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  1. quote:


    Originally posted by j_s:

     

    DG, I'm only quoting Farnham AS on the size of pike, it did seem a bit on the large side to me and more wishful thinking than fact :D

     

     

    Here is a pick of the barbel swim I found, it was very relaxing watching them move in the current.

     

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    A beautiful swim, typical of the Loddon .. and you can what I mean about trout ....!

     

    DG

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    Originally posted by Leon Roskilly:

     

    It's probably not a direct ban on angling that will do for us in the end, but a steady erosion of our liberties as anglers.

     

    That's why we should all suppport, and more importantly get involved with our angling bodies who we feel should do the job of standing up for us. Right now, there are many ready to complain, far too few prepared to get involved)

     

    Tight Lines - leon


    Well, another job for George Bush, maybe :confused:

     

    DG

  3. quote:


    Originally posted by Saul:

     

    I'm trying to identify a very nasty pond weed that has taken over a small pond


    I think this weed is called George Bush and originates in the USA

     

     

    DG

     

    quote:


    Originally posted by Saul:

    Any ideas of how to get rid of it ?


    Well, if Newt and his fellow Americans get their brains and another anatomical part of their rear nether regions in-gear next time around, and the votes aren't rigged as allegedly they were in Florida last time, that should do the trick :D

     

    [ 10. June 2004, 11:45 AM: Message edited by: The Diamond Geezer ]

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    Originally posted by Colin Brett:

     

    I find it's fine for using as Trout fly leaders. Nice turn over, less tangles and the knot strength if tied carefully [as should be all knots in any material] is also fine.

    Colin


    By it, I take it that you mean PVDF fluorocarbon-polymer based lines ? .... as opposed to hybrid co-polymers of fluoro and nylon etc?

     

    DG

     

     

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    Originally posted by Colin Brett:

     

    I use 5lb - 8lb and it's generally the Fulling Mill brand as it tends to be the cheapest.

     

    Colin


    Hmm, nice ... I like the best to be the cheapest ...see, it is possible, guys n gals

     

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    BTW this is a Coarse Fishing Forum, but I guess mentioning fluorocarbons was bound to creat a nice overlap between the two kinds of methods

     

    DG

     

     

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    Originally posted by Colin Brett:

     

    One of the downsides of the stuff is it doesn't go away or breakdown like ordinary mono!

    Colin


    I guess you mean ordinary nylon monofilament , because of course, fluorocarbon is a monofilament too?

     

    Anyway, peeps who keep trying to kid me and themselves that ordinary nylon monos last for years, please note Colin's comments!

     

    BTW, re: fluorocarbon monos, there are only a very few manufacturers in the world , so you have to watch-out for label-egineering .... different brand labels on exactly the same PVDF fluoro line

     

    DG

     

    [ 10. June 2004, 02:33 PM: Message edited by: The Diamond Geezer ]

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    Originally posted by Cranfield:

     

    I have been bringing a "fluorocarbon coated, copolymer line" back from the US for the last few years and am very impressed with it.

    The Manufacturer is P-Line and the product is "P-Line Fluoroclear".

     

    It is virtually invisible in the water, has good knot strength when using the usual knots and casts nicely. This year I have brought back their "X-tra Strong" version to try.

     


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    Heard a lot about P-Lines, mostly good Never used it myself. It's obviously something I ought to try-out. Thanks for the feedback and advice

     

    DG

     

     

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    Originally posted by Cranfield:

     

    I have also been trying Sufix DNA (soon to be renamed "Sufix ProMix"). This has excellent knot strngth, good abrasion resistance, with a very low memory and is superb for casting light lures. It is a "copolymer nylon formula".


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    I don't know that one! I must check it out ... thanks

     

    DG

     

     

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    Originally posted by Cranfield:

     

    Of course, these products retail for around £3.50 for 400 yard spools, in the US.

     

    I also bought two Shimano Stradics 2500FH,s, cost me £61.25 each, criminal, ain,t it ?


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    Yup, it's rip-off UK for sure :mad:

     

    DG

     

    [ 10. June 2004, 10:17 AM: Message edited by: The Diamond Geezer ]

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    Originally posted by j_s:

     

    I'm off to the River Loddon between Wokingham and Reading to fish for whatever I can catch, they have:

     

    Barbel to 14lb; Chub to 6lb; perch to 3lb; roach to 3lb; pike to 30lb (can't fish for them until I have attended/passed a course through the club)

    carp to 18lb bream to 6lb + others I think.


    ...yup ... nice venue ... Apache's neck of the woods, too .... re: other species, how's about trout? .. loads of 'em in there

     

    Re: pike, I've not heard of a 30+ lb fish having come out of there in the last couple of years, have you??

     

    DG

     

    [ 09. June 2004, 06:10 PM: Message edited by: The Diamond Geezer ]

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    Originally posted by sue:

     

    Regarding the post on giving away the locations of fishing venues, It was interesting to read the views on this. Does that mean I won't get many replies to my post of 6th June about where to fish in Wiltshire? If so and if people don't want to give away these sort of details on the site, why can't you send people like me an email? What do you think? The good side would be that only people who received email answers from their posts would know the venues, the bad side is that you might have unwanted emails being sent to you.

    Sue


    Sue

     

    I fish in Wiltshire, and it's quite a big county with loads of venues. I did read you post, and I think it would have been more helpful if you had put the venue about which you were/are enquiring, as the Subject.

     

    I've never heard of the place by the way, and I don't think it's very well-known.

     

    This is allI could find-about it ... Warminster (Wilts). Hunters Moon Lodge, Henford Marsh BA12 9PA has fishing for guests and club members................The perfect choice for your peaceful country holiday, these lodges enjoy settings beside or near to a lake – ideal for nature lovers, walkers and anglers.

    The main lodge in the grounds offers you a modern bar and restaurant and an information point where friendly staff will advise you on sightseeing highlights. All local amenities can be found in nearby Warminster, including a train station and swimming pool. Mountain bikes can be hired locally and there is coarse and fly fishing available (at an extra charge) within the grounds. :rolleyes:

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    Best fish it on-spec and tell us allabout it afterwards .... or you could e-mail the operators and ask them for some pre-arrival fishing guidance

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    DG

     

    [ 09. June 2004, 02:19 PM: Message edited by: The Diamond Geezer ]

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    Originally posted by sue:

     

    Regarding the post on giving away the locations of fishing venues, It was interesting to read the views on this. Does that mean I won't get many replies to my post of 6th June about where to fish in Wiltshire? If so and if people don't want to give away these sort of details on the site, why can't you send people like me an email? What do you think? The good side would be that only people who received email answers from their posts would know the venues, the bad side is that you might have unwanted emails being sent to you.

    Sue


    Sue

     

    I fish in Wiltshire, and it's quite a big county with loads of venues. I did read you post, and I think it would have been more helpful if you had put the venue about which you were/are enquiring, as the Subject.

     

    I've never heard of the place by the way, and I don't think it's very well-known.

     

     

    This is allI could find-about it ... Warminster (Wilts). Hunters Moon Lodge, Henford Marsh BA12 9PA has fishing for guests and club members................The perfect choice for your peaceful country holiday, these lodges enjoy settings beside or near to a lake – ideal for nature lovers, walkers and anglers.

    The main lodge in the grounds offers you a modern bar and restaurant and an information point where friendly staff will advise you on sightseeing highlights. All local amenities can be found in nearby Warminster, including a train station and swimming pool. Mountain bikes can be hired locally and there is coarse and fly fishing available (at an extra charge) within the grounds. :rolleyes:

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    Best fish it on-spec and tell us allabout it afterwards .... or you could e-mail the operators and ask them for some pre-arrival fishing guidance

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    DG

     

    [ 09. June 2004, 03:56 PM: Message edited by: The Diamond Geezer ]

  9. quote:


    Originally posted by mark barrett:

     

    ... without question the first night is going to be after Zander, .... but the middle level or the Ouse are looking like hot favourites, last year I had a 12.06 on the 17th, hoping for similar this year!!!


    Hmmmm nice! Good luck. Maybe the Cut-off channel too?

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    Go for it !

     

    D :cool: G

     

    [ 09. June 2004, 10:16 AM: Message edited by: The Diamond Geezer ]

  10. quote:


    Originally posted by malevans:

     

    ... I use normal nylon for the main-line, and braid or Maxima Clear for the hook-lengths.

     

    However I never fish with anything other than tapered co-polymer for fly fishing, point strength anything from 2 lb for small trout to 16.5 lb for salmon.

     

    I have total faith in the leaders and have not been let down yet.

     

    I use fluorocarbon for saltwater/pike fly leader but have never hook anything large enough to really test them, although smash takes from high single figure pike have tested them to a degree. I use Riverge Grand Max plus a wire trace for pike.


    Hi, Malevans!

     

    Many thanks for that very interesting and comprehensive input, especially the use of Riverge Grand Max when you're piking - you certainly fish a whole range of techniques and species.

     

    As far as nylon, co-polymer and fluorocarbon leaders go, have you tried and, if so, how do you rate .... RIO, Umpqua and/or Climax, ... compared with your Riverge?

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    When you're using Riverge for your piking, together with a wire trace of course ), are you using it as a shock-absorbing leader?

     

    Can you also tell me/us, please, which brand of nylon mainline(s) you use, and which hooklength braid ... oh, and your favourite knots!

     

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    Sorry about the surfeit of questions

     

    Many Thanks in anticipation

     

    DG

     

    [ 09. June 2004, 10:21 AM: Message edited by: The Diamond Geezer ]

  11. quote:


    Originally posted by BUDGIE:

     

    £7 thats more like it!


    V grateful for everyone's help ( except Colin's wine-dupp) ... what I've decided to do it to email a guy I know in the States and ask him to get half-a-dozen from BassPro and to air-mail them to me as a gift (to be repaid at a later date)

     

    It'll be interesting to see the gross cost to-my-doormat, and if it's less than £7, eat your heart out Colin :D

     

    DG

     

    DG

  12. quote:


    Originally posted by Julian:

     

    LOL – Fishing is not all about ‘substantiating data’ you know!


    ... agreed, but making pronouncements is, if they are to have any credibility.

     

    Why not buy a line which, in the first place meets the manufacturer's claims (BS, diameter etc) e.g. 12 lb BS, and then why knot use a knot which when wet (try fishing any other way) gives a breaking strength of 90+ % of the original dry unknotted BS? Otherwise why bother buying line based on BS or diameter or anything?

     

    Paying attention to detail and facts enables one to achieve maximum wet knot strength and thus lose fewer fish or hook-end tackle and thus achieve better fish & environment welfare.

     

    Otherwise it's like your buying a car and your finding that it doesn't do what you paid-for, and then the garage says "Bog off and go driving; don't worry about the fact that we can't substantiate our claims or back-up our guarantee" :rolleyes:

     

    Back to lines though, to finally illustrate again my point, in front of me I have some pukka test data (not amateurish in-the-garden-shed stuff) for 8 leader lines, all the of the same BS of course, and very similar diameter, so that the tenacity comparisons are fair.

     

    Just one set of data show that using the same knot, the knotless-knot for hooklength to hook eye tying, the wet knot strength varies from 90+ down to 66 %. So, armed with that info, it's much easier to select a line, on that parameter.

     

    Fortunately, in the other tests, the same Top 3 lines perform in the Top 5 for tensile strength, abrasion resistance & shock-load strength.

     

    Easy-peasy to choose the best .. which is what I personally like, and don't like to be conned and ripped-off by false claims.

     

    And finally.... I quote directly from the report ... ... anglers often end-up depending upon the advice and recommendations from sports shops, guides, sponsored anglers and fishing partners. Unfortunately, most of them don't know either and base their advice on experience and/or hearsay, which, although helpful, probably won't produce the most desirable choice.

     

    I've posted netfulls of very costly pukka (but totally free to AN readers) line test data , which I had assumed many found helpful, sadly and obviously not so in your case.

     

    DG

     

    P.S. Do your gratuitous and rather disingenuous comments apply solely to me, or do they also include Dave Barham who, on Elton's main website, has written what I regard as two of the most authoritative articles about mono and braids? :confused: .... obviously he too, by your implication, spends more time testing lines than fishing ... which of course is total cobblers ... it's easy-peasy for multi-tasking grown-ups to do both :D

     

    [ 09. June 2004, 08:05 AM: Message edited by: The Diamond Geezer ]

  13. quote:


    Originally posted by Julian:

    If upping the BS gets the results, then where’s the problem?


    .. well, where do I start .. diameter, presentation (poorer), suppleness (worse) ..

     

    Can't agree that the over-hand knot is the best, i.e. strongest, wet .... what back-to-back pukka comparative data do you have to substantiate that?

     

    And my whole point is ... that the only thing that matters is wet knot Breaking Strength, from a strength aspect, not mfs' claimed BSs on the spool... so testing your knotted line dry is .. well, work it out

     

    There is an ISO/EN method used by EFFTA for these tests :rolleyes:

     

    DG

  14. quote:


    Originally posted by Julian:

     

    In reply to DG:

     

    ....have been using the ESP stuff for 4 years or so.

     

    On 12 lb BS I was getting around 8 lb knot strength so moved up to the 15 which gave me about 12lb – fine for the situation.


    I assume your knot BS figures were obtained (you don't say how i.e. the actual method) using dry, unconditioned line?

     

    And, BTW, which knot wre you using?

     

    And of course, you don't know (do you?) what the actual dry unknotted BS of the line is/was?

     

    Assuming it was the claimed 12 lb, then your dry knot strength is only 66% .... I rest my case (see other thread re: Wet knot BS)

     

    All good interesting stuff, to me anyway. Can't beat some self-test facts and figures.

     

    DG

  15. quote:


    Originally posted by GlennB:

     

    Cheers for all the info DG!

     

    Turns out that Bristol Amalgamated AA is indeed the same as Bristol,Bath+Wiltshire AA. £30 book , signing up today :)

     

    Tight lines !

     

    Glenn


    Enjoy! Few Clubs can offer more venues with more specimen chub, pike, perch and barbel than Bristol Amalgamated, and all for 30 squid!

     

    You won't regret it .. guaranteed ..... must get my new Club Book next time I'm down that neck of the woods.

     

    DG

     

    [ 08. June 2004, 11:43 AM: Message edited by: The Diamond Geezer ]

  16. quote:


    Originally posted by Graham X:

     

    At the moment I've got Trilene Sensation (clear/white) XL (clear/white) and Big Game (clay) all in 6 lb b.s., rigged-up on three different float setups. My favourite is definitely the clay-coloured Big Game. The most "invisible" of the lot IMO.

     

    [Me a "line tart"? Never!] :D

     

    All the best.


    Thanks for that info, G

     

    Good choices of lines there, IMHO

     

    ... and there's nowt tarty about keeping abreast of the times and technology to make-sure that the single most important part of your tackle is the best there is

     

    I mean, how cranky am I about lines? :D ..it's just that I can't abide bullsh or being ripped-off. IMHO when it comes to lines, ignorance may be bliss, (and since when did it become a point of view? :confused: :rolleyes: ) but it doesn't do the fish any favours -- fish-care first, me!

     

    VIVE wet knot Breaking Strength!

     

    ... all the rest is cojones :D ..eh, Capt C?

     

    DG

     

    [ 08. June 2004, 10:44 AM: Message edited by: The Diamond Geezer ]

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