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    Re: Deep water tench

    I've caught a few fish from "wild Irish loughs", but mostly roach and bream; the tench, apart from a few from a fair depth on Baird's Shore on the Dromore in Cavan, have all been caught in shallow...
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    Re: Bruce & Walker Hexagraph

    I'm curious about the appeal of these Hexagraphs. I'm not knocking the idea - I'm a little bit envious of the way you've refined your tackle down to exactly what you like, Steve, and I'd like to do...
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    Re: Does flooding change rivers?

    It's weird how something like "dredging is the answer" get fixed in so many people's minds.
    Why dredging, and not protecting wetlands, planting trees, creating water storage reservoirs,...
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    Re: Does flooding change rivers?

    Ha! I can imagine your surprise. I can remember standing on the bank scratching my head and checking I was where I thought I was. The bit with the new shape was just above the arches outside...
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    Re: Does flooding change rivers?

    It certainly does! I fished a favourite barbel swim - a few miles above where you go - last summer, and played the first one to the bank, where it snagged me up 3' below the surface (I could see my...
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    Re: Using tackle how you like.

    If you got a positive diagnosis for AS, it's certainly true that keeping yourself and your joints moving is the best policy. But of course, the catch is that when it plays up, the last thing you...
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    Re: Using tackle how you like.

    I get that it's your choice not to fish in places where the barbel need gear at the heavy end of the spectrum. Personally, I used to like to fish for them, in this region, on the Dove, the Derwent...
  8. Re: This site must be getting slow off the mark these days

    It may be unfishable, but you can still fish it (or in a nearby field) if you want your money's worth.
    I met someone who told me, re Council Tax "Why should I pay for streetlights? I don't go out ...
  9. Re: This site must be getting slow off the mark these days

    Now, now. It wasn't a referendum :)
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    Re: Using tackle how you like.

    I'm sure we all like to use technique and light/er gear to play fish. But where people don't, there's no need to assume they are beginners, barbel police (ancient history?) or dummies who think...
  11. Thread: Loop knot

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    Re: Loop knot

    Definitely, Mike. This clip explains the benefit of lubricating knots, and other things

    YouTube
  12. Thread: Elastics

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    Re: Elastics

    Elastication is a lot simpler if you're happy to swerve waters full of carp, or fish to avoid them, as far as that's possible, in waters that have some. I was reading your elastic inventory, Mark,...
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    Re: Feeder rod for big fish

    I do indeed. My best from it was a few ounces short of yours - but the rod I use in it is a couple of ounces heavier, and I've only dared floatfish that swim with a 2lb tc Harrison Chimera and 12lb...
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    Re: Feeder rod for big fish

    I don't mind who suggests what, but I did notice the OP wrote:

    "I'm not looking to cast to the horizon so not really looking for a distance feeder rod"
  15. Re: Oy-vey! From Tackle & Guns Magazine- re: Angling Direct

    That. And the soulless supermarket atmosphere, the stuff they stock ( and the stuff they don't) ......
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    Re: Feeder rod for big fish

    Listening to everyone who has one, The Hardy feeder rods are very good. But their fish-playing actions seem to be exceptional for feeder rods, and I'd be surprised if many are as good. I've got a...
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    Re: The lack of good fishing articles.

    Exactly. And they're not only funny.... two blokes in their 60's, both coming to terms with a cardiac mortality wake-up call, talk about all kinds of personal stuff not usually mentioned on tv, ...
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    Re: Difference between a Pole and a Whip

    Kind of. But poles are broken down - to get a fish in or bait your hook, you push whatever length of pole behind you - or along the canal path - and detach the top 6' or so which has your rig on,...
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    Re: Difference between a Pole and a Whip

    Whips are fished with a line just a couple of feet shorter than than the whip, so you lift it up and swing your bait or a small fish to hand, and you have, generally, more line in play. Poles are...
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    Re: Most chersihed rig bit...

    Those little rubber sliding float stops. I tie two nylon stops if the water is deep enough for the stop to need to go through the rod rings, but if the depth is say 11' and the rod 14' or 15', I'll...
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    Re: Accessory chair.

    Chris -Sam Vimes - had a chair made by Browning when we fished for tench last summer. It looked neat and comfortable and far less of a monstrosity than some of the chairs I've seen which made me...
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    Re: Horlicks as a binder

    Some anglers are unsure what the difference is between Horlicks and Sticky Mag. The main one is that Sticky Mag, mixed in water then added to hot milk, makes a palatable drink.
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    Re: Horlicks as a binder

    I think that's as a way to stick a clump of maggots together - cleaned of dust and slightly dampened - so they can be catapulted a long way and all hit the same spot.
  24. Thread: Ground bait

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    Re: Ground bait

    Well, I had some in the cupboard..... I'll try taking it with me.

    https://i.postimg.cc/tTPysvtT/pv1.jpg

    Commercial anglers have been using it to dust micro's to stick them on method feeders, so...
  25. Thread: Ground bait

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    Re: Ground bait

    Ah ha! Thanks - it's not just me then? I bought some Gros Gardons for use on a deep Trent marina where I like to start with a few ball of groundbait then loose feed when the roach turn up. The last...
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