net and a small Drennan Specialist shoulder bag. The only bit of kit that's not strictly necessary for the fishing is a mat. That gets used for sitting on when I tackle up.
 

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That's me for a day on the river. Ruckbag behind the chair although the chair usually stays at home too
 

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If I’m going for a full day I don’t travel all that light but not bad compared to some people. Have my chair, a cooler bag with food, drink and bait, ruckbag with reels and all the terminal tackle then a quiver with 3 rods, couple bank sticks and the landing net. Still easy to carry with a trolly. If I’m on a short session though I tend to go down to just one rod and reel, chair, net and a small box of bits and a bait box.
 

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I think the only way i can get lighter now is to stop eating as much, which is pretty much impossible because bacon.
 

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I tried to travel light when I fished the Severn, just the same tackle as I take to a small river; chair, rucksack with tackle, folding landing net bag with banksticks in, and rod. Didn't account for the groundbait I had to take in a seperate bag which meant I built up a bit of a sweat walking to the peg.
 

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This is a great thread and very interesting to me at the moment. I too have dipped my toe in the "Travelling Light" way of fishing. From a once Match Angler who not only takes the kitchen sink but the full fitted units as well i decided to have a go at the numerous small rivers and streams North Yorkshire has to offer at the times i do feel my age !
So, what to use? I wanted a rod that was 10ft that could be used with Fixed Spool and Pin for float and bomb / v light feeder. Most hook pulls result from too stiff rods and hard playing on un balanced tackle. Arrys ex-fly blank was along my idea too, you se fly anglers banking very good fish at minimal cost apart from taking it easy playing them. Small stream fish see very few anglers and are seldom if ever caught, they are not shy.
It was the Commercial side which gave me the solution. Browning KC F1 10ft Micro Waggler. Small, light all through action easy to underarm cast and able to handle both FS Reel and Pin. But, for using as a bomb / link ledger / micro feeder I also needed a safety valve so to speak. No quiver tip would be needed as small river fish aren't usually that shy and the rod blank was flexible enough to register any bite. Any take though from a larger fish could bounce or snap the rig resulting in lost fish with attached rig etc. I choose a small bait runner (not been a huge fan) and bought a Korum Shadow 2500 and loaded two spools both with 4lb, 1x float and 1x Maxima feeder. The Pin,Match Aerial with 3lb float.
Small landing net, single bank stick and rest with minimal but essential terminal tackle picked from my gear.
I did not want to spend a lot on this project as it would be for an occasional day out. So, no box or holdall, no large carryalls or net bags, no feeder boxes or trays, no large amounts of numerous baits ground baits buckets and cool bags.
So, this Autumn I will venture out, "naked" - gear wise into the fishing world with only the grass under my***** WONDER IF CYCLING UNDER SHORTS WOULD HELP MY CAUSE :cautious:
 

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I alternate between fishing matches with my little club, when the gear requires a tractor & trailer to move it, to having a minimalist session with vintage tackle. One cane rod and landing net, a centrepin or a Hardy Altex reel, bait and a few bits in a wicker basket.
Those wicker baskets were popular for a reason - they weigh next to nothing, and I'm always thinking I must have forgotten to pack something vital.
But as for sitting on a basket all day, never mind getting up again ...
No thanks, it's a traditional Korum Lightweight Chair for me.
 
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