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    Re: Rod Material Evolution......

    Whatever happened to the Carrot fibre rods that was once deemed as the next rod material to Carbon fibre?

    Keith
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    Re: New record Barbel announced

    What a fabulous fish!

    Keith
  3. Re: Tying spade end hooks and hooklengths,or the inability to.

    Bob Nudds song ‘Maggots in ya catapult’ could be used as your backing track (if you are not a music lover).:)

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yZj6LmhG9iw

    Keith
  4. Re: Tying spade end hooks and hooklengths,or the inability to.

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    You might be surprised at how easy it is to tie a spade end hook using a hook tyer when you’re on the bank; I used to occasionally tie spades on the bank when I was short of ready tied hooks,...
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    If I’m using hooks of size 14 and smaller I prefer using spade end hooks (although I do often use size 14 eyed hooks) and for larger hooks I nearly always use eyed hooks unless I’m using a knotless...
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    Re: Chub Catching Methods

    Most of my better days after Chub have been on bread flake using either a float or a link leger, or a smallish piece of bread crust on a light link leger; together with small squeezed bread pieces as...
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    Re: What’s your views on Bolo rods

    My thoughts exactly.

    I much prefer using conventional longer rods to using a Bolo rod for the same reasons as everyone else on this thread (line sticking to the blank when damp because of the lack...
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    Re: The cost of your fishing.

    Mark, unfortunately this thing seems to be becoming more common these days as memberships get older and older.

    One of my clubs who have leased a beautiful remote and private estate lake in...
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    Re: landing net for canal lure fishing

    When I’m roving with lures for Perch and Chub I use the folding Wychwood landing net in the pic below which includes an extendable handle, and is large enough for the occasional smallish Pike and...
  10. Re: Winter fishing - tactics and info on what the actual Fish do in the worser weathe

    Even when your waters are completely iced over it can sometimes be worth visiting a water (with a camera or a pad and pencil instead of a rod) looking for the locations of any melt holes in the ice...
  11. Re: Winter fishing - tactics and info on what the actual Fish do in the worser weathe

    Great advice given in the previous posts, but one thing that I haven’t seen mentioned so far is that once the temperatures start to drop through the floor; the fish are less inclined to move around...
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    Re: How did you get on?

    Peter I didn’t realise you could still get flasks with the fragile glass inside them :)

    Keith
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    Re: How local is local

    Between the two clubs that I belong to I have 5 local lakes, two small local rivers and a local gravel pit complex all located within 2 or 3 miles from my house. My favourite local venue being a...
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    Re: Centre pin for a beginner

    Most of the time I use my pins for trotting on small steams and rivers after Barbel, Chub, Roach and Dace; with the very occasional day spent trotting on a slightly larger river; and for this I find...
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    Re: Another returning angler from Kent

    Hi Steve, welcome back to the fold and welcome to the forum.

    Looking forward to reading about your fishing exploits. :thumbs:

    Keith
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    Re: Centre pin line release

    I find that a line guard is definitely a hinderence when I’m doing a Wallis cast. Even the great man himself (F.W.K.Wallis) thought the same of his cast.

    F.W.K. Wallis called it ‘the Modern Light...
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    Re: Centre pin line release

    Line guards are a no no for me John because you can’t really do a decent Wallis cast with a line guard fitted.

    I never trot a float in gale force winds, so with my line coming off the bottom of...
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    Re: Centre pin line release

    I’ve tried both off the top and off the bottom and much prefer my line coming off the bottom.

    I can see why some anglers like the ‘off the top’ method because of it being a little more direct...
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    Re: Carp fly freinds

    A few years ago I bought myself a fly rod, reel and fly line with the aim of using it for fishing for Carp after watching a video of John Wilson using a fly rod on his lake using chum mixers instead...
  20. Thread: Pike Books

    by Keith M
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    Re: Pike Books

    I was bought up on Fred Bullers Classic book on ‘Pike’ plus a few others like Barry Rickards and Ray Webb’s book ‘Fishing for big Pike’ and also Gibbinsons book on Pike (which was part of the Osprey...
  21. Re: Which products for use as ointment or disinfectant?

    I have carried a little bottle of Klin-Ik for years, for use if I find any open sores or cuts on any of the fish that I catch no matter what species.

    It’s quite Rare for me to use it as I don’t...
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    Re: In and Out of Hospital

    Hope you have a speedy recovery and get back up and fishing like normal fairly soon.

    Keith
  23. Thread: I Concede.

    by Keith M
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    Re: I Concede.

    I might have a day or two after a Pike or two this winter but it would have to be a very mildish and windless day to get me out on my local reservoir otherwise I’ll be tucked up by the fire.

    I...
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    Re: Whip fishing advice please.

    To facilitate being able to play and land the very occasional unexpected rogue Carp or other large fish on a light un-elasticated telescopic whip using finer lines I use a 5 to 7mtr flexible tipped...
  25. Thread: Float making.

    by Keith M
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    Re: Float making.

    They are what’s called ‘Shabby chic’ in today’s world.
    Nothing wrong in that, as long as they are water proof and you can see the tips clearly :)

    Keith
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