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    A bargain boat seat

    "Genuinely lucky" ! ... If I'd spotted it we might have got into a bidding war!
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    Nothing to lose

    Many who read this will already be aware of the Angling Trust and what they stand for. For those that don’t, they want to be the voice of angling (all three main branches of the sport), and a strong right arm, here in the UK. Some will have heard of the successful prosecutions of polluters...
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    Read all about it; no fake news here

    The Wild Trout Trust auction is one way you can get onto first class fishing, and like today’s trip, it’s also how you can get yourself some prime time with an exceptionally knowledgeable guide! This particular Lot gave my buddy and I two day-rods on the River Yealm. This urgent, tumbling river...
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    Fly patch

    Hey Guys and Gals, My leather and sheepskin folding fly patch is like me, ... nearly bald! Can anyone recommend an alternative currently available? It’s a clip on, and has provided good service for the last twelve years or maybe more. I look forward to your suggestions,
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    The continuing adventures of the Fluff Club, episode 56*

    A good number of Fluff Club members turned out today, John O’Gaunt has always been a popular venue. I was last to arrive, joining the Professor, the Admiral, Moneypenny, Foggy, Rodney, Threepio, Galilee and the Sailor! It was fantastic to see the Sailor again, still battling the big C, out with...
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    The continuing adventures of the Fluff Club, Episode 55

    That horrible hiatus officially ended a few weeks ago, and the Fluff Club soon arranged a trip which I unfortunately had to miss, due to the impending arrival of another grandchild, the handsome Rufus. Water under the bridge now, but I made it to this one … and what a one it turned out to be...
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    25lb Grafham Koi

    I knew there were plenty of monster Bream in there … but that just about takes the biscuit !
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    Chew?

    When I booked the boat for the Scierra Pairs heat, the chap asked me f I wanted a boat on the Friday for practice. I told him that the Covid19 situation dictated that I'll just wing it on the Saturday!
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    Chew fishing reports?

    Thanks for the info, Safe!
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    Chew?

    I can't find any intel re the fishing at Chew since the Covid-19 restriction was lifted; Can anyone provide a fishing report since resumption?
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    Chew fishing reports?

    Before the cursed Covid-19, I recall that Bristol Water, or possibly Chew fishery itself, regularly posted fishing reports. I had a look earlier today, and there doesn't appear to be any now. Can anyone throw some light on this, and better still has anyone got any intel, since fishing resumed?
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    How long before you change tactics?

    change it up all the time: flies, retrieves, depth, then go down a size and repeat all of the above. If it ain’t working, something needs to change!
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    Do you keep and maintain a diary ?

    I used to keep a fishing log when coarse fishing club competition and winter leagues, then gave up fishing pretty much, when we had twins in addition to the two boys we were already blessed with. Later, after really getting back into fishing, and mainly fly fishing, I started the log again. It...
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    Airflo vest, mesh backed, integral fly patch, etc Now SOLD, sorry

    Safe everyone! I have an Airflo vest which has just too many pockets for my liking. I genuinely wore it fishing just once, and must have looked like I was fitting, trying to find the various tools, gismos, and boxes I had squirrelled away inside. I think I'll stick with my old Orvis one for a...
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    Fly fishing in the Thames

    Sunbury used to be good for Dace, if you hit one in three bait fishing, expect the hit rate to be higher on a fly though. Way back when, they used to fish weir pools for slob trout … big old Browns! Chub on a bushy dry probably your best bet now, come the 16th!
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    Troutmasters 2020 Final Cancelled

    I know someone who will be excited by these last couple of posts ...
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    Dumb Luck and The Kindness of Strangers

    Have to say that JG is my favourite fishing author (although McGuane's 'Longest Silence' is THE best book), and that watching him answer those questions was almost as fascinating as reading his work. Dearly hope they do produce another Q&A, Thanks to all. Safe!
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    Split shot.

    Back in the days the 'code' was being drawn up, it was all about dry fly fishing; nymphing and wet flies were being ostracised, and so was any weight on the line, even if 'worming'. Basically, we still have this dogma affecting us, but over the pond they care much less about 'good form' and are...
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    Another mag title going

    Said it before, but once again: advertising revenues have been in a steep decline since the turn of the century. The problem stems from (a) an out-dated belief that paper and film advertising were the easy and only way to increase your sales, (b) a decline in the numbers of people going fishing...
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    Recruitment drive

    While you're about it, the Wessex branch of the FDG would really welcome new members, Corvid 19 aside, we meet most weeks of the year and try to fish together every month. What more do you want?
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