The Narrow River (with Photos)


Active member
Jul 28, 2020
Down for a short 4 hour evening session on my local river. A Reed lined, narrow stretch


Set up with corn, pellet and krill boilies. First two hours fishing downstream about 15-20 feet was getting hammered by small chublet not really committing to the bait.

Spotted the reeds opposite my swim (only about 15 feet away from my feet) seemed to splay outwards and thought I’d try flinging a bait as far underneath them as I go.

A game of danger-snag, if you will.

It didn’t take long to have my reward. 5 minutes later a lovely small barbel fell to a neatly positioned krill boilie.


Back into my previous swim to let the reeds recover but it was still chublet.

With sunset drawing in I decided to see the evening out deep in the Reed bed. I’m glad I did.

5 minutes after chucking in again, on the krill boilie, a pristine chub.


This is working well. Back we go.

This time a much better stamp of barbel. Didn’t weight it but guess 4-5lb.


There’s nothing like fighting these things in a 15 foot width of water with snags every angle you look. The adrenaline playing a barbel on 10 feet of line in a tight space is something else.

Darkness setting in now so last chuck territory as I had no isotopes with me.

Again no more than 5 minutes in the water and another lovely chub.


All in all I had these 2 chub and 2 barbel and about 10 chublets in what turned out to be 3 and a half hours.

The 4 big fish came from half an hour under the reeds.

I think I’ll be back soon. And I know exactly where I’m sticking my bait….


Regular member
Site Supporter
Nov 26, 2019
Well done mate, some nice fish there (I’d give you 3-4lb for your barbel mind you 😉)


Regular member
Site Supporter
Jul 4, 2019
That looks like good fishing to me, nice fish from what looks like a very small river.