Yep.....got to agree Ray. Theyre not long lived fish the grayling so we probably need to wait for a certain year class to come through & peak before it will be full of lumps again. I always enjoy the LIF do's but the biggest challenge yesterday was not booting the BF out at Fleet because he was doing my head in moaning about his broken Hardy all the way home !
Throop has my vote. Something for everyone and we have a man on the inside !
Not as easy as you think, you are all not Neil who knows this river so well.
Considering you all had a very productive day in very cold conditions, sounds like a lot of whinging.
Try the Frome next time Ray, you have to search them out , not as many fish but a much better stamp, well worth the effort.Its a water full of small grayling that are not hard to catch. Go back some years and you had to work to get the fish going, and you might have to move a few times before you done that. I cant see anyone whinging, those that have said something know the venue, and know how it has changed.
I dont know about you, but i like a challenge, finding the fish, getting the feed right, adjusting your rig etc etc, then catching, thats all part of a days fishing for me.
I dont mind paying for a days fishing, and i have paid more than £27.50 plenty of times, but the fishing has been more of a challenge. It,s a 2 hour drive each way for me to the LIF, thats if the M3 and M25 are clear. Last time there it took me almost 5 hours to get home. Thats a whinge.
I have fished the Stour and Avon many times, and even Neil will tell you he still finds it a challenge, but the quality of fish are far better.
For anyone who just wants to turn up and catch fish without having to think about it, then the LIF is the place to go right now, that might change in the next few years. But its not for me again for a while, as the time and cost are not worth the quality of the fishing or the challenge.
Try the Frome next time Ray, you have to search them out , not as many fish but a much better stamp, well worth the effort.
I used the online DT purchase last time.
Takes 1 minute and one can hold details on phone or print off. Very user friendly.
Oh! Just a note to everyone who might attend: Graham also knows a thing or two about winter fishing on Throop........ except the bit about getting truly huge chub actually in the landing net........... mg:mg:
Yes, just north of Bournemouth on the Dorset Stour. BH8 0DQ gets you in the general area.
Grayling fisheries are notoriously up and down, especially with regards to bigger fish. Their pretty short life span and inconsistent recruitment sees to that. If you hear that a grayling fishery is throwing up bigger than average fish, it's best to make hay while the sun shines. If you wait too long there's a fair danger that you've missed the short window of opportunity. Give the LIF a year or two, and a bit of natural wastage, then you might find it's back to throwing up big girls again.
My own local river seems to be in a fairly low numbers and relatively small fish stage currently. Hopefully, in a year or two, those fish might just end up being a bit bigger than the usual average for the river. I won't hold my breath for any three pounders though. One of these days, I'll get to hear of a river that's not a million miles away from me dishing up 3lb+ fish and I'll actually get my backside in gear to go and fish it.