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  1. Saint Andrews

    Hooked on Hope.... Terminal Chancer... the sequel

    As usual on xmas morning I start by opening presents that appear to be clothes, not the ungrateful sort I hate getting clothes as gifts. I like to choose my own. I opened what appeared to be an item of clothing to find a book wrapped in bubble wrap and a dish cloth to make it look like a...
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    River trout fly rod/line weight advice

    Given the poor salmon runs over the last few years on top of the switch outfit I want I'm also looking to kit myself out with a light trout outfit to target wild browns and grayling when Salar and Sea Trutta are not on the cards. I've a greys GR50 8# for seatrout/grilse work which I like so was...
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    Switch advice

    My new club on the mid Ribble has some excellent fly water above all the main tribs and it's only small compared to the big Ribble. I'm considering buying a mid range switch set up for the smaller sections where 13/14 foot feels over gunned. Iv been looking at the greus Gr60 switch 7/8, what's...
  4. Saint Andrews

    Free the Stockton one...... (Taddy)

    I thought id start this thread because the mods have closed the Tweed v Tyne thread for being 'off topic' yet didnt answer the question i asked on whether they would review Taddys punishment given the mitigating circumstances and responses received to date. Dont get me wrong i didnt agree with...
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    Objection to new EA mandatory C&R proposals.

    I dont want this to turn into another C&R debate, Im all for C&R but volentary, I return 99% of all my catch. I'd like to retain a two fish bylaw limit (as is already in force under my local rivers NLO) I use as 'insurance' for a deep hooked fish. Ive killed one in the last 5 years returning...
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    Appeal to Ribble Rods for info on an old friend

    After seeing some old photos last week I was reminiscing about my late father which got me thinking about what I called ‘The great Salmon slaughter of 1986’ where in September down on the lower Ribble hundreds and hundreds of Salmon were shoaled up in the Preston area and hundreds were caught...
  7. Saint Andrews

    Hard Wired to Self Destruct

    Anyone else on here got the new Metallica album 'Hard Wired to Self Destruct'? Growing up with their old early thrash stuff I've got to say I was dubious about what their latest release would be like, they are now in their mid 50s afterall. Bleedin Arry some of the tracks are awsum, 'Spit out...
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    A Smile through the Gloom

    I posted this on the Ribble Thread but there has been so much doom and gloom posted on the sport lately I thought it would be nice to share this special happy moment with a wider audience. ............ Following death of my dad and family stuff in 2016 I’ve hardly been interested in fishing...
  9. Saint Andrews

    River Irt West Cumbria

    I'm off to the Cumbrian Irt tomorrow with my old fishing buddy and really looking forward to it. Like most west coast rivers the Irt has suffered with declining runs over the last few seasons but last October a good few fish were caught including one over 20lbs and an 18lber on fly. This...
  10. Saint Andrews

    Salmon flies for the Fraser/Harrison System B.C

    I question to the Salmon boys across the pond. I have a friend heading over to B.C in the summer (July/August I think) to fish for Sturgeon and Pacific’s on the Fraser system and I've offered to tie him some flies to take. Most of the Salmon fishing will be on the Harrison tributary. I think...
  11. Saint Andrews

    Fishing in North Wales late September - advice needed

    Me and a mate are clearing off for our back end trip to somewhere new and fancy trying North Wales. We've found some accommodation next to the Conwy and were wondering if anyone has any advice. The Cottage is right on the Conwy at Llanrwst run by Llanrwst Angling Association. Would it be worth...
  12. Saint Andrews

    Sourcing dyed Prawns

    I know this thread has been covered time and time again but as my normal source of small Irish prawns can not supply and the guy I've had them from on Ebay is on holiday for a week can anyone recommend a supplier of decent dyes prawns who can deliver quickly? I don't like the large King prawns...
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    Post Fishing Madness Syndrome

    Has anyone else experienced the condition me and my friend aptly named “Post Fishing Madness Syndrome?” Me and my mate spent many years going upto my Caravan in West Cumbria fishing the Irt and Esk. We would be on the river at first light and often fished till darkness. After a full day in the...
  14. Saint Andrews

    Hardy Graphite 10" fly rod

    A neighbour told me about an auction place he goes to and that it had some fishing tackle in, i made a bid against a Hardy Graphite 10" 9/10 weight and got it for £40. Its 2nd hand (obviously) been used a bit but I dont know how much it is worth, any ideas? The rings are usable but im...
  15. Saint Andrews

    Happy Birthday

    Just a quick message, it was my Birthday yesterday (37 yikes!) when I came into work the only Birthday message I had either card or email was from Salmon Fishing Forum! What a nice idea, I was somewhat touched. Then i got home to a pressy from the Missus mother, a lovely 3 tier wooden fly box...
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    Wanted Salmon Fly Reel Loaded with 10weight floater

    Guys I need a second Salmon Reel for a spare outfit for my D hander. Im not looking to spend too much but would consider anything within reason. Budget prefered though. Im looking for it to be loaded with a 10weight floater (W/F preferred) So if anyone has a surplus reel & line, drop me a PM...
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    Advice Wanted - Fishing in Tenby Wales

    Guys/Gals A mate of mine was telling me last night he's going away to Tenby this Saturday for a week’s Family holiday. He wants some advice on salmon/Seatrout fishing in the area. Will have to be day ticket and preferably any method although he does fly fish. He's going with his pregnant wife...
  18. Saint Andrews

    Taking Fishing for Granted

    Dear All Thought id post this thread about taking fishing for granted. Im 35 and as obsessed as most on Salmon/Seatrout. Ive been hastely awaiting the main runs of fish which will soon be with us, some already have them. Following a recent accident I completly severed all tendons in my left...
  19. Saint Andrews

    Leaded Nymphs for Salmon

    I guess this topic has been discussed before but though Id see if anyone has any experiences of Salmon on leaded nymphs. I have only hooked two salmon on trout nymphs before but think there is a real potential to take fish if there are fished correctly. I have observed salmon on the gin clear...
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    Anyone fished the 'Chameleon' Fly?

    Following on from the Bright Fly/Bright day thread, Martin mentions a fly tied dark one side, coloured the other. This is the Chameleon fly; T&S ran an article on it a few years back. The train of thought behind it is the Salmon sees the fly swinging across and see’s one side of it, once it has...
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