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Old 03-09-2000, 04:01 PM
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RE:The river Camel, England


Thanks for interest - I am glad you liked the Camel. It is a lovely small river with great pools - I am no expert, rather my friend Dave Neal is. Because of the "geography" of the water, fly fishing is not practicle. For this and other similar rivers in Cornwall, it is not really traditional either because of this impracticality.
Methods are worm, spinning, and shrimp on light spinning rods (8-10ft) - sometimes you need up tp 15lb line in fast current to stop the fish tearing off from the pool. I use white flourescent Stren line, so as you can see it (and its movement when worming).
Some fly-fishers poo-poo this type of fishing - but I have caught most my Salmon on fly, and although it is probably most pleasureable, these other forms of fishing I am refering to, are equally skilful if done right - especially worming.
The idea is, two or three lob worms are put on a hook of around size 4 - 6 (depending upon the pattern, clarity of water etc). You then use as light a lead-free shot or ledger-weight as possible that gets your worms down, yet still allows it to "swing around" through the likely spots. When a fish takes, you let him take the worms into its mouth for 30 seconds. They are "feeling", not eating the worm. Striking earlier result in the hook being pulled out of the mouth 90% of the time.
Shrimping is done similarly, except that shrimping-pins are used to mount them (dies rfed is usually the best colour). You "paternoster" a weight, again heavy enough to let it swing around the current and bounce on the bottom, without getting stuck.
I watch Dave Neal with amazement sometimes, when I see him cast worms 20 yards the other side of weed beds, and see him "work" the worms down the current without getting them stuck!
The proprietors do not have email - they are good old fashioned farmers! A friend once told me, when I was trying to get some free rough-shooting on a Farmer's land "Don't go up to a farmer and ask for something. Spend time chatting with him first - then ask him".

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