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hi there

i`m going to dorset for a few days in june and i`ll be fishing on the river stour whilst i`m there .

the hotel i`ll be staying in is literally next to the longham stretch , which i believe is free to fish , and i`d really like to try and catch a barbel for the first time or even a nice sized chub so has anyone got any advice re tackle , tactics or baits etc ? even a specific part of the river that you could recommend ?

i`ve never fished a river with such a great reputation before so any help would be very much appreciated guys ? many thanks !

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Two thoughts come to mind. Firstly be sure not to fish it before the 16th, for obvious reasons.

Secondly, be aware that there is a poaching /eastern european guesting issue on some stretches of the river.

Other than that I hope that you thoroughly enjoy yourself.

I'd use luncheon meat/bacon grill for barbel and cheese past for chub, both backed up with the ubiquitous maggots and lobworm. A decent avon style rod (I use a Shimano Barbel Classic in 1.75lb test for both species) with any half decent reel spooled with quality line, at least 10lb breaking strain.

Enjoy.

 

Ian

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thanks for your help ian , i`m very much looking forward to having a bash ............

are we talking the feeder here mate or straight legering tactics ?

whats the flow like that time of the year ? should i be looking to use quite a hefty lead to hold bottom or am i better off trundling the meat along the bottom ?

also any help anybody can offer in addition , then i`d be most grateful .

i`ve heard a few bad things about the longham stretch of the dorset stour on other forums but that was quite a long time ago and wondered what it has been like of late (in season naturally) ?

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thanks for your help ian , i`m very much looking forward to having a bash ............

are we talking the feeder here mate or straight legering tactics ?

whats the flow like that time of the year ? should i be looking to use quite a hefty lead to hold bottom or am i better off trundling the meat along the bottom ?

also any help anybody can offer in addition , then i`d be most grateful .

i`ve heard a few bad things about the longham stretch of the dorset stour on other forums but that was quite a long time ago and wondered what it has been like of late (in season naturally) ?

 

I'd try using a small bomb and letting the meat roll along the bottom in search of the barbel. Try to find a swim where there is overhanging trees/vegetation and, ideally, fairly fast water.

If this does no good a maggot feeder with maggot on the hook is a good fallback. I've had GOOD barbel with this set-up.

Something I'd certainly try would be freelining a large lobworm, cut in half before hooking. Use a large hook, maybe an 8 or 10, and just a couple of swan shot to give you some casting weight.

I can't offer advise specific to your chosen water as I've not fished it so you can report back and enlighten us!

 

Good luck.

 

Ian.

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  • 2 weeks later...

hi again fella`s .......its not long now before i venture down to the stour , i`m getting really excited :D , putting the finishing touches to my preparations and making sure i have adequate kit with me in case i catch anything :)

one thing thats just occured to me is with regards to the banks i`m liable to encounter .

i , under no circumstances whatsoever , intend wading or even dipping my tootsies into the river at ANY time , so will i be in need of a really long landing net pole to land these monsters ?

i have a 30 yr old telescopic metal pole which has always been adequate for all of my fishing so far , but it only extends to about 6 or 7 feet .

am i liable to encounter very steep or treachorous banks requiring something quite a bit longer ?

 

thanks in advance (i betting ian can assist :D )

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Newmarket, never having fished the river I regret that I can't offer advice on the type of banks you'll encounter. If it was me I'd Google the question or phone the Hotel in which you're staying and ask the question.

I'd suggest to you that a 6ft net handle is prefectly adequate.

Just to let you know, I've been having some cracking chub in the last few days using cheesepaste made to a very simple recipe. Get to your nearest Tesco and buy a packet of their own-brand short pastry and the same weight of seriously smelly blue cheese. Chuck both into a bowl and mix together by hand, simple as.

I've been using it on the hook and wrapping my lead with it, sort of like a method feeder. It works very well. It's a highly visible and very smelly bait.

On Friday afternoon I had caught several chub and my son, a good angler, was blanking. I donated a large lump of the paste and within minutes he was amongst them. Suffice to say, he now won't leave home without it!

 

Ian

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Hi,

 

If it's just the Longham stretch you'll be fishing, a longish landing net handle will be a bonus on certain swims, but not essential. The Barbel haunt the top end of the stretch from the bridge down for about a hundred yrds or so. There are some very big barbel in there, well into double figures.....or at leats there was.....dont know how many have gone home to the pot in recent years :shock:

 

Also worth a try for Barbel is the very last swim of the stretch where there is a small weir. The whole strecth holds some very nice chub, but watch out for the Pike if you're pullin in the small stuff, you'll get bitten off plenty!

 

You should have a few days good fishing on there, and if you fancy a change of scenery, the Muscliffe stretch is also free but is about 5 or 6 miles away from where you are staying. There's about 2 miles of free fishing there, with the bets bit towards the throop end.

 

Good luck!

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thanks very much for the advice guys .

 

ian - i will certainley be taking a lump of that cheese paste with me matey , thanks for all your help.

 

dorsetwizard - thanks very much mate for your input , im really looking forward to thursday (the "off" ).

are there signs up on the bank signifying the end of the stretch ?

i`d really like to have a sniff about by that little weir you are talking about but wouldnt like to encroach where i`m not wanted :)

 

and finally , since you seem to know the stretch well can you recommend any particular tactic ? i am a virtual novice river angler and have never actually seen a decent chub or ANY barbel in the flesh , although i HAVE done plenty of research through books and the net etc .

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Hi,

 

You can only fish the bank opposite the hotel, and you cant physically walk any further than the small weir at the end of the stretch so no worries about encroaching onto private land.

 

At this time of year, I tend to use maggot feeders mostly, but will use small (8 - 10mm) pellets aswell if they're havin it. Feed up your swim with hemp for a while before fishing, I did this for about 4 hours once and had 6 chub from 5.5lbs to 6.5 lbs in 45 minutes when I finally cast in.

 

The top end is much shallower and you can easily spot fish on bright sunny days. Not so easy to do further downstream though.

 

Enjoy it m8, I'm sure you'll bag a few fish.

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I should mention that you'll need fairly heavy weights to hold in the flow up the shallow end as it can run quite fast. If you're using a feeder, it's worth grabbing some extra weights from the tackle shop as the fish often sit against the reeds on the opposite bank. Keep your rod tip as high as poss to keep the line out the flow. Dont be afriad to fish with sturdy gear either, you might need it!

 

good luck!

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hi everyone , just thought i`d give you a quick rundown of what happened in dorset ( i asked for enough advice :) )...........

i only managed to get 2 sessions in .

i arrived on the thursday evening and walked the stretch a couple of times , decided to take dorsetwizards advice re the weir , and baited up the slower moving eddy just below the actual weir , along with a slower moving stretch a bit upstream of the weir .

i then got up at the crack of dawn for another butchers , and found that it had rained overnight and the totally clear water from the night before had totally disappeared . ....is that normal ?

anyway , i baited up the same two swims , had some breakfast and returned an hour or so later .

 

bearing in mind , as i have said , i am a real novice when it comes to river fishing , i set up on the weir pool and promptly lost the 2 heaviest weights i had for some reason .

a local later informed me that there is a cage beneath the surface , to protect the fish from cormorants etc anyone ?

anyway due to my inexperience i thought i may be better of giving the weirpool a miss so i moved 50 yards or so upstream to the other swim i had baited up ;

 

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i set up with an open ended feeder filled with halibut pellets and halibut groundbait and a mini boilie on the hook ...........

about an hour later my forst bite produced this fish .......

 

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a roach would you believe , which weighed in at just over 2lb !

i know it could be called cheating , what with the set up it was captured on but i reckon a 2lb+ roach is a 2lb roach so i dont care ! :D

 

my next nibble about an hour later produced a chub this time ....

 

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5lb exactly !

now i`ve never caught a chub before but i was well pleased i can tell you .

my swim went pretty dead after that , what with all the commotion :o

 

from mid afternoon onwards the river filled up with schoolkids etc , all bivvied up for the night (and as it turned out the whole weekend).

i know its only a short stretch at longham but as its free i should have guessed it would get busy ......so after spending some quality time :lol: with my mrs on the saturday , i considered having a bash on the sunday but it really was packed and wasnt producing any fish AT ALL according to some of the locals who were fishing it . only to be expected i spose with about 35-40 lines in the water on a 200 yard stretch !

 

i decided that the hopefully-much-quieter monday morning might be a better bet so i had another short session then ....to no avail i`m afraid , not a nibble !

 

i really enjoyed the time i had on the dorset stour even though it only produced 2 fish and i fully intend to return someday although , i have to say , i think next time i`ll seek out some of the less populated areas .

thanks to ian and dorsetwizard for their advice and help .

 

really chuffed about those fish by the way .......he says hoping the pics come out ok :)

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Nice one mate, a 2lb roach is a fish to be proud off, and with it being a river 2lber even more so, i wouldnt class it as cheating as alot of the Roach specialists are now tagerting them on the feeder/bolt rig etc style tactics anyway :wink:

 

p.s i resized your pics, hope you dont mind? :wink:

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