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Birch Grove Bonanza!

Posted by Julian , 02 October 2006 · 216 views

Finally managed to sort my Birch Grove Pictures from the week before last. It was a great week even though I had to go home a few days early for my brothers wedding, how selfish was he - getting married during our week on Birch!!It was a great week as usual, although it was a little sad in one regard; Anne who has been the Landlady at the Admiral...


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The stuff that dreams are made of....

Posted by Julian , 29 September 2006 · 160 views

Having just re-read my last entry, I have to raise a wry smile. I added it just before I set off for a few days fishing with Elton down on the syndicate lake. In the entry and wrote about how I just had a feeling that it was going to be a good session as all the omens were looking good.Just how good it actually ended up being surpassed any hopes that I mi...


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Christmas Comes Early…

Posted by Julian , 20 August 2006 · 164 views

What is it about preparing for a big fishing trip that makes us behave like little children?I don’t know the answer but it’s an interesting thought. I used to have one big ‘build-up mission’ prior to the ‘off’ on the Top Pool each June, where I would spend a whole week in pursuit of genuine Leney originals, but with Izaak’s arrival this year my fishing to...


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From one extreme…

Posted by Julian , 28 July 2006 · 165 views

Went back to Deep Hayes last night for a few hours surface fishing. I went in the evening as a friend has joined but he’s not as keen on the early morning sessions as me so we went down after work!Straight away I noticed a massive difference in the behaviour of the fish. Although they were about in numbers like normal, they were much more on edge and...


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Frustrated!

Posted by Julian , 26 July 2006 · 155 views

Did another early morning session today – first time on another new water! I’m getting about a bit lately! Lovely lake of about three acres with more features, bays, points, snags, pads and back waters than you could shake a stick at. I went up with Izaak for a quick reccy at the weekend but he started balling ten minutes into the job so I had to...


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Well and truly knackered!

Posted by Julian , 19 July 2006 · 116 views

I did another session on my new little water yesterday morning; I set the alarm for 4am and was at the water for around half past, just as it was coming light. It was only my third time on the water, and like the previous two sessions, I went after the carp off the surface, armed with one rod, net, mat, essentials and a big bag of flavoured dog biscuits...


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Not This Year...

Posted by Julian , 01 June 2006 · 114 views

Ahhh… The 1st June. Traditionally the first day of the season on Stoke-on-Trent AS waters for those who have completed work party’s and historically the time when you’ll find me stuck up on the Top Pool for two weeks solid before the crowds arrive on the 16th – but not this year.   Commitments elsewhere meant I was unable to complete the work parties and...


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Fully Scaled Mirrors R Us!

Posted by Julian , 31 May 2006 · 138 views

I managed to sneak a few hours surface fishing on Blackwood last night. I actually went down to a day ticket water in Cheddleton first but there were a few folk on and quite a rip on the surface, so I went up to Blackwood where Mart and I had the place to ourselves.It took a while to get them going and they were quite spooky, I had the feeling somebody el...


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Caught on film...

Posted by Julian , 30 May 2006 · 123 views

I took Izaak for a walk around my new target water early on Saturday and Sunday morning. Primarily this was so Lisa could have a few hours sleep but also because I want to spend as much time at the water as possible before the season kicks off on the 16th. I found a few nice fish lurking in various areas over the two reconnaissance sessions and I can’t wa...


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All Change...

Posted by Julian , 26 May 2006 · 119 views

All Change…It doesn’t seem a minute since my last entry, nearly six months ago!   Although when I think back, a lot has happened in that time, not fishing wise, I think I’ve only managed two or three sessions since January, each being a few snatched hours here and there, but the house is pretty much unrecognisable from what it was and of course I’m no...






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