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Philo and Terry have both put it better than I could ;)


Don't be afraid to ask questions, answering them is one of the things we like :)

John S

Quanti Canicula Ille In Fenestra


Species caught in 2017 Common Ash, Hawthorn, Hazel, Scots Pine, White Willow.

Species caught in 2016: Alder, Blackthorn, Common Ash, Crab Apple, Left Earlobe, Pedunculate Oak, Rock Whitebeam, Scots Pine, Smooth-leaved Elm, Swan, Wayfaring tree.

Species caught in 2015: Ash, Bird Cherry, Black-Headed Gull, Common Hazel, Common Whitebeam, Elder, Field Maple, Gorse, Puma, Sessile Oak, White Willow.

Species caught in 2014: Big Angry Man's Ear, Blackthorn, Common Ash, Common Whitebeam, Downy Birch, European Beech, European Holly, Hawthorn, Hazel, Scots Pine, Wych Elm.
Species caught in 2013: Beech, Elder, Hawthorn, Oak, Right Earlobe, Scots Pine.

Species caught in 2012: Ash, Aspen, Beech, Big Nasty Stinging Nettle, Birch, Copper Beech, Grey Willow, Holly, Hazel, Oak, Wasp Nest (that was a really bad day), White Poplar.
Species caught in 2011: Blackthorn, Crab Apple, Elder, Fir, Hawthorn, Horse Chestnut, Oak, Passing Dog, Rowan, Sycamore, Willow.
Species caught in 2010: Ash, Beech, Birch, Elder, Elm, Gorse, Mullberry, Oak, Poplar, Rowan, Sloe, Willow, Yew.

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Thanks for your replies, I'll be back with lots more basic questions as the weeks go on.

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There are as many ways of attaching pellets as there are inventive anglers !


Here is one for the heavier, larger halibut pellets - those that come with ready-made holes..


You need - pellets, baiting needle, scissors, small elastic bands. The first three should be in your tackle box already, and a few elastic bands won't take up much room and can be useful in many other ways.


Do I have to spell it out ? Needle through hole, use hook to pull elastic band** back through hole, boilie stop or (better and cheaper) grass stem through loop, pull tight, trim other end with scissors to leave 1/8" elastic band tag for hook. You now have a tagged pellet, just like those that you can buy in the shop !


The spare elastic will do two or three other pellets while you wait for the monster tench to eat the first one.


With the simple plain hook you can change pellets (or change to another bait) quickly, as you don't need to mess about with hair-rigging.


** obviously you need to select a sensible sized band in the first place - the counter at your local stationers will have a good selection - one packet will last about five seasons .

Edited by Vagabond



RNLI Governor


World species 471 : UK species 105 : English species 95 .

Certhia's world species - 215

Eclectic "husband and wife combined" world species 501


"Nothing matters very much, few things matter at all" - Plato

...only things like fresh bait and cold beer...

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