Coarse fish on the fly?

I admit I have no experience of this so am about to but this book:

(The picture is an amazon affiliate link)

You see, there is this huge shoal of roach on the canal that are taunting me every time I walk past – I know they can be caught on the fly as I have read other people doing it on other canals.

Any advice?


  1. dougie · July 26, 2011

    Some of the lads on the above website do a bot of this, might be worth a peek.

  2. dougie · July 26, 2011

    sorry, I forgot to include the web address in my previous post. Some of the lads on this site fish for coarse species on the fly quite often.

  3. Campbell S · July 26, 2011

    PM Englander on the other Forum you frequent, he does quite a bit of this.

    You caught a coarse fish the othernight, how come no mention?

  4. Alistair · July 26, 2011

    Thanks for that Dougie.

    I will have you know that was a nice Perch Campbell!

  5. Campbell S · July 26, 2011

    It was, where’s the pic?

  6. Alistair · July 26, 2011

    No pic – it got off!

  7. Colin Macaulay · July 26, 2011

    About 30 years ago my late grandfather, who was not a practiced angler, phoned me to say he’d caught 20-odd sea trout on the fly from the day ticket water on Tweed at Coldstream. I rushed round there and in his garage was a black bin bag containing 20-odd dead roach! All were between 1lb and 2lb. Boy was he disappointed when I told him what they were. The successful pattern was a size 14 blae and black, by the way.

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