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  1. I use the Bob Roberts luminous butt grips and have for years. For around £3 each you can't get better value. My rods lock in there nicely. They may be cheap and cheerful, but they do the job and seem to last. Admittedly, I'm not fishing rainbow lakes and I'm using a bait runner, so my takes don't require some form of concrete foundation, however I'm not out there in freezing conditions that may affect the rubber.
  2. I'm usually happy with whatever as long as it doesn't clash with family/work commitments, so 1/2 term would be a challenge. How are you guys set for June? Can we put up a poll to gauge interest in a month?
  3. Put me down too. Gutted I missed the last one at horseshoe as life got in the way for me as well. It would be good to finally get over there being one of the few that joined during that debacle a couple of years ago. 😀
  4. Depending on dates and location, I'd definitely be up for a social. Broadlands sounds like a nice idea to me. I've only ever fished it once for a few hours. It's a very nice complex. I don't want to put a downer on the idea because I like the location, but they had a KHV outbreak late last year. I don't know if that would put anyone off. The do a very nice breakfast apparently though. There's plenty of space depending on how many of us turn up. How long are we looking at for the session?
  5. Happy new year to you too. Unfortunately, my personal opinion of Thorpe Lea is not positive. Firstly, there was a KHV outbreak back in 2016. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/koi-herpesvirus-disease-outbreak-confirmed-in-surrey Personally, I won't go to anywhere I know has had KHV. It looks like the FHI have lifted the restrictions they had in place. Secondly, it can be a bit of a scrum to get a swim at opening time. Thirdly, you have to choose your swim when you arrive and it's marked off on a board at the entrance. If you go for a walk around, you could miss out on your favoured swim. It's probably less of an issue at this time of year. Finally, back when I did try this place, fish were falling off my hooks all the time due to poor mouth condition. It is a commercial runs water and attracts the casual and less than attentive crowd. I'm sure there are other places around that are better if you want a bend in your rod.
  6. I've been to otter falls in Devon the past 2 years. They've got lakeside lodges, a swimming pool and an on-site bar serving food. The only real limits are no night fishing and supposedly no alarms, but they let me use mine on silent. The fish run up to around 20lb and average about 10lb. There's also a place in Somerset with a private lake for a mobile home. I saw it featured on YouTube by cooking and carping and Alain Blair. Can't remember the name, but looks pretty good.
  7. Hi guys, Has anyone had any experience with these bivvys? I currently have an old trakker brolly system which is ok, but I want something a bit bigger with more hearoom.
  8. Hi guys. One of the side plates on one of my Shimano reels has fallen off. It's not broken, it's only glued on so I need to glue it back on. I was planning on using some isopropyl alcohol to clean the surfaces and then some 2 part epoxy glue to stick it back down. Does this sound like a good plan or are there better products for this?
  9. Try using an isobutene gas for winter. It should be good down to -10 whereas normal butane is only good down to 0. I think Jetboil gas is made using isobutene.
  10. If I was a fishery owner, I wouldn't want the additional hassle of having to challenge and check everyone entering my fishery. I would be running a business, not acting as a policeman. If it was put into law, then that would be something they would then have to police, but whilst it is not an obligation, why should they enforce checks. Buying a ticket to fish is not like purchasing alcohol. Do you need to show a car salesman your driving license to buy a car? It's the same situation. If they start acting as an enforcer without the legal obligation to do so, there are unfortunately a minority who will start making threats. The EA are a non-profit QUANGO, partly funded by DEFRA.
  11. Nige, fantastic shots as always. Would love to spend some time with you learning some of your techniques.
  12. Hi guys. Has anyone ever fished Otter Falls near Honiton? We'reoff there in a few weeks and was hoping someone could give me some advance info. They've got s stretch of the river otter with some brown trout in it, so I may even try chucking some fluff. Thanks.
  13. I don't think you need it, but it might improve your catch rate IF what the tackle companies say is true. Try it without and see what your catch rate is like. If your not happy, try some spray and see if it improves.
  14. It's an IPO. Nothing more or less. Buying shares is an investment. Up, down the merry go round goes. I've never had the spare cash to be able to afford to loose on shares.
  15. 0845 numbers are a complete racket. Companies use them as a front for their geographic numbers because they get a slice of the charges. They're also charged at penal rates on mobiles.
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