New member enjoying life!!


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Jul 11, 2021
Thanks for the welcome again. I did check out that thread.
For me I just can't wait to get back and have another go in a different peg. The stretch though only small, not too sure how many pegs it holds has everything I want when river fishing. From the weir pool down to where it rejoins on the main river. Will certainly post more about it,

MikeT Amman

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Jul 24, 2021
Hi Maggotdrowners, joined today, looking forward to reading anything on small rivers. Recently moved from Birmingham to the North Cotswolds, now enjoying the delights of the Warwickshire Stour in the Shipston to Stratford area. Used to fish rivers such as the Alne, Arrow, Teme, Warwickshire Avon and the Severn. Though the Severn not quite a little river. Favourite method Stick float, but more often any method that gets a bite.
Today I managed a couple of hours on the Avon at Hampton Lucy, the Brook section. Though part of the Avon, in effect it is a small river venue that I first saw yesterday, and fell in love with straight away. It has been probably 5 years since I caught a river Barbel. This place screamed Barbel and big chub. Aquarium like water flowing over gravelly bottoms with patches of streamer weed. When I woke I thought I can't wait to give it a go. My partner who has to drive me every where. (Waiting on the DVLA to renew my licence after a medical condition) didn't take much persuading to go. She is a fishing convert and loves it.... if catching. She has never seen a proper barbel on the bank. We saw one yesterday gliding over the gravel to settle under a overhanging tree. So taking just enough tackle to do the job we arrived at midday. Picking a peg we could both sit in comfortably, a couple of swims down from a weir that starts the section. Big slack on the nearside all the flow on the far bank. Simple straight lead stopped by a swivel a dacron hook length with a 10 hook and 4 elips pellets supeglued to the hair. Handful of mixed size pellets chucked into the far flow on arrival. Then after setup cast down towards a far bank tree. Tap Tap Tap for 15mins. My partner bless her was just nodding when I leapt at the rod, and frightened her awake. Yes my tip had bent round and after a dogged fight a 6lb 6oz Barbel graced the net which was handled beautifully and netted first time of asking by my partner. I was more than happy with the result. This was followed up by a 3lb 8oz Chub which was also great to see. Life is good!! IMG-20210711-WA0009.jpg IMG-20210711-WA0008.jpg
Welcome, brilliant photos buddy