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    Default Returned to fishing? What changes have you noticed?

    I've noticed since browsing the forum that quite a lot of people are similar to myself, returning to course fishing after a sizeable absence. I've found massive changes in the 20 odd years I've been AWOL. Do others find the same?
    The dominance of carp fishing is the most obvious, I now find younger people looking at my tackle and techniques with barely contained pity! I've never used boilies, electronic bite alarms, and I don't own a bivvie. How the hell can I expect to catch a fish?! One lad at the local park called me "real old school" last week; I suspect that's code for decrepit old geezer!
    One difference I'm struggling with is fish identification, (it looks a bit like a crucian.....but just not quite right) I only found out about F1's from my mate a few months ago. Don't remember them fellas from last time round!
    I'm playing my old grumpy man card and continuing to fish like I did when fifteen, and find the same enjoyment from inexpensive simplicity.

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    Default Returned to fishing? What changes have you noticed?

    Huge changes in tackle and gear. Fish are still the same though. I’m much more comfortable with a float or an Arsley bomb than a method feeder or them funny rigs the carp guys use. I’ve no bivvy either ... still as much fun with a pint of maggots as it was 45 odd years ago when my brother took me down the cut.
    And I until a year or so I thought an F1 was either a geranium or a racing car !

    Just to add when I went in to my tackle shop a couple of years back and asked for a swing tip rod I thought he was going to fall off his chair

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    Default Re: Returned to fishing? What changes have you noticed?

    My daughter is 9, she harasses my wife to finish off the washing up liquid so we can have bite indicators for our ledgering!

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    Most of the tackle shops are gone, however there’s tonnes more info available on YouTube and on places like here than there ever was... making up somewhat though not entirely a direct replacement for the knowledge they contained.

    Carp have somehow turned from golden brown torpedoes into giant muddy tadpoles that look like they are struggling to breathe and somehow people hold unatturally large and unwieldy ones up with pride in the angling press.

    However the size and quality of accessible Perch, Chub, Barbel and Pike is glorious.

    There’s some cracking value tackle, like seriously cheap..... Or you can pay almost £1000 for an off the peg Carp Rod.

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    Default Re: Returned to fishing? What changes have you noticed?

    Carp was the preserve of a few specialists back in the day now it's the mainstream. I stick to old methods mainly, even for carp because I have always been too old to learn new tricks. But I like all the innovations and changes, makes life interesting and I do borrow from them sometimes. And I am probably one of the few who likes all the commercials on offer from the old school, the choice these days is far greater than when I was a kid.

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    Default Re: Returned to fishing? What changes have you noticed?

    The fishing content on YouTube is fantastic, it's one of the reasons i returned to fishing. It's a great way to explore and learn new techniques; it beats my angling apprenticeship from a drunken uncle and a hardback book!
    Wish I had access to all the info available today when I was young.

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    Default Re: Returned to fishing? What changes have you noticed?

    What a totally relatable post that is. Only thing I've changed is getting to the river by car instead of bike.

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    Default Re: Returned to fishing? What changes have you noticed?

    I don't know how far you like to travel for your fishing, but there are a lot more fish in the Dee and the Shroppie these days for an old school angler to go at.

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    Default Re: Returned to fishing? What changes have you noticed?

    I only returned to fishing 3.5 years or so ago after nearly 50 years. Float fishing remains a joy as is feeder fishing with a quiver tip or a swing tip. I decided I would have a go at methods I missed and not pursued today and buy some classic and highly regarded rods from yesteryear and I love them.

    Do not buy a carp rod ; they are horrible. I saw some reels in my local AD yesterday when I went to buy maggots. They were 14000 size and looked and felt utterly stupid, over the top and unnecessary and no doubt will be bought by those similarly described.

    I don't regret the " lost years" as I did many other things which I very much enjoyed. Now retired I can go when I want and where I want. Enjoy the catch up. Imagine you last heard a record in 1963 and wanted to listen to the music from then till now. What a fantastic time you would have. Some you would like and some you would hate just like fishing.
    Last edited by mikench; 02-07-2019 at 18:37.

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    Default Re: Returned to fishing? What changes have you noticed?

    Just remember that most of what you see is to catch anglers, not fish.
    That's about as big as a fish that big gets
    If you understand what you’re doing, you’re not learning anything................

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