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#1 kestrel

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Posted 14 February 2007 - 06:32 PM

I saw someone fishing with some isotopes their bite indicators, any idea how long these lights last ? They are quite discreet but allow you to see your indicators in the dark.

Do they come in different sizes for different indicators ?
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Posted 14 February 2007 - 07:16 PM

I saw someone fishing with some isotopes their bite indicators, any idea how long these lights last ? They are quite discreet but allow you to see your indicators in the dark.

Do they come in different sizes for different indicators ?



I sometimes use them and yes they come in I think 3 colours and 3 sizes. They last about 7\9 hours. Got mine cheap from Lidles £2 for 50 last year.

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Posted 14 February 2007 - 09:29 PM

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Sorry John but I don't think you are getting isotopes at that price. I haven't bought one for years but I would guess that they are around £8 each. Real isotopes last for years and years, I can still remember discarding the ones that I bought back in the seventies.

Any decent tackle shop will stock them, I haven't looked recently because those that I bought five or six years back are still glowing.

Please note that doesn't mean that LIDL's whatevers are no good. Next time that I am near one of their shops I will drop in and see what they are selling as isotopes.

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Sorry, I forgot to say that they come in various colours and, I think, several intensities. They are all the same size, as far as i know any isotope will fit any bobbin designed to accept an isotope.

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Posted 14 February 2007 - 09:41 PM

Sorry John but I don't think you are getting isotopes at that price. I haven't bought one for years but I would guess that they are around £8 each. Real isotopes last for years and years, I can still remember discarding the ones that I bought back in the seventies.

Any decent tackle shop will stock them, I haven't looked recently because those that I bought five or six years back are still glowing.

Please note that doesn't mean that LIDL's whatevers are no good. Next time that I am near one of theit shops I will drop in and see what they are selling as isotopes.

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Sorry, I forgot to say that they come in various colours and, I think, several intensities. They are all the same size, as far as i know any isotope will fit any bobbin designed to accept an isotope.


I have wychwood screamer indicators , does anyone use isotopes for these ?
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Posted 14 February 2007 - 11:19 PM

Sorry John but I don't think you are getting isotopes at that price.


Well my friend last year lidlís were selling them in a box of 50ís colours red, blue and yellow for £2. (needless to say they sold out very quick)
You can get them in at least 2 sizes mini which you get 2 in a packet and the other size you get 1. Starlight are the most popular but other makes are now sold. They are designed to fit on midi floats, pull the top out and the starlight takes its place. They also of course fit your swingers or bobbings.

Forgot to say at the same time they were selling in a plastic case 4 remote bait alarms compleat for I think it was either £25 or £30 the same are sold on e-bay for £60.

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Edited by johnhere, 14 February 2007 - 11:31 PM.


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Posted 14 February 2007 - 11:46 PM

i have one from the 80's very dim now though ,it glows discretely on my shelf ,theres isotopes and chemical "isotopes" which last a few hours(starlights)
i prefer the modern disposable ones which are brighter anyway and come in sizes that fit floats not sink them.

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Posted 14 February 2007 - 11:46 PM

they were selling them at poundland aswell. they were 6 inches long ones i bought lasted about 6 hours, they came in packs of 50 in a tube(they were also red, blue and yellow) . they also sold large ones in packs of 2 these were about 3 inches long and an inch thick these were brilliant for rebaiting at night. i cut smaller ones and put them in droppers and perfect to se form bivvie.

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 08:33 AM

they were selling them at poundland aswell. they were 6 inches long ones i bought lasted about 6 hours, they came in packs of 50 in a tube(they were also red, blue and yellow) . they also sold large ones in packs of 2 these were about 3 inches long and an inch thick these were brilliant for rebaiting at night. i cut smaller ones and put them in droppers and perfect to se form bivvie.



I think the ones you are talking about are chemical lights, ones you have to crack to mix the chemicals , they last for hours. The isotopes I saw, last up to 20 years !
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Posted 15 February 2007 - 10:00 AM

I agree about the difference between isotopes (betalights) and chemical lights.

Something else to bear in mind is that if you don't use them chemical lights can lose their effect. You break them but they don't work! :wallbash: For this reason I feel that they should have a use by date on the packet.

Isotopes should work out considerably cheaper than chemical lights in the long run. However losing an isotope in the water is costly, so if float fishing make sure you have a lower breaking strain hooklength below the float.

One further tip when using either of them for float fishing is to shot the float so that part of the stem is also visible. The light is reflected in the water and this means you see 2 lights with a gap in between. It's much easier to detect and read bites this way - the gap disappears as the float begins to submerge.

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 02:22 PM

Sorry people my mistake I was treating isotopes and the ones you snap to get them to glow are one of the same but of course they are not.
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