“Hidden Gem” River Dane, Congleton Forge 10-01-13

To start the weekend and hopefully inspire some more of you to get out on Lymm Waters, here is a superb piece written by Lymm AC Forum regular, superblogger and “Tough Mudder” Paul Critchley on the picturesque piece of water that has to be seen to be believed.

Venue: River Dane, Congleton Forge

Time: 10:00am – 14:00pm

Weather: Fog, 2 Celsius

After last weeks poor start to the season I wanted to get back out as I came home. To try and redeem myself I decided to go for a short session on the River Dane at Congleton, my aim being my first ever grayling. With only four hours fishing time available and never having seen the River Dane at Congleton had I set myself a challenge?
With the destination set the sat nav directed me to a business and retail park, now I knew the river was situated beyond an industrial site but when I arrived it just seemed bizarre. Driving past Tescos and McDonalds and then ending up at a farmers field which the River Dane flows through is like two different worlds. Once at the river you would never know that less than half a mile away there are people shopping and busy at work, I know which world I prefer.
As soon as I reached the river I walked straight towards a good looking swim, not knowing what awaited up and downstream I set up here first and gave it twenty minutes trotting a loafer float downstream without a bite, so continued my journey upstream. Another nice swim with a sunken tree trunk appeared a short distance away, I climbed into a small gap in the trees and gave it a go with the float, feeding little and often into the slack water created by the tree trunk. With no luck again I set off upstream again to see what I might find. With all the previous swims now with a few maggots on the river bed I like to revisited then on the way back see if any fish have turned up hopefully gaining confidence eating the bait without an angler present.
I walked a short distance further but the banks were to high to get to the river so had to walk past some good looking fast and steady stretches. Shortly after I arrived at my final swim upstream, with a small island in the middle of the river and fast paced shallow water it looked perfect for a grayling, twenty minutes trotting double white maggot downstream produced nothing so I was off downstream past the swims I had previously fished. Though a gap in the branches I found a stretch of quiet water that looked deeper than the rest of the river so gave it ten minutes with the float before changing to a maggot feeder, main reason being I wanted to sit down and eat my dinner.
Again no action and with now only around an hour left I headed back to the previous two swims I fished when I arrived. Sticking with the feeder I could cast right into the swirling water a tree trunk had created. The swim definitely holds chub, but not for me on this occasion. I’d give it half an hour and had to get to the other swim before I had to leave. I had a good feeling about this swim the first time I fished it and was reluctant to leave it.


This time I fished the bend of the swim, with a big bend in the river there’s a real quiet slack area of water created and it looked to drop off in depth considerably from the shallow run mid river. I couldn’t believe I didn’t have a bite the first time so was confident I would this time the swim just looked to good not too.
After ten minutes I was starting to think about selling my fishing gear and taking up golf, but then the tip started twitching, at first I thought I’d knocked the rod rest but then the tip bent round. After a short battle right under the rod tip a nice brownie was making its way towards the net and was obviously a new personal best. Weighing in at an ounce short of two pound it was very welcome, it had saved me a blank and was all I needed to get back on track and leave the blanks behind. With only five minutes left I just packed up and left for home happy I’d caught and looking forward to my next trip……



Paul’s own Blog can be found at http://paulsfishing.wordpress.com/

First Session of the year on The Severn at Atcham, Dave Steen

Dave Steen is well known to members of Lymm AC forums with his wonderfully atmospheric accounts and photos of his sessions. Dave has kindly allowed us to publish his wonderful account of his first foray this year with Club Vice Chairman Phil Hatton..

So with Floppy Hats at the ready, do the dynamic duo set new records or blank? Read on!

5th January 2013

River Severn – Atcham

I welcomed in my new fishing year with a trip to the River Severn at Atcham with one of my fishing buddies, Mr Floppy Hat himself Phil Hatton.  We made an early start, stopping off for a Big Breakfast at the Raven cafe…a trip to Atcham has to include a full English at the Raven!  On arrival we were surprised to find nobody else around – or were they the sensible ones???  We crossed the little bridge and could see this was where the water had reached when it had been in flood.  It had now receded quite significantly but was still well over the river banks and covering the pegs.  After yomping across muddy fields carrying our gear we aimed to fish where the cottage stands, but unfortunately all pegs were inaccessible due to the floods.


We battled bravely back and realised the only two available pegs were Duffers (with a clear bank although still flooded) and its neighbour peg where anglers sometimes erect a bivvy (sacrilege!!)

We both got our gear set up and then sat back to draw breath after the yomp, and have a much needed cuppa.  The weather was lovely and clear; a cloudless sky with not a drop of rain in sight although still plenty of it making it soggy underfoot.  The temperature was mild, ideal for river fishing in January, so we both felt fairly optimistic.  Phil had fished in higher water levels than this and had caught, so we had everything crossed for a few takes.


I put out two rods, one with lamprey boilies which I had wrapped in paste, and the other one with a nice juicy lob worm with chopped worm in a feeder, hoping that if no barbel or chub were playing then I may have the chance of a dace at least.

Time wore on and despite a few little taps on the lob worm I had no luck.  I changed the bait on the othe rod to paste only – a deliciously aromatic home made Archie Braddock paste!  Phil and I had a natter and a further brew, and it turned out he had had no significant action either.  The only action going on while we sat having our cuppa was on the opposite bank where two blokes and a young lad were duck shooting.  They managed to bag  a couple while we were watching and another one floated past us having fallen into the river, so nobody was having that one for tea!


As always happens with me when I am enjoying my river fishing, I totally relax and eventually drop off to sleep in my chair.  I suddenly woke up not knowing what day it was as the worm rod was on the move!  Leapt up from my chair only to miss the take altogether..sod’s law!

There were no more bites for either of us so we decided to call it a day late afternoon and head for home.  It was such a pleasure to be able to get back on the Severn after not being able to fish because of the high flooding.  It wouldn’t do to get a bite all the time (I tell myself over and over lol) it just makes it more enjoyable and challenging for the next trip!  A quick thanks must go to Phil for his company, as always very enjoyable.

The Rookery


The Severn at Dusk


Farm Pool re-opens

Farm Pool has re-opened today after being closed on 22nd December 2012..
The mixedUploaded from the Photobucket iPad App fishery near Antrobus had suffered from heavy local rains and had overflowed onto the surrounding farm land.
Please exercise caution though if using Farm Pool, as the field is still wet underfoot.

Water Closure Notices

This post will be updated frequently to keep members informed on waters affected by the weather and any spawning activity. The Head Water Keep John Stubbs will (along with their teams) provide the information about activity on each water.

Only the waters listed below are affected at present so it’s reasonably safe to assume all other waters are open but you should always consult the specific waters notice board before starting fishing.

There are active posts on the subject on the forum at the moment but if you do have any information about spawning activity on our waters that would be useful for other members to know then send an email to admin@lymmanglersclub.com or use the Contact Us form on the main website.

31st December 2012 – Serpentine Pool is closed due to the wet weather however the good news is Founders is now re-opened but please take care when fishing as the banks will still be difficult under foot.

29th December 2012 – Belmont Pool pegs 3 & 4 are closed to damage by the wet weather and cattle making them very muddy and hazardous.

31st May 2012 – Please note Holfords Pinetops Pool is closed until further notice, more details can be found on the members forum, thank you.

Danny’s day on the Dane!

Today we have a post from Lymm stalwart Danny Holligan who wonderfully describes a day on the River Dane where some surprises and some firsts happen!

River Dane Congleton Forge 20/11/2012

I fished the Lymm stretch of the River Dane at Congleton on the 20/11/12 for the first time, and I have to say it is a lovely part of the Dane, you would never think there are factories and a retail park so close but for the fact you have to drive past them to access the river. I decided to start at the upstream limit of the stretch and was planning on covering as much water as I could throughout the day using a waggler rod, centre pin reel loaded with 3lb line straight through to a size 20 Drennan Carbon Chub under a 6BB Avon float. I was wearing my waders but the first peg I fished did not require them as the bank is a nice flat and isn’t too high off the water. I stayed here for about 30-40 minutes but had no action so decided to move downstream, just off the back of a very shallow area where the water really pushes through. This time I decided to get in the water and stand about mid-stream, trotting down to a partly submerged bush. I had fed a few handfuls of white maggots and literally first cast in the new swim and I caught my first ever Grayling. I was over the moon, I might have only been around 5-6oz but I have wanted to catch a Grayling for a while and will never forget it.

After that I had another 2 or 3 trots down to the tree without a bite but then landed 3 Chub in quick succession, the biggest of which was about 2lb 8oz and put up a really good fight on fairly light tackle. The bites then dried up so I decided to change the line of my float so it ran past the bush and not up to it as I sometimes find Chub can back away from a feature after you have caught a few and this trick has caught me a fair few extra fish over the years. On the first run through the float buried about 3-4 yards downstream of the bush but this was a much better fish and didn’t feel like a Chub, it stayed deep at first but then ran and when it did I had no chance of stopping it. I tried to put a bit of pressure on the fish, as I only put about 50 meters of line on my centre pin ( any more and the line starts to bed in and wont peel off the spool when trotting) but when I did it snapped my line. After losing that fish I decided to feed the swim for 10 minutes to try and get a few fish back into the area but then move downstream to rest the swim.

First Chub of the day
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I found a nice looking swim where there is quite shallow water that drops away very quickly, with a very deep hole under a large tree. It looked perfect for Chub but it was hard to present a bait to it with a float so after a few attempts and no fish I moved on again. Downstream of this there is a large area or water that is very slow moving and there is an area of water off the main body of river which looks like it might have become part of the river after years of flooding and eroding banks. It is very picturesque but I decided to move on further and fish a fast flowing run not far from here. First cast I missed a bite, second cast I lost one Grayling but then landed 3 very hard fighting; fin perfect others in the next few casts. These were to be the last 3 Grayling of the day and the biggest was about 12oz. They are a beautiful fish and they fight really well for their size and I am looking forward to catching more, I am no specimen hunter but I would love to feel the fight from a 2lb plus Grayling.

My second ever Grayling approx. 12oz
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Next I decided to move back upstream to where I had landed my first Grayling and the 3 Chub and have another go there rather than exploring more of the river. I was glad I did as the Chub were back and in total I caught another 4 in the next hour or so with the biggest being around 3lb. By this time it was about 3:30pm so I decided to stop fishing and have a little look at the downstream stretch on the way back to my van. In total I had 7 Chub and 4 Grayling, all caught on white maggot and for my first time on the stretch I was more than happy.

3lb Chub being releasedPhotobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

I always use small strong hooks when trotting maggot for Chub as they can be very wary fish, especially in such shallow, clear water. I have tried quite a few patterns but always go back to Drennan Carbon Chub, they are very strong hooks for their size and are perfect for maggot and caster. It is also important to use a rod with a soft tip as this helps absorb lunges from the Chub, I find if you use a waggler rod aimed at commercial fisheries/Carp they are too stiff and will result in hook pulls and lost fish.

Like I said earlier it’s a great stretch of the Dane and it has every feature you could imagine. I am really looking forward to fishing the rest of it, so much fishing, so little time.

Serpentine falls foul to recent downpours, but Founder’s pool re-opens!

Belmont Pool_01The recent heavy rain has caused more temporary closures on The Belmont Estate. Serpentine Pool is the latest Lymm Angling Club water that has had to close to ensure the safety of Lymm Members and speedy return to angling of this popular venue.

However, Founders Pool, which has rapidlyFounders_03 lost some of its recent floodwater is now open for Angling. On behalf of Lymm Angling Club, can we wish all readers of this blog a drier, healthy, wealthy and tight lined 2013!

Lymm Angling Club Heritage

Lymm Angling ClubThe club was founded in 1948 and is one of the premier angling clubs in the UK. Based in the Northwest of England the club has a variety of waters that cater for specimen, pleasure and match anglers alike.

This section will look at the clubs vast heritage and take a trip back in time to some of it’s great achievements from members memoires to record breaking captures. If you have any fond memories of Lymm AC and would like to share them with us then please use the Contact Us form and we’ll do the rest!!