Packrafting on the River Waveney from Homersfield.
The first frost of the Autumn was trying its hardest to stay in the ground whilst the sun was trying to release it from the ground.
I’ve always fancied paddling this stretch of the river but have never got around to it.
Launching is fairly simple parking on the road just past the Homersfield Swan.
There is easy access up stream or downstream and I was heading downstream.
I had a new rechargeable pump purchased of Amazon to see if it is man enough to inflate the packraft.
The £20 purchased was worth it as the tiny little pump inflated the X1 perfectly. Taking a little more time than using a fill bag but less hassle.
There was a good flow in the river, as I moved of downstream it wasn’t soon before a came to a fallen tree and a log jam in the river.
This part I was paddling is part of the canoe trail on the River Waveney.
It didn’t take long to get through so I let the flow push me up against some sedge and setup the small spinning rod. I was aiming for Chub and perch so was using light gear.
On the reel I have 15lb braid with a 7lb monofilament leader and a small rubber Shad on the end.
It was one until I had the first take and straight away I knew I was going to struggle as this was a big fish.
It started to take line of the reel and as it did this it also pulled the packraft into the flow of the river and then that was it.
The flow started to move me downstream and it wasn’t long until the Pike had shot into the weed and ‘Snap’ gone.
I decided to had a little further downstream so pack up the telescopic rod and just let the flow take me.
Further down the river I could see a man fishing further down so I kept on the opposite side of the bank and gave a ‘good morning’.
Why I bothered I don’t know as the first thing I got was “you shouldn’t be fishing here its all private!” The area I cast a line wasn’t and I didn’t even have my gear on show.
I said I was heading further downstream to fish and still got a barrage of abuse. (I hoped his next turd was a hedgehog) and moved further down stream.
The pace of the river started to pick up and I thought it would be difficult paddling back upstream so decided to head back.
This section (this time of the year) would be great to put in a Homersfield and take out at Bungay.
Packrafting on the River Waveney from Homersfield