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    Conservation Corner

    All depends on what you mean by "darn sarf". There's plenty of well known reservoirs in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. And plenty in Sussex and Kent...the south-west and the south-east respectively. The central gap is south of the Thames between Yeovil (Sutton Bingham) and Brighton (Ardingly)...
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    Conservation Corner

    I have also seen the destruction of ranunculus as bobmiddlepoint describes, arising from large swan numbers, on the Wiltshire Avon and the middle Wylye.
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    Traditional Flies for Rainbows

    Ref your comment Col and also WJ's post, would be interested to hear your (and others) experiences with fast retrieves ? Like WJ I don't necessarily go along with the view that triploids universally disdain a fast retrieved fly. But my recent experience "dahn sarrrf" is that the fast retrieve is...
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    Traditional Flies for Rainbows

    Down here in the sunny South I have a place in my fly box for traditional wet flies like Kate McLaren, Black Pennel, Mallard and Claret, Grouse and Green etc. I find they are specialist tools to use on a breezy but mild day when there's a fair ripple on the water. Match the observed or likely...
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    Reservoir Trout, a bank angler's guide by Henry Lowe and Dave Shipman

    Just a thought B, it might be worth reaching out to Paul Morgan at Coch y Bonddu books, to see if he can either locate a copy or alert you as and when one comes in to his stock. There is a "contact us" facility at the bottom left hand corner of the website home page ...
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    What is Frome Somerset like

    Frome gets quite a big up in this independent report (don't get hung up about the reference to Gloucester)... https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-56536909 The elder daughter of some very good friends of mine lives in Frome, and I have visited the town once or twice to meet...
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    The Angling Trust? Are you In or Out?

    Having got good support and feedback from my MP on two matters over the last year, one of them being the return of angling in May last year, I am less inclined to be cynical about all politicians, in all circumstances, than that. Can only speak as I found...
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    The Angling Trust? Are you In or Out?

    Agree 100% with what Bob says. The politicos want one organisation as a contact to speak to about, and for, angling; they are not interested in our internecine squabbles. For me the AT fulfils that role very well.
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    What am I doing wrong.

    To the sceptic(s) out there...Bob isn't making this up. It happens. It's happened to me. And if you want independent confirmation, find it in Gordon Fraser's excellent book "Mastering the Nymph" from the 1980s where it's described in more depth. I've found it most often happens when buzzer...
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    Brown or brown/rainbow cross?

    Thanks Rob. It may have been Ogston, but 1972 is a long time ago now !
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    Brown or brown/rainbow cross?

    Brown, I have seen that pink-ish sheen sometimes on browns I've caught. Loxie can possibly advise here. Way back in the dim far distant when I started fly fishing, I recall one of the Midlands reservoirs, maybe in Derbyshire, claiming they planned to, or had, stock with brown / rainbow...
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    Reservoir Trout, a bank angler's guide by Henry Lowe and Dave Shipman

    I have one B, not for sale at any price ! Also the boat fishers guide. Suggest you keep a regular eye on Coch y Bonddu books' website, copies for sale do pop up there occasionally...
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    BEWARE!

    Already done...in fact a week ago... https://anglingtrust.net/2021/03/11/angling-trust-challenges-ministers-over-conservative-anti-angling-report/
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    Fly Fishing Clubs near Southampton/Portsmouth

    Welcome, Lewys. Iain is right about day tickets on the Dorchester club beats, they are now £50 a pop or 3 for £100, either looks a good deal. To find the club's web page... http://www.grhe.co.uk/ To find Richard Slocock's offerings ... https://goflyfishing.co.uk/
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    Fly Fishing Clubs near Southampton/Portsmouth

    Similarly to Iain's comments about the Petworth and Bognor club, the Test Valley club is mainly coarse fishing orientated but has trout in its beats on the Blackwater and Cadnam rivers. Again not keepered, so possibly tough going. You will see there's also fishing on a Test beat after November...
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