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I was just wondering how many of you out there share my growing obsession for fishing small rivers & streams for wild fish. The wilder the better, for both the streams & the fish.

I don't expect anyone to tell me where their favorite water is, because by their nature they have to be kept quiet. However with the advent of the passport type schemes in the UK; here at least I think access to good wild stream fishing is now a lot better.

I know of a place with wild fish to 4lb+ which is no wider than 12' cross in most places. Wild water with few fish but normally big ones. You can sometimes find them & even sometimes catch them: if you see them before they see you!
I like to think of it as New Zealand in miniature!

What are your local waters like, how easy is access, what's the fishing pressure like, what tackle & techniques do you like to use, etc. etc. etc.

Send pics. !

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Hi Bim,
I will send a detailed reply to your post soon, this is exactly the type of fishing I'm in to.

Gotta fly now, off the Dervock and District Angling Association AGM!!!

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Hi Bim,
I love fishing small waters.
My homewater is a spring creek, 2-5 meters wide, and no fish are stocked...the biggest brown caught was around 8 kg (and skulled btw :glare: ), and I have seen a lot from 2 to 4...caught some nice fish myself within the last 2 years. I use a Sage XP 8' 5# and for the upper creek an Orvis 6'6'' #4. I fish upstream nymph and dryfly mostly, but my father uses downstream techniques only, nymph and streamer- and with great success-he is a master of stealth and if necessary crawls to the water face down :D .

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Hi Klaus,

don't be shy , tell us where is your spring creek - I am coming in Austria in two weeks time :D

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Hi Bim,
I share your enthusiam and living on the Welsh border I have plenty of choice.  Wild Trout fishing is improving and becoming more accessible in the UK as riparian owners warm to the generally good behaviour of trout/grayling fishermen and their cash.
The chalkstreams, which have produced volumes on trout fishing hold very few few wild fish.  They are attractive, wallet emptying and highly stocked and will never equal the challenge of wild fishing in wild places.
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Hi Bim
Yes, i'm with you on wild fish and small streams.  I spend most of my time on big rivers, fisheries etc with stockies but my heart is wild fish - i love grayling.  i would love to try the lochs/streams up North for wild brownies, great fun and no people.
What is the passport scheme that you are talking about, I haven't heard about it?
We have a small stream on our farm, it's about 5 feet across but pretty deep and really overgrown.  The brownies just whizz if they see you, it's my challenge for this year
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Hi Gilly,
The passport scheme is operated by The Wye and Usk Foundation. www.wyeuskfoundation.org.
There is also a similar outfit covering Devon and Cornwall and one in Cumbria.
Some waters are day ticket via pre paid vouchers, others are bookable via the the net or Wye and Usk office.
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Hi Dave
Thanks for that, it looks great, wish I lived closer!
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This is a great thread bim.

We spend most of the season fishing the R. Bush in Co. Antrim, NI.  Not the main town stretch, but the smaller, remote areas around Magherahoney and Armoy where there is less traffic, but wilder sport.

The highlight of last season was exploring the tiny burns around our house, that criss-cross farmland.  It was Cal, our eldest son that first noticed trout topping in them and suggested we try to catch one.

This wasn't conventional fishing.  The burns are generally too narrow to try and cast in to.  Any mis-cast and you will snag against the bank and wreck things by trying to retrieve your fly.  The only realistic method of placing a fly over a trout was to creep upstream of the topping, wait patiently and feed a line to the fish.  Third time trying, and a splashy strike resulted in the trout pictured, just over 10".  We were fishing with Cal's £20 Shakespeare Odyssey fly rod and one of andy_with_a_rod's #4 DT mill-ends.

Whilst we were extremely stealthy in our approach, the key to our success was luck, and the fact that this fish had NEVER seen a fishers fly before, and was an opportunist feeder.

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We have a small stream on our farm, it's about 5 feet across but pretty deep and really overgrown.  The brownies just whizz if they see you, it's my challenge for this year
Gilly


Go for it Gilly.  Cal is nearly 11, and he held my hand on the walk home for the first time in several years, such was the magic of catching wild trout in the most unlikely of places.  It also pretty much killed his desire to stand on the banks of a stocked fishery.


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Cal is standing a few yards upstream of where we caight the trout.

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