Well done. Glad to see someone cocking a snoot to and taking full advantage of NRW’s ridiculously short 15 day Usk shrimp fishing season.
Well done Spencer, I’ve hardly fished the Usk or Wye this season , thinking of dusting of my Barbel gear, but the Wye is too low and green even for that
Well Spencer it is interesting what the NRW rules do for salmon catches which they use for their statistical lies as evidence to impose even more ridiculous and impractical restrictions on us legal salmon fishers. This from their experts, who I doubt even know what a salmon river is even if they are drowning in one. Arr but they have (paper) qualifications!!. But they don’t have PROPER qualification from years ON THE RIVER BANK
Just so I’ve got it right you have caught 7 salmon on shrimp in the 15day shrimping season on the Usk and 1 salmon of fly. Total catch of 8 so far for the year. Brilliant and well deserved. I am seriously jealous.
What do you think your catch your catch might have been if you have been able to use shrimp from 16th June? No, this is not a trick. I personally think you could have had considerably more. More that is for inclusion in the numbers used by the NRW fishery expert for their analysis.
The NRW fishery statistics are totally dependent on anglers’ returns and they always use these to justify further restrictions on the lower catches when they have previously imposed restrictions purely to reduce catches!!! An ever planned decreasing circle( by the antis??)!
I am totally on your side and I am fully in favour of in shrimp from 16th June and (micro barbed) hooks. Wish shrimp was allowed on the Wye and now he Severn. But never mind from 16th June I can of course worm for barbel and whatever fish decides to takes the bait. After all no more famous an angler than Bernard Venables said this is the method for barbel.
Sewinfly, I had almost exactly the same on Ribble last season.I went all year without a fish, I think a couple of touches at best.Then into Oct. I contacted 6 in a day- landing 3 and a week later landed probably my personal best Salmon.Then back to nothing again.Hi Richard
I have landed 11 salmon so far on prawn and lost I think 5 and landed 1 on fly.So I suppose if there was a formula from the 16th June that could be used to a certain degree.
All fish were lightly hooked in the top lhs of the jaw
Total so far this season 12 fish.
I have been fishing the fly since the 3rd March with not a touch,unbelievable.
When I caught that fish on the fly I fished it no differently since the start of the season.
It is a strange one indeed, when you have covered several in a day throughout the season and not one pull,nip as you start to doubt yourself "I did "Sewinfly, I had almost exactly the same on Ribble last season.I went all year without a fish, I think a couple of touches at best.Then into Oct. I contacted 6 in a day- landing 3 and a week later landed probably my personal best Salmon.Then back to nothing again.
I did nothing any different, same pools, same line of thought same approach, for so long gave me nowt, then bingo!.
This season is following the same pattern, except for there's no water and less fish!.
Yours worried, Pedro.
I’m convinced esp with your namesake Sewin, that on the fly you ideally need the numbers or a shoal to create some form of competition or aggression. Time was if decent shoal suddenly turned up and was showing? Then I only had myself to blame if I couldn’t catch a few. I’ve always struggled to catch salmon on the fly though even when I’ve had them in front of me.It is a strange one indeed, when you have covered several in a day throughout the season and not one pull,nip as you start to doubt yourself "I did "
Think this year has been written off for me.
We were talking on the beat Wednesday about not catching and giving our reasons for our poor inability to catch.
But when the rivers had more fish in them your chances of a taking fish to the fly was even better.Now fewer fish and your chances of a fish wanting the fly are even less.