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    Re: Any Daiwa 120M experts?

    Al you need to know about fluted floats is that they were a 1960s fad that basically doesn't work and that no top-class match angler has ever advocated their use. If they were any good we'd all be...
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    Re: Any Daiwa 120M experts?

    I've got a 120 and have just done an experiment. It's not a reel I use much at all though the reel I have is hardly used and over 30 years old; I bought it as I kept facing the wind waggler fishing...
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    Re: Chub and the future

    In the past chub have been prone to dominant year classes. On the Dorset Stour the two years that stood out were 1959 and 1975 which were hot summers followed by dry winters. In the late 70s the chub...
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    Re: River Roach at night

    Back in the early 80s I did a fair bit of mid winter after dark roach fishing on the Dorset Frome at Wareham QWuay. More failures than successes and we soon found that maggots brought amazing numbers...
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    Re: What length river float rod

    I'vbe used many float rods and found the optimum to be 13ft as the action is usually tighter and more wieldable. Drennan Acolytes are over-rated in my opinion and I'd splash the extra cash and get a...
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    Re: Shotting for a stick float

    Peter thought we were talking about standard small stick floats taking what would have been 0.4 or 0.5 grams not the ten times bigger 4 and 5 gram floats. The original sticks designed and made by...
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    Re: Shotting for a stick float

    Going back to the stick float - though I did get a pink inflatable unicorn 5ft long last season on the Stour, gutted and binned - having read the many responses on this thread, my best advice, apart...
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    Re: Shotting for a stick float

    I think you'll find that Billy Lane wasn't so much against using stick floats as against misusing them as the fad for stick floats saw them being used in circumstances where other floats would suit...
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    Re: Shotting for a stick float

    Mike, those are floats fpor fishing the Bolognese method, not stick floats. Much too heavy.
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    Re: Shotting for a stick float

    Are you sure these are 'stick' floats, Mike? 4 grams is 10 BB which is way outside normal stick float size. A light stick would take 3 no. 4, a medium one 5 no. 4 and a heavy one 7 no. 4. Do you have...
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    Re: Waters you won't be going back to

    I fished Broadlands a few times in the 1980s, pretty much always in matches and found it a fair but tough venue if a little noisy. It was frustrating inasmuch that every time the roach started to be...
  12. Re: when was the last time you guys cleaned out your tackle box

    I tend to use two sets of gear, a river roving bag and a box for Stillwater. I usually clean them out about every couple of months but in the meantime I will notice when a packet of hooks needs...
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    Re: Hooklength size

    I tie my own hook lengths and long ago settled on 6" for pole fishing and 22" for rod and line. I only ever put legal lead shot on the hook length and rarely have anything closer than about 12" on...
  14. Re: Evesham 3-Day Angling Festival, this weekend 24th-26th Aug

    I don't think I've watched the Evesham festival for close on 15 years, though I attended from the mid 80s through till about 2004. The days of big crowds are long gone and the fishing is dire. It was...
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    Re: Rod tip breakage

    I can't help thinking the Acolytes are a bit like the first ultra light pole I owned. Back in 1986 I bought a Tricast Maestro 11m pole for £200 - weight about 1100 grams - and it is slim and robust...
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    Re: The Silver Bream

    I'd say that Flight's fish is a silver bream - some pics of both silver bream and roach x bream in Big Roach 2 - it's easy to tell them apart with experience. I get the odd silver bream from Throop...
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    Re: Rod Quivers...

    I got a Gardner one about 15 years ago in one of the Coarse Fisherman subscription offers. I didn't use it for a long while but now use it for my river trips. I don't make up rods but just put two...
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    Re: Float fishing on a canal

    I only fished the Tiverton Canal once and that was in a match and where I drew had been polluted so we could only catch tiny pike. I remember that it was noted for tench so local advice might help,...
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    Re: Float fishing on a canal

    Which canal? There’s a lot of difference between a ship canal like the Exeter canal and a barge canal like the Tiverton canal!
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    Re: The Maidment Interview

    I don't know where the photo was taken, Neil (of the MEADs), but it wasn't Nimrod which started in about 1978 on the Waterloo Estate near Cabot Lane before it moved to Iford Parade (actually a...
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    Re: Record keeping

    I've kept diaries for 50 years now, there are a few gaps and I don't put much detail but far better than my memory. I've often had people tell me fish of a certain type were stocked in so and so year...
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    Re: The things we bring home.

    Apart from ants and slugs my old Primera gained a mouse when parked all day at Britford and I only found out when I found a chewed chair and groundbait bag a couple of days later; soon remedied!
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    Re: Royalty and Throop

    By the time you get to the end of Throop Fishery the Stour is 50% treated sewage, a fact lost on the morons jumping in the river from Iford Golf Course footbridge!
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    Re: The things we bring home.

    I managed to bring home about 200-300 ants a few weeks ago, they'd transferred to my rod quiver.
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    Re: Royalty and Throop

    Throop is low (the recent rain has had negligible effect) and weedy and though there's some weedcutting going on the danger is that the river will show its bones before too long. Some nice fish about...
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