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On 1/31/2020 at 11:19 AM, gozzer said:

If the dye is introduced to the maggots after they have left the meat, then it's just dying the skin, and will easily come off on your hands. If it's introduced to the meat while they are still feeding, then the maggot itself is dyed, and there's less chance of having dyed fingers. Annatto paste was smeared onto meat before a 'blow', to produce a yellow/orange colour maggot. 

I'm pretty sure that the chysodine dye that was found to be carcinogenic was banned, but I might be mistaken. I do remember an alternative called, (I think) Kent dye, was used at one time. During my match fishing days, especially on the Trent, when a half gallon of bronze maggots was considered barely enough, we were all stained an orangey yellow. Me being a smoker had nicotine, and the maggot dye on my fingers, and on my moustache, people thought I smoked much more than I did. It took a lot of scrubbing to clean the stuff off my fingers and even then it didn't all come off. I remember some of the good match anglers of the time, eventually getting cancer, especially those who also ran tackle shops. Kenny Kendal, and Jack Watson from Leeds were amongst them.

Having said all that, when I go fishing now, I always get 'half and half' red and bronze, unless I'm wanting to turn my own casters, then it's whites only. I suppose old habits are hard to kick.


John, my local shop deff'o still uses chysodine.  I never found any benifit from using bronze maggs anyhow and do alreet with plain whites and reds.

Manys the time i've thought about just sticking to whites, at least your no worrying about the dye.  As I said, even the red ones burst and I get their red guts on my hands!

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11 hours ago, Cameraman said:

Congratulations, I didn't know you'd had a lottery win.🤣🤣🤣

You can afford printer ink.😉

I buy in bulk and have refillable cartridges ;)

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1 hour ago, chesters1 said:

I buy in bulk and have refillable cartridges ;)

Better still - Send stuff to one's work Email & use their Ink!! (& paper) :victory:

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