It has been a remarkable start to Autumn for anglers targeting roach on the Hampshire Avon. The first weekend in October saw the Avon Roach Project hold its annual match across numerous stretches of the river, with CAC happily welcoming them onto our waters. For the second year running it was a CAC stretch that produced magnificent results, with a 3lb 30z redfin backed up by 5 other 2lb specimens.
Meanwhile, numerous club members took advantage of the increased flows, retreating ranunculus and tinge of colour that increased rainfall supplied. Large bags of roach, chub and dace have been caught on trotting tactics, Ian and Andy tackled the Mill Stream at Sopley to find some superb action in classic trotting swims.
It’s fair to say that the roach fishing throughout the river is as good as it has been for many, many years. The hard work of Trev and Budgie at the Avon Roach Project has played no small part in this revival and with such a huge head of redfins now present and thriving, the coming years will only get better and better!
As autumn advances and winter approaches, now is the time to get on the bank and enjoy the sensational sport on offer.