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    Canada

    Rob Youtube is the place to visit. Look for Brian Chan who is a freshwater biologist and keen angler in the Kamloops area. There are more lakes there than every member on here could attempt to fish in a lifetime. It is very high on my "must go back to" list. My favourite river of all time is...
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    Canada

    Kamloops area in BC is very much top of my "must go back to" list.
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    Collection of 105 large gut eye salmon flies, formerly the property of William Humble Ward, 2nd Earl of Dudley

    Fantastic collection! Imagine getting whacked on the head by one of those if a cast went wrong!
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    out dated flies

    That made them the pro fly dresser's dream fly. Cheap as chips to make as a ball of fluorescent white wool enabled hundreds of flies to be tied and a constant rapid turnover to keep producing bright, clean BD's at the rate of 1 every 2 minutes.
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    YOLO trip to Iceland…

    So how much is a 20lb wild brown trout worth to you?
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    out dated flies

    The original had a butt of Glo Brite No 5 which was used as the tying thread and as a rib over a gold Selloptape body. This was then varnished prior to the Orange hackle and the Orange calf tail wing being added. Small wonder it found little favour with commercial fly dressers.
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    Tapered leaders

    Using premium monos that run out at about a tenner for 100 metres I reckon to get about 16 x 6 metre leaders out of 1 spool when reservoir bank fishing and that works out to about 62p per leader. I think I can well afford to junk a used leader at the end of each session. I even use 2 sometimes...
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    Cow Green Crayfish

    The female crayfish carries her eggs under her abdomen and hides in a burrow about a metre into the bank until they hatch. Not a very good strategy for recruitment. They originally entered into the wider environment because no-one was aware, when they were introduced to small, totally enclosed...
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    Cow Green Crayfish

    They certainly didn't get there on birds' feet! They got there because some ***** put some in either the reservoir or into one of the feeder stream.
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    out dated flies

    I'm not too sure about that. Back in the 1980's I was very into loch style competitions. The top flies then were Soldier Palmers, Grenadiers, Silver Invictas and mini muddlers. We caught fish. Admittedly an 8 fish limit was the exception, and many qualifications for National Finals or even...
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    Tippet Rings

    The Riverge tippet rings appear to be in short supply at present. I was able to pick up a pack of 2mm that I'd never heard of - St George Sporting. I'll be tying up some leaders with them later this morning.
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    out dated flies

    The point, anzac, was that throughout history people have always strived to improve. If they hadn't we'd still be fishing with lancewood rods and horsehair lines. Flies are no different. Look at the fly tying threads on here. Members are constantly trying to improve or update existing fly...
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    out dated flies

    I wonder why we aren't all going around in Model T Fords, or Austin 7's or Ford Prefects. They are cars after all, and can get you around the country. Better still, think of the planet and use a horse & cart.
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    The Angler and the Trout

    IF that is the case, then you know full well that the description is unfounded. It is a chalk river, not some East Anglian drain. If you want to witness "toying" with fish, then go a visit any small stillwater fishery. Playing fish is a skill as important as casting to them in the first place...
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    The Angler and the Trout

    ALL trout caught were killed back then, so does it really matter that he played it to exhaustion? This was the way then anyway for all salmonids. Play it until it rolls over and can be slid to the net. Even with modern kit, a visit to any stillwater will show people playing fish to the bitter...
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    More Sh1t News

    There is nothing wrong with the infrastructure. All there is is a possible shortage of a chemical that is used in the tertiary treatment due to a shortage of the lorry drivers trained to carry chemicals as required by law. Nothing whatsoever to do with the actual hardware of the works. The EA...
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    More Sh1t News

    Oh, I see. It is the government that caused the shortage of qualified lorry drivers whose job it was to deliver the chemicals to the STW's for the final treatment stage. Silly me. And there was me thinking it might have had something to do with the pandemic, which of course was caused by the...
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    New leader…

    Because precise presentation is seldom required. On stillwaters I simply use xx feet of yy lb breaking strain with zz droppers. On rivers I use 7.5 feet of tapered leader to which I add a tippet ring and 3-5' of tippet. Have a look on Amazon for tapered leaders. 6 leaders at just over a quid...
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    The final revenge

    So my family can see the dead fish floating away.
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    Comparison is the thief of joy

    I don't bother about what make of rod it is, I just pick it up and cast with it. Fast, slow, cane, glass or carbon, makes no odds. Five minutes and I can fish with it. Same as my father and shotguns. He picked one up and shot with it. Too much choice these days which leads to far too many...
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