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    Default Re: Essex streams /rivers

    Mine was a 16 mile (?) round trip from Harold Hill on a kids push bike.
    So many cormorants.... so few recipes.

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    Mine was on the 250 or 175 from Chase Cross until I got a bike. Use to poach or guest as they call it now on every section from Ongar to Abridge even on the mill pool at Passingford bridge.
    It was lovely clean flowing river now shallow overgrown stream.
    One stream I forgot about is the Mardyke as any one fished this?

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    Going off post here but still relates to Essex fishing.

    There were some very raw muddy sandpits (can't remember the name) a bus ride the other direction at Dagenham. Full of fish.

    As a youngster I packed up one day about the rush hour time and the bus was full of full of office workers. I sat with my muddy pac- a -mac on and my equally muddy efgeeco box on my knees.

    A woman in a nice white mac made the mistake of sitting next to me on the crowded bus.

    You should have heard the stink she created when she realised her nice white mac had taken on the appearance of sandy muddy silt.

    I had to beat a retreat and walk the last few stops.

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    It might have been the Chase pits travelled to there on a bus.
    Haven’t seen anyone with fishing tackle on public transport for years.

    Those of you that fished the Roding back in those days and returned now wouldn’t recognise it as the same river.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hammer_jamie View Post
    I live in Loughton, And can confirm the Roding this part is prity much dead.

    I've tried under the fly over next to the Higgings building quite a number of times and have managed 1 small size pike but other then that not a single sniff.

    Also a very large tree few years ago fell across the river and has cut it of heading towards Abridge.


    Prity sure as well there quite a number of fish poaching that has happend, I've noticed burnt out fires and a ladder getting down into the river.
    Yeah last time i was there, maybe November to January sometime, the ladder, BBQ/Burn marks and loads of empty cans of strong Eastern European lager were still there. That was the point where i saw the double figure carp 20 years ago, as you said the tree underneath the M11 probably isn't helping.

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    Every once in a blue moon I go through Abridge and have a little cry at the piddly little reedbed-ditch masquerading as a river. It was a Crabtree dream when I was a kid
    So many cormorants.... so few recipes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geoffmaynard View Post
    Every once in a blue moon I go through Abridge and have a little cry at the piddly little reedbed-ditch masquerading as a river. It was a Crabtree dream when I was a kid
    Absolutely Geoff.
    I used to catch the 175 to The White Bear, Stamford Rivers and spend the day in Crabtree heaven. I wish I had access to such a chub and roach mini river nowadays.
    Even as a youngster with my one rod and porcupine quill I managed some good chub and roach and caught mini species I never see now.
    Ruffe, bullheads, mini, loach.

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    Stamford Rivers - is where I taught myself about rivers. Caught my first chub, pike and dace there. First fish on a fly (Dace on a greenwells glory) and became pretty expert at dapping grasshoppers for chub. This little river was a training ground for watercraft - if the fish knew you were there, they were gone!
    So many cormorants.... so few recipes.

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