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  1. Re: When does an Avon float become a Bolognese float?

    Yes bit of a tricky one that. And there are a lot of crossovers, traditionally avons were made from just two materials balsa and cane or cork and crowquill. Later foam was used and some later avons...
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    Re: The cult of the John Wilson Avon.

    Still got my Rovex model and yes still use it ,at11ft its still a workhorse rod.
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    Re: Worst Tackle buys

    Yes that's the ones not for me .
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    Re: Worst Tackle buys

    A matchbox seat box that was far to heavy to carry. A battery trolley that again required a crane to lift it in and out of the car. A drennan fd reel that lasted 2 minutes before the bail arm failed...
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    Re: Cloud Bait Recipe? Ingredients?

    Bran and condensed mink would give a good cloud effect the softer you mix the bigger the cloud effect. Died blood powder would also do a similar effect just red.
    Other things which work are powdered...
  6. Thread: Faint praise

    by trotter2
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    Re: Faint praise

    Been watching a few bits and pieces on ebay lately and totally agree prices are going a bit silly. Keep off it and do some gardening I say.
  7. Re: An item of tackle which has stood the test of time

    Few things I remember there. Golden marlin line that takes me back a bit. Used it myself for years. Had a brennan and hickman rod holdall as well. Orange and black if I remember correctly.
    Things...
  8. Thread: 10' float rod

    by trotter2
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    Re: 10' float rod

    A John Wilson 10ft float rod was a great little rod and cheap. You may have to look for second hand as I think they're now discontinued. Failing that go for an 11 ft drennan,
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    Re: Stick floats on winders

    I make mine about 7ft. If your fishing a bulk you could (as pointed out) make them much shorter.
    My loop on the rig is very small only about 8mm I blood knot that straight onto the main line. The...
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    Re: Auto-Renewing April 1st Licences

    Going to hang on, no telling how long it will be before we are allowed back out. Could be wasting your money.
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    Re: Stick floats on winders

    antique rosewood and bone float winder with Allcocks Tip -It & Self set floats for the collector
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    Re: Stick floats on winders

    The first reference in print I came across winders being used in a match situation was in a book published in 1990 Ken Giles & Dave harrel float fishing on rivers. Clive Branson is reputed as being...
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    Re: Stick floats on winders

    Looks like string of 6s two dropper of 8. And a 6 back shot Pete?.
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    Re: Stick floats on winders

    Differences of opinion that's fine.
    Stay safe everybody.
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    Re: Stick floats on winders

    I first used shock leaders back in the mid 70s for beachcasting it was 60 lb fixed to 12 lb reel line the advantages when distance casting are solid. A book by Kim Wilson was the very first time I...
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    Re: Stick floats on winders

    Hi the line you use for the rig is the same as on the reel. Only the hooklenghs are lighter to prevent the rig or reel line snapping if you need to pull for a break. In response to the loop catching...
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    Re: Stick floats on winders

    I tend to agree my eye sight not brilliant compared to when I was 20.
    Your hooklenghs need to be approx 1lb weaker than the rig line and the running line on the reel. The knot you use provided you...
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    Re: Stick floats on winders

    I will often rig up from start in a match if I have the time to do this.But it's good to know you have a rig made up ready on a winder that can be very quickly tied on. If you break or get a tangle...
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    Re: Stick floats on winders

    If you use the winder method of storing running line float rigs its common to use them 2 or 3 times then start again.The idea that you can use the rig all season would be foolish. It's done as a...
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    Re: Through Action Rod ?

    Yes Ian I agree the longer rod will definitely be more effective at line pick up stands to reason. I would hope the browning has overcome a lot of the problems asociated with the early spliced tip...
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    Re: Through Action Rod ?

    As Keith just pointed out and it still holds water the old match anglers carried two rods each fit for a different purpose. Spliced tip for short line fishing and a waggler rod for distance work. The...
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    Re: Through Action Rod ?

    To answer the spliced tip question .
    A lot of the very early spliced tip rods had this problem were the tip was soft to absorb the strike when light float and fine tackle was used. The problems...
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    Re: Through Action Rod ?

    If we have any older generation sea anglers the change can be seen most dramatically when we look at old beach casting rods compared to the rods we use today for the same purpose. Though action rods...
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    Re: Through Action Rod ?

    Through action rods the idea was when a load is applied to the rod the bend or load will be applied to the rod will be equally distributed down the whole length of the blank. The whole of the rod...
  25. Thread: Dace

    by trotter2
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    Re: Dace

    It's great fishing for dace on the Tees a pint of casters ,stick float and an acolyte ultra makes for a great evenings fishing after work.
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