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    24-01-2020, 02:54 PM
    charlieH replied to a thread Spey lines "casting" in Spey Lines
    Although shooting heads have their place, they're certainly not the answer to everything, and there's no doubt that proper long belly spey lines -...
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    24-01-2020, 02:26 PM
    The Wulff TT Spey lines were all white, with no colour change. They came in 70' or 80' head lengths, but I believe that even good casters often...
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    23-01-2020, 06:32 PM
    charlieH replied to a thread Tidy spools in Fly Tying Topics
    Another good trick I picked up a few years ago, which will tame even the springiest and most intractable tinsel, is to cut sections from a plastic...
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    22-01-2020, 10:58 AM
    The Colonsay escape was covered in BBC Radio 4's Farming Today programme this morning. It's not the first time they've discussed the salmon farming...
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    21-01-2020, 04:34 PM
    charlieH replied to a thread River Tyne 2020 in English Rivers
    It rather depends whether the guest wants to fish there again! Lots of places ask for and expect C&R - even though in Scotland they may be on a Cat...
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    21-01-2020, 04:16 PM
    I'm sure this will make for an interesting conversation when I'm fishing with the inventor of the Oystercatcher in April and May!
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    21-01-2020, 03:46 PM
    charlieH replied to a thread River Tyne 2020 in English Rivers
    I think that Chipchase has been asking for C&R for salmon for a few years now, though they didn't mind you taking an odd sea trout. Having said...
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    21-01-2020, 03:42 PM
    Perhaps you could call it after another wading bird - the Ruddy Turnstone? That would acknowledge a link to the Oystercatcher, while not suggesting...
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    21-01-2020, 03:14 PM
    If it's not supposed to resemble the Oystercatcher, why would you call it an Oystercatcher scandi? Surely one could expect a scandi version of a fly...
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    21-01-2020, 02:34 PM
    Indeed, but the title of the thread is "Oyster Catcher Scandi", not "Oyster Catcher Inspired Scandi". I'm simply pointing out that in my view (and,...
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    21-01-2020, 01:14 PM
    charlieH replied to a thread Wye 2020 in Welsh Rivers
    In discussing value for money or otherwise, there seems to be a lot of focus on last year's very poor catch numbers alone. Anyone who knows anything...
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    21-01-2020, 12:32 PM
    The original Oystercatcher has almost no resemblance to a WG. It is, like the bird from which it takes its name, primarily black and white, with a...
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    20-01-2020, 11:17 PM
    charlieH replied to a thread Glenfarclas in Hairwing Fly Patterns
    The Glenfarclas is one of my go-to flies, and has produced quite a few fish for me over the years. The only problem I find with it is that the wing...
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    19-01-2020, 01:45 PM
    charlieH replied to a thread snow drops in The Lounge
    One of the things about snowdrops is that the bulbs really hate to be dried out, so they never do well if you try to plant them in the autumn from...
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    15-01-2020, 01:39 PM
    Personal opinion only, but taking your points in order: 1. The profile look fine to me, and they'd all catch fish without a doubt. I like...
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    14-01-2020, 04:14 PM
    Wormo, my friend who was there isn't all that much of a fisherman, and although when he told me about it I mentioned that escaped farmed salmon...
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    14-01-2020, 01:57 PM
    Hmm. A friend was part of a party staying at Knock (Ben More) 2-3 years ago, principally for the stalking. They did indeed catch loads of salmon,...
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    13-01-2020, 05:24 PM
    Thanks for that, and the problem of a double (or single) lying flat is exactly why I asked. But coincidentally, I've just noticed that Partridge...
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    13-01-2020, 01:54 PM
    That's a very nice fly Dr P, both to look at and to fish. Can I ask how you're rigging your Waddingtons with a double hook?
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    13-01-2020, 01:50 PM
    charlieH replied to a thread Aesthetics in General Board
    The plainer the better for me too. I'm really not that bothered by the aesthetics of a rod, provided it's not too flashy - when I'm on the river I...
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    08-01-2020, 01:02 PM
    charlieH replied to a thread Artistís signature. in The Lounge
    A few possibilities here: Monogram and Signature Search - Artists' Signatures Monogram and Signature Search - Artists' Signatures But it...
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    29-12-2019, 09:54 PM
    charlieH replied to a thread North esk 2020 in Scottish Rivers
    There's the Carrowniskey in South Mayo (it shares a watershed with the Bundorragha). Incidentally, its next door neighbour is the Bunowen - Bun...
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