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    Ron Clay Guest


    Those of you who remember the specimen hunting days of the 60s will know that it was vital that you did not look or act like a Noddy. Catching fish was secondary of course. Do these values still apply today? How do you act, dress and what tackle must you avoid if you do not want to be classified as a Noddy?

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    Rob Brownfield Guest


    Ron, you have seen them, the latest rods, reels, pods, bivvies, alarms, baits, camo clothes etc. Right bloody noddys!!!

    Makes me laugh really, there is me on my hands and knees with a 1950's split cane carp rod, a centrepin and a wee bit of quill for a float, knocking out 3 or 4 carp in an evening, being told "u won't catch there mate", or, "F~~k me mate, you really think you'll catch with your Grandads tackle"!

    They go on about this rod cost X pounds and that reel cost Y pounds etc. Better not tell them my split cane is worth 500 and the centrepin the quill, 1 new penny!

    Get yaself down onto the river Dee in Aberdeenshire...the real noddys are the Salmon guys with the Hardys rods and reels, neoprenes waders and the range rover on the bank. The gillie sets up the rod, chooses the fly, casts the rod, hooks the fish, plays it for a bit, then hands the rod to the "angler" to land it. They have no idea what fishing is all about, to them its a way of showing how much money they have.

    ps. The real salmon anglers are the guys with the intimate knowledge of the river, they know where the salmon lie up in the summer, in a spate, in low water etc. They can winkle salmon out of the most difficult pools...these guys are true anglers.

  3. #3
    Ron Clay Guest


    Sounds like you are dead right.

    I've just aquired a Harrison Barbel Quiver special by the way. Lovely rod, looking forward to christening it this weekend

    Does it make me a Noddy however

  4. #4
    Jon Moores Guest


    Hit a bit of a nerve with you did that Rob

    Must agree though. In general the ability of salmon anglers diminishes the higher the proce of the water. There are few branches of the sport where money buys 'success' as easily. Mind I would say that, I'm up your way for a fortnight soon fishing 'cheap' water


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    john conway Guest


    The noddy is the guy who doesn’t know what he’s doing and want’s to create the impression he does. Unfortunately this is a personality trait and exists in all sports. The other unfortunate thing is you sometime have to waste your time talking to them to find out they’re noddies. What’s even worse is occasionally they catch a fish, then they come and tell you what you are doing wrong!!!!!!!!

  6. #6
    Ron Clay Guest


    They sound like typical politicians then.

  7. #7
    Rob Brownfield Guest


    Jon, where are u fishing..i might be able to help.

  8. #8
    Chris Bishop Guest


    Noddies came from the 70s. Coarse Fisherman even had articles on how to spot 'em, how to tell if you were one etc etc.

    It was the little things that mattered back in the mid-70s, when punk burst onto the music scene and the new breed of specimen hunters arrived to rock the previously calm waters of the angling world.

    Sure, the new breed of big fish anglers didn't have spiky hairdos, safety pins through their noses or think dancing meant jumping up and down on the spot spitting at each other all night.

    But they were just as radical, in their own little way, as the punks.

    They had their uniform for a start. It was Barbours and rolled-down waders all the way in those days. Wooly knitted hats were definitely a no-no.

    Everything exposed (rods, rests etc etc etc) had to be matt black.

    Reels were either Mitchell 410s or Abu Cardinals loaded up with Sylcast.

    Whatever you stuck on your SS7s, it all had to be matched.

    All the rods had to be set at the same height, angle etc and all your bobbins had to dangle at the same distance.

    Image was a tricky thing in those days. There were no pods, rods were made of fibreglass and there was little in the way of purpose-made angling luggage etc.

    If you decided carrying all your kit in one of those wicker baskets made you look like Big Ears's best mate, you got a rucksack from army surplus and a deckchair to sit on.

    Some of my mates sprayed their deckchairs matt black. When it was hot, the paint sometimes wore off on their bums.

    I could go on all day about those halcyon days.

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    Ron Clay Guest


    Those were the days I missed of course, having emigrated in 1967

  10. #10
    Jon Moores Guest



    I'm fishing the Kirrie water on the South Esk. I've fished it each year since I was a student in Dundee, although not as prolific as some expensive waters, I know it a bit and love it so I keep going back.

    Have you fished it?


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