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   Old Thread  #31 15 Jan 2021 at 6.09pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I got the idea off Baz Griffiths fishing on Llandrindod Wells in the 80s... That boy could fish
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   Old Thread  #30 15 Jan 2021 at 5.30pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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nope people started looking for them after Brian and I started using them trust me the ones from the motorway boxes were bigger and later you could not buy Isotopes when I bought the show samples

they did for a while sell Beta lights not sure if they are still allowed ? but they were encased in plastic a much shorter life instead of glass
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   Old Thread  #29 15 Jan 2021 at 5.17pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I read the original Isotopes where nicked from some form of roadside emergency breakdown box? Which where indeed super bright from what I recall from the story I read/heard.
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   Old Thread  #28 15 Jan 2021 at 1.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Remember those isotopes in a Fairy Liquid bottletop wafting on a 3 foot drop at Darenth in the early 70s.
Was surreal to see them jump up in the dark, yes they were indeed brighter😁
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   Old Thread  #27 15 Jan 2021 at 9.33am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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people in the know upgraded from the tip up shytey ratchet sun lounger to the lafuma and thats a bit of foam and a cover made out of a pair of old curtains
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   Old Thread  #26 15 Jan 2021 at 7.07am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I thought bedchairs where not around until the mid eighties? Sun loungers where the thing, then again I was a kid and my paper round wouldnít have afforded me one anyhow.
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   Old Thread  #25 14 Jan 2021 at 7.34pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I thought that Oliver Reed at first glance
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   Old Thread  #24 14 Jan 2021 at 5.03pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Only two manufacturers in the world and as Gerry has mentioned age and size.

Years ago it would be a 300 or 500 rating I have a 500 rating thatís 34 years old from a float I had as a kid. Still works and the half life is ten years plus. Can still see it from a few meters away, now housed in a bic pen case thatís strapped to my net float that I made. Sewing machines are great.
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   Old Thread  #23 14 Jan 2021 at 11.21am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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is that a polite way of saying Im a fat **** now
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   Old Thread  #22 13 Jan 2021 at 5.34pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Looks cosy Do you look at your old pics and think who the hells that too
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   Old Thread  #21 13 Jan 2021 at 10.30am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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only picture I have wearing the cold store Jacket long time ago Cut Mill pond Farnham late 60s to early 70s when I fished there
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   Old Thread  #20 13 Jan 2021 at 1.18am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Things like this need collating Gerry, your experience echoes that like Dave from Kryston, stand out moments that have influenced generations. I can't help but feel that the younger generation take so many things forgranted, having said that the pace at which stuff evolves nowadays is breath taking, for better or worse
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   Old Thread  #19 13 Jan 2021 at 0.37am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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lol there were a few things in one of Clive Dietrich and Malcolm Winkworths videos they mention and are seen with some green coldstore suits with red lining
I was m8s with Malcolm ( lovely bloke taken so young ) and I made a delivery to a very large cold store company in Wandsworth and it was huge forklifts running around inside and they were wearing these cold store suits

I mentioned to the guy I could do with buying one for winter fishing he said well they make them in the factory next door !! but dont sell to the public but I can ring him for you and pull some strings and so thats how we got the suits 1st I got 2 made then Malcolm and Clive wanted some and in the end I had about a dozen made those were happy days

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   Old Thread  #18 13 Jan 2021 at 0.16am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That deserves a mention in a history of Carp fishing somewhere down the line
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   Old Thread  #17 13 Jan 2021 at 0.13am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I think I was possibly one of if not the first person to use isotopes
I should explain in late 60s early 70s I was driving a truck and made a delivery to a factory that was at the time supplying isotopes for all sorts of things emergency exit signs Aircraft instruments marine compass etc

and the guy said they had just done a trade show and showed me a load of different sample sizes and shapes I got really excited and begged him to sell me 4 so I could use them for fishing in the end he sold me 4 it was 2 for me and 2 for my fishing partner
then we had the problem of how to mount them first I tried a hair grip and a cork on a tether but then quite by chance I found that on the inside of a fairy liquid bottle top the isotope pushed in and fitted perfect also you didnt need the tether as it clipped on the line and stayed on and at a convenient time in the fight you could unclip it I must add they were incredibly powerful they would light up the ground under them ( I dont think at that time bottle tops were being used either? )
sadly legislation has reduced the power by loads to what they were health and safety and all that
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