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  1. Re: Winter fishing - tactics and info on what the actual Fish do in the worser weathe

    agreed Alan - hence my first line ... there are rules of thumb and then times when you break them.

    When the Ouse chub used to come up in the water freely ... and that's last century really I would...
  2. Re: Winter fishing - tactics and info on what the actual Fish do in the worser weathe

    Yes- but not always .... is a good maxim.

    I'm also a river floatfisher by preference.
    I usually feed more in the winter than in the summer because
    a) I'm fishing more productive venues such as...
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    Re: How did you get on?

    Well, as Alan (Whitty) wished me luck in the thread on hooks - here's my tale of woe from yesterday's Wye Championship!

    rearranged from a fortnight ago - as the river was 15cm below record level...
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    Re: Ever fallen out with the hooks you use.

    Thanks Alan, the Wye level is just about perfect for Hereford town stretch ... so I’ll probably draw out of town!
    There was a 97 pound roach catch on Wednesday from the peg below the town bridge.
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    Re: Ever fallen out with the hooks you use.

    I’ve just done the same with 18s and you’re absolutely right! I haven’t used the wide gape’s much yet ... perhaps I should have a bit more confidence in them!

    Thanks for prompting that ... one...
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    Re: Ever fallen out with the hooks you use.

    I always found the carbon chub too lightweight myself ... but i play chub really hard to drag them out of snags. i've started using the Drennan Wide gape (not the lighter wide gape match) for...
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    Re: Favourite bird?

    I guess that my favourite whilst fishing was a water rail ... which spend about an hour skulking around on top of a dead reed bed about 11m away from me on a Nene backwater 25 years ago.
    On top of...
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    Re: Ever fallen out with the hooks you use.

    I used to use the Mustad 39853 and 39855 (longer shank) for chubbing Alan ... back in the 80s. They had a slight twist to the bend (is that offset?) so that the point was not aligned to the shank...
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    Re: Chub and the future

    Sadly true ... certainly on rivers
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    Re: Chub and the future

    Cheers Alan,

    I was next peg to Paul on the last match I fished (which prompted this thread). He has been back on matches for a few years now after taking a long time out of fishing. He won the...
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    Re: Favourite bird?

    my favourite regular garden visitor is the Nuthatch.

    peregrines and choughs are pretty cool, although I've seen neither whilst fishing. It's nice to see the spread of red kites, I went on a...
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    Re: Chub and the future

    Noticeboard Alan? Paul C perchance?

    And yes, always particles on the float for me. I can count my successful catches of multiple chub an the feeder on one hand.

    I agree with the last two posts...
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    Re: Fishing method you are unlikely to pursue

    surely it’s the matchfishing mentality to a tee?
    I’ve won lots of prize money in the last decade on rivers with nets of fish under 5oz that most posters on here would not bother targeting.
    If...
  14. Thread: Bait Aprons

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    Re: Bait Aprons

    I prefer a smock rather than an apron - and a single pocket for the bait.
    I found a second hand shimano one on EBay after much waiting.
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    Re: Chub and the future

    Hiya Barbelboi

    I grew up in Odell and fish it (infrequently now) from Newport Pagnell down to Bedford.
    It's not just the Ouse though, barring a handful of stretches all of those rivers I've named...
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    Chub and the future

    This one is primarily aimed at Whitty ... but I'd welcome other observations from around the country!

    I'll start at the end: having not caught a chub between 2 oz and 3 pounds plus on the Great...
  17. Thread: Striking fish?

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    Re: Striking fish?

    Ivan used to write about trying to pull a tube (of line) through the water, to get the most direct contact to the fish. In practice this means striking to the side and the same side as any bow in...
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    Re: Ray Nimmo Floats

    Hi Alan,

    long, long time - you're correct in that Birdy went to Denmark mid to late 90s.
    I was in Black Horse from 91 to early 94 - it was only a couple of years after that.
    I know the machine...
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    Re: Ray Nimmo Floats

    Didn’t Ray sell his machinery lock stock & barrel to mark bird in 1989? Ie. Image floats.

    Or have I conflated two things in my memory?
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    Re: Shotting for a stick float

    Hi Tigger,
    agree with all of that apart from your preference for small bolo for close range work.
    Shot close to the hook - I always sigh when I read of people who don't put their tell tale within...
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    Re: Shotting for a stick float

    oh - you're back!
    I was actually trying to make the point that Sam Vimes made in the following post more eloquently - there are different styles that suit different venues, approaches and people....
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    Re: Shotting for a stick float

    I know Tigger, formerly of this parish, would advocate a float of the proportions of those Woody’s bolo floats for fishing small, shallow rivers .... but i’d Certainly not call that “stick float...
  23. Thread: Whips

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    Re: Whips

    can of worms truly opened ...

    anglers and manufacturers use the terms with a bit of abandon, and there is some cross-over.
    Historically a whip is a simple pole with a flexible solid top (flick...
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    Re: Rod tip breakage

    Just to say - if a float rod is incapable of swinging a 5oz roach without risk of breakage then it is simply not fit for my purposes.
    Even my canal rod can easily handle that - and it is soft enough...
  25. Thread: Whips

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    Re: Whips

    An old whip never dies... it just takes on some odd curves!
    I use three from the 80s and two more from the noughties ... none are available for sale now ... so not much use!
    Old
    Shakespeare 3m...
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