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    Re: First time out....

    Agree with Nottskev. The wreake basically means chub, which will fall to a link ledger approach-breadflake or chessepaste is as avantgarde as you need to get baitwise and putting the bait in features...
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    Re: Truly compact folding chair

    one of the things I used to do (before I lost that sense of immortality needed to do it) was mountaineering. Weight is always a massive issue in that game and I find by comparison most, if not all,...
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    Re: Would you drink the water?

    no way- a recipe for disaster.
  4. Thread: Prawns as bait

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    Re: Prawns as bait

    All I seem to catch on prawns are eels-big ones though, if you like that sort of thing
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    Re: Landing net head shapes

    Even for us, this is a bit niche?
  6. Thread: 15' float rods

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    Re: 15' float rods

    No Sam, I have not had one which did not need some sort of tinkering with.
  7. Thread: 15' float rods

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    Re: 15' float rods

    For what it's worth I prefer the balance point to be my index finger on the reel stem, other wise it all feels top heavy, and if that means having to stick a chunk of lead in the butt cap, so be...
  8. Thread: Homemade maggots

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    Re: Homemade maggots

    Dad used to breed his own for matches in the seventies and I was co-opted to assist. The chicken carcase was wrapped in newspaper for about 4-5 days once blown, The smell on opening it up has never...
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    Re: Lesser known rods

    Agreed-think Shakespeare have been consistently under-rated.
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    Re: Shooting ban, could we next?

    I don't see any cause for alarm on our part just yet. The key difference being that we put our quarry back unharmed. Contrast the long history of hunt saboteurs giving gip to hunts, can anyone here...
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    Re: Fake maggot question?

    Never even tried them, nor do I intend to-how can plastic even approach a natural bait in terms of attractiveness smell wise? Might as well use paper instead of breadflake.
  12. Re: The lure of joining more and more fishing clubs...

    Last few years have settled into a routine of either fishing the thames of the colne where it enters the thames-all free.
  13. Thread: 15' float rods

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    Re: 15' float rods

    previously used the preston 15/17 ft, but hard work due to weight and balance issues. Got the drennan acolyte ultra 15 a while back and i would recommend it to anyone-a brilliant piece of kit for...
  14. Thread: Bait Confidence

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    Re: Bait Confidence

    sweetcorn just does not work for me. This may be a self fulfilling prophesy-I dont use it because its rubbish, I never catch on it because i dont use it. go to baits for me are maggots tares...
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    Re: Discontinued products......what would you want?

    I think they should bring back the Mabby (one for the teenagers there)
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    Re: Discontinued products......what would you want?

    Ha! Did anyone ever actually use them? Did they work?
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    Re: Buying hemp seed.

    For what it's worth the last bulk purchase of hemp I got was from hinders and very good it was too, and at a fair price.
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    Re: Lesser known rods

    when the time comes i expect to inherit dad's 4 piece persuader match rod--be interesting to see how it stands up, being state of the art circa 1975
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    Re: Too many fish...???

    What happens if you get him started on JFK or 9/11?
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    close season nefariousness

    Just to be clear, I don't fish rivers during the close season (don't need the hassle) nor am I advocating such, but supposing one did, how much chance of being nabbed do you reckon there would be? My...
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    Re: Class A eels in the Thames

    this goes some way to explaining why the eels I catch around Kingston bridge go like nutters.
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    Re: Mini throwing stick.

    maybe I'm missing something, but why would you need to feed the swim during mid-fight?
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    Re: Ok,.it's obvious,but what did santa bring you.

    A drennan 3 rod quivr to replace the knackered advanta one-which to be fair has given sterling service for the price.
  24. Re: Advice on longer float rods for river fishing please.

    Drennan Acolyte ultra (or plus, depending on what your target fish/weight is). Close thread.
  25. Thread: Pacy water

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    Re: Pacy water

    The tip should have a slight bend in it (sam as if you were ledgring downstream) , bites showing as the tip springs back as the bait is dislodged. The trick is to calibrate the weight so it just...
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