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126-128 IYCF Bob Roberts

126-128 IYCF Bob Roberts

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The next issue of Improve Your Coarse Fishing will include an article by me about gravel pit tenching. As a result my regular diary was culled - one article by each contributor is quite enough(!) ;-) Anyway, as the diary article was already written and laid out, editor Kev has let me publish it here on Scribd. If you want to read my diary every month then you'll need to read the magazine. Here's a taster of what it's about
The next issue of Improve Your Coarse Fishing will include an article by me about gravel pit tenching. As a result my regular diary was culled - one article by each contributor is quite enough(!) ;-) Anyway, as the diary article was already written and laid out, editor Kev has let me publish it here on Scribd. If you want to read my diary every month then you'll need to read the magazine. Here's a taster of what it's about

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IYCF Issue 258IYCF April 18 May 16, 2012
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Madness, magicand a touch of Eden paradise
BobRobertsenjoyedagreatendtotheriverseason.Toendoyourwithdrawalsymptomshere’showhedidit
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ERHAPSIshouldknowbetteratmyagethantotemptate,butyoumightrecallIclosedlastmonth’sdiarywiththoseateulwords,“letitsnow”.Weneverlearn,eh?DrivinguptotheA1inthepitchblackopre-dawnitwasimpossibletoignorethepulsingamberlightsontheoverheadmatrixsignsannouncing:‘SEVEREWEATHERFORECAST’. Whattheyactuallymeantwas:‘DON’TBESTUPID,BOB,TURNROUNDANDGOBACKTOBED’.Theradiowasnomoreencouraging:‘Warmairromthewestwillrunintocoldairintheeastleadingtosnowallsonhighgroundatrst,spreadingtoallareas.Accumulationso5cm-10cmarelikely.’“Atleastthetrackwillberozensolidsoit’llsaveusawalk!”saidStu.“It’sminus7andIreckonwecandriveallthewaydownthelanetoday.”AlwaystheoptimistisStu. Wehadtogo,though.Thewinterlmingorour
Caught In The Act 
DVDhascompletelyexceededourexpectationsbutanopportunitytoshootinthesnowcouldn’tbemissed.Itwouldbetheicingonthecake.Wesimplyhadtobetherewhenthesnowell,soonwardwepressed.Iwasperchedhighonadistinctlychillyhill,camerarolling,whenawaterysuncreptoverthehorizon.Stuwasalreadyhalamileaway,silhouettedagainstthegoldandcrimsonsrefectedintheriver.Itwasanawesomeshot.Yes,itconsumedanhourbutthesearethescenesthatmakealmspecial.Itwasmyturnonthecamerastoday.Stu’sontherodand,iI’mhonest,Iwaspleased.Ididn’tancysuckingiceoutotherodringseveryotherrundownintemperaturesthatwouldbarelyriseabovezeroallday.Ihonestlydidn’tancyhischancesmuch.Undeterred,Stutrickledinaewmaggotswhilehesetupastickfoatrod.Theriverdidlookinneettlewiththatgreeny-bluetinge.Lowandclear,admittedly,andreezingcold,butithadbeencoldoragoodwhileandchubsoonacclimatise.Evenso,Ididn’texpecthisfoattoburyontherstrunthrough.Itwastobetherstbiteomany.Chubollowedchubtothepointwhereitwasgettingsilly.Iurgedhimtoeaseoandnotkilltheswimbeorethesnowarrivedbutthere’snostoppinghimwhenhe’sgothis‘shinghead’on.Stuwasbagging. Whentherstfakesosnowfuttereddownwewerebuzzing.Itsettledinstantly,onanythingittouched,includingStu.Itcoveredhishat,hishood,hisshouldersandallthewhilehisfoatkeptgoingunder.ItwasgettinglatewhenIinsistedhecalleditaday:“ComeonStu,theroadsaregoingtobetreacherous!”Mypleamadelittledierence.Heonlystoppedwhenheranoutobait,havingedmorethanourpintsomaggots.He’dlandedwellover30chub,thebestarespectable4lb11oz,andmostwere3lb–easilyover100lbintotal.Itwasanastonishingcatchinplainlyridiculousconditions.Ilmedhimwalkingointothedistanceinaworldowhite.Itwasawrap.
That’snochub!
 Aewdaysearlierwe’dbeenbacktotheRiverLea.Stuwantedtogetsomeunderwaterootageobigchubeedingand,oh,wouldIbeabletocatcha6lbchubtoorder?Hewantedtogetsomeclose-upactionshots. Amazingly,myveryrstchubturnedouttobeasix!TheshingGodswerecertainlysmilingonusthismonth.
Bob Roberts
Diary
Monthly tales from our angling adventurer 
 Whatviewersmaynotrealisewhentheywatchoneoourlmsisthatalittlemagicisappliedintheeditingsuite.Isuspectalllmmakersdothesame,butonscreenthere’sthisseamlesssequenceoananglercastingout,eeding,theunderwatercamerashowingsheeding,cuttingbacktothefoatorrodtiptoseethebite,thestrike,theght,ashbeingdrawnoverthenetromthreedierentangles,unhookingandpresentingtothecamera.“Let’sslipthisonebackandgetanotherone!” Whatyoumightnotappreciateisthatsometimestheanglermighthavehadtocatchthreeorourshtocreatejustthatsinglecatchsequence.Notalways,butthat’sshowbizolks.Itcanbeatoughaskortheperormer,especiallyinwinterwhenbitesareatapremiumandlightvalueschangeconstantly.OnesequencethathadtobeshotinonegocamewhenthefoatburiedandmystrikeconnectedwithsomethingmuchmorepowerulthanIwasexpecting.Whateveritwaspoweredodownstream,thenbackagainbeorerunningatme.ThiswasclearlynochubandIbegantosuspectI’dlatchedintoabarbel.Whenitthenorgedawayupstream,rightintothewhitewaterotheweirIwasworrieditwouldndasnag.Butno,givingitallthepowerIdareapplyona2lbbottomtoasize20barblessGamakatsuPelletandPastehook,itturnedandrolledonthesurace.
You never eel the cold when you’re catchingfsh like this in the snow or the new DVDCatching fsh toorder is rarely easybut this 6lb River Leachub duly obligedThis River Edengrayling went 2lb7oz – a brilliant endto a great month!

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