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  1. stevel

    Aventik Switch rods

    You need to check the grain rating for the rod as sometimes the rod is advertised as a single hand rating or a double hand rating. (There's a difference of around 2 single hand ratings). Grains will eliminate this confusion. If a double handed rating then I'd say a 250-300 grains would probably...
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    Reels for your cane and glass rods

    Fish are growing to that size and condition in such a little creek? Or are they going back out into a lake or sea (like real steelhead?)
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    Reels for your cane and glass rods

    Are those escapees from a fish farm, and if so why are they so fit? On our little chalkstream the fish stocked (there are wildies as well, but they are more like 12") are 2-4lb and I believe from the keeper that if they last a year it's doing well, apparently they die of starvation. So that fish...
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    Reels for your cane and glass rods

    Yes I've had situations where I wasn't looking at the reel and had a load of line stacked on one side then had to strip off line whilst maintaining contact with the fish so I could wind in again level. Not easy when it's a rampaging steelhead! There's also the problem of backing bedding in if...
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    Reels for your cane and glass rods

    The Olson in question, the backplate shows a single large screw, when this is removed, the sideplate is gripped then turned in the opposite direction to remove it to access the spool. The sideplate on the other side where the handle is can't be removed.
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    Reels for your cane and glass rods

    Yes that's right, in fact some people like really wide spool versions (up to 2" wide spools) so they do look like multipliers. The Olson is also in the Vom Hofe style with some additions to make it a bit more user friendly. It has a revolving sideplate, much like the Hardy perfect, so you can...
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    Reels for your cane and glass rods

    There may be some newer ones with a one screw takeapart such as Godfrey reels and Olson, but most of these S handles will require unscrewing the whole reel by undoing the screws where the posts are screwed to the sideplates. Pretty much you'd never take it apart except for servicing at home.
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    Maxcatch Gold line v Scientific Anglers

    I used to buy commercial products like Winston/Loomis/Sage rods and production "high end" reels like Abel, etc. Those were all made in the US, but even if there were some components on them (which I don't believe) or used to construct them from China such as threads, varnishes, etc, I don't...
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    Polarised sunnies on a tight budget..

    Apologies though I did talk about Costas, I think a couple of valid points were made: 1. Buying at overseas discount stores will enable you to buy top end glasses like Costas which cost over £200 here for sometimes close to half that (depending on exchange rate and model). 2. Presciption...
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    Polarised sunnies on a tight budget..

    I'm currently using Costa glass sunglasses which I get from the US via framesdirect. I need glasses for computer work and driving but I don't use prescription sunglasses, though I'm thinking I may need to in the near future. I checked on framesdirect for prescription Costas and the price was...
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    Best backing knot

    Is that a blind splice to make a loop? I've found that I can only do a blind splice loop with 30lb dacron. 20lb is too thin to thread the splicing needle/tool. I found a YouTube by George Anderson on how to do blind splice loops, but I use these for making backing loops to link with running line...
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    Best backing knot

    As I said, an Albright is a good knot for this, but you'll need more turns if it's braid backing. Are you really going need much more backing moving from a wf4f to a wf3f? I'd be surprised if it's more than 5 yards?
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    Split-Cane rods;

    It seems it wasn't down, but the website has some software to try and detect hackers and it thought I was trying to hack in when I was just viewing the catalogue so blocked my IP address (or group of addresses, as all devices couldn't enter). If there's anyone who was blocked like me, please...
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    Reels for your cane and glass rods

    I looked up my old emails and I think it was about other rivers in the UK (apart from the Wye) who claimed to have self sustaining populations. His reply was this: I remember catching tiny rainbows like that in the little feeder running alongside Avington lakes, but I assume those were escapees.
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    Reels for your cane and glass rods

    That should be a nice outfit Sean, where are those wild (self sustaining?) populations of rainbow? I spoke to Peter Cockwill a little while ago and his opinion was there there were none that reproduced in the UK. I know in places like Slovenia they do reproduce, and are a different kettle of...
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    Reels for your cane and glass rods

    I've seen that Abel do a refurb service (or maybe not anymore) but it would be interesting to get a cheap old black coral TR and send that in to be refurbed with a Brook fish graphic? An expensive way to do it, but if there are none available...
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    Split-Cane rods;

    Angling Auctions website seems to be down since I posted here last week. Hopefully they haven't been hacked! I have the pdf downloaded if anyone wants it, I may drop Neil an email, but I'm sure he knows the situation
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    Best backing knot

    You mean just adding an extra piece of backing to the existing backing? Just use an Albright knot to join the 2 pieces of backing, and you can use the same knot to join the backing to the flyline as well, though you may need some Knot Sense or other to make a smooth covering over the knots.
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    Ultimate glass outfit

    Well I got the Yomogi out this weekend for a cast in the garden. I spooled up the Kineya with an old Rio Selective Trout WF4, and it fit, but with no backing - which is ok, as it's for small stream tiny fish. I've never seen a river trout even take any backing. Eventually a half length Yano sild...
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    Whitefish fishing in Sweden

    I was in BC on a steelhead trip and was swinging one run with egg and nymph flies as suggested by the guide. I hooked a fish and brought it in and I said "I caught a grayling " whereupon the guide said "we don't have grayling in BC, it's a whitefish ". I said "what's that?", his response was...
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