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  1. #81

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    it was absolutely my pleasure castaline, the pair of you did bloody well to last as well as you did! it was bloody tough on Saturday, especially for the dry fly man! gimmi a pm in a couple of weeks. it's pissing it down now so hopefully that will clear this horrible mugginess that seems to have effected the river so badly! that's my excuse anyway!!

  2. #82
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    Thankfully I didn't do any proper fishing (with a decent rod anyway!) on Friday and had to disappear very early on Sunday a.m. to attend a Level 2 rugby coaching course so I only blanked once, so thumb on nose to you lot!!

    It would be wrong to even think of defining the Social by the quality of the fishing, important as it is to the weekend but there are many other, often indescribable, parts of the equation that add to make the whole yet another special weekend. Yes, some blanks but lots of double figure days for others, with the knowledge and determination.

    How could a weekend of good weather with nearly 30 other like minded people, drinking and eating fine food not be good? And so it proved to be.

    As usual, sorry for the language at the auction but you know what to expect!

    Let's hope next spring is on time and the leafs are on the trees next year, when we surely gather again.

    Rob
    "The sun was so delightfully warm, and the stone, which had been sitting in it for a long time, was so warm, too, that Pooh had almost decided to go on being Pooh in the middle of the stream for the rest of the morning."

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    Big thanks to the Monnow Mafia ....and to all you that attended and made it another memorable weekend. The auction was for me the best yet in the few years I've been attending.....just wouldn't be the same without it!
    Sad that it was all over so quickly and we look forward to the next. I wouldn't miss it for the world really.
    I'm slowly working on Shane....he'll be the next Braai Master (he's got the tongs!) ;-)

    Here's to a good season ahead.

    Tight lines

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    Quote Originally Posted by taterdu View Post
    But . . . highlight for me was spotting two fish yesterday that would class as 'once in a lifetime' opportunities. The first was casually swimming up a shallow run, certainly 3lb or better and on a different river I'd wonder if it was a sea trout. The second was 'on the fin' at the confluence of the Dore and the Monnow but in such a position that I'd need my float tube to get a line to it - again 2.5 to 3lb. It was a privilege to see them.
    Are you sure they were trout?
    There are a few very large chub in that pool - est. 4lbs
    Spotted today supping flies off surface.
    PS You can wade there if you're bold!!
    Trout fishermen revere the trout; trout, on the other hand, unaware of their sublime standing in man's world, revere nothing, including man, a creature they seem to view with special contempt. Nihilism is a rare trait in fish but trout are full of it. The old men liked that.

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    I had a very clear view Patrick. I've caught many hundreds of chub but never a spotty one!

    Sent from my SM-N910F using Tapatalk

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    No aspersions cast on your eyesight!
    Had forgotten it was clear on your visit.
    Will be looking for the spotty monsters next trip.
    Trout fishermen revere the trout; trout, on the other hand, unaware of their sublime standing in man's world, revere nothing, including man, a creature they seem to view with special contempt. Nihilism is a rare trait in fish but trout are full of it. The old men liked that.

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    that's brilliant news!

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    A chub sure with spots on I never saw before!

    Trout fishermen revere the trout; trout, on the other hand, unaware of their sublime standing in man's world, revere nothing, including man, a creature they seem to view with special contempt. Nihilism is a rare trait in fish but trout are full of it. The old men liked that.

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