21/01/2014 - Lone Angler Sausage Sizzle Paste was a Winner
On Monday morning I had a few hours fly fishing for grayling, catching
2 fish in a woven Polish nymph fishing a floating line with a 3 weight
glass fibre 8 foot rod, Conditions were good for grayling, clear water
bright sunny conditions. Back home for a late lunch I got a call from
a friend asking about chub fishing. I suggested we leave late in the
afternoon arriving as the sun got below 10 degrees. When the rivers
are low and clear I find it best to start as the sun goes down. When
Dave arrived the cloud was building up offering the chance of a chub
or two, perhaps even a barbel, in fact conditions were now looking
ourselves and the choice of swims with a water temperature of 42 degrees F.
We went off downstream about a hundred yards choosing to fish just
upstream of the shallow water flowing over gravel, with a deep channel
on the opposite bank. Dave chose to fish bread on the close in rod,
lobworm on the other rod fished in the deep channel. I fished twenty
yards upstream, Westie chub rod, fixed spool reel 6lb breaking strain
line, I was going to fish sausage sizzle paste on a size 6 hook with 1
LG shot wrapped in plastacine about fifteen inches from the hook. I
find the sausage sizzle paste a bit firm for pulling the hook through
when moulded on the hook. So I add some oil to the mix then knead it until I have a soft pliable paste.
I found I could cast upstream then roll the bait downstream along the
edge of the deep water, certainly confident I might get a few bites.
The first three plucks I missed, I decided to see if I could get a
better take by leaving it for a minute or so. It worked I got a
steady confident pull, connecting with a chub about 3lbs. I then had a
bite less session for about thirty minutes, then out of the blue the
rod slammed round, striking I was disappointed not to connect with a
The light was now fading fast, at the same time thick cloud arrived, I
could feel the air temperature rising conditions looked good. Ten
minutes later I hooked a good fish, as it went into the net I said to
myself "That might go five" it weighed 4-12-0 but it was lovely
looking chub fin and scale perfect. Sausage Sizzle paste had done the
trick again. Just after I had that chub, Dave had a barbel on paste.
After missing two more bites I got another chub about 3lbs. As quickly
as the cloud arrived so it disappeared leaving a clear sky, the
temperature plummeted. An hour later we were walking back to the car with frost forming on the grass.
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