River Lea session

qtaran111

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Excellent stuff, glad to see lots of small barbel, the future looks bright for the stretch
Yeah there’s a lot there from around 1/2lb to 5-6lb. I watched one fish today maybe 2-3lb trying to push over a rock with his nose about the same size as him. Crazy fish.
 

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Is this a club controlled stretch or a day ticket water Daniel?
 

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Well done Daniel, Thanks for sharing another great report and pictures. :upthumb:
 

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I always enjoy reading these sort of reports. I’m always envious too that there are no rivers like this where I am…Well fished that man.
 

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It’s part of Verulam at Leasey Bridge
I wonder if you know Alan Whittington, (was Whitty on FM but had enough left the forum) that’s his home patch and is always catching barbel.
 

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I wonder if you know Alan Whittington, (was Whitty on FM but had enough left the forum) that’s his home patch and is always catching barbel.
I don’t know him, at least by name. There’s a couple of guys I’ve seen there regularly, we always do the “how’d you get on” chat but I don’t know their names.
 

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It’s the Advanta one (Angling Direct’s own brand). Yeah it’s a nice bearing pin, good for the money and good for trotting. I always advise to wait until AD have a sale and you can usually get £5-£10 knocked off.
 

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It’s the Advanta one (Angling Direct’s own brand). Yeah it’s a nice bearing pin, good for the money and good for trotting. I always advise to wait until AD have a sale and you can usually get £5-£10 knocked off.
Found on Aliexpress for £40. Might get one for xmas (y)
 

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Yeah there’s a few others on Ali that are decent. I got one of these Aerial copies for about £35, nice reel although had a little trouble with the clutch adjuster thing on arrival but easily sorted. Tacklemay was the store on Ali I used.
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Yeah there’s a few others on Ali that are decent. I got one of these Aerial copies for about £35, nice reel although had a little trouble with the clutch adjuster thing on arrival but easily sorted. Tacklemay was the store on Ali I used.
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The one i was looking at is basically the Advanta without the name on it. I don't want to spend to much as not sure how often i would use it but always wanted to try that style of fishing as i like fishing the stick float when i can.
 

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Yeah sounds good. If you do get one, my advice would be to stick with it and practice, don’t give up too easily. They can be a bit frustrating to use initially, but worth it once you get into the rhythm and technique of using it. If you want more advice head over to the centrepin thread
 
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Hi folks, back on the Lea for a half day today. The day started very autumnal, cloudy and misty but by the time I was on the train it had burnt off.

I was on the bank by midday. Dunno about Autumn, it was more like summer! Ditched the jacket and spent the day in short sleeves.
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Ran a float through and had a couple of chublets. I could see barbel in the swim but they were super spooky around the float. Swapped over to a small bomb and they were more obliging. Not big fish but beautiful in the sunlight.
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After a few more fish the bites began to dry up and I was running out of light. Back on with the float for a final long trot with a worm to see if the fish had backed off. The float shot under and off toward the far bank. A few hairy moments later, the last and best fish was on the bank.
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And that was it, a thoroughly enjoyable if short day followed by a hurried pack up and stroll back to the station in near darkness.
 
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