Saturday tea at Grand Union Canal

Last week I decided to spend my only day off work at the Grand Union Canal near Croxley station. The stretch of the canal below the lock is run by a private fishing club, thus can be fished at any time of the year. You must buy a ticket for £5/day though, however I only met the ticket guy once before, most times to be honest I fish there for free. General rules apply to the river Gade that runs behind canal thus although very tempting, I couldn’t fish there yet last week.

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The road down to the canal
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The Gade behind, will be back after 15th of June!
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First cast
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After feeding, waiting for first arrivals
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First fish was this tiny perch
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Cute little skimmer for second fishie
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Annoying boat #1
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Another cutie
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Annoying boat #2…
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…annoying boat #4365329
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Nicer skimmer
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Always works: 3 reddies on the size 14 hook
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Seem to be many of this size of fish in this stretch. Catching them on fine tackle is real fun!
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Cute little gudgeon
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Way home: pack smart and that’s all you need to carry for a day fishing trip

What I do like about this place: easily and comfortably accessible by public transport; you can catch easily plenty of small fish, with the possibility of one or two bonus fish; The variety of species is impressive; can be fished outside of fishing season

What I do not like about this place: way too many boats passing by which makes it difficult to build up your feeding spot as it scares fish away; occassionally too many bywalkers, swimming dogs (hey, can’t be too picky I say – we’re in London…)

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