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  1. The last few weeks has been hard work, just small fish and a 3 lb eel during the dry spell. So the tail end of a hurricane might stir things up, thought I Nope, at first,the same story, lots of tiddlers yesterday morning whilst fishing in a howling gale, until about 11.30 then the wind changed suddenly - from driving into our left ears from WNW it dropped , the ripples died away,then a gentle breeze from the SE sent a raft of floating leaves and twigs across the pond (They had been torn from the surrounding oaks and all those floating in the pond had been piled up by the gale into th
  2. At least one useful item has been produced by the mighty carp tackle industry - small rubber beads, one of which placed upline of the swivel stops damage to my nice agate tip rings which adorn my nice split-bamboo light spinning rods.
  3. Some of the hands went a bit close to the shredder, fingertips in would lead to your wellies being shredded......... or is this from before the days of "elf an' safftee innit"
  4. Well done John. The catch is less important than "Being There" Yes, everything now takes longer, I need glasses to thread hooks and tie knots now, and the developing tremor in my right arm doesn't help either, but I did get out after perch this last week, only small perch caught, and the one three-pounder was an eel. A very considerate eel though, no slime on clothes nor tackle (I beached it) and once on dry land it obligingly shed the hook - bundled it into a plastic shopping bag for weighing and return _ I wish all eels were as co-operative I am having to give up the more energetic
  5. No need to go abroad for zander - we have caught plenty from the Severn whenever we go that way, Norma and I have caught 501 different species worldwide - some species have interested us enough to want to catch more - such as tench, perch, bonefish, mullet, marlin, barramundi and wild trout. Other species we have caught, but not been too enthused by them, and moved on to another species Black bass, carp, cod, bream and mackerel belong to this latter group It has nothing to do with sheer fighting ability, rather it is an intangible matter of how challenging it is to catch a good one
  6. "a cuppa " at the angling shop - yep I remember, six communal chipped mugs, stained mahogany inside.........happy days. USA just the same, but coffee instead. John Geirach described tackle-store coffee. "Strong enough to take four spoonfuls of powdered creamer without changing colour" Fortunately I have acquired/made enough gear to last until about 2050, by which time I will be 116 and considering retiring.......
  7. About 15 years ago I purchased a headlight from a mail order outfit that has since gone the way of "everything for the carp fisher" (The company, not the headlight which latter BTW is still working) I no longer buy from this firm, but they still optimistically send me a large catalogue annually I look with some amusement on the expensive accouterments such as "buzzer bars"" etc (I still use a forked stick with rod-butt on the ground.....) I thought I would share the latest "essentials", Boilies are expensive enough, and for those who believe in groudbaiting with boile fragment
  8. In the old days, highland lairds stocked mountain lochans with trout, carried up in wooden barrels on a ghillie's back. Not an ergonomically or economically sound exercise, but of course little cost to the laird. I've trekked to quite a few such. Sometimes they are ful of tiddler trout, but soetimes there are fish over a pound apiece in quite tiny lochans.
  9. Yes, that's what I was hinting at, but I never fish commercials now, and sadly, many club anglers are putting pressure on their committees to turn all club still waters into replicas of commercials - overcrowded fish swimming about in a milky-coffee coloured soup of stirred-up bottom debris, fish crap and surplus groundbait. There is some illusion of skill in catching what is called "a good match weight" from such waters. Any skill involved is the skill of the assembly line rather than that of a hunter I used to fish a lot of these places for free to help provide "features" for a mate
  10. I would just add the thought that sweet corn (dunno about maize, supermarket tinned corn is cheap enough for me) seems to work on heavily fished waters, but not so well on the sparsely fished waters I prefer. I always remember a trip to Redmire in the days when very few anglers were permitted to fish there - the water was gin clear, and I had been told the previous angler had left ten days before. A preliminary "recce" established that one swim was carpeted by bright yellow sweet corn - an area about five feet by five feet, No fish were in the swim (although fish could be obse
  11. Sherlock Holmes "For some reason it seems to perpetually astonish the British public that one horse can run faster than another" Our R I master (sanctimonious old humbug) used to preach and screech about the evils of gambling, which made me inclined to take up bookmaking as a career. By contrast our maths master, after our final School Cert exams (yes I pre-date GCEs) spent the last few maths lessons of our school careers taking us through the mathematics of making a book. That nearly convinced me to become a bookie - and stopped me from ever becoming a punter !
  12. I think Kipling's ironies are beyond the comprehensions of the modern-day "politically correct" Kipling's racist soldier ruefully complaining about his Indian mistress ".....for she knifed me one night 'cos I wished she were white" focuses very neatly on the attitudes leading to racial problems. To call the poet (instead of the soldier) "racist" is just crass.
  13. indeed, John, but remember how the fable ends,,,,,a real wolf and nobody listening. Personally i think the analogy of water finding its own level applies . French vintners want us to buy wine, German car firms want to sell us cars - they wont wear "punishing" the UK with tariffs - if they do, then Aussie/N Zealand wines and Chinese/Japanese cars will flourish instead.
  14. Dave, i think you are missing the point - i'm not talking about warming tea on the firehole shelf, nor frying eggs on a shovel. I'm talking about working a steam loco with up to 220 lbs per sq inch boiler pressure - highly dangerous unless one knows exactly what one is doing. Man is slow to learn, and it took lots of boiler explosions in Victorian times before the lessons sunk in
  15. When I worked as a volunteer steam locomotive footplateman, I used to do that all the time !
  16. Steve I have caught mullet on fly on the ebb at several places. For West coast estuaries I use a small fiery brown or ginger fly #12 fished downstream, evening, ebb. Concealment is important because the light is from the west, the fly shows well to the mullet , as does the angler. One take per evening sounds about right, Flounders and tiny bass one has to accept. Never had much when fishing morning ebb with the light behind me. (reminds one of W S Gilbert's "rich attorney's elderly ugly daughter" who looked good in the dusk with the light behind her) One thing I found
  17. .............and the back-alley of the local grocer was a rich source of bottles
  18. As readers of "Angling Vagabond" will know, my first decent carp, hooked at night, was too big for my net, and had to be played until daylight, by when it was docile enough to be netted head-first, like an egg in an egg-cup. In 1949 the fish (8lb) was regarded as a monster Last week Norma and I repeated the feat We stopped at a motorhome site in Lincolnshire that offered fishing on site. One has to use mats and nets provided by the site. The nets are small, but we managed a 6-4 and a 7-7 carp landed by the method described above, as well as many other species A total "matchweigh
  19. Perhaps you should get out more More seriously, they are now much rarer than they used to be.. Folk would plant a walnut tree for the benefit of their great grandchildren. Alas, said ggchildren have long since sold the tree for veneer and it has never occurred to them to plant a replacement. Pickled walnuts with cold roast venison is one of my favourite packed lunch options.
  20. Lefty Kreh, aged 93 One of thr great fly fishers Fished with Hemingway and three US Presidents Born left-handed, suffered an injury to left arm, simply changed hands and cast with his right When asked what was the best length for a fly rod, he demonstrated he could cast with just the top joint, and also with his hand alone If you come across one of his books, buy it !!
  21. Just had a session on a gravel pit Fished for perch, one evening, the next day, and the following morning Evening - three bites, all within half an hour, yielded three perch, all over a pound, with the best 2-4 What was interesting was I fished in the teeth of a northerly gale - so fierce my eyes watered enough to blur vision and make tying hooks on difficult Now, received wisdom says perch do not like windy conditions and I nearly did not go. Food for thought. Next day, wind dropped to a gentle northerly breeze, with bright sun Fished 8am to 9pm Just one bite, at 8pm P
  22. A good day to go fishing.... Whilst wishing the couple well, their marriage is their business, not mine, so why would I watch it ?
  23. Two white-whiskered florid-faced elderly gentlemen were having tea at Simpsons-in-the-Strand and deep in animated discussion. "I am positive, Carstairs, the correct spelling is W.O.O.M.B. " "No,No Carruthers, the opinion in the Officers Mess at Mafeking was unanimous - it is W.O.O.O.M.B." A distinguished-looking lady of mature years was just finishing her tea at the next table. As she left, she paused briefly to say, "Excuse me gentlemen, but I could not help overhearing your conversation. For many years, I was matron at a large London Obstetric Hospital, and I can assure you on
  24. LOL I have just seen an article in the travel supplement of The Times "Tips on eating abroad: Eat where the locals eat (but not in America, or you may never leave McDonalds"
  25. Can vouch for that Phone - lots of places in USA where a restaurant is by a lake and surplus food gets chucked in The scenario looks just like that - in Texas there are various catfish in the mix as well. The source ? Lots of fat kids being bought far more fries than they can eat - the human race is only just beginning to realise it is a form of child abuse
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