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  • There are just as many carp in the near margin as the far one (if you can keep quiet), a 22" match landing net is more manoeuvrable than a carp net in a tight swim and will hold a mid-20 fairly easily. The bait? The larval form of Calliphoridae.


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  • as it negates the inalienable right to trundle around the bank like a rampaging hippo, bang in banksticks with a lump hammer, erect a marquee and have a BBQ and piss-up with both of their mates.

    Would rep

  • I got the £30 Lidl set when it was on sale. Did a day's fly fishing intro on a local chalk stream that cost 4x the rod price - instructor said he'd gone and bought three to have as spares.

  • Ha nice.

    Thanks for the other comments people, will look into this soon!

  • Live from the bank


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  • That is one mint barbel! It totally eclipses today's meagre single carp (crap: anag). I must try harder tomorrow, work beckons next week.


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  • Today's live from the bank. After a year of targeting the big roach on the syndicate lake, the 2lb barrier has been broken. Apologies for the Uncle Fester lookalike behind the very handsome roach....


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  • Found the big roach again, a brace at 1:12 and 1:15 today, this is the bigger one.


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  • The carp are getting bigger too.


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  • Phwaor - that's a beaut !

  • Agreed, both are stunners. Not jealous at all.

  • Anyone seen a fish recently? Haven't had anything out of the river for about a month now and getting suspicious...

  • Last time I went (Dec 14th) I caught two tench on the pole. Goal achieved. Haven't had a chance to get out since but the match reports looks very poor.
    When the temperature comes up and the rain stops, wait for a south westerly to drop slightly and you'll be in.

  • Question for you fishy folk - what knots do you use for joining very thin diameter tippet to other thin diameter tippet (6x/7x/~0.13mm)? Tried a couple of different knots (fig.8, 2/3/4 turn surgeon) and all seem quite a bit weaker than expected.

  • Back to back 5 turn grinner knots for dry fly, moistened with spit and tightened carefully. For nymph or any other fly, use a carp fishing rig ring with a grinner either side. The lighter line will break 90% of the time, meaning you only have to tie one knot next time.

  • Cheers. Are both tags suitable for droppers (with half hitch) or just one facing point fly?

  • And second question, does this apply for fluoro? Never had any issues with knots in maxima but had real issues last season with both fulling mull and riverge fine diameter fluoros.

  • We have a one fly rule on my syndicate, but I would always use the heavier tag, with a double grinner that will be the one emerging nearest the point fly. I would always use fluorocarbon at those diameters, with Gran Riverge for the tippet and something stiffer like Fulling Mill above it to help with turnover.

  • Ta. Grand max is what I’ve been using/struggling with. Will try double uni. I normally fish 6-7ft hand tapered 15-10lb maxima to a tippet ring for dry or nymph then 5-7ft of low diameter maxima into tippet so that tippet knot has been the issue

  • I think the problem is a longer leader than you need. If I remember right you're fishing West Country streams with light lines, 9' overall should be plenty. I'm fishing a chalkstream with 9', a 5' butt from a cheapy tapered mono leader cut down at both ends, 3' of stiff fluoro and 2' of Grand Max. Grand Max has the stiffness of steamed spaghetti. 3lb Fulling Mill has a .16 diameter and will break after Grand Max 3.5lb at .115, Fulling Mill 4lb is .195 if you want extra security or stiffness.

    You can tow oil rigs with 4lb Fulling Mill and it is subtle enough for early season nymph tippet. Grand Max is for low water struggling and when you need movement with tiny flies.

  • Cheers. Yes, I was West Country but in Bristol now. Still work in Exeter though so planning a few trips around there soon but I want to explore some of the local rivers around here too. Chew, Bristol Frome and little river Avon are top of the list so far.

    Leader length is fine normally with a longer rod (easier to switch for tight line tungsten lobbing) but I do go down to 9ft for the bushy small stuff.

    Agree on the grand max stuff being limp but great for size 20s and low water trout and fussy coarse fish though.

  • Really sad to see this in a local river, especially under the action from an agency that is supposed to be conserving our waterways. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/­2022/feb/06/anglers-heartbroken-as-stret­ch-of-river-tone-stripped-of-trees

  • A typical act of vandalism by what should be renamed the LDB, Land Drainage Board. They won't be happy until every waterway is a sterile canal, preferably concrete lined and every water meadow has a development on it (an excuse for further flood prevention measures). I look forward to their apoplexy at beaver dams, the natural consequence of re-wilding. There is a reason flood plains bear that name, humans should have to live with the bleeding obvious if they insist on building on them.

  • A typical act of vandalism by what should be renamed the LDB, Land Drainage Board. They won't be happy until every waterway is a sterile canal, preferably concrete lined and every water meadow has a development on it (an excuse for further flood prevention measures). I look forward to their apoplexy at beaver dams, the natural consequence of re-wilding. There is a reason flood plains bear that name, humans should have to live with the bleeding obvious if they insist on building on them.

    In actual fishing news, I am going tomorrow for the first time since the Winter Solstice Celebrations, I confidently expect to blank.

  • This is Dave.

    Dave is a perch.

    Dave is thick.

    Dave can be instantly recognised by his deformed dorsal fin.
    I first caught him (possibly her, in which case Davina) a month ago at 5 yards range. I caught him on Wednesday half a mile up the lake at 60 yards range. I then caught him an hour later on the same spot, rig and bait. OK, so perch rarely appear on University Challenge, but Dave is not a likely Nobel Laureate.


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