Hemp Roach had featured well in the previous weekend’s Soar Cassic, and it was noticeable that two very good hemp angers had made the main list despite fairly average draws. None of his was surprising given the scorching hot weather and a low, clear river. But it did highlight to me that I needed to sort out my seed fishing. Although I caught on the seed on the Sunday, that was all on the tare, and as a general rule I have been tending to concentrate on the tare rather than the hemp. Which is all well and good, but sometimes the hemp is better, so I decided that I needed a session on the hemp and tare to sort out a few rigs and other aspects.
The obvious venue was Staverton, so I drove down aong the meadow checking out which pegs had the best flow. By the time I’d driven to peg 1 I realised that the answer was…………… ‘none of them’. Even the pegs which normally have some movement were almost dead still. so I drove back up and set up on peg 63 which at least had the advantage of being fairly comfortable. I initially set up 3 rigs: a 1g bodied olivette rig, a 0.8g pencil float with strung out No.11 splotz, and a 4×12 Chianti with strung out styles. I fed hemp and casteer at 11m and dropped in with caster under the 1g rig. An early Chublet was folowed by a Roach, then the Bleak moved in. As a response, I rigged up a 4g Guillaume whip float. This prroduced a few more Chublets and a solitary Roach pretty much straight off, but then I was struggling with the Bleak and missing bites.
So, about 2 hours in, I hooked a tare on the 1g rig and run it through. This produced a decent Roach, so I quickly swapped over to the 0.8g rig and picked off a few more, plus the odd Chublet. In line witht the objectives of the day, I picked off a few fish on hemp, although on the day tare was just as good anyway and faster. The shallower lighter hemp rig also produced few fish, but the best option overall was the 0.8g rig fished about 8″ off the bottom.
After a lot of chopping and changing, which was totally in line with the objective of working on my seed fishing he swim finally became solid in the last hour, and I ended up tipping back about 7 or 8Lbs of Roach and Chublets plus a couple of small Hybrids. So not fabulous fishing, but all the rivers are struggling now due to the lack of rain over the past couple of months. And I caught on all three rigs, and on hemp as well as on tare, so job done in that respect.