The River Dove
Our new water on the river Dove is a bit special. First impressions were that it was ‘overgrown and neglected’ but that is what makes it such a good fish holding stretch. Both banks are tree lined,some having collapsed with many growing into the river. This slows the bank side flow and forms eddies at the side of the main stream which varies in depth from the shallows at the lower end to much deeper water on the up stream half.
The stretch is noted for big barbel, with carp and large bream also present. It would be unwise to use lines lighter than 12lb bs when fishing for barbel. The the first two short sessions by members who float fished maggot produced chub, grayling and trout, all of a decent size. Fishable swims are limited at the moment but a few more swims can be opened up without spoiling the nature of this lovely beat.