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Retiarius

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  1. I suspect that the prominence given to carp, rather than other species, when it comes to the discussion of fish thefts is driven more by commercial concerns than any other. As Mr Salter says: "...Carp is worth millions to the economy because of the livelihoods it sustains in the fishing tackle industry and the fisheries, and the diversity from which farmers have been able to generate additional income." I also feel that the Eastern European/Polish argument gets far too much press. I'm not saying that it doesn't happen, but I have spent a lot of time in various fisheries all over the c
  2. Hello All, I was having a bankside chinwag with a fellow angler the other day. He said he'd been fishing the Lugg on the BAA Dinmore/Marden stretch a couple of days previously. He blanked - mind you, in my experience it blows hot and cold at this time of year. He'd got chatting to the farmer who's land it flows through there. The farmer told him "all" the fish had been eaten by mink and that there were none left. Does anyone know anything about this - is it true? was the farmer trying to deter anglers? is it another urban myth? I haven't been to the Lugg since last season, bu
  3. Second that Janet - small and easy to use.
  4. Some of you might be interested in this rant I was provoked to write last week... http://retiarius-angling.blogspot.com/2009...h-and-rant.html
  5. Thanks, Vagabond, for your reply. Yes, I've tried the usual search routes. I've also contacted the curator of the John Moore Museum in Tewkesbury. Moore co-wrote/edited H.T.'s last book, The Book of the Fly Rod in 1930. So far, no reply has been forthcoming. I know of 8 angling books written by H. T. I don't own any 'in the flesh' as it were, but have read them online, as scanned facsimilies, here: http://openlibrary.org/ Just put H T Sheringham in the search field and away you go. Other classics from angling's literary canon are available too. Regards, Retiarius.
  6. I have found this a very interesting topic - and thanks should go to Gozzer for bringing the consultation to light on the forum. I, for one, will respond to this EA consultation, as well as to the one specifically covering eel fishing and elvering. I have to say, however, that describing the way the EA does these things as 'bringing them in by the back door' reminds me of peoples' annoyance at 'stealth taxes', you know, those unknown taxes of which we are all, miraculously, aware. To be aware of these, and other consultations, one simply has to visit the EA website regularly and navig
  7. Hello All, I was wondering if anyone knows where I might find some biographical information on the great Hugh Tempest Sheringham, one of my favourite fishing writers. The only information I can find is the brief biography on the Medlar Press authors' page. I am particularly interested in any information concerning his birth and boyhood in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. I myself grew up in the town and learned to fish there as a boy. Any help, or general comments concerning H. T. Sheringham would be appreciated. regards, Samson P.S. By the way, I've posted this reque
  8. I've caught 2 Signal Crayfish this year on trotted red maggot - one from the Lugg and one from the Windrush. This surprised me - I'd expect them to have a go at a static bait, but to grab a small, fast-moving bait in coloured water speaks volumes for their temerity and efficiency as a species. Comparisons between Signal/Native Crayfish and Grey/Red Squirrels are obvious. I agree that the EA must do more if we're to be rid of them, but I fear it's too late. Retiarius http://retiarius-angling.blogspot.com/
  9. Thank,s everyone, for the advice. As I've only got to paint about 15 float tops - and I have it already - I'm going to go the Humbrol route. I think I'll get some of the Fascinating Finishes stuff for next time though - nice find Chavender. Regards, Retiarius http://retiarius-angling.blogspot.com/
  10. Hello All, Does anyone have any advice on a suitable paint for re-painting the tips on some old porcupine quills? I was going to use good old Humbroll Enamel and then varnish over the top. Thanks in advance for any suggestions. Regards, Retiarius. http://retiarius-angling.blogspot.com/
  11. I agree entirely - I'm teetering on the edge of ordering one myself (a Chris Lythe, that is). And what, in this instance, does 'handmade' mean exactly!? Retiarius http://retiarius-angling.blogspot.com/
  12. I think it was relatively common in the 'old times' - as was the use of, for example, treble and double hooks for carp fishing. If you read some of the literature of the 40s & 50s, like 'BB', Dick Walker etc. there is discussion of the practice. Having said that people often also gaffed carp in those days too and taking/ killing carp for setting up - or just for accurate weighing at home was regarded as ok. Thankfully, nowadays, we treat our fish as humanely as possible - I imagine the practice of using two hooks would be frowned upon by most clubs &societies. Having said that
  13. Thanks John - I'll have a look at the td-r. Retiarius
  14. Thanks, John, for your input. What I'm after is a reel to use when fishing smallish rivers where I need to get a legered or freelined bait under far bank shrubbery etc. This often involves a low trajectory flat cast. For years I've been using an ancient Mitchell 300 for this purpose, but, much as I love it, it's coming to the end of its useful life. I've considered rebuilding it with spares form the excellent Mitchell Parts website - or even buying one of their built-from-new-spares reels. On the other hand, I wouldn't mind shelling out on something modern and reliable, as long a
  15. Thanks, John, for your input. What I'm after is a reel to use when fishing smallish rivers where I need to get a legered or freelined bait under far bank shrubbery etc. This often involves a low trajectory flat cast. For years I've been using an ancient Mitchell 300 for this purpose, but, much as I love it, it's coming to the end of its useful life. I've considered rebuilding it with spares form the excellent Mitchell Parts website - or even buying one of their built-from-new-spares reels. On the other hand, I wouldn't mind shelling out on something modern and reliable, as long a
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