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Julian

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  • Birthday 08/29/1972

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    Leek, Staffordshire
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    Carp Fishing, Writing, Rallysport, Subaru Impreza’s, Photograpy, Music, and doing up our old Town House.
  1. Excatly, it's one of those sayings that has almost been accepted as always being misused. There was a regional reporter on central news a few years back that always used to get it wrong, but he thought it was a clever word so kept using it... Funnily enough, think he's now in prison for attacking somebody!
  2. It looks like a Titan 2000, which were a bit bigger than the originals. Had one myself. Great design... shame about the build quality!
  3. Interesting link, Elton. The words 'steer' and 'clear' spring to mind! And as for the price... I think it's him that's having the dream! At £5k for the 250lb, if you say they are all 20lb at best, that's over £400 each - though as he says, some are double figures so you're paying best part of £400 for a double figure fish! He's not even mentioned if they are health checked, so I can only assume they are not, which would add another few hundred pounds on it (not to mention you may have to kill some to get it!). No mention either of age – if they are old fish the doubles could
  4. Nice one, Elton. Cracking fish that one.
  5. Sounds like the conditions were challenging to say the least! Some cracking catches and some great images – credit to the continuing work Steve does with the water. Just wanted to congratulate Elton with his first 30, well done mate, can’t wait to see the photos! Well done to all
  6. Hi All, I had a special 2008 Limited Edition Carp Calendar published for my NorthWestCarp website. I have just ten left over after all my orders have gone out, so after clearing it with Elton, I thought I’d give you guys first refusal should anybody fancy one. The calendars are A4 in size, and have a page for each month and an additional cover page. Each month features a stunning waterscape image, with all types of waters featured. Although it’s been done as a carp calendar, there are only two shots which show rods, so it would suit any angler to be honest. I’ve posted a couple of exam
  7. Hi All, I had a special 2008 Limited Edition Carp Calendar published for my NorthWestCarp website. I have just ten left over after all my orders have gone out, so after clearing it with Elton, I thought I’d give you guys first refusal should anybody fancy one. The calendars are A4 in size, and have a page for each month plus additional cover page. Each month features a stunning waterscape image, with all types of waters featured. Although it’s been done as a carp calendar, there are only two shots which show rods, so it would suit any angler to be honest. I’ve posted a couple of exampl
  8. Thanks for the link Newt, Though I have to confess I’ve already found that site and watched most of the tutorials! Only problem is, most info refers to new carbon type rods that don’t require a varnish or old cane – can’t find any info on varnishing a fibreglass rod – unless I’m looking in the wrong place! Cheers… J
  9. Thanks for the tips guys. What sort of varnish should I use? Can I use the same varnish for the guides or should I use an epoxy resin? Cheers… Julian
  10. I’m looking to restore a 10ft 2-piece fibreglass leger rod passed down to me from my late father. I think I’ve learnt enough to have a go at whipping the eyes, etc, but I’m after a few tips about restoring the actual blank. I’ve read that fibreglass blanks don’t really need varnishing as they are waterproof anyway, but the rod looks to have been varnished in the past – probably when it was made judging by the poor state it’s in! I’d like to restore it ‘as was’ and so need advice on how to get the old varnish off, and put a new one on. I’ve read that glass from a broken beer bottle, or
  11. Thanks for the comments. No worries with links Chris. Cheers… Jules
  12. Hi All, As some of you might already know, my wife is a designer and for a number of years has produced designs for furnishings and wallpapers sold via High Street outlets such as Next, Ikea, and B&Q. After Izaak was born she was unable to go back to work on a part time basis and so has decided to start her own business doing high-end wedding stationery. Although I do say so myself, she is a really talented designer and all the products are handcrafted to the highest quality. With Elton’s help I’ve just finished a website that you can view here: http://www.inspiredbylisa.co.u
  13. You’d be best with a rigid-frame bivvy if you want it to stand up to the elements. Forget anything anything ‘dome’ related or with fibreglass poles – they won’t stand up to a big wind and are a nightmare to get up in a stiff breeze. You just want something you can whip open and peg down with zero fuss. The easiest for this would be something from the Nash range. I have a Titan Viper and swear by it, I’ve had a few now and they will stand up to the harshest winds whilst others all around me get swept away in big winds. I use one without a groundsheet and can set it up and peg it out in abou
  14. Hi all, Can anybody help with this visitors question to the forum? The Visitor has been directed to this thread so could any answers / help be posted below. Cheers, Julian. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I want to replace my baitrunner reels and despite reading some reviews I cannot decide between the Shimano XTE A 10000 or the Fox Stratos. Any advice and opinions would be very welcome. Thanks John Walker --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  15. In addition to suggestions already made; If you have actually watched them swimming over your baits and ignoring them, then there is obviously a problem with the bait or presentation, in the first instance, it could also be that they are ultra shy carp. I would have a play about with a few different baiting strategies. If you want to stick to boilies I would go for a fresh rolled bait rather than a ready made, and would try a few different tactics – tight baiting with minimal freebies, or scattered and liberal baiting over a wider area, or stringers, bags, etc. From what you have said
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