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    Quote Originally Posted by thecrow View Post
    Also known as the Millers Thumb.
    Miller's Thumb is a name for the bullhead around here European bullhead - Wikipedia

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    Quote Originally Posted by Another Dave View Post
    Miller's Thumb is a name for the bullhead around here European bullhead - Wikipedia

    Yes you are correct.
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    In match fishing terms catching a Ruffe is known as a sign your swim is dying.

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    Why's that Jason?

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    Nice little fish along with Sticklebacks a fish i have not seen for too many years .

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    I posted a fish up for identification on here some time ago and it turned out to be a Ruffe, it was basking just under the surface in a canal-river system I have fished for years but never caught or seen one until this time. Perhaps they are increasing.

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    yes its a tommy ruffe or pope fish i think some one said millers thumb its not millers thumb is a bullhead i have only ever caught one in 60 years of fishing

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    Tommy ruffe, not seen one of those for yonks.
    Around here the millers thumb is a bull head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Jacobs View Post
    Definitely a Ruffe - the record being 5 ounces and 4 drams and has stood since 1980 with a fish from Cumbria.

    Down this way they were called "tommy ruffe" and once upon a time the Thames was full of them around Kingston and Hampton Court . . . . .

    They are greedy little perishers and more often than not would swallow the hook so needed a lot of care when unhooking . . . . .
    That brings back memories fishing as a lad along the stretches you've mentioned. Ugly brutes when they got a bit bigger and older, use to hate them.
    We always knew them as "Pope", why did they get that name?

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    Could be due to the Purple regalia sometimes worn by the Pope,and the colour of the Ruffe's eye.

    Or it could be a linguistic derivative of the word purple.... purp.... pope, either way it's gotta have something to do with it's distinctive eye colour

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