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  1. Re: if you could fish ANYWHERE in the world for 2 weeks???

    I will just stick to what I know. Clifton Grove on the Trent would do nicely for me. Not just for two weeks but forever. Pete.
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    Angling, The never ending Journey

    For me it most likely began when a nine year old school friend said one day “Lets go darn Trent fishing” and that was it. Initially it was just something else to do and not be taken seriously. What...
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    Re: Float making.

    I did ask for forgiveness. For the record as far as I am concerned Work is what other people do. Pete.
  4. Re: cormorants destroying fish stocks natural waters

    I know what you mean sis. When I still lived in Nottingham, 30 year ago there was a huge resident flock of cormorants at Attenborough Nature reserve. First thing they did each morning was to fly to...
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    Re: Float making.

    Gods forgive me, I invoked the Work Appreciation Society Fan Club. Pete
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    Re: Float making.

    s63. Snap. It's about 50 years since I last worked a capstan lathe, on bonus. Pete.
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    Re: Float making.

    s63. Thanks for that, I thought as much but it will not be a problem and the price is right. By the way the "pointy thing" is usually called a centre. Pete
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    Re: Float making.

    s63. I am interested also. Can't tell from the description, will it centre drill balsa dowel as it is or would I have to fit a second chuck on the bed to do that? Pete
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    Re: Dead cow's and strap leads

    Dave. Sent you a PM. Pete
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    Re: For all the blurb and modern advances…

    I am still using the methods and approaches I used fifty years ago, quite often with the same tackle. I attempt to make as much of the gear I use as I can. My results are sufficient to satisfy me and...
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    Re: Dead cow's and strap leads

    I took the advice offered on this thread and made some dead cows from 2mm lead sheet. I cut the profile out from a piece of lead sheet, 8cm x 10cm, then folded it under pressing and flattening it...
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    Re: Whats Difference

    Aknib. Can't fault your theory Steve. In practice it is somewhat different. When my son in law, Chris comes down to see me I take him to Todber Manor Fishery, because he's in to commercials. Last...
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    Re: Whats Difference

    Also being a river man I too am no expert. My calculated guess would be that the difference would be the price. But then I was ever the cynic. Pete
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    Re: Dead cow's and strap leads

    Thanks for that Mark. I have done a similar thing to cast big river plummets. I used a block of Plaster of Paris and ground the shape out with a tapered stone. Worked OK. When I lived in the Midlands...
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    Re: Dead cow's and strap leads

    Sam. I didn't realise immediately but the penny's just dropped. Matchmans Supplies is Tim Aplins place at West Bridgeford, in my home town of Nottingham. I been in there many a time. Pete.
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    Re: Dead cow's and strap leads

    Sorry Ray. I picked the wrong post. Pete
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    Re: Dead cow's and strap leads

    Once again, as I expected, you have come up trumps Gentlemen. I now have a way forward and avenues to explore. Thanks so much for your help and advice. Pete.
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    Re: Dead cow's and strap leads

    Any particular type of hard wood Ray? I could easily rout out a mould for some dead cows. Pete.
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    Re: Dead cow's and strap leads

    Sam. I have just ordered 10 three quarter oz straps at £7 plus £3.50 delivery. £1 a piece, about par for the course I reckon. That would only get me two pints of ale in my local, so happy with that....
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    Re: Dead cow's and strap leads

    Thank you Sam. That's what I need. Pete.
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    Dead cow's and strap leads

    Gentlemen. Some assistance please, if you are able. During the feeder fishing boom on the Trent we would often add extra lead to the feeder using, what we termed as dead cow's and strap leads, like...
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    Re: How did you get on?

    With the recent water and weather conditions fishing the river over the last month has been more or less a token gesture with no results worth talking about for me. But hope springs eternal, so this...
  23. Re: What was your first fish and where did you catch It ?

    For me that would be a gudgeon caught from the Trent in 1949. The tackle was a 10 or 12 foot garden cane, no reel, just silk line tied on the end with a goose quill float and a gilt crystal hook to...
  24. Thread: Disgorgers.

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    Re: Disgorgers.

    I am convinced that somewhere in the cosmos there is a disgorger black hole. Many years ago, when I worked with the tools, I made disgorgers by the hundreds, enough to last a lifetime, even after...
  25. Thread: All this Rain

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    Re: All this Rain

    Same here in the South. The grayling season on my local River Frome began on 1st Nov. So far, because of the flooding, I have only been able to fish three times. Results have been poor, one blank,...
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