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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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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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: