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Only one version of power-pro is tested, Terry (66lb). And no tests on the super slik. Look at the comparative breaking strain of braid, for diameter, against mono. Quite a bit higher. I agree that the stated bs is far less accurate than that with mono, however.
I think David's already inferred that he'll use a carbon rod if the circumstances demand it. I have a cane barbel rod that was custom made for me around eight years ago. On rivers other than, perhaps, the Trent, Severn and Thames (each with eight feet of extra water), it's my ideal tool.
A red herring, Edward? By that, I mean it could be almost anything, couldn't it (apart from a minnow, obviously)?
Is there some context to your picture and question, such as did you feel/see anything, etc, etc?
Your exchange, Ian and Craig (and everyone else who contributed), portrays perfectly what this site is all about. A frank differing of views delivered in a light-hearted way, with wit and without rancour. I'm still chuckling now.
I guess (over) elaboration of existing products is something the tackle companies see as evolution, whereas I just see it as extra unnecessary weight. A flat mat is adequate and I have, somehow, functioned like this for many years. God knows how.
Yes, it's a really grim situation, Julian. Groups do get set up, which suggests people do care, however unless one has friends in high places not much happens. The current political maxim seems to be "rather than ask what I can do for you. What can you do for me?".
Yeah, agreed Rich. That's the thing with pegging it down - it's not for daytime roving at all. I still use the standard brolley if that's the plan. Usually, however, my sessions are overnighters, so perfect for the job.