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Drag every time - set it before the first cast to give line just before the rod breaks and check again if adjustments made while playing a fish.
I do regularly apply WD40 to my reels to ensure everything remains nice and smooth.
Thanks Stephen - I probably should have added "at the time", it absolutely took waters apart being very different to anything else being used (on the waters I fished at least).
My fishing buddies and I went on to produce our own bait using fishmeals, milk protein and some bird food - it...
Please don't think that this post is having a pop at anyone on here, that is definitely not my intention.
It's all very well bemoaning when your local tackle shops closes down / goes bust / becomes an Angling Direct, but it can be difficult supporting such shops if they don't help themselves...
Do I think the otter is the sole reason for the decline of barbel on so many of the rivers I fish / used to fish? No.
Do I think the otter is a major contributory factor to the decline? Yes.
Do I think that the legislation protecting otters should be repealed? Too ******* right I do!
I have always assumed that named stretches are just a blind to throw people off the trail of the real venue!!
Guess that says more about what a sneaky sod I am than anything else.
Personally I wouldn't dream of even hinting at a stretch on an open forum.