Other Stuff

This page has the bits and pieces than don't really go anywhere else plus anything else that takes my fancy.

Did I mention it's my website? what?WHAT? PSIt's not finished, by the way.  JAA

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Stuff with no other home Izaak Walton in 1653 Wrote of the Gudgeon:

"The GUDGEON is reputed a fish of excellent taste, and to be very wholesome: he is of a fine shape, of a silver colour, and beautified with black spots both on his body and tail. He breeds two or three times in the year, and always in summer. He is commended for a fish of excellent nourishment: the Germans call him Groundling., by reason of his feeding on the ground; and he there feasts himself in sharp streams, and on the gravel. He and the barbel both feed so, and do not hunt for flies at any time, as most other fishes do: he is a most excellent fish to enter a young angler, being easy to be taken with a small red-worm, on or near to the ground. He is one of those leather-mouthed fish that has his teeth in his throat, and will hardly be lost off from the hook if he be once strucken.

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They be usually scattered up and down every river in the shallows, in the heat of summer; but in autumn, when the weeds begin to grow sour and rot, and the weather colder, then they gather together, and get into the deep parts of the water, and are to be fished for there with your hook always touching the ground, if you fish for him with a float, or with a cork; but many will fish for the Gudgeon by hand, with a running-line upon the ground, without a cork, as a trout is fished for; and it is an excellent way, if you have a gentle rod and as gentle a hand."

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Stuff with no other home On the End of the Line

It's this simple. I think any rig designed or intended to be self-hooking is simply not in the spirit of the angling. For that reason, although I tried 'anti-eject rigs' for a short time, I'll not use them again. It's too much like trapping and reeling and is barely distinguishable from long-lining. That's fine for food, but it doesn't sit well with me and so I'll have nothing to do with it.

Etiam si omnes, ego non  es"Even if all others, not I". It just sounds better in Latin, so just post me my "Elitism badge". It'll look nice next to the "First Aider" one.

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Stuff with no other home The Boilie Thing

I believe fishing is in general, driven by solely commercial interests and boilies represent to me the one of the worst aspects of this. For that reason I'll not use them. The same goes for pellets, any sort. pe ...although I also have a problem with the indiscriminate use of fish meal and fish-oils, for which our inshore sea-beds are razed barren. Everything has a consequence.

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Stuff with no other home Reinforced Coffee and Tea

JAA When it's jolly cold a hot flask is well worth the trouble and weight in the bag and I've taken to reinforcing it, nothing drastic, but the hint of the malt alone is warming.

I've found that coffee tastes best when reinforced with something that's been in sherry and/or bourbon barrels for ten years or so, 'Quinta Ruban' and 'The Lasanta' are good (and a bargain in most duty free shops) and Aberlour also good and a silly price for a litre at the moment. Black Earl Grey, seems to work best with something peaty, Islays, Laphroig, Bowmoore or Talisker. I'm sure there are those purist that think this is sacrilegious use of a good single malt, but I subscribe to the view, that as I own the bottle, I can paint the walls with it if I so wish.

...and I'd point out that I only ever put 40cl in a 1 litre flask (I have a jigger. Stop it). This is somewhere between a single and a double. My reasoning is that a unit of alcohol is one hour into your system and two hours out. 40cl even if scoffed all at once is 1½ hours into and three hours out, 4½ hours which is my normal shortest trip out. And that's not allowing for the evaporation loss of the alcohol itself which must be considerable when dunked in a hot flask and the gradual intake over the day. Legal and safe. And feeling better as well.

JAA Big boys hot chocolate. Take two squares of 90% cocoa chocolate and break/cut into about 16 pieces each. Place in a well warmed flask and add about a pint of boiling water. Put the top on and shake until chocolate has dissolved. Add one coffee pot of freshly brewed coffee. Top up with more boiling water. Replace cap. Shake well.

JAAA tot of 'Red Label' doesn't make it worse.

Before pouring a cup shake it again...it'll keep you warm even in an East wind.

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Stuff with no other home Breaking Up is Hard

I feel strongly about this - I hate being broken up. It's almost always self-inflicted at some level. Poor hands, unchecked knots or knot types, unchecked line, not paying attention and so on. If I think there's a good chance of being broken, I simply fish heavier. There are those who'd rather hook ten and land five, but for myself, I'd rather hook four and land four. I think it poor angling to aim for anything else. For me, being broken up is a failure. I hate it and there is no feeling like losing a decent fish, whatever the reason. Here are the exemplars and why they were my fault: