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  1. Default One rod or two on a river?

    Is it trully possible to roam around rivers and fish two rods ?
    Would it even be worth wile when you are fishing a river totally new to you ?
    I have tried this and before you know it your light weight stalking exploring set up becomes far to overloaded with quiver ,rod rests, alarms extra bait etc and the end result is that the mobility suffers and you will proberly never even find the best swims.
    I have watched lots of barbel vids and most of them have two rods but then most of them are fishing in one place carp style but on a river .
    I like the idea of two rods giving you an extra chance but maybe that is actually not the case because of the bank not covered through lack of mobility.

    I like to fish for fish i can see and cut my teeth small brook chub fishing so thats all about stealth and hard work just to even find the fish but then all rivers are different and so are conditions .

    The best I have managed was to cover about three miles with two rods and a friend with two rods leap frogging down a fen drain after zander but it was not as fun as it should have been carrying rod rests and alarms etc ,we have already decided that this season it will be one rod each to get the distance up.

    I have been atempting to plan it out two rods in one hand ,landing net in the other ,small bait bag ,korum mat bag with weighing equipment alarms and a single rod rest , all my tackle stored in pockets .But what about food and drink for me that would mean a ruck sack etc and by now it's all starting to get a bit heavy and combersome !!

    This is my actual pike set up when covering lots of water is esentail but minus the bait bag .

    Just how minimal do you go ?

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    Default Re: One rod or two on a river?

    I carry two rods, a twin top barbel and a fly, I think they cover most methods
    but I only fish one at a time. What if you get two takes/runs at the same time ?
    You strike-hook-play-land one, but the other could be seen as negligence.
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    Default Re: One rod or two on a river?

    Quote Originally Posted by dayglowfroggy View Post
    Is it trully possible to roam around rivers and fish two rods ?
    Would it even be worth wile when you are fishing a river totally new to you ?
    I have tried this and before you know it your light weight stalking exploring set up becomes far to overloaded with quiver ,rod rests, alarms extra bait etc and the end result is that the mobility suffers and you will proberly never even find the best swims.
    I have watched lots of barbel vids and most of them have two rods but then most of them are fishing in one place carp style but on a river .
    I like the idea of two rods giving you an extra chance but maybe that is actually not the case because of the bank not covered through lack of mobility.

    I like to fish for fish i can see and cut my teeth small brook chub fishing so thats all about stealth and hard work just to even find the fish but then all rivers are different and so are conditions .

    The best I have managed was to cover about three miles with two rods and a friend with two rods leap frogging down a fen drain after zander but it was not as fun as it should have been carrying rod rests and alarms etc ,we have already decided that this season it will be one rod each to get the distance up.

    I have been atempting to plan it out two rods in one hand ,landing net in the other ,small bait bag ,korum mat bag with weighing equipment alarms and a single rod rest , all my tackle stored in pockets .But what about food and drink for me that would mean a ruck sack etc and by now it's all starting to get a bit heavy and combersome !!

    This is my actual pike set up when covering lots of water is esentail but minus the bait bag .

    Just how minimal do you go ?
    1 telescopic landing net or a folding landing net
    1 reel and 1 spare loaded spool - lightweight and small
    1 rod
    2 disgorgers - in case I loose one...hehehe
    10 hooks
    4 floats
    1 rod rest
    a swiss army knife - has scissors and a small pair of pliers and a knife
    1 mixed box of weights/shot
    1 lightweight seat - if I did not have a dodgy body I could get away with something waterproof to sit on on the ground
    bait/lure container
    sandwiches
    flask
    personal medication

    Oops! nearly forgot a damp cloth and some medicated wet wipes
    Last edited by watatoad; 17-06-2011 at 01:20.
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    Default Re: One rod or two on a river?

    Although I often use two rods on the mighty Trent, two rods is one too many if you are fishing stalking style on small streams.

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    Default Re: One rod or two on a river?

    I do a bit of leap frogging for pike in the winter on canals using 3 rods. Get at least 4 heavy duty rod bands using these i can lash my rods net and pole together and quickly move. If your moving any distance take the rods apart and fit butt and tip protectors, much easier than carrying a cumbersome rod holdall (hate these things) If its a short session forget the chair and use your bait bucket. I'll try and get a picture of this sett up.........................

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    Default Re: One rod or two on a river?

    If you are roaming, it has to be one rod, checking out every likely looking swim.

    Once you know the river and the fish holding areas, it's a two rod situation for me.

    Get the bait in going in, fish one to the prime area and the onther rod either upstream or well away from the first rod.

    If the swim is tight, stick to one rod.

    Bob

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    Default Re: One rod or two on a river?

    Sadly roaming anywhere is out for me. At least they will never have to send out 'men in white coats' looking for me

    Over the last 15 years or so Ive mostly only used two rods, a leger type with a put over quiver/standard tip ring and a barbel trotter for float/free line fishing
    I should have said though (I must read the post properly) I never use two rods on a river at the same time.

    Ive long since given up using a rod quiver/holdall, I use bag that the cheep tatty (£5-00) folding chairs come in and secure the rod tops/middles with a couple of velcro bands.

    Having said that I just cant shake off my match fishing days, taking everything but the kitchen sink.


    Ive only ever used one of those cheep folding chairs, and that was on Northallerton market when a stall holder overheard my wife saying that they would be ideal for fishing. He insisted that I give it a try, I said it wouldn't take my weight (about 21st) he said it would - it didn't, and every single bit of plastic/graphite holding it together shattered
    Last edited by john m h; 17-06-2011 at 17:10.

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    Default Re: One rod or two on a river?

    I tend to take an avon rod with an extra quiver tip top section and a 17-20 foot float rod for mainly laying on. You can get away with moving up to 4 times in a 5-6 hour session.

    For out and out roving I just take the avon rod ready made up with a small tackle bag and a net bag which holds my chair (this sits nicely on my back). I also carry a bucket with all my bait in.

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    To put this another way how many people who own an avon twin top type rod actually carry both top sections and regularly swap between them ?
    I have just got a ron thompson godfather avon quiver and that is the rod I have in mind for the one rod but still to work out how to transport the other top without damage or inconvieniance.

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    Default light and simple

    .It was interesting a little while back; a member was talking about finding it hard to walk as far as he used to through disability and age. I suggested lightening his tackle as much as possible. I did the same some while ago and one thing I had to get over was taking spares of everything. I am sure we all do this in case of breakages etc. However, since I stopped doing this I have never had a problem and I can get all my rods and gear into a small bag that was designed to carry a fold up fishing chair and it is made of nylon. I just carry a smallish fold up chair to sit on. Beats lugging loads of gear any day.
    One of my nicest times roving fishing was on the Hampshire Avon just a rod and reel free lining a lump of cheese in between the reeds. Just a landing net. Haven’t done it for a long time but caught plenty of fish; often more than the static anglers with thier gallons of hemp and maggots and a ton of gear. Nothing against that but, just shows that keeping it light and simple is just as good if not better sometimes

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