Well, in my opinion, although it has to be said the river is not as good as it was, say fifteen or twenty years ago, there are still plenty of fish to be caught. Over the past twelve months the river has been subjected to a lot of high water. So much in fact that it was hardly fished at all from the end of October to June 16th.

Thatís an awful long time for fish to get used to NOT taking anglers baits and having big heavy swimfeeders crashing down on top of them. Since the start of the river season the river has been running very clear most of the time, although as I write the river has coloured up a lot due to a lot of rainfall this week. Living next to the river as I do, I have seen a pattern emerge since June 16th with most fish feeding either early in the morning or late at night. Daytime sport, it has to be said has been hard with the clear water and bright sunshine.

For the past three Mondays Mark Foster (Fosters of Birmingham) has joined me for afternoon/ evening sessions on the river. We've fished four pegs in total and caught loads of fish on floatfished baits. This week we fished the free water below Bewdley bridge and in five hours we put together almost sixty pounds of fish using stickfloat tactics with maggots, casters and hemp as feed. We didn't feed lots either, using just four pints of bait in the five hours. Barbel to eight pounds, roach to almost two pounds and chub from eight ounces to three pounds came regularly, particularly when the light started to fade.

So, my advice at the present time is to approach your chosen swim with caution. Don't throw heaps of bait in at the start of a session as a 'little and often' build up is working best. Float fished baits are working really well right now and it's a far more enjoyable way of catching fish than just sitting there looking skywards at a rod tip for hours. Also give the straight lead a try. A lot of the fish in the river seem to be backing off the swimfeeder but a bait presented on a link leger will often tempt a few over loosefed offerings.

Try and fish the river early or late and you will be amazed at just how many fish feed at these times. I'm convinced the fish are just turning off from feeding during the day.


SEVERN VALLEY ANGLING COACHING DAYS

Any anglers wishing to learn more about fishing the River Severn or stillwaters in the Worcestershire area may be interested to know that I have a few dates left for my summer and winter coaching days. These days can be tailored to individual requirements and are designed for one to three people. For more details send an SAE to:
Severn Valley Angling
PO Box 2660
Bewdley
Worcs.
DY122GL
Alternatively you can e-mail me for details at severnangling@aol.com