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    Re: The term "bumping fish"

    Absolutely, in the summer months you'll still get pestered when they are really going for it. I've somehow managed to catch minnows on hooks that definitely can not fit in their mouths. However, I...
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    Re: The term "bumping fish"

    Yep, you've said before. However, I suspect that your penchant for large hooks with multiple maggots means that you barely hook the stamp of fish that are most prone to being bumped. Absolutely...
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    Re: The term "bumping fish"

    We've had the discussion before and, as you know, to a significant extent, I disagree. I've no doubt some fish are bumped due to a poor hookhold. Even a switch from barbed to barbless is likely...
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    Re: Where can I buy.......

    As long as they don't turn out to be 2/0s (If they even size them the same as sea fishing hooks).
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    Re: Where can I buy.......

    This might be one of the little foibles of the numbering changes that some of the UK brands have adopted in the last few years. Preston swivels used to go as small as size 24. Since the renumbering...
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    Re: Where can I buy.......

    Quite a few snap swivels of various types available at Bobco. The smallest I can find are 16s branded by Matrix.
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    Re: Where can I buy.......

    I used to use the smaller size snap link swivels as float adaptors after giving up on standard silicone adaptors. However, I eventually gave up on them for a couple of reasons. The prime reason was...
  8. Re: Weed free rivers and lakes around the Earith / St Ives area in Cambridgeshire

    Just so you don't get to feeling that you are being deliberately ignored, I can't give you specific venues It's not an area that I'm desperately familiar with. However, what little knowledge I do...
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    Re: Still water fish movement.

    The reason I put some of the text in quotation marks was because they are things other people say when they take swipes at commies. You've taken them to be things I'm saying and taken me to task over...
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    Re: How did you get on?

    It feels like months since I got out fishing, but I finally managed it today. All in all, it was a bit of a struggle. The venue concerned has been poor for me this winter compared to previous ones. I...
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    Re: Just wondered ?

    Much is going to depend on your interpretation of what exactly a "lightning fast action" is. I have the 11' Acolyte Ultra (and several other Acolyte float rods). I feel that the actions are very...
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    Re: Still water fish movement.

    Rayner,
    you have interpreted my words as some kind of denigration. All I've said is that there can be a grain of truth in some of those extreme views that some folks have. I don't have...
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    Re: Bruce & Walker Hexagraph

    Like you, I don't really know, but I have my suspicions. However, much like the Daiwa Haxagon Whisker (fly) rods, I'm fascinated by them. I've barely seen any in the flesh, let alone used one. If it...
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    Re: Does flooding change rivers?

    I'd suggest that there's a perception that the floods are more frequent and a bit higher on average. However, I'm not entirely convinced about either being entirely true. One thing that does seem far...
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    Re: Deep water tench

    I fish a gravel pit where the shallowest water (other than a few margin areas) is about 12'. The deepest spot is 32' and the average is around 18'. I'd suggest that you seek out whatever marginal...
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    Re: Still water fish movement.

    Whilst that's true to an extent, it's also true that the greater the stocking density, or the lower the natural food levels, the less picky the resident fish can afford to be. It's this lack of...
  17. Re: Darent Valley Specialist landing net handle. 1.6 to 3metres.

    DV = 14oz (397g)
    Conoflex = 1lb 5 oz (595g)

    Gardner Specialist Extended = 1lb 2oz (513g)
    Drennan Super Specialist (Twistlock) = 13oz (362g)

    That makes the Conoflex sound like the Lone Angler...
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    Re: Does flooding change rivers?

    I think at least part of the problem is the general idea that flooding has never been so bad. This is largely reinforced by the EA river level "records". I appreciate that they had to start...
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    Re: Using tackle how you like.

    I think the video might not be quite as old as you might think!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubTj0AzmHxA
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    Re: Still water fish movement.

    Fish are fish. They simply adjust to their environment as necessary. The behaviour of fish in a full on match type commie can be drastically different to those in a more natural environment. However,...
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    Re: Still water fish movement.

    Yes, you can spot an unusual and non-native fish in your local river. However, if fish grow legs and walk between stillwaters it can be similar, though being certain about the source isn't really...
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    Re: Does flooding change rivers?

    My local can, and usually does, change with almost every flood. Usually, the more significant the flood, the more obvious the changes. The very minimum I expect to see is shifted gravel/cobbles. The...
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    Re: How did you get on?

    A bit of both.
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    Re: How did you get on?

    Not quite, just above the knee in the deepest spots on the normally dry path round.
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    Re: How did you get on?

    No fishing for me, but I did go for a wade around my syndicate lake.
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