It’s been a few years since I packed up matchfishing but I often crossed paths with Thames regulars. They used to rave about some of the Winter Roach fishing. Yes the sections that held fish were either too small or unsuitable for matches, for whatever reason, but they used to get some cracking nets of Roach. More than likely in better conditions than we have nowDonnington tends to fish up until about now then goes quite second half the winter once the floods and cold have taken their toll. It didn’t even make it into winter this year though. Don’t get me wrong you’re still more likely to catch there than anywhere else but it’s not up to much unless you find the bream. Clifton has apparently fished as well as anywhere this winter.
If we get a mild spell whilst the rivers back in its banks lots of places will become half decent again just these days such spells are getting few and far between once November is done. Tends to be flood followed by frosts on loop.