Myself and mick had a brief chat earlier today about pike potentially being quite high up on the tees. I was wondering what your expert river thoughts were on the tees species, I.e, the upper limit that each gets to. Such as :
Gainford I can confirm chub, grayling, dace and perch. If theres perch there I think that pike might also be present (no one fishes for them ) Ive also had some big lumps on when maggot fishing which may have been barbel (never been able to land one, just feels like stuck to the bottom until fish moves when me and the fish say goodbye to each other)
Post by basha(mark). on Sept 30, 2013 12:53:24 GMT
had barbel at gainford,as above fishing for other species and losing whatever was on the end.had to take the big gear up,fished 5 times without a sniff prebaiting day before.eventually caught one weighing just shy of 7lb.had other numerous fish from the same area around the same size.tried other spots without success further upstream.deffinately more fish around piercebridge mind hitting several fish over 7lb and a few smaller.
Glad this thread has been brought back to life, so Jim its been 2 years and you've done a lot of exploring since you started this thread, have you discovered any more info to add whilst on your journey ?? or anyone else had a surprise fish from somewhere unexpected ??
I have had grayling back in the late 90's as far up as Middleton in Teessdale when fly fishing.
Chub around the Gainford area fishing for them during winter of 2012 into 13 with cheeses paste or bread.
Last time out at Gainford several decent sized dace about 8oz.
Tried and tried last season to get a barbel at Gainford and Association water below Piercebridge, but just couldn't keep a baits like meat or pellet on long enough. Ten minutes and the crayfish had eaten it. Even wrapping the baits in nylon mesh armour braid they eventually had it. When you look at this water it screams barbel.
The only big fish I have run into when float fishing in this part of the river for grayling with maggot or worm have been migratory.
was watching a chap fly fish just bfor low falls and we got chatting for a while.thought he was going for the brownies,but he said he loves to winter grayling fish up there.was quite surprised to see so many in numbers.i used to fish Winston atleast twice a wk for grayling on the caravan park,was just by accident I hit a 4lb chub,after that I sat it out on meat/bread,the latter not taking too long to come off.only had 5 chub but were all around the 4lb mark.same as at whorlton,again all by surprise when I spotted chub rising for bread from the guys having picnics so nxt time through I had a go.it was way below the bridge around 1000yds or so in the pool,i managed 2 off the top early doors bfore everyone came to play with there tyres in the water.thats when I got talking to a few locals who had several bules over the yrs.not in any numbers mind,wouldnt expect there to be a high population there that far up river,but there is a scattering.
Would be some challenge catching a barbel from there. I love that sort of water, completely different to the lower beats. It's all about flow, pools etc and you can't beat having a wade and trotting with the pin.
Theres some gorgeous swims in those parts of the river as me and my father in law tried for chub in quite a few areas last winter has hes had some cracking days a few years ago and we said definitely coming back to try for a barbel this summer as i general think the faster is much better for the barbel if they are there but we never give it a shot,