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    Test Curves and Vectors; Any Mathematicians Out There?

    It's worse than that. Many companies produce carp rods of increasingly high stated test curve, but some are deliberately over-rated to sell; most carp anglers want a high test curve rod (coz that means it casts further and catches bigger fish right?) but they don't actually like a stiff broom...
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    Test Curves and Vectors; Any Mathematicians Out There?

    Your assessment is entirely correct; it is impossible to produce a true 90 degree angle between rod tip and butt when pulling on the tip perpendicular to the butt. The closer you get to 90 degrees, the less effect a given additional pull makes to the angle, so it is quite easy to over-rate the...
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    Streamer fishing for wild brown trout.?

    That does look more suitable where small fish are present - I imagine you could produce a two inch 'fly' on a size 10 normal shank hook, which is about as large as I'd want to go. I'll have to tie a couple up and try them; there's a dark tunnel of blackthorn over a pool on a stretch of my local...
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    Streamer fishing for wild brown trout.?

    I have no problem with targeting large wild browns on streamers, and if I know where one is (and the rules permit) I will happily put up a 0X leader and a size 8 longshank muddler or woolly b*gger, if I can't shift the thing on a similar size dry sedge or moth pattern. I certainly don't consider...
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    Newbie to the cane: looking for guidance and advice

    I think Sheringham was using split cane by then, at least for fly rods. Nevertheless, a twelve foot cane fly rod is not something you'd want to wave about for long. Fortunately the necessity of drying and re-greasing (or reversing) the silk line ensured a rest at midday. We have it easy these...
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    Newbie to the cane: looking for guidance and advice

    Overkill maybe, but most anglers only had one rod, so they'd pick something that would cover as wide a range of situations as possible. Also, cane rods last longer if not abused, so it was common to go slightly heavier than what we'd consider suitable today. Go back to Sheringham's time...
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    Newbie to the cane: looking for guidance and advice

    You are now in a first-hand position to understand that all cane rods (they're cane by the way - only Americans call them bamboo, or worse, 'boo!) are not equal. So many people pick up a tired old cane in a junk shop or car boot sale, try it and assume all cane is the same. I use rods made of...
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    Newbie to the cane: looking for guidance and advice

    Eight-Eight was 8'8", Eighty-Five was 8'5" and Eighty-Three was 8'3". There was also a Seventy-Nine - you can work out the length - though that really is rare. The rod you've got sounds ideal - you won't be disappointed with it. For a first cane fly rod you've hit the jackpot. Don't be too...
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    Newbie to the cane: looking for guidance and advice

    The first question(s) to ask yourself is/are do you want a cane fly rod because it is traditional (or because you like the aesthetic) - and if so are you willing to accept that it may not perform as well as a modern one? If so, any of the makes you list above will serve your needs, as will a...
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    vivarelli fly reel

    Well, if you're selling it you can name the price!
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    vivarelli fly reel

    I hardly ever wind the line back on the reel when playing a fish; I've always just stripped it in by hand. Most times this is not a problem, but occasionally when wading, and more especially on one water I fish where the banks are heavily overgrown, having loose line lying around can be...
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    Handle thickness

    Fly rod handles are fairly easy to shape by hand without the aid of a lathe - at least, they're much easier than a long parallel coarse rod handle. Even the latter is possible with care and patience; I've done several. The trick is to keep the rod turning with one hand, making the same number of...
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    vivarelli fly reel

    I have used an old Mitchell 710 automatic reel on and off - mainly on one water where, besides the utility of rapid line pick-up being convenient to avoid tangling in the bankside herbage, the lack of audible check is a distinct advantage; the trout are spooky as anything and will bolt for cover...
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    Line rating / weight for old split cane rod

    Most nine foot cane rods take either a number 5, 6 or 7. If you start with number 6 you'll be one line size away at worst.
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    fly identification please

    If it was 1cm long it's not a Yellow May Dun - they are much larger. Also I don't think they inhabit still water. One possibility is Small Spurwing, which is about the right size and fairly pale, though it can appear yellowish in some lighting conditions.
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