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  1. J

    Nymphing jig hooks

    4wings The Fasna hooks are a curved shank type with a straight eye. Tie the tails in "round the bend" and the fly fishes point up very well. If used with normal beads it also works well for deep buzzer pupae. The 810 is stronger than the lighter 800 version. The Fulling Mill hook is a czech...
  2. J

    Nymphing jig hooks

    The hooks I use with these beads are Fasna F810 Larva Barbless in 12, 14, 16; the Fulling Mill 5065 Czech Nymph in 14 & 16, especially the 16, and the Veniard Osprey VH221 Barbless heavyweight in 12 & 14. This range of hooks covers most of my river nymph requirements apart from the REAL...
  3. J

    Nymphing jig hooks

    4wings, They are tied in at the eye of the hook as per normal. If you do Fig 8 turns of tying thread, ie around the base of the bead, they will turn the hook upside down when the fly is tied. Thread the bead onto the hook via the smaller hole.
  4. J

    Nymphing jig hooks

    I've given up using jig hooks because I now use the Off beads from Bogdan Gawlik in Poland who has a wide range of sizes and colours. Much simpler process than having to use a special hook and the same effect if not actually better. I certainly don't get snagged up any more than with the jig...
  5. J

    Tip of floating line sinking!

    Think about it. The core of the line is the same diameter all the way through its length. The line itself is not the same diameter throughout its length. Starts thin, gets thicker & gets thin again. There will not be the same amount of material that makes it float at the thin end as there is at...
  6. J

    Fly Acceptability Chart

    Ah well, I've tried to explain it in words that my 8 yr old grandson would understand, but even that seems to have been too much for you. Carry on playing with your fur by hand. Means effall to me.
  7. J

    Fly Acceptability Chart

    He was a lawyer by profession and therefore a reasonably educated and intelligent man. Had coffee grinders been around I rather suspect he would have seen a benefit in obtaining the mix of furs he wanted. I tie quite a lot of flies and I want to have a consistent mix of colours. Unlike you I...
  8. J

    Fly Acceptability Chart

    For the benefit of the ignorant Halford DID use a float as he came later to fly fishing, having coarse fished in his younger day. I'm sure he would have used a coffee grinder had such things been invented on those days in his search for that "exact imitation."
  9. J

    Dead drifting lure , buzzer/nymph combo

    Both laptops are in use and still have live accounts. This situation is not my fault and if admin gets round to reading this and does something sensible about it like making sure I can access my account from THIS laptop as well as the other, older one, I will be only too happy to comply. I told...
  10. J

    Dead drifting lure , buzzer/nymph combo

    Took you long enough. As already explained it is due to my having a new laptop using Windows 10 which does not recognise my previous alter ego despite several pleas for help to admin. Sooner or later I am going to have a discussion with myself. How about BobP in favour of indicators vs Juneau...
  11. J

    Dead drifting lure , buzzer/nymph combo

    If you're aiming to catch fish on the nymph/buzzer then why not fish with a larger/heavier buzzer on the point? If the fish are feeding on buzzers give them what they want. When the water is cold in the first few weeks then I will dispense with the top dropper and just fish two buzzers. Works...
  12. J

    Day out somewhere?

    Russell If you fancy a day after grayling on the Itchen in October assuming we all survive the dreaded virus then let me know. I always do four or five days then on a nice stretch that is limited to 2 rods. Good dry fly and nymph fishing and well within your budget.
  13. J

    Would you buy these?- cos somebody must

    Now that my front teeth have flat edges they leave the tippet so flat that I have to use nippers to cut the mono after I have bitten through it or it won't pass through a hook eye.
  14. J

    New look Trout & Salmon

    Oh dear. Yes I put fish eating birds but then some plonker comes back with photos of fish eating, as in scoffing, birds so blame that plonker for the confusion. I then tried to put a humorous side to it in response but should have realised that sense of humour seems to stop at Hadrian's Wall.
  15. J

    New look Trout & Salmon

    Mea culpa, Meant to say fish eating birds as in pike eating ducks, trout eating cormorants. Something like that.
  16. J

    New look Trout & Salmon

    Split laptops more to the point. New laptop refuses to recognise the previous identity despite appeals to admin to sort it. Therefore an alter ego. Just don't tell anyone.
  17. J

    New look Trout & Salmon

    Don't recall anyone complaining about bird eating fish. There are pages & pages about leader material so it is worth its place in the litany of moans. I certainly wouldn't sneeze on it these days in case it caught coronavirus. C & R is a good talking point John.
  18. J

    FLOATING INTERMEDIATE LINE

    Chuck it in the bin and buy a decent one
  19. J

    Unusual Catch

    Many years ago when I fished my first Benson & Hedges which was at Wimbleball it transpired that the then ranger had virtually emptied one of the cages and the reservoir was stuffed with 9-10" rainbows. Even a competition "virgin" like me who had a floating line and an intermediate line and that...
  20. J

    Snap Link and Swivel, what size to store Tippet Rings.

    How to attach tippet rings. We all agree they are fiddly and a pain in the a*se to store and to attach. Doing so in the field is a recipe for disaster and should be avoided in the interests of sanity. I have purchased 20 of the Maxcatch leaders to which I will attach a tippet ring in readiness...
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