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Old 12-09-2017, 23:20
William Taylor William Taylor is offline
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Default Advice on fishing a rising river, bringing down weed, leaves etc

Hello,

This is my first season river fishing and I am having a great time catching a few fish on the Severn at Bridgnorth.

Today, i nipped down for a few hours and whilst I was there the river was rising a fair bit. Because of this, lots of of weed, leaves etc were coming down. As soon as I cast out, my rod tip was pulling around as I was getting lots of weed and leaves getting caught up on the line. I have been ledgering, fishing with my rods high up to keep as much out line out of the water as possible.

Does anyone have any advice or methods to combat this and to stop/minimise the amount of leaves and weed getting caught on the line?

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Old 13-09-2017, 02:46
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Hi Will.
The way I see it, you have two options...

Either back lead it and pin down as much line as you can out of the weed and fish with the rod tip low, or position yourself in a swim so that you are casting upstream - this way some of the line near the terminal gear gets pinned down by the flow and any weed that does hit the line is being pushed away from your lead and hook by the flow rather than towards it.

I generally prefer the second option. You do still get weed collecting along the line and it will eventually build up to the point your lead is pulled out of position, but the presentation is good and you generally get to keep your rod in the water longer than if you are fishing the rod downstream. You can also be confident that your rig is free of weed.
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Old 13-09-2017, 06:36
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Fish the margins, slack water or downstream of an obstacle out of the main flow of rubbish.
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Old 13-09-2017, 07:22
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I used to worry about this all the time. Now I just fish a heavier lead. Every now and then you will get the weed build up and wipe you out but I just keep recasting. I used to move swims or call it a day in the past but for the last couple of seasons I have done well when the conditions are like this.
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Old 13-09-2017, 08:56
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In addition to the above, look for the creases and upstream ledger in those if you can. Unfortunately, the leaves are something we just have to put up with.
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Old 13-09-2017, 09:04
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Another approach although often not possible , is to find a swim with a promontory , sit on the extreme end of the sticky out bit of bank and cast directly downstream and have your rod in a rest directly inline with your line / the current with no angle, and touch ledger . Surprising how little lead you can get away with and leaf build up on the line will be a lot less than stringing a washing line across the flow .
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Old 13-09-2017, 11:03
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Another approach although often not possible , is to find a swim with a promontory , sit on the extreme end of the sticky out bit of bank and cast directly downstream and have your rod in a rest directly inline with your line / the current with no angle, and touch ledger . Surprising how little lead you can get away with and leaf build up on the line will be a lot less than stringing a washing line across the flow .
well learn something new each day...I would have just called it a point
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Old 13-09-2017, 11:12
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Fair point re the point , promontory was perhaps a little grandiose even pointless . Yes find yourself a point and sit on the end of it
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Old 13-09-2017, 12:57
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Sounds very painful Mike, sitting on a point. Still I guess it keeps you alert.
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Old 13-09-2017, 13:52
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Another approach although often not possible , is to find a swim with a promontory , sit on the extreme end of the sticky out bit of bank and cast directly downstream and have your rod in a rest directly inline with your line / the current with no angle, and touch ledger . Surprising how little lead you can get away with and leaf build up on the line will be a lot less than stringing a washing line across the flow .
That's great advice Mike...but I did literally fall foul of that once, sitting on the end of a promontory thingy...fell in... the' promontory' was an undercut bank

The Wye does have a few promontory, or as we call 'em down south croys, and I will certainly heed your advice this Autumn.
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