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    Are there any guidelines for the best day to go lake fishing?

    I doubt that there will be any good time to fish a small stillwater in the South East on Friday. Average temperatures have been high for several weeks and will be warming up even more this week as daily temperatures rise to 30C on Friday. Bodies of water warm slowly and lose heat slowly...
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    Are there any guidelines for the best day to go lake fishing?

    If you fish small, stocked, C&R, stillwaters in high summer you're going to struggle, particularly in the south. Water temperatures and everything that goes with it does for it. We're misled by the magazines and the photo of success. Sometimes catching a trout is impossible and we need to...
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    Tough day on drys

    I'm sure fish can see the leader whether it's sunk or floating. Just like they can see the bloody great hook in the fly. For sure, it's less obvious sunk and thin, than floating and fat, but I'm convinced they see it. They obviously have excellent vision for their foodstuff - a few million...
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    Greys GR 60

    I have accidentally used my #7 weight rod with a #5 weight line - took the wrong rod to the lake. It worked and I fished with it all day but it wasn't something I'd want to do again. It actually quite likes an #8. If it's not too late to return it I would, otherwise try it.
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    Tough day on drys

    Fishing small C&R waters becomes progressively harder as the season goes on. Looking at our catch returns, blanks at this time of year are very common. I think it's a combination of increasingly educated fish and increasing water temperature - the fish just can't be arsed. Plus, as the...
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    Greys GR 60

    There is one downside - a guide took a look at it and said "Ah, Greys. Cheap Hardy" and sniffed. But he then performed all sorts of circus tricks with it and effortlessly cast it to the backing (something I've yet to accomplish), so I know that the rod is better than I am.
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    Greys GR 60

    I'd say it was medium fast - that's what Gary Evans sold it as. I have the #5 and the #7. The #7 is particularly powerful - I use it for salmon. They are pretty light - the 9' #5 is 3.2oz.
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    Greys GR 60

    Rumour has it that the gr60 is the same blank as the gr50. If so, it'll be a good rod.
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    Rod repairs

    If you just broke the tip off and you still have it, all you need do is heat it up to loosen the glue in it and pull the broken piece out. You just then roughen up the tip of the rod and areldite the ring back on. I'm still using a rod I did that to 6 years later.
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    Does humidity effect tippet?

    That diameter line can't sink unaided. It would have to be dragged down by a heavy fly or helped by being degreased regularly. You may have noticed if it was very calm? Curling sounds like static - but that's normally dry weather. Any lightning about? Wearing nylon?
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    Understanding Mono

    You don't need any, you already have the Maxima result. Just test your Stroft and anything else you have.
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    Line snips.

    Wait for Christmas, I get three every year from Christmas crackers.
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    Understanding Mono

    It seems to me we're in danger of getting a few things confused here. It's the angle that the line makes at the rod tip that matters and it's only partially, if anything, about leverage. We all know that if you need to pull for a break you have to point the rod directly down the line so that...
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    When that beautifully presented fly is not good enough!

    Sounds like it was the movement rather than the fly that worked there. I had a similar thing happen in a big buzzer hatch years ago in Essex, couldn't touch anything with buzzer imitations neither floating nor sub-surface. So I did something ungentlemanly that I'd read about and put on a white...
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