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    Default Re: To pole or not to pole

    Quote Originally Posted by whitty View Post
    As for not waiting that long Kev,i take it you dont fish the pole in the winter,else you fish some very well stocked waters lol...
    I made that comment more in hope

    I do fish the pole all year round - but I'm fishing for pleasure and I won't bother trying to hang on to it at length in a wind. I'll find another swim or another method.

    Well-stocked waters? I spent long enough fishing hard waters and I do like to fish now where you stand a chance of catching a few. But not stocked to commercial densities and not where the whole experience and surroundings feel unreal. There must be a few fish in some of the waters down your way, judging by your HDYGO posts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john step View Post
    I made my first pole aged about 12 or 13 from a length of bamboo and a 2 foot fibre glass tip one could buy from rod building supplies. It was about 14foot when rods were about 11 foot. I made it specifically to reach over reeds in an awkward place to catch chub on the R.Roding in Essex. It worked a treat dropping slugs on their tails and watching them spin round to grab them.
    Happy days.
    I find the pole still works well on the Roding it's just right for those now tight overgrown swims.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silvers View Post
    Hi Alan
    I think my answer about clumsy was actually more in response to other comments - as I know you know about pole fishing.

    Hemp fishing is an interesting one.
    Tony Marshall is one of the acknowledged experts at the method on the match circuit.
    he fishes the method on the pole exclusively - even on some pretty fast flowing sections of the trent. In such flows, he uses a long line method (5 sections or more) so that he can search the area of loose feed falling through the water column.
    The big reason for using the pole is to ensure that the line follows the float exactly and doesn't pull it off course at all. It also helps with hitting bites when they are cagey.
    On top if that he's a brilliant angler (which helps)
    I'm only 5 mins from a stretch of the Trent where anglers of the calibre of Tony Marshall fish the weekend and evening matches in summer. It's an eye-opener to see how some have adapted pole methods on water you'd swear would be best fished with running line. The level of control over exactly how and where the bait is presented is amazing, and reflected in the match results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Another Dave View Post
    Always struck me as the sort of thing the French go in for.
    Indeed. It struck members of the England team, too, when they were battered into 8th place from 12 in the 1970 World Championships. And not just the French, but the Dutch and (winners) Belgium, too. Their reaction on their return - ie start learning to fish pole as well as the continentals - sparked the rise of modern pole fishing in this country.

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    Oh,without doubt Kev,the lake i fish for the roach on the slider is full of roach,if you fish it this time of year you dont get a bite before 2pm,often 3,the Ouse has lots of fish,i would rather fish a running line,back to poles,ive won matches with thirty pounds of barbel in three hours on the Lea,more than once,you can fish the pole on fast flowing water,yes,in some swims its by far the best method,do i enjoy it,no,would i do it now,no,im hoping to get a reply from a club that has control of a stretch of the Thames i used to fish a long while ago,it used to be club controlled who allowed day tickets,the fishing deteriorated and the club had to give it up because nobody fished it,ive googled it and its up and running apparently,if i get a reply tonight i will go tomorrow,even though its around 55 miles or so,ive got four pints of reds,so a 3aa waggler might get a few casts...fingers crossed...
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    I have a number of poles, My first was a fibreglass Garbolino, in fact I still have it, then it was a 10 metre Daiwa , I bought a couple of Century excalibur poles, and whipped eyes on a couple of number one sections to have an external elastic system as well as internal on other topkits, My main pole today is a daiwa G50, I like others have a number of poles,margin and long, My best match result on the pole was just shy of 60lb of F1's caught at 10 metres using a method feeder against some far bank rushes. Conditions were wind and rain, I will also take feeder rod and float rod with me and use if needed. What has not been mentioned is "Poleitis" that's were anglers are obsessed with just using a pole in whatever conditions.As long as balanced tackle is used, there should be no breakages, I use up to 3 rollers if fishing at 16 metres or 17.5 metres.

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    Alan, the Thames will probably be pushing a bit.
    On days when the river is flowing too fast to hold bottom on a feeder rod or to float fish, the pole feeder is the best option. Many matches on the Thames recently have been won with this method.

    This video shows how to set it up and how to fish with it..



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    good question

    I alternate between method feeder , float with a conventional rod , pole and whip.

    I like all four methods both for effectiveness and the ability to eat a sandwich while fishing
    I can underarm a method feeder quite well and reach further than the pole and I love the clickety clack of a carp taking line
    Also method feeder in the margins on a commie can be deadly
    but then again I love the presentation you get with a pole and playing carp on a pole can be fun

    But most of all I love fishing for roach on a whip (huckleberry Finn fishing ) don't know why it appeals to me so much on light gear you can really make contact with the fish (have to watch out for the carp though)

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    How often do you upgrade a pole compared to rods, ? ,I have just sold a top range middy, preferring my mid range daiwa, The main reasons being, I have 16 topkits for daiwa,plus spare number 4's and extensions, also spares availability. Plus I had more confidence using the daiwa even though the middy was reputed to be stronger. I have had my daiwa 4 years, and it is at the point where the value can really dip, so do I sell and put money towards another or keep for few more years,

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    Sometimes using a pole can be a faff with all the re-baiting and shipping in and out and the backache of holding a long pole. I’m increasingly looking at going back to fishing like I did as a kid with a waggler.

    I do also like legering and fishing a bomb or hybrid Method feeder. It’s a very effective method all year round in waters dominated by the stocking of carp & F1’s

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