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

    I only fish rivers during winter (come to that, I only fish rivers full stop) because the flow means the fish are expending energy to hold station so have to feed whether they like it or not. Agree...
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    Re: The cost of your fishing.

    fish either the Colne or Thames at Staines (both free) bait is either breadflake or cheesepaste. Any cheaper and they would be paying me.
  3. Thread: Hemp & Tares

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    Re: Hemp & Tares

    Too right-the difference between Tare like bullets and mush is about 5 seconds cooking time!
  4. Thread: Favourite bird?

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    Favourite bird?

    As we all know, one of the nice things about what we do is seeing things even the casual walker never does, so what is your favourite bird? I do enjoy seeing red kites and a barn owl at dusk...
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    Re: Tragedy on the Colne...

    Yes! My go to river at the moment is the Colne just before it enters the thames, how they bomb up and down barely inches from the surface and land on a branch like a sixpence is a worth a day out in...
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    Re: Tragedy on the Colne...

    If that's what happened i guess it's a very rare thing as all the kingfishers I have ever seen are superb flyers-Always gladdens the heart to see one, without fail.
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    Re: Chub and the future

    this is old news (circa 15 years ago) but I used to fish a lot around Barford Bridge after dark for chub (near margin, quivertipped cheesepaste) a caught a lot of decent chub (4lb plus)
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    Re: Centre pin line release

    off the top for me. Line seems to pay out better and as Nottskev says, braking big fish with the drum rotating anti-clockwise is an easier business altogether.
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    Re: How did you get on?

    Amanita Muscaria-if you ever need to take a trip to the moon without the hassle of space shuttles and the like, these are the babies for you. Unfortunately the effective dose to get off your head is...
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    Re: First time out....

    Agree with Nottskev. The wreake basically means chub, which will fall to a link ledger approach-breadflake or chessepaste is as avantgarde as you need to get baitwise and putting the bait in features...
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    Re: Truly compact folding chair

    one of the things I used to do (before I lost that sense of immortality needed to do it) was mountaineering. Weight is always a massive issue in that game and I find by comparison most, if not all,...
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    Re: Would you drink the water?

    no way- a recipe for disaster.
  13. Thread: Prawns as bait

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    Re: Prawns as bait

    All I seem to catch on prawns are eels-big ones though, if you like that sort of thing
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    Re: Landing net head shapes

    Even for us, this is a bit niche?
  15. Thread: 15' float rods

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    Re: 15' float rods

    No Sam, I have not had one which did not need some sort of tinkering with.
  16. Thread: 15' float rods

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    Re: 15' float rods

    For what it's worth I prefer the balance point to be my index finger on the reel stem, other wise it all feels top heavy, and if that means having to stick a chunk of lead in the butt cap, so be...
  17. Thread: Homemade maggots

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    Re: Homemade maggots

    Dad used to breed his own for matches in the seventies and I was co-opted to assist. The chicken carcase was wrapped in newspaper for about 4-5 days once blown, The smell on opening it up has never...
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    Re: Lesser known rods

    Agreed-think Shakespeare have been consistently under-rated.
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    Re: Shooting ban, could we next?

    I don't see any cause for alarm on our part just yet. The key difference being that we put our quarry back unharmed. Contrast the long history of hunt saboteurs giving gip to hunts, can anyone here...
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    Re: Fake maggot question?

    Never even tried them, nor do I intend to-how can plastic even approach a natural bait in terms of attractiveness smell wise? Might as well use paper instead of breadflake.
  21. Re: The lure of joining more and more fishing clubs...

    Last few years have settled into a routine of either fishing the thames of the colne where it enters the thames-all free.
  22. Thread: 15' float rods

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    Re: 15' float rods

    previously used the preston 15/17 ft, but hard work due to weight and balance issues. Got the drennan acolyte ultra 15 a while back and i would recommend it to anyone-a brilliant piece of kit for...
  23. Thread: Bait Confidence

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    Re: Bait Confidence

    sweetcorn just does not work for me. This may be a self fulfilling prophesy-I dont use it because its rubbish, I never catch on it because i dont use it. go to baits for me are maggots tares...
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    Re: Discontinued products......what would you want?

    I think they should bring back the Mabby (one for the teenagers there)
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    Re: Discontinued products......what would you want?

    Ha! Did anyone ever actually use them? Did they work?
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