I rarely bother with the river until at least mid-July. Regardless of the conditions, a relative horde of anglers turning up to bombard fish that haven't seen a bait for three months tends to put them off a bit. Besides, the tench on my regular stillwater haunt have only just woken up. It's a case of making hay whilst the sun shines.
I actually look forward to the winter when everyone's blanking and the little rivers fish their nuts off, until then i'll enjoy the sea of green that is late June. I'll take whatever comes along as long as the float is moving it'll do.
Once we get into July it’ll be mostly hemp fishing for roach as had a great season doing it last year after not doing it regularly for a while before that. First couple weeks usually fish naff but just be nice to be back on running water then it should fish well from July til the floods effectively end the season by the end of the year as seems to be the way these days.
Never really witnessed a massive rush beyond the first weekend here as everyone knows it won’t fish well for a couple weeks anyway so lots don’t bother til those couple weeks have passed which sort of balances the numbers out.
I’m looking forward to spending a day on the lovely little River Dearne on Friday, dropping into some nice looking swims hoping for a Barbel, but being more than happy with a chub or two. I’ll start off fishing the tip, but will have a couple of hours trotting later on. Got my eye on a couple of new spots that I’ve not fished before, a good walk away from where I expect most people to be. The peace and solitude will be most welcome.
I am actually looking forward to autumn/winter to spend some time to try and catch some grayling on stick float and fly .
i would like to go to the test later this year, a tad expensive around £100 a day ..just somewhere I have to fish