Angling Blog 14 August 2015

Fri 14 August 15


I love fishing on moving water, so a trip to the gorgeous River Dove in Staffordshire was something to look forward to, despite blisteringly hot weather and low water levels which were guaranteed to make things difficult!

By the time I drove down the farm track to the river, there were already cars tucked away owned by anglers who had beaten me to it, so I parked up and unloaded my kit before wandering towards the banks. I espied a couple of gentlemen setting up in the very closest swims, and stopped to share a few words before deciding where to fish. John told me that both he and Dave had also just arrived, and were content to enjoy the sunshine in the company of their wives, both firmly ensconced on deckchairs in the shade and deep in conversation, whilst they spent a few hours in search of some of the huge chub and barbel known to frequent this particular stretch. As I watched, I noted small fish rising to take flies, but saw no signs of anything bigger. A wander into the adjacent meadow saw me sharing the space with hundreds of beautiful butterflies which flitted through the thistle and bramble, but again, not many signs of fish in the river. With that in mind, I set off downstream for a swim known as