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  • charlieH's Avatar
    23-03-2017, 05:44 PM
    Good point. On the basis that a beat on a decent river would be valued at (approximately) 5000 per fish based on the five year average, you...
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    18-03-2017, 11:26 AM
    charlieH replied to a thread Light powerful rod in General Board
    Looking at this from a slightly different angle, and without knowing exactly what movements are difficult for you, it might also be worth spending...
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    16-03-2017, 09:32 AM
    Yes, a permanent waterproof marker pen does the job (I use one sold for writing garden labels), and I've never had any problem with this method. As...
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    15-03-2017, 11:17 PM
    You may perhaps be right about keeping the gun broken, but being careful about where you pointed it isn't anything new. "Never never let your gun...
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    15-03-2017, 09:58 AM
    So it seems all those much-derided tweed wearers have been right all along. What next - red trousers revealed as a potent weapon in fighting...
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    14-03-2017, 11:13 PM
    charlieH replied to a thread Daft Spey Rule in River Spey
    And nothing in my posts suggested that you thought that the Spey Board was responsible for the petition. However, referring to it as the '"Spey...
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    14-03-2017, 10:08 PM
    charlieH replied to a thread Daft Spey Rule in River Spey
    By the "Spey petition", do you mean Ian Gordon's petition (which, to be clear, may have originated on Speyside because that's where Ian happens to...
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    13-03-2017, 06:59 PM
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    13-03-2017, 06:48 PM
    charlieH replied to a thread Wye 2017 in Welsh Rivers
    Clearly the SAS training didn't include the important life lesson about not wrestling with pigs!
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    13-03-2017, 06:43 PM
    charlieH replied to a thread Daft Spey Rule in River Spey
    I really don't believe that the blame for the WFR can be laid at the door of 'Speyside' - or even one particular former gillie who just happens to...
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    13-03-2017, 12:52 PM
    charlieH replied to a thread Wye 2017 in Welsh Rivers
    The fish seems to have been downgraded to 41" and 26lbs - came from Spreadeagle. There's a picture on FFF, if you can be bothered to wade through...
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    11-03-2017, 09:40 PM
    I can't comment on whether or not the line in question is a Midspey (I have minimal experience of Rio Spey lines, though I do quite like their AFS...
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    08-03-2017, 05:35 PM
    charlieH replied to a thread Daft Spey Rule in River Spey
    Thanks KS; I'll await with interest to hear from seeking whether this is indeed what he meant before responding further.
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    08-03-2017, 02:37 PM
    charlieH replied to a thread Daft Spey Rule in River Spey
    Quite a lot! But to give you a brief extract: "...the three years of review, consultation and publication of papers were all a total waste of...
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    08-03-2017, 02:27 PM
    charlieH replied to a thread Catching v Casting in General Board
    Most people have the potential to cast a good distance, if they can be bothered to put the work in to learn. But I think that learning when not to...
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    08-03-2017, 01:55 PM
    charlieH replied to a thread Daft Spey Rule in River Spey
    I'm puzzled by the bit I've highlighted - can you elaborate? FWIW my impression has always been that the SFB (and remember that this thread is...
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    07-03-2017, 02:54 PM
    I don't know the Welsh Dee, so can't comment on the suitability or otherwise for the particular water, but as has been said, in general terms a 10'...
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    07-03-2017, 02:36 PM
    charlieH replied to a thread Spey In April in General Board
    Definitely! I've fished the Spey in mid-late April for quite a few seasons now, and have encountered everything from driving snow to...
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    06-03-2017, 02:37 PM
    Quite so, and if times are really so hard for m'learned friend that he is struggling to put food on his bairns' plates, I'm sure he would get a...
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    02-03-2017, 01:25 PM
    charlieH replied to a thread naver in General Board
    I have some sympathy with this, but surely it all depends what you look for in your fishing holiday. A Russian trip may well work out rather better...
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    02-03-2017, 12:53 PM
    Thank you. I agree about fish not running/entering smaller rivers until there is water. To me this is the definition of a spate river - or,...
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    02-03-2017, 09:42 AM
    I think my favourite would probably be a Glenfarclas, because I like fishing flies other than those used by everyone else. But in truth I've...
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    02-03-2017, 09:36 AM
    If you have no better way to fill your days than measuring the thickness of biscuits, I think you need to get out more! :p:p
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    02-03-2017, 09:23 AM
    As the OP acknowledges, it's really too early to start drawing conclusions. But if last year's pattern repeats itself, it will be the late spring...
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    28-02-2017, 09:58 PM
    Given that the guy seems to be standing with his back to the river, casting in to his own bank, I'd have thought it wasn't very likely that he was...
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    26-02-2017, 10:54 AM
    Maybe not quite, but I did hear of one of 18lbs caught by a salmon fisherman on worm some years ago. Apparently it was knocked on the head. :eek:...
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    25-02-2017, 07:33 PM
    The idea that licensing shooters, and making them take a test of competence, would reduce the illegal shooting of birds of prey is just daft. ...
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    25-02-2017, 07:14 PM
    I think that one problem with the fish counter at Redbrook was the barbel. There are good numbers of them, many of similar size to salmon, and a...
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    24-02-2017, 11:43 AM
    For the Wye I like flies that aren't too bright or blingy, and which use natural feathers - especially when you get into summer low water conditions....
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