Winning On The Thames

alex-clements-thamesDrennan Bordon team member and England Youth International, Alex Clements, has been in win­ning form on the River Thames. Here is his account of a suc­cessful match on the stretch at Abingdon:

Wanting to get a bit of prac­tise in on the Thames before the forth­coming three-day fest­ival, I got myself up early and took myself to the Thames at Abingdon for the 5th round of the Oxford Summer League. The Thames has been on top form recently with plenty of roach, skim­mers and bream showing through most of the sec­tions. With it being over­cast and with a bit of rain during the week I had high expectations.

Arriving slightly late (because of the ever-faithful sat nav!) I was informed I had been drawn an end peg at Culham, which was great news as I had never seen this sec­tion before. Arriving at my peg, there was plenty of tree cover. Unfortunately it made no dif­fer­ence to the howling gale that was blowing down the river!

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Shane’s First Tees Barbel

An elated Shane Doherty has sent in this pic­ture of his first ever barbel from the River Tees, and weighing in at 11lb 3oz it’s an impressive fish!


“My ulti­mate goal was a Tees barbel, so to get a double-figure fish is my biggest angling achiev­ment!” he explains.

Shane caught the spe­cimen on a 12mm halibut pellet wrapped with his wife’s spe­cial home made halibut paste on a size 14 Drennan Specimen micro barbed hook.

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River Roach With Acolyte ‘Dream Stick’

Tony Peet has been having some great roach sport on his local River Ribble using his Drennan Acolyte Ultra rod.

After some impressive chub sport last March, where he was catching quality fish to 5lb, he has now back on the Ribble to target the river’s fine head of roach.

I am still out with the Acolyte ‘dream stick’,” he informed us. Using 2.6lb Drennan Float Fish line on an old Abu 506 reel and feeding caster and hemp lead to this lovely net of silvers.

The River Ribble is in Yorkshire, North England. To learn more about this beau­tiful waterway, visit

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