WE are just under a month away from the start of the new coarse season on rivers in England and Wales, but here’s a running water barbel caught last week – on a legal method!

As you can see from the picture, Stuart Walker’s upper River Swale specimen was fly fishing for brown trout. He used a 5-weight fly rod with 3 lb tippet and a gold-headed pheasant tail nymph.

The Doncaster, South Yorkshire specialist angler explained: ‘Third run through I let the fly line swing round at the end of the pool, the fly line zipped forward about 2 ft and I struck into solid resistance. I thought “this is no trout”.’

For the full full story and picture, read this week’s Angler’s Mail magazine.