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  1. I made this mistake once and instead of moving the bivvy, I tried to avoid it. At some point over that weekend I lined up a 120 odd yard cast and went for it. The hook caught in the bivvy and CRACK! top section of the rod snapped and splintered all over the place. Since that day, the rods go out first
  2. Hey Guys, Bad news I'm afraid, I'm being sent on (another!) business trip to Seattle from the 4th - 12th Feb so I can't make this any more. My company are hideously inflexible with dates for things like this Consequently anyone on the reserve list is welcome to my place. Whoever it is can take it for free as it keeps the organisation pain of sorting out refunds etc to a minimum and keeps things nice & simple for Cob. If someone really wants to pay for it themselves, feel free to donate the money to a charity of your choice Cob. This applies to my +1 as well, as he doesn't want to go on his own, the little baby! Thanks & apologies. Phil.[/i]
  3. Depends on the water I'm on. if I'm expecting a lot of action I'll start with 2. Most of the time I use 3 though.
  4. Johnson Ross - Hoddesdon Product range - 4 - Solid product range, not as extensive as some stores could be, but given the store is not enormous, I'm pretty well covered there. I've very rarely gone there and not been able to get something I've needed/wanted to look at. Smallish selection of rods, but can order in just about anything you want to have a look at without an acceptance to buy when it gets to the store and you've had a play with it. Pricing - 4 - Pretty good, don't see items for much cheaper (the odd penny here and there) in many places. Will offer a good discount if you're spending a decent amount of cash and are often willing to negotiate quite a bit. Service - 5 - Ordered from them online a couple of times, though I go in the store 90% of times I need to get stuff. Delivery always prompt, things that aren't in stock are pointed out very rapidly after order is placed, suitable replacements are also suggested. Knowledge - 5 - Very helpful / knowledgeable staff. Haven't talked to anyone in there who hasn't been on hand to offer advice/let you try a product out. I've also been recommended cheaper items than the one I was going to buy on the opinions of a couple of the guys that work there which is always nice.
  5. This is very sad news. Things are probably compounded by the fact that there's bound to be less anglers around this time of year when it starts to get colder, so you really can be quite isolated if an accident should happen
  6. Hey Cob, I notice you've put all if the +1s next to each other except for mine (Chay) Any reason? Or do you just not like me very much?
  7. Can't see this happening. There are loads of new anglers coming through and I don't see why they won't continue to do so. People like catching fish so will go to places where they can catch fish - that won't change. Probably correct. I actually disagree with myself
  8. Interesting! Do you think we'll ever reach a point where we can actually use something that affects the carps brain and MAKE it eat your bait/rig? At this point, due to people being so bored with catching everything in a lake in 5 hours, will there be a huge carp devolution movemt where people go back to using sweetcorn straight on the hook despite the existence of advanced chemistry? Who knows!?
  9. Ghillie suits and blow guns? Dressing up as a fish, jumping in the water and swimming after the carp?
  10. Some cracking fish in that little photoreel fella. Thanks for sharing
  11. It's currently a bit trendy to be a carp angler with shiny gear. It'll die down like any fad does, and with it will go the puddles as they won't be making the cash to stay open. Popular 'carp' shows on tv will get old and stale and the boys on tv will stop being people's idols) The few fad anglers left, will be left with no choice but to move into harder waters and they'll either up their game or get bored and quit. Circle of life.
  12. It's also to do with that fact that when fishing a critically balanced bait, you're taking the weight away from the shank/eye of the hook and making the point the heaviest part - which as you say makes the point naturally point downwards. It's a rig that looks odd out of the water, but when you get how it works, is pretty clever wouldnt just 2-3 turns on kk be the same...im yet to understand what the extra turns after the hair do??? As it's generally done with a soft material, that would quite possibly have the same effect! For some reason having that few turns down the shank would make me feel uneasy!
  13. It's also to do with that fact that when fishing a critically balanced bait, you're taking the weight away from the shank/eye of the hook and making the point the heaviest part - which as you say makes the point naturally point downwards. It's a rig that looks odd out of the water, but when you get how it works, is pretty clever
  14. Know what you mean, but I wouldn't exactly call the KD fancy. It's a very slight variation on a bog standard KK and can be very effective
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