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  1. Dave, great to hear you are on the mend and out fishing again. I have been offline for a while, due to the move north but I will be logging in more frequently , just to keep an eye on you.


  2. I had a Winfield 12' Carbon Match, bought from Woolco Killingworth back in about 1981, It replaced an ABU All England glass rod that I wasn't too impressed with. It served me many years until I replaced it with a Silstar sliced tip Boron rod. It performed admirably.

  3. Long Rods i.e. 10ft or more with weights between 2-4# are becoming more popular for Grayling or Trout fishing using French, Polish or Czech

    Nymphing Techniques. These methods generally involve Flocking out a long leader with a team of weighted nymphs and fished upstream at close range. The long rod helps with this as you can hold the flies out in the current away from your body. There are plenty of articles in the Fly fishing magazines and on the internet about these techniques.

    If you fish traditional UK methods such as upstream dry or nymph or down and across northern spiders, then the rods suggested by Steve or Vagabond would be more suitable. I use a 10ft 4 weight for the Polish or French Nymphing and a 7'6" 3 weight or an 8'6” 4 weight for traditional UK techniques; the shorter rod for dries and the longer for Northern Spider fishing.


  4. Good luck to all, as we are preparing to move house, back to Northumberland we just haven't got the time to go this year. Still I will be able to get cheap Salmon and Sea Trout fishing on the Tyne and Coquet.



  5. I would recommend Cuba it has all the attraction of Mexico and Costa Rica, but with the advantage of being much cheaper (stay away from Avalon though, unless you have inherited a fortune).

    You can do Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo as a package tour so that keeps costs down and from there you can choose, Flats fishing for Bones Tarpon and the elusive Permit, Deep sea trolling for Sailfish, Wahoo, Dorado, King Mackerel, Yellow Tail and a chance of Marlin, or fish poppers in the mangrove channels for Cuda, Snapper, Jacks etc. and costs are reasonable. Also you can still DIY fish the islands.

    The beaches and Spas are superb so a non fishing partner will still find plenty to occupy them.

    Disadvantages is that you will need to bring most of your own gear, (the deep sea boats have their own but it is generally old and well used) and Kite surfing is a major problem on the Cayo Guillermo flats which used to be very good for Bones.



  6. Well the weather was OK until 12:00 and then it p**d down and we got soaked, still we managed quite a few species: Tompot Blenny, small Pollack, Ballan and Corkwing Wrasse, and Pouting, I managed one of about a pound and half, they actually go a bit on a 1-7g rod.

    Sue, Cat and Luke were dropshotting ragworm I had the majority of my fish on the small pink isome worms.


    Next time i will try for a meet in July, the weather may be better; that said the venue will be more crowded.



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  7. I would imagine you will be aiming to start off on the small still waters so something in the 9' - 9'6" range with a rating of 6-7# this will cover everything you will need to begin with. In terms of value for money and the fact that they are pretty damn good i would recommend that you look at the Shakespeare Agility Range Lots of them available from the online stores like this one (chosen at random): http://www.garryevans.co.uk/shakespeare-agility-fly-rods-save-up-to-15-6836-p.asp


    They will also be able to kit you out with a suitable reel (nothing too fancy to begin with) and Fly line to match (start with a floating line with a weight forward taper) you will also need tippet material, flies, landing net ( a coarse net will do to begin with), forceps etc. and if you intend to catch and kill a priest.


    I would also strongly recommend you get casting lessons to start with as it wil save you a lot of frustration in the long run.




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  8. You wil be able to pull in the rocks with that outfit Barry, we will be fishing with 2kg line and 5-20g weights and size 6-10 hooks, the Congers will not stand a chance. :clap2:



    I have some spare conger eel gear :fishing1: 10/0 bronze and 250lb trace, any good. :icecream:

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