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    Re: Whats Difference

    Aknib. Can't fault your theory Steve. In practice it is somewhat different. When my son in law, Chris comes down to see me I take him to Todber Manor Fishery, because he's in to commercials. Last...
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    Re: Whats Difference

    Also being a river man I too am no expert. My calculated guess would be that the difference would be the price. But then I was ever the cynic. Pete
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    Re: Dead cow's and strap leads

    Thanks for that Mark. I have done a similar thing to cast big river plummets. I used a block of Plaster of Paris and ground the shape out with a tapered stone. Worked OK. When I lived in the Midlands...
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    Re: Dead cow's and strap leads

    Sam. I didn't realise immediately but the penny's just dropped. Matchmans Supplies is Tim Aplins place at West Bridgeford, in my home town of Nottingham. I been in there many a time. Pete.
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    Re: Dead cow's and strap leads

    Sorry Ray. I picked the wrong post. Pete
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    Re: Dead cow's and strap leads

    Once again, as I expected, you have come up trumps Gentlemen. I now have a way forward and avenues to explore. Thanks so much for your help and advice. Pete.
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    Re: Dead cow's and strap leads

    Any particular type of hard wood Ray? I could easily rout out a mould for some dead cows. Pete.
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    Re: Dead cow's and strap leads

    Sam. I have just ordered 10 three quarter oz straps at £7 plus £3.50 delivery. £1 a piece, about par for the course I reckon. That would only get me two pints of ale in my local, so happy with that....
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    Re: Dead cow's and strap leads

    Thank you Sam. That's what I need. Pete.
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    Dead cow's and strap leads

    Gentlemen. Some assistance please, if you are able. During the feeder fishing boom on the Trent we would often add extra lead to the feeder using, what we termed as dead cow's and strap leads, like...
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    Re: How did you get on?

    With the recent water and weather conditions fishing the river over the last month has been more or less a token gesture with no results worth talking about for me. But hope springs eternal, so this...
  12. Re: What was your first fish and where did you catch It ?

    For me that would be a gudgeon caught from the Trent in 1949. The tackle was a 10 or 12 foot garden cane, no reel, just silk line tied on the end with a goose quill float and a gilt crystal hook to...
  13. Thread: Disgorgers.

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    Re: Disgorgers.

    I am convinced that somewhere in the cosmos there is a disgorger black hole. Many years ago, when I worked with the tools, I made disgorgers by the hundreds, enough to last a lifetime, even after...
  14. Thread: All this Rain

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    Re: All this Rain

    Same here in the South. The grayling season on my local River Frome began on 1st Nov. So far, because of the flooding, I have only been able to fish three times. Results have been poor, one blank,...
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    Re: To pole or not to pole

    I too first began using a pole in the 1970s. For me it was another method to be learned and used when conditions dictated. Currently I have three poles and a 7m whip. They sit along side my float...
  16. Re: Tying spade end hooks and hooklengths,or the inability to.

    Come on s63 stop lowering the tone of what is a lively and serious discussion. If you wish to be frivolous please use the correct thread:...
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    Re: Are you tempted I was.

    I have no qualms about buying new gear that I want, or perhaps even need. What I don't want is to be sat at the drinking benches in the halls of Valhalla crying in my ale and bemoaning the fact I...
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    Nottskev. I agree. I tie up the shank to the spade. Never had a problem with hooks tied for myself and never had a single complaint about the tens of thousands I have tied for the trade. That's not...
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    That's a disappointment mate. I was well impressed. Pete.
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    Wetthrough. That's pretty slick. Puts me in mind of the child's game "cats cradle". It's amazing just how many knots there are and permutations of tying them. Pete.
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    Glad you got the hang of it Mark. It is an easy thing to do but difficult to describe. I found that out when trying to explain it to a guy on a now defunct forum. That was the reason I made the home...
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    Spot on nottskev. I have several versions of this standard, those two included. The original and definitive being by Robert Petway:
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    Thanks Mike. May be if I added a backing track by that renowned blue man Blind Hooker Tier Bracket it may by more therapeutic. . Pete.
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    At the risk of being boring, as I have put this up, before here is my amateur video on how I tie spade end hooks. Not everyone's choice but it's worked for me this last 64 years. Pete.
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    Mark. I would like to read that. In the mid fifties Jim Sharp, a noted Nottingham matchman in his day, gave me a demo on how to whip a straight hook with silk. The hooks he used were manufacture with...
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