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  1. BrownieBasher

    Bananas!

    Now, I confess to being a rod-tart. As such i have noticed that Banana rods are currently on sale at a lot of places, and as such i am tempted. (It's been a shyte year and i want to at least think of days back on the bank..) Does anyone have one of these rods? what do they fish like in a 5 or 6...
  2. BrownieBasher

    A great day!

    Today was the day that i thought it was right to introduce my 8 year old son Charlie to fly fishing. Yes, he's heard me clatter on about it for years, and to be honest i have been somewhat putting off taking him for the inevitable 'im boooored' comments after 5 mins on the bank, not to mention...
  3. BrownieBasher

    Hardy Perfect 3 7/8 vintage reel

    Hi, I've just posted this on the reels forum, but is probably best here.. Any thoughts? I have found what seems to be a rare gem in my reel collection. It's a Hardy 'The Perfect' Vintage reel in size 3 7/8. the reel is in excellent condition for its age, with only some surface scuffing, and no...
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    Hardy Perfect 3 7/8 reel

    Hi All, i have found what seems to be a rare gem in my reel collection. It's a Hardy 'The Perfect' Vintage reel in size 3 7/8. the reel is in excellent condition for its age, with only some surface scuffing, and no damage to the line guide, reel seat or handle. I've seen a few very tatty...
  5. BrownieBasher

    A decent fly line...

    Hi All, it's my birthday coming up and beloved has asked what I want.. I have pretty much all I need for fishing, apart from a decent floating fly line in a 7 weight. It's been a while since I looked at fly lines, and am a bit out of the loop. Could anyone recommend a good floating fly line...
  6. BrownieBasher

    River Whitewater fishing

    Hi all, does anyone know who owns/runs the fishing on the river Whitewater (Hants) and specifically the stretch downstream of the Crooked Billet pub in Hook? This was where i started fly fishing, and indeed caught my first fish there, which although 40 years ago, i remember as though it were...
  7. BrownieBasher

    IF this doesn't whet the appetite...

    Just thought i'd share this story I found on t'internet. what an incredible capture, and the photos at the bottom are amazing, particularly the 'fish on' shot of it in play... wow. 60 Pound Salmon on the Restigouche | Mike Crosby
  8. BrownieBasher

    Testwood

    Anyone fished Testwood pool recently? I'm hopefully fishing it later in the week at night. Any tips (particularly on fly choice) welcome! As we're fishing at night, is fly choice so crucial (how can the fish see the fly?!)
  9. BrownieBasher

    Off to Iceland...

    Off to fish the river Vatnsdalsa in Iceland on Sunday! - i have fished the river several times before and am desperately excited for this year's trip. My last Vatnsdalsa experience was 2016 when i was lucky enough to land fish of 90cm, 96cm and 101cm (amongst others) all on a single handed 7...
  10. BrownieBasher

    Duffer's fortnight, my 'arris...!

    Hi All, just spent two wonderful days on the Test. one at Houghton Lodge, and one (today) at Nursling. What a wonderful setting for some fishing, the river looked wonderful, and the scenery was fantastic, but, but, the fishing was 'challenging' to say the least. Three fish in total for the two...
  11. BrownieBasher

    Testing times on the Test...

    Had a lovely day on the Test on Thursday last week. I fished the Houghton Lodge water, which as with the rest of the river was an utter privilege to fish. The trouble is, while conditions were good (warm, overcast, still) and mayfly were hatching (albeit sporadically) the fish were not rising to...
  12. BrownieBasher

    Salmon Cam

    Hi All, does anyone know if the old 'salmon cam' that used to sit in a Norwegian river (I forget which one) is still used? I used to enjoy wasting the working day away by looking at the live feed which usually had a fish or two in residence, but I seem to have lost the link? anyone know if and...
  13. BrownieBasher

    Business Venture

    I have recently moved to a small village just north of Alresford in Hampshire, and i was wandering round the town at the weekend trying to keep the wife out of all the boutiques, interior design shops and antique places while on the hunt for the fishing shop. Try as i might, I couldn't find one...
  14. BrownieBasher

    Are fish more fickle in winter?

    Hi All, recent experience on small stillwaters has led me to ask the above question.. Recently I've been out on some days that you would normally regard as 'bankers.' overcast, nice breeze, cold water etc, but the fish have been absolutely stubborn with hardly a bent rod all day. A week later...
  15. BrownieBasher

    National Trust Salmon

    Took the family for a wander round Mottisfont Abbey this afternoon, and while they enjoyed the house and gardens, I spent most of the afternoon by the river looking for fish..:omg::omg: After spotting a few trout in the river, I was extremely pleased to spot a salmon kelt. To be fair the fish...
  16. BrownieBasher

    Nythe Lake, Alresford - lost fishery

    Hi, I have just moved to Alresford in Hampshire and I remember as a child fishing at a small, but beautiful clear water fishery called Nythe lake. it was well known for big fish in the late 80s, and I remember hooking and losing what was my first 'double' in there some 25 years ago or more...
  17. BrownieBasher

    Avington 12/3/2017

    Thought i'd give an update on Avington, having fished it today. I was planning a trip to Dever, who are stocking some lovely fish, but changed it to Avington as I hadn't been for a while. The water was as usual pretty clear, with a hint of colour in lake one. Lakes 2 and 3 were very clear but...
  18. BrownieBasher

    ORVIS TLS Power Matrix

    Hi All, I have a rod that is sadly surplus to requirements.. It's an Orvis TLS Power Matrix, 9.5' for a 6 weight. It's the tip flex model. The rod has literally been used about twice and is in as new condition. Problem is, I can't find a similar rod to put a realistic price up! - does anyone...
  19. BrownieBasher

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  20. BrownieBasher

    Iceland 2016

    Hi All, just back from an amazing week in Iceland on the fabulous River Vatnsdalsa in the north, near Blonduos. The fishing was very tricky, although water conditions were excellent. IT was just that the grilse were late, and the early run salmon were getting a little stale. they'd show to the...
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