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Recent content by Simon Burt

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    Number of rods and reels

    15 rods and 13 reels. Must have a little thin out. Anybody fancy a 15ft Okuma float rod?
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    If you....

    Second hand Daiwa Powermesh. I can use it for just about all my fishing, the action is brilliant and my Speedia fits nicely with the sliding fittings. Brilliant rod.
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    RIP Martin Hooper

    I enjoyed chatting to him on the banks of the BA. He had the most incredible eye sight, picking out fish in deep water and only casting to the doubles! RIP.
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    Koi carp in the river…

    Saw one last month on the Bristol Avon at Bradford and there used to be a huge one that cropped up between Warleigh weir and Limpley Stoke. I suppose they get washed out of garden ponds.
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    Best swim on the best river .

    Claverton weir run out on BA 15+ years ago when there seemed to be more water and barbel swimming in shoals. I had my first successes at night fishing and I seemed to catch doubles for fun.
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    Split peg leger stops

    Do you mean the old Drennan green ones? I think they still make them. I tend to use the Enterprise Adjuster stops (bit expensive and fiddly to set up but do a decent job), although I have been using Guru Super tight stops this winter. Unlike a lot of float stop style bits they don't move easily...
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    A [now SOLVED] request from technical help - PHP - and forum donations

    Donation made. Seems good value for a site I look at everyday and gives me something to think about on the many days where I can’t hit the river.
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    Happy New Year Roach people! I had my first trip of 2022 this afternoon and despite getting caught in a horizontal downpour I was very happy. Fishing the far bank, slightly upstream, for most of the session was quite tricky with the wind but worth it. First one I’ve bothered weighing this...
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    My set arrived this morning. Many thanks Andy. They look a serious bit of kit. Hoping to use one to guide some bread towards a roach next weekend.
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    Whats your PB?

    14lb from a very flooded BA on the 'Island' in my first season after them; third ever barbel! A long time ago now and sadly they are very few and far between in the BA. I still remember how excited I was to catch such a huge fish on half a tin of spam!
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    Advice on a medium feeder, winklepicker, light Avon type rod. Rivers.

    I would love to have been fishing the BA when the big fish shoals were intact around Malmsbury. A use a variety of rods for my winter roach and chub fishing: a Fox specialist 0.75 (or is it 0.5lb tc - never really sure); Drennan Im8 bomb rod when I can get away with it and I have a Daiwa power...
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    The 'slap" of a big fat feeder.

    You were right first time with 'effect' :) I only regularly use a feeder when I am fishing the Wye as I do worry about the splash on a small river like The BA or the Somerset Frome. However this year I have tried a small cage feeder with some groundbait and a few hook bait samples locally and...
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    Photos of river scenes

    Thank you Bill!
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    Photos of river scenes

    We are on honeymoon on the banks of the Spey. It’s unbelievably beautiful. Very happy just looking at the peaty water as it slides by.