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Although the River Stour wasn’t in an ideal condition, with the water racing through and leaves on the line, feeder and lead a real issue, nevertheless I fancied a go on the waterway and I was up for the challenge.
The Stour that I am referring to is the one that flows through the Black Country conurbation, and rural Staffordshire and Worcestershire, before emptying itself in the River Severn at Stourport. I haven’t had a session on there for quite some time and it was good to be back.
I set up with a quiver tip rod, 4lb Maxima Chameleon and a 15g Drennan cage feeder. I stuffed the feeder with brown crumb and maggots and fished a single red maggot on a Drennan Super Specialist size 18 hook.
As already mentioned, the leaves were a major problem, as within seconds the rod was pulling round. However, I persevered, and in the end I avoided a blank in the muddied waters of the river.
That’s fishing for you, it is often about pitting ourselves against adverse circumstances. Ultimately though, if you want to catch you have to be out there.
There are some nice roach in the river, and as they were my target this time round, I was more than happy come the end of the short up to dark session.