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    Looks like goodbye to trouting at Arlington

    I've recently learned that, effectively, trout fishing at Arlington in east Sussex is to cease. Seems to have come as a bit of a surprise. The water company is citing Covid as part of the reason, does that really stack up as the season at Arlington is traditionally the first 6 months of the year...
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    Sutton Bingham project

    Some interesting news... https://www.wessexwater.co.uk/community/events-and-campaigns/course-fishing-trial-event-at-sutton-bingham There is further information about the improvement project on Wessex Water's Facebook page..., Sutton Bingham was a very nice trout fishery back in the day, and...
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    Is Farmoor still struggling ?

    As per the title line. Does anyone know if Farmoor - particularly F2 - continues to struggle with high water temperatures ? The last update to the fishery Facebook page was 18 days ago, and there has been plenty of rain and longer, cooler nights since then, plus sport appears to be picking up on...
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    "I know just the place"

    Anyone know how to get rid of that s0dding Queensland holiday advert that keeps popping up with sound effects and music ? Nothing against Queensland, Australia in general, Aussie women or the backing music, but the ad gets kind of tedious after a while :omg:
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    T&S April Fool episode 2

    Remember this one ? ... http://www.flyfishing.co.uk/general-fly-fishing-discussion/345329-t-s-april-fool.html As forecast the writer of the original, "neanderthal" letter has been hit by a double whammy in the letters section of the latest edition. A swift kick in the shins from our very own...
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    Sedge flies on English stillwaters - changed times ?

    Just lately I have been doing a bit of background reading, both to ensure I'm in good order for 2016's spring and summer fishing when it comes, and also just for enjoyment. One thing that has struck me is what seems a decline in the use of sedge fishing on lakes over the last 40 years or so...
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    Wessex Water ressies' 2016 opening dates announced

    For Sutton Bingham, Hawkridge and Clatworthy fans - see the second item down ... https://www.facebook.com/castingoff
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    One to make the trotting fans chuckle...

    I swung by the nearest tackle shop to my workplace on Friday afternoon to buy some bait for Saturday's trotting session. The lad behind the counter seemed to be about 17 years old, bless him. I handed over my bait box. "Pint of white maggots, half a pint of reds and a tub of redworms please" I...
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    richardw and Warren Slaney strutting their stuff in the latest TFF !

    There's an interesting article by richardw in the latest edition of Total Flyfisher about James Ogden and the development of dry fly fishing on the Derbyshire Wye. He then sets out to catch a wild rainbow on a 19th century Ogden rod and reel, having been ferried to the river in a horse drawn...
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    Sutton Bingham has been fishing well

    Some news for Wessex and West country fly fishers who like a bit of reservoir fishing. May also be of interest to Bristol anglers looking for an alternative venue to fish on the Lexus team final weekend. Much to everyone's pleasant surprise, I suspect not least to Ivan Tinsley the bailiff, the...
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    Early signs of a good daddy fall later this year ?

    It being midsummer and the weather pleasant for the last week or so, the windows in the JohnH country pile :whistle: have been open and the curtains not drawn until well into the evening for the last few days. The result is that several medium size daddy longlegs - not the huge ones we'd expect...
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    Unnecessary wading episode 2

    We had a good laugh at my post last month about unnecessary wading. I possibly saw the ultimate last Saturday - someone wading at Farmoor 2, of all places. He'd gone a step or two below the water level on the wave wall, only ankle deep. But why, for heavens' sake ? It's against the fishery...
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    Poor early morning fishing in May 2015 ?

    Just out of curiousity, has anyone else experienced this ? May 2015 was generally a cool and windy month. If I leave out my session at Sutton Bingham on Saturday 2 May, since then I have fished 4 days, at a reservoir and 3 small stillwaters, across Hampshire, Wiltshire, Devon and Cornwall. On...
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    Unnecessary wading

    Why do people have to do it ?:confused: Picture JohnH standing on the shore in front of the lodge at Sutton Bingham on Saturday, despite the rather harsh south-east wind I had worked out what the fish wanted and by about 9:30am I had a couple of nice rainbows in the bag. All going well I...
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    Seeking views on South Devon or Cornwall stillwater trouting next month

    Hi all, I am taking a week's holiday based at Saltash from 18 to 22 May inclusive, and a couple of days' stillwater fishing are part of the plan. Currently I am thinking about choosing any 2 from 4 out of; Kennick from the bank - I'm reluctant to boat fish, it's a "holiday with fishing...
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    Farmoor independent web site to be closed

    Message for Farmoor 1 and 2 anglers. The independent web site many of us have been familiar with (and that BobP was ejected from for only a mildly politically incorrect remark :omg:) will be closed imminently. Jane the operator can no longer justify running it, and if anyone wants basic catch...
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    Guess what pattern I'm using some time tomorrow, easy really

    Yesterday evening being quite warm here in the South of England, I opened some windows when I got home from work and left the curtains open until it got dark. As a result the JohnH manor house :whistle: was daddy longlegs city yesterday evening and this morning. I must have caught and killed...
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    River Fishing kit, suitable bfor chalk streams, for sale

    I have the following kit, suitable for chalk stream fishing NOW SOLD Greys Greyflex M2 8' 6" AFTM 4/5 rod, in dark brown carbon; Orvis Battenkill BBS 3" fly reel with extra spool, one spool loaded with an SKB WF5 green floating line and the other with a Barrio WF5 white floating line...
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    Lake on Hive Alive ?

    On the last 2 Tuesdays I've watched "Hive Alive" on BBC TV, described as a "two-part documentary in which Chris Packham and Martha Kearney reveal the mysteries of the honeybee." Quite interesting. The garden where the beehives used in the show are located is said to be "in deepest Somerset"...
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