I just thought I would wish a belated Happy New Year to all readers of "The Gnome", and to explain, in all honesty, that there haven't been any posts since the Redmire post, because
I haven't been fishing since then! I decided to take some traditional time out from carping this winter, although I do enjoy winter carping as much as anyone, usually. It's been enjoyable, just reading about fishing and quietly preparing my gear for the long
year ahead; - and my buzz-word to myself for 2015 is "enjoy". My brother set me thinking about this. I was mentioning certain sessions at The Other Pool, in November 2013, where I sat out in deluges, low down, without shelter, for eight hours or so. "Not very
enjoyable," says Dave - even though I managed a few carp - and he was right, surely? So this year, my carping will be more traditional, and it will start in the spring - or late winter, in any case. I also plan to use - as I do use in the main in any case
- what I would call "classic carp fishing" approaches, as opposed to ideas from the modern scene. I want to do more freelining with big baits, and I'm even thinking of trying par-boiled spuds as bait! Another ambition is to catch a big carp on margin crush
- like everyone else, I've had my fair share of carp on surface crust, but only one or two where, as Walker advised, no line at all was on the water. Imagine the excitement of sitting eight feet back from the margins, and seeing the water rock and the rod-top
nod! It's heart attack stuff! It seems to me that this method will work as well and as often today as it did in Walker's day - and we have the advantage of bait-runner reels and "gripper" back rod rests - developments which, I'm sure, Walker and his crew would
have used for margin crust fishing, if given the chance.
Of course, I'll be sight-bobbing too - that's little more than freelining with a blob of colour on the line;
but rather that focussing on particles etc, my baits will be getting larger with this too, as an experiment. I think it might sort out the larger fish. I hope so!
wise - it seems The Other Pool will still be available, thank goodness, as will a nice "ribbony" mill pond nearby - a water I've never fished.
Trip wise - I'm going with
fellow TFF members on the Welsh Wildie Weekend, after carp which may have been stocked by the Romans, - really!
This interests and excites me no end, because regular readers
will know I've asked the question here, "What Exactly is an English Wildie?" These Welsh fish are surely the bench-mark for all comparisons, and it will be nice to see which ideas hold up, and which ones fall. A new idea I have, among many, is that the
slightly "jumbled scales" you see on some commons, particularly towards and at the tail root , is always a "king" trait and should not be there on fish with strong "wildie" ancestry. I know some anglers won't be interested in these aspects of carp fishing
- but I think many will, and asking such questions is a pleasure for me. Why carp fish, after all, if you aren't really interested in carp?
On this note, may I wish you all
the tightest lines and a fantastic 2015.