In Bright Sunshine, A Ruffe (861)

When asked the best time to fish, especially in the current very hot and dry conditions, I invariably suggest early morning or late evening. However, when you can’t get out then, it’s better to go fishing in the middle of the day than not at all.

That was the case for me on the Staffs/Worcs Canal when, with the sun high and bright in the sky, I set up for an hour at Swindon. With regular boats passing through, plus the resultant pull on the water, it wasn’t ideal.

However, I had a great session and with three species was well pleased. The perch and gudgeon were expected but the ruffe was a surprise. I fished with the whip set-up that has featured in recent angling blog entries.

A single maggot on a size 18 Drennan Super Specialist hook over loose maggots did the business. I enjoy watching a float in the water, bettered only by the feeling when it disappears beneath the surface.

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