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Alan Stubbs

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  1. Hi Ken, You have been in the wars and it's scaring me witless..... I have had a quadruple bypass after stents having been fitted previously, and now face the prospect of aortic valve replacement surgery. Oh, yeah, I'm not sure which will happen first - the heart surgery or cataract removals.
  2. I use Sensor and ProGold. I started out using Sensor and it has served me well for 20 years. However, I was given a reel of ProGold and found it quite supple and less visible - I think it may be a fluoro line, which would explain it. Either way, I'd recommend either, quite happily.
  3. I use Facebook to keep in touch with family and friends, but I do keep popping on here as it was my first venture into social media of any sort. It's nice to see people like Newt, Chesters, vagabond, etc still thriving.
  4. All I can say is 'I've missed this kind of banter! I can't believe I laughed out loud rather than groaned at the Godawful pun! Kudos, Ayjay
  5. I will be there, come hell or high water. It's been too long. Far too long.
  6. Not as active as I was, but whilst I move and breathe, I will fish

  7. I found this as a thread started by Robert LLewellyn on Google+ : https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hookpod/hookpod-saving-the-albatross-from-extinction
  8. I was talking to Den Darkin (Poledark) as while ago about Danny Fairbrass. Den taught me, without realising it, that keeping things simple as a non-specialist angler is just as successful as complicating things. It struck me, having watched him do a presentation at the NEC, and some of his Tackle Guru programmes, that his whole schtick revolves around getting as much Korda stuff between you and the fish as possible. At the risk of sounding like a terminal (pun intended) snob, it's his voice as much as what he says that irritates me.
  9. Just a thought... this was written over a hundred years ago: Oh, it's in the evening after dark That the blackleg miner goes to work With his moleskin pants and dirty shirt There goes the blackleg miner Oh, he takes his pick and down he goes, To hew the coal that lies below There's not a woman in this town row Would look at the blackleg miner Oh, it's in the evening after dark That the blackleg miner goes to work With his moleskin pants and dirty shirt There goes the blackleg miner Oh, Delaval is a terrible place They rub wet clay in the blackleg's face Around the pit they run a footrac
  10. Alan Stubbs

    Fish in

    I'll go anywhere - if I can get the time off from work. It's be great to see everyone again. My fierst AN fish-in was Stoney's MacMillan Nurses do ay Yateley, and I've been to Wingham twice. Each one has been brilliant.
  11. I have a Grandeslam 4 season bag. It's large, vey warm - but I'd still put a shroud over it to prevent damp from condensation. I paid £28 for it 6 years ago, and it has had very heavy use.... When I was recovering from heart surgery, I had to sleep in it for 4 weeks, as I was unable to get upstairs. Totally recommended.
  12. I don't soak line overnight, but I do spool up with the line in water.
  13. Cheers Phone.... This is one of the few permissible 'wild camping' places is the UK, and the idea is to catch our meals. There is a good head of brown trout, although I believe they're stockies rather than wildies. The only lure fishing I've done is in Cambridge, with an occasional poster, with a regular poster and good mate, Adam 247 and one afternoon with Steve Burke and the late and much missed Gerry Castles, (aka Argyll). I lost a decent pike with Steve and Gerry, but that was as near as I got to a catch. I've asked about crayfish, and it's unlikely they've invaded the reservoir,
  14. I've caught roach on glace cherry, and jack pike on a tutti frutti boilie.
  15. I've got an opportunity to fish the reservoir during early August and I'd be grateful for a heads-up. I've never fished for brown trout before and fly, lure and bait methods are permitted. I am tempted to fish worm and breadflake, from when I've read, but know nthing of suitable lure or fly patterns. Any ideas gratefully received. Alan
  16. Good luck everyone...Wingham's a magical place and I only regret that I won't be there because I can't get a weekend off (including holdays!) between now and next March.... queue a job search!)
  17. Theyr'e certainly members of the gallinule family, but they haven't got the white cere above the bill I'd associate with either European or American coots.
  18. The thing about linnet is that they are sociable birds - always in flocks - so if you see one, there are others nearby.
  19. I used to have the Hardy's shop in Pall mall as a customer. It was more to do with history and celeb spotting (What????) than quality. I think they really started to go downhill when Chub joined the stable, but 20 years ago I still recall someone walking into the shop complaining about the quality of whpping on a glass fly rod less than 2 months old.
  20. I can only imagine the effect it'll have had on the blind person's confidence to go outdoors on his own. I love the humour of this thread - it's as dark as a dark thing can be, but the substantive point is that some poor sod is now likely to become a prisoner of his own mind.
  21. Cheers...house move sorted, now for some fishing!
  22. It seems the difference between a blind person's white stick and a samurai sword is one lesson they don't teach at the police training school.
  23. Cheers Newt. Must admit I have spent more time fishing as a therapy than I expected.... and loved just being there.
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