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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Modern fishing, a joyless experience?

    Must admit to not owning a bivvie, never understood those that set up and sit back. I do have one bait alarm and do put a second line out on occasion. But I love float fishing and always reach for my match rod first. Last season I discovered the joy of river fishing again and hope to expand on that. At 53 if it’s got fins I get the same amount of pleasure as I did when I was 9.

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    Default Re: Modern fishing, a joyless experience?

    I will be 78 on Monday. I am old, grey, grizzly, cantankerous, fractious, disagreeable and rude. But grumpy? me? never. Pete.
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    Default Re: Modern fishing, a joyless experience?

    I'm old school, one rod, always float fishing walking up and down rivers here and there but...... I'm actually envious of those in bivvies, those guys are camping and fishing, waking up to a beautiful waterside scene each morning, often with their mates, I think they are enjoying their fishing every bit as much as we are.

    If they along with us don't take themselves too seriously and respect their quarry and that of others good luck to them

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    Default Re: Modern fishing, a joyless experience?

    How about before a pint Pete???

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    Default Re: Modern fishing, a joyless experience?

    Quote Originally Posted by theartist View Post
    I'm old school, one rod, always float fishing walking up and down rivers here and there but...... I'm actually envious of those in bivvies, those guys are camping and fishing, waking up to a beautiful waterside scene each morning, often with their mates, I think they are enjoying their fishing every bit as much as we are.

    If they along with us don't take themselves too seriously and respect their quarry and that of others good luck to them
    Most of em don't wake up till 9am,not on the waters I fish anyway...

  6. #16

    Default Re: Modern fishing, a joyless experience?

    There are ceratinly some people on here who know how to catch carp and other big fish, but most, in their day to day fishing, like the type of thing you mention. Have you checked out the How Did You get On Thread, where people post reports of their outings?

    Just in the last few weeks, there have been reports of floatfishing on canals and lakes, floater fishing for carp, lure fishing for bass, spinning for perch and pike, pole fishing for roach and tench....... and there will be plenty of people here fishing rivers in a few weeks' time.

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    Default Re: Modern fishing, a joyless experience?

    But we don’t seem to get any reports from a few days in the bivvie.

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    Default Re: Modern fishing, a joyless experience?

    Over the years I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the different forms of fishing that I've indulged in . . . . . and I actually spent almost a decade fishing solely for Carp and spent many nights in the bivvy.

    After some few years I took the conscious decision not to leave my rods out over the sleeping hours as I preferred to fish well into darkness, then bring the rods in, cook a meal, and get a few hours sleep and begin again before dawn.

    Most of my 60 years fishing have been spent on the rivers float or feeder fishing with almost a decade fishing only matches or practicing on the match stetches . . . .

    The last 5 or 6 years I have spent mostly fly fishing, again, preferring the rivers to lakes, although some lakes are better than others.

    To my mind if I felt that any form of fishing had become "joyless" then I'd be looking to change something as I think fishing is the very best way of spending one's time.

    Scholars have long known that fishing eventually turns men into philosophers.

    Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to buy decent tackle on a philosopher's salary. ~

    Patrick F. McManus






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    Default Re: Modern fishing, a joyless experience?

    Joyless? The fish still have fins and swim in water. They still eat bread and worms. Everyone can do their own thing. No one is forced to follow the crowd.

    Personally I love all sorts of fishing. I floatfish,ledger, barbel fish, carp fish, roach fish tench fish and so on.

    Sometimes it is actually a pleasure to be beside a quiet lake in a bivvy for days on end. (I turned 70 last year and can be grumpy at times ) One doesn't have to have rods out all night. One can actually pull them in and get the most wonderful nights sleep in the open air.

    I just wonder if the poster fishes in crowded noisy places and might be better off finding somewhere quieter to do his own thing. Chill out its a wonderful pastime.

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    Default Re: Modern fishing, a joyless experience?

    Quote Originally Posted by whitty View Post
    How about before a pint Pete???
    Witty. That is before a pint. After a pint you don't want to know me. Pete.
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