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    Anyone fished Elinor for pike?

    The jacks were widespread, mainly coming to the bank anglers, a few of whom suffered bite-offs too. It appeared the pike were never far from shoals of little roach and other fry, in turn these were around weed beds and bankside rushes, and the Grebes were never far away either!
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    Anyone fished Elinor for pike?

    A few jacks to 5lbs obliged yesterday, but the word is they are some up to twenty pounds. I got my PB fly caught Roach: a one pounder took a black Muskins!
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    The River Pollution Scandal : Tonight BBC1

    double groan!!!
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    The River Pollution Scandal : Tonight BBC1

    Also refer to other Panorama Sewage dumping thread
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    Spring Bank Competition

    The FDG Spring Bank Competition is being held at the wonderful Elinor Fishery this coming Sunday the 18th of April, for teams of three. FDG members not booked in as teams can turn up as individuals, and will make up scratch teams. Last year's numbers were hit by all things pandemic, so it would...
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    Panorama Sewage dumping

    Signed too. Watched Panorama after seeing this thread. Still don't understand how wet wipes, pant liners, tampons, condoms ,et al, are being discharged without any screening?, even in the sixties all sewage went through screens, so are these discharges flows which have been diverted away from...
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    Conservation Corner

    I didn't actually write it out in zeros, but your comment caused me to look it up, thus: one thousand million was known as the short scale [10 to the power of 9] and was what American English used, while us English used one million million [ten to the twelfth power] BUT in 1974 the UK switched...
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    Conservation Corner

    Not wishing to be clever, but a UK billion is supposed to be one million-million, i.e. the mathematical value used in astrophysics, whereas in the US and common parlance a billion is one-hundred thousand million, there is a massive difference! I wonder which was used in the forecast you saw?
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    Conservation Corner

    I believe that the EA licences the abstraction by the water authorities (and by agriculture). Furthermore, when the business I worked for put a proposal to Southern Water for capture of their discharged, treated water to be de-salinated before pumping back inland for release above the...
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    Conservation Corner

    My fishing buddy and I have been RMI volunteers for a few years, checking two sites on the River Meon in Hampshire. We've had ranunculus die back due to a combination of low flows and hot weather, but have also experienced young cattle eating several huge ranunculus beds, coincidentally when...
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    Earwig-O: Noob rebuilds!

    I’m undertaking a partial rebuild of a 7’ #4 2pce. and a 9’ #5/6 4pce. The former has a damaged stripper guide and is a horrible, flashy olive finish, while the latter is a ‘Black’ finish but I don’t get on with the casting action, and if I can make it lighter it might end up as an improved #5...
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    Next blanks

    Sound advice, yet again! About to start a new thread as you suggest, it'll be called 'Earwig-o : Noob rebuilds!', please look out for it P.P.S. Yes, it's just you
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    Next blanks

    Crikey! This is a world away from re-ringing a coarse rod or fitting an integral quiver tip! (And they were over thirty years distant!) So far, then, I think I should measure and record each existing guide's position, next strip the sections back to the blanks, but not ferrule/joint whippings...
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    Next blanks

    Sorry to be such a noob, but what does "spine each section" mean, please?
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    Next blanks

    And so it came to pass. The mind's made up: going to try rebuilding both of the varmints. I presume I start by stripping (Ooh, Matron!). I'm going to keep both reel seats and handles, although the SKS one will need filling properly, so want to start off by removing the varnish, wraps and...
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    Bat time

    Way back, I think in the 90's, according to the fading memory, you had to notify if you found a bat's roost. Don't know (1) whether my feeble brain is playing tricks on me (2) what the current batty legislation is, but thought it might be worth a cautious mention
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    The Angling Trust? Are you In or Out?

    Nice one Mr B, I wasn't convinced by the Simon Cooper thing, but I 'get' this one!
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    The Angling Trust? Are you In or Out?

    Hmmmm ... its never easy when you try to find a 'one size fits all' solution. Consider this: one voice crying in the dark will go unheard, thus we need a united voice. Forget the EA, they do not represent the recreational angler (whatever code) as they are a quango, partially funded by licence...
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    Is it me?

    I had made two prototypes out of stick-ons that I've had for years, and think I could easily whip a few turns about the 'waist' with tying thread to prevent any glue failure causing them to disappear downstream. Seriously though, my three normal on-line suppliers either don't carry them any more...
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