I make no excuses for the fact that I am a river roach man rather than a stillwater roach fanatic.
For me, true roach will always be river fish. Most of my fishing takes place on the Wensum and the Bure here in Norfolk but we do have occasional sorties further afield. Roach were very much my passport to success back in the ‘70s and ‘80s with, I think, over eight hundred two pounders to my name. Or thereabouts. I have also notched up ten river threes.
Today, a good river roach is a pound but we still manage fish over 1.10 each and every year with a scattering of twos. For me, two pound river roach in this day and age is the ultimate prize.