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    An exhortation!

    When setting out on a journey to visit and fish a new place for the very first time it feels wonderful, excitement builds with the fresh sights around every turn. Of course, it would be easier fishing a regular haunt where you might know what’s what, but the prospect of unlocking even a little...
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    The continuing adventures of the Fluff Club, Episode 66*

    “Skill in fishing is a nebulous thing based largely on seasoned intuition, perhaps informed by a little knowledge, but catching a few fish now and then doesn’t mean you have it”. – John Gierach, from ‘Even Brook Trout get the Blues’. Not a cloud in the sky when I hit the motorway, an absolutely...
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    Far moor than just catching fish

    Unashamed, here I go again: In the 2020 Wild Trout Trust auction my pal was successful with a bid for one rod/four day’s boat fishing at Farmoor II. He parlayed that into two rods/two day’s in the boat. We managed to get one in last October, before the cursed Covid-19 put us back into lockdown...
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    We'll be back!

    I don’t want to bang on about it BUT the Wild Trout Trust annual auction is the best way to fish new places whilst raising funds for a very worthy cause, dear to all of our hearts. This particular auction lot was carried over from last year due to the C-19 malediction. Unhappily, this...
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    The continuing adventures of the Fluff Club, Episode 65 *

    “We’ve all heard that a million monkeys banging away on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the internet, we know this is not true”. As I splashed along the lanes towards Kings Somborne through the deluge, I wondered how many of the...
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    Rother, no bother

    By now some readers will be aware of the annual Wild Trout Trust auction which provides wonderful opportunities to fish new water, normally out of your reach. A successful bid brought Brian and I to the River Rother in West Sussex, a first for both of us. We were greeted by our hosts for the...
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    The continuing adventures of the Fluff Club, episode 64 *

    “Some fish are worth more points than others” … “no two fish are equal” [anon.] One hundred and forty-something miles to go, so warp drive was engaged, hurtling northwards to Elinor Trout Fishery at sunrise. When I loaded the car in the dark I had mused about how much tackle I take with me...
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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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    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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    Is it me?

    Saw Andy Buckley on YouTube using a neat indicator made from those stick-on oval strike indicators, i.e. two fixed to a hook, tippet through the hook eye, held in place by float stops each side. Nice. Simple. Seemed to work fine, instantly adjustable, etc. So ... onto Glasgow Angling (and a few...
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    BEWARE!

    Simon Cooper's latest emailed newsletter contained the lead article reproduced below, under the heading 'Setting the record straight', please read it so you can see what angling is up against. We all know the antis will be at it again, we need to be on our guard more than ever. For those that...
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    R.I.P. Graham Mole

    It is sad to hear of the recent death of Graham Mole. I knew Graham from working in the television industry, but I suppose most will know his name from Trout & Salmon's River Reports, wherein Graham wrote the Wessex Water section for many years (including April's edition). He was a very keen...
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    Sonik Fly Rods & Reels

    Hey fellow lock-downers, Just been reading my latest on-line copy of Hatch 'magazine' and there, clear as day, an advert for Sonik fly rods (and reels). Remembering what exceptional vfm the SK8 rod was I went to Sonik UK's on-line presence, but no, seems its still Carp, Sea, and Lure for us in...
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    Allcock's brass reel

    Nearly seventy years ago, my earliest memory of fly fishing was my old man, on the slopes of Kilimanjaro. He was fishing a wet fly with a solid glass rod and a little Allcock's brass reel, which subsequently seems to have gone missing, although I remember it so well and possessed it for years...
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    Tier 5 ... presumably fishing is screwed again?

    Hey Angling Trust et al, What's the position from today, please?
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    Just saying ...

    Following the brouhaha over pet/flea treatments getting into our rivers, here's another one the water companies are keeping very, very schtum about: anti-bac hand-washes and clean-downs. I'm neither chemist nor biologist but I'll hazard (nice pun!) a guess that the treatment works are doing...
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    The continuing adventures of the Fluff Club, Episode 63*

    “Roses are red Violets are blue, I’m schizophrenic And so am I” - Bill Murray A couple of days after Storm Bella blew through came the last Fluff Club outing of 2020, Meon Springs. We were here approximately a year ago, as well as episodes 10, 27, 34, 40 and 59. Once more into (Tier Four)...
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    In the pink?

    I asked the question on the Fly Tying thread, but no replies, so I thought I'd ask on this thread as it has much heavier traffic: the Hank Patterson podcasts recently have mentioned "pinks", "pink fly", and "pink albert". I know the latter is a pink Chernobyl ant variation a.k.a. Fat Albert...
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    The continuing adventures of the Fluff Club, Episode 62 *

    “When I die, I want to go peacefully like my grandfather did – in his sleep. Not yelling and screaming like the passengers in his car” – Bob Monkhouse. Time once again for the Fluff Club’s annual John Hardeley Memorial competition, (which the more discerning readers can see from their notes)...
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    Pink fly/ Pink Albert/ Pinks

    As a listener of Hank Patterson's Outdoor Misadventures podcasts, in the last couple I've heard him mention "pinks", a "pink" [fly], and "pink Albert". I know the latter is a foam-backed dry like a Chernobyl Ant, but wonder if the other two references are about the same pattern , or something...
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