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    Re: Rod Material Evolution......

    I just saw the tail-end of the pre-carbon rods. When I started fishing, the older kids who let me tag along to the canal had glass rods. The two kids who took it most seriously had Mordex and Milbro...
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    Re: Reels and the cost your prepared to pay.

    Centrepins seem over-priced, but I understand the temptations. The only new one I bought - an Adcock Stanton - cost £120 in 2002. Since then I've bought a couple, but they were bargains, relative to...
  3. Thread: Maggot riddle

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    Re: Maggot riddle

    There are three tackle shops I can get maggots from, and each has a different supplier. Bait from one comes pretty clean and doesn't smell much, but is on the small side and less fresh than others....
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    Re: BED/BREAKFAST with barbel

    I had a good couple of days on the Teme a few years ago. We stayed at a B&B just east of Tenbury Wells. I don't know if the B&B is still there. I don't know if the barbel are still there. I'm...
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    Re: from Russia. Kamchatka

    Hello Dmitry, Kamchatka looks like wild country with some big fish! I think most people on here are fishing for smaller species in lakes and rivers. But there are some who fish in the sea, and...
  6. Thread: Maggot riddle

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    Re: Maggot riddle

    I should have said, Mike, that the give-em-a -quick-riddle method I described depends on you having a riddle with a flat base a good bit bigger than the bait box, so you can slap the open box against...
  7. Thread: Maggot riddle

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    Re: Maggot riddle

    Never heard of anglers having riddling problems before. I've got several riddles here, but only do two things. To change the medium in some maggots so you can freshen your bait up - maize flour,...
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    Re: New record Barbel announced

    HDYGO does not, so far as I know, make national news and has, I've heard, fewer readers than Facebook, AT etc. . It's not afaIk used as a source by big fish chasers, unlike some media. Many posts are...
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    Re: New record Barbel announced

    I'm going to look like a party-pooper here, but even though I'm as keen on my fishing as the next angler, I rarely think about record fish sizes, in fact I'm not really bothered, and I'd score...
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    Re: To pole or not to pole

    Indeed. It struck members of the England team, too, when they were battered into 8th place from 12 in the 1970 World Championships. And not just the French, but the Dutch and (winners) Belgium, too....
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    Re: To pole or not to pole

    I'm only 5 mins from a stretch of the Trent where anglers of the calibre of Tony Marshall fish the weekend and evening matches in summer. It's an eye-opener to see how some have adapted pole methods...
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    Re: To pole or not to pole

    I made that comment more in hope :)

    I do fish the pole all year round - but I'm fishing for pleasure and I won't bother trying to hang on to it at length in a wind. I'll find another swim or...
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    Re: To pole or not to pole

    I remember all that! My first effort, on the Shakey tele, involved whipping quiver tip eyes onto the tip and fitting elastic between tip and bottom eye. It worked, kind of. Because you couldn't...
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    Re: To pole or not to pole

    I don't usually wait that long :) I'm not trying to persuade you personally, Alan - just saying, as they say.
    BTW, as to wearing out. I am still using the top end Shimano I bought in 1993! I've...
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    Re: To pole or not to pole

    Reading between the lines, some seem to see pole as a complication and a weighty chore compared to rod and line.
    I think it's often the other way around. If you are fishing say 6, 7, 8m from the...
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    Re: To pole or not to pole

    Each to their own, of course. But if we just stop at that, we'll have nothing to write about, so I'll add a bit more.

    I don't see the need to make it an "either/or" matter. Fishing methods are...
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    Re: To pole or not to pole

    Why anyone woukd cut themselves off from a method that has as many applications and variations as other methods is a mystery to me.

    I've used poles since the mid 1970's. The first one, a modified...
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    Re: New record Barbel announced

    This seems an odd story, on the face of it; is more of the story behind the picture known? It seems inexplicably naive to put out a record barbel pic with a landmark in the background - I can't see...
  19. Re: Tying spade end hooks and hooklengths,or the inability to.

    I can't see her without being reminded of her dad, but you might like this, Mike

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    With just a couple of days left, the lack of comment on this is surprising. Has anyone taken the time to complete the survey?
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    Thanks for that! I'm impressed that you're getting to the bottom of these knots. I'm completely happy with the Matchman knot - but I rarely go below a size 20, and I can often get an 18 to work...
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    Re: Are you tempted I was.

    I recently had a barbel rod made up to match my favourite Harrison. It was built by a former Harrison employee, who looked at the pic of my 2004 rod and said "Yeah, I built that. Would you like me to...
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    I may just have a blind spot on this, but I bought Kevin's book when it came out, and 40 years or so later I still can't fathom those hook-tying instructions. If you take B and try to take it round...
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    What leads you to say it's the best knot by far? How could it be shown to be better than the other two to anglers who've found either of those two entirely reliable? I've used the matchman for...
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    I didn't know that! I was reminded of the song when I bumped into this recently in one of my intermittent efforts to teach myself. No other human should ever have to listen, but I enjoy it, though...
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