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    Vaccine is here but why us?

    Because our government recognizes the health system has been operated to the point of cracking for years, social and aged care is a disgrace, and our police force is largely incapable of implementing any strict laws to modify peoples actions. A large proportion of the population live unhealthy...
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    Full Spey line V Shooting Heads.

    Thanks for sharing that information. I don't think I have ever seen anybody using a 75 head line (properly), so it must be satisfying when you master it. I have been to the Tweed Angling Fair, but that's not the same as watching somebody actually fishing. Any experience of Carron lines V...
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    Full Spey line V Shooting Heads.

    Which planet have you been on ? Everybody has got a packet :)
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    Full Spey line V Shooting Heads.

    Yes, I have wasted a bit of money following fashions. I could have kept my original Windcutter, chopped a bit off of the front and called it an integrated floating head - or chopped a lot off the back and called it a floating body with separate running line. I dug through my old gear earlier on...
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    Full Spey line V Shooting Heads.

    Thats interesting. When I think about it, I have only ever done trips to the Spey and Tay in midsummer (or even Horncliffe on the lower river) , so I cant match your experience of how these longer lines react in more extreme conditions. Autumn was places like Hoddom or Fairnilee and after that...
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    Full Spey line V Shooting Heads.

    Any preference on specific Spey lines. My experienced stopped with the Hardy Mach 2 and a Partridge line in a blue tin. Thanks.
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    Full Spey line V Shooting Heads.

    Not sure we are disagreeing that much. I am not sure if the swing is that much different either when used in identical conditions - I just like the idea of using something with less loops and requires less line management, if I had a large expanse of good steamy water in front of me. Maybe a...
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    Full Spey line V Shooting Heads.

    I suspect your friend is right. I seemed to catch more on a spey line and wondered about this too. But for me, its just that I was able to use a spey line on better, wider, steamier water and cover more fish without disturbing them. Casting is easier, presentation is better and they seem to...
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    Fluorocarbon or monofilament?

    The untucked version seats down much better for me when using heavy fluro - I could never get the knot to tighten fully without a 'kink' using the tucked version. I changed after losing a good fish, and retrieving the leader with line snapped cleanly at the knot turns - plus losing flies when...
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    Coronavirus

    We seem to agree on some observations, but I still don't come to the same final conclusion as you. We are stuck with a winter of this trudge like it or not.
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    Coronavirus

    My worst of both worlds was meant to between suppression (however you define that) or an AU, NZ, South Korea etc. elimination type policy. For me let it rip was a non-starter (culturally). We would have struggled to run an elimination policy (in the same way AU has), but a half trillion...
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    Coronavirus

    I agree positive tests should have never been called cases. Plus the 'cases per hundred thousand' is also misleading, because it only refers to people who have chosen to go for a test - the ONS background sampling from the entire population would have been a better measure to my mind. We have...
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    Coronavirus

    With equal respect, I think the marginal cost of treating an individual with cancer (for example), is a far different proposition than addressing a contagious disease. Attempting to divide the combined cost for the nation between a limited number of fatalities from that disease (in comparison...
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    Coronavirus

    I have built up a grudging respect for Fixedspool. I cant explain it, but it could be a slight variation on Stockholm Syndrome. https://www.britannica.com/science/Stockholm-syndrome
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    Coronavirus

    https://ourworldindata.org/covid-sweden-death-reporting
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    Mackenzie Rods Sale Discount Code

    Mackenzie have sent me an email including a discount code, giving 30% off Atlas rods this Black Friday weekend - ATLAS30 to be used at checkout. I dont know if that helps anybody, but your welcome if it does.
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    Coronavirus

    My brother has been living in a close bubble with three other people - they all had the same first symptoms on the same day. Two positive swab tests, one with a negative swab but positive antibody test - and my brother with negative swab and negative antibody test. From his description it seems...
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    Coronavirus

    The problem being that without lockdown, so many medical staff would have been ill and the hospitals overloaded, that the cancer patients wouldn't have been treated anyway - plus you would have all the Covid deaths on top of that. Notwithstanding a duty of care to those medical staff at the...
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    Coronavirus

    Your graph indicates death per case has fallen 8 fold over the period. In your opinion which drug or new treatment is responsible for this improvement ?
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