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  1. I ordered a rod from here nearly a month a go and have still not received it. After sending them a few emails and receiving no reply i decided to phone the number listed on the site which gave me the voice of the BT women telling me there was a fault. The next day a guy answered the phone, checked up on my order and insisted it had been posted after another week i rang back and was assured again that the order is in the hands of the courier and that there is a backlog due to the bank holiday and royal wedding (i ordered the rod early April weeks before any weddings) I have recently
  2. cheers worms, i am used to practice casting with sea fishing tackle over the local park so will see if i can get the same funny looks with a fly rod
  3. hello was wondering if anyone could give me some advise on selecting a fly rod and reel, i have been coarse fishing and sea fishing for years but have never even held a fly rod but fancy giving it a go, but i have no idea on what to look for in a rod or what reel to pair with it, i am hoping to get to some fisheries at first to get started off and then move onto the rivers, mainly fishing for trout and grayling and am looking for some ideas on what to go for i am hoping to spend under £100 on a rod and reel to get me started in case i cannot manage to learn how to do it, yet i don
  4. for uk fish the stickleback would take some beating on being ferocious, a little weedy farm pond that i sometimes fish is full of them and in the summertime i often watch them swimming about attacking anything they think they can take on even seen one having a good scrap with a beetle.
  5. they should have a fight and both make a program about it, would be more entertaining
  6. i have just bought a okuma magnetix multiplier (without a level wind) but have only ever used a multiplier on a boat just to drop down to the bottom and have never cast with one before I am hoping to take it out for the 1st time this weekend, with my fixed spool just incase i fail to master it. But i dont want to waste too much fishing time dealing with birds nests or lose a thumb, so have been scouring the net for any articles or videos with a bit of info to get me started, but keep coming up with mainly info from yanks and australians about small bait casters rather than shore fis
  7. one of the old type metal landing net handles or keeping your lead weights in a strong cloth bag or a good solid torch would be much more "offensive" to any bankside attackers,
  8. i have always wondered where they get the nets from on the fishing programmes that always weigh exactly 1lb plus it would solve unhooking problems as often the hook comes out in the net,
  9. i think a lot of fishery owners play on anglers competitiveness, seems like everyone has to have a personal best list that will stand up to there friends list and rumours of where they allege these fish where caught get labelled as big fish waters by people convinced they too can catch these monsters. it seems that anyone who hasn't had a 3lb roach 5lb perch etc.. isnt worth there weight. obviously there are waters containing these fish and some people are lucky/skilled enough to catch them but it always seems funny there are more stories than there is proof.
  10. i very much doubt the one i caught was stocked, the lake i caught it on used to belong to a local factory that used the water for cooling. the factory as long since closed and a social club took over the fishing rights giving out annual permits to members for £15 which would be good value if it wasnt un-fishable for 90% of the year due to all the idiots who hang around it. i doubt it has been stocked in 20 years or more so most fish are born there or unwanted pets released in. there is a large playingfield nearby that gives away goldfish as "prizes" which i assume is how they got
  11. im not sure if they are but the one i caught was the same shape but less scaley (like a leather carp) and had lots of flecs of colours, white,blues,black and orange. nice catch i have never caught that many in one go in the heat of the moment and as i was on my own i never even thought of taking a pic :-(
  12. had a few hours down my local lake yesterday evening when i hooked into something that i expected to be yet another bream but turned out to be a big fantailed shubunkin, when i first seen it come to the surface i thought it was a koi but it was a nice thing to catch. i have had a few goldfish out of there which i expect where won at the local carnival and dumped in there as unwanted pets. but i have never heard of a shubunkin being caught and it was just under a lb in weight i have kept a few in the garden pond before but never seen one that big
  13. when ever i have spoke to anglers and have ask why they use such high breaking strain lines the answer is always the same "i tread 8lb line but kept getting snapped off" which as already been said takes some pressure to do assuming all the knots and line are good the fish is not allowed to make a run and is fighting against constant resistance. i have nowhere near as much experience as most of the other anglers on here but have never had trouble removing a hook as i was lucky enough to be taken fishing as a child and shown how to land and unhook a fish before ever being allowed to fish
  14. i remember a few years ago when i was a teenager someone invented a device for if you got snagged on a tree etc on the far bank it would supposedly slide down your line over your float and tackle cutting the line at the hook so all tackle was retrieved apart from the snagged hook. so after seeing such a gadget on tv i purchased one (or an imitation of one) on a market stall for £3.99. on my next visit to my local lake an over hanging tree was snagged and the device was placed over the line and slid down where it hit the float cut the line then sank to the bottom of the lake costing me
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