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   Old Thread  #99 12 May 2022 at 8.18pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Itís not you who has been decorating the post boxes too is it?

Could be a new trend that, knitting your own head covers whilst waiting for a bite
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At Christmas you could do Father Christmas ,or a fairy

Sorry that came out wrong
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   Old Thread  #97 12 May 2022 at 9.42am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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My son knitted his ECU and Trangia covers,protectors,..they look good actually..
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   Old Thread  #96 12 May 2022 at 9.23am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Old round pegs + hacksaw = summer pegs for hard ground

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   Old Thread  #95 12 May 2022 at 9.17am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I might have learned to post photos, mastic tube Neville cover

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   Old Thread  #94 9 May 2022 at 8.38pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Iím on the bank now till Saturday morning just got all rods out and put kettle on and what Iíve done is found an empty gravy tub at home and bought it with me along with a few food bags and use it for a little bin on my table for tea bags and wrappers or wipes when Iíve cleaned my stove down then tie food bag so and bin it and Chuck the gravy tub away at end of session.
Another hack
I used the dynamite oils hemp,krill and tiger nut with the pointed nozzles I keep them and fill up with others and use them to jab my pva bags with to fill up with oils
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   Old Thread  #93 3 May 2022 at 0.47am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The string lassoed onto the elastic, tightens up as you pull back/expand the elastic, so it doesnīt slip. Got the groundbait pouch on my Free Spirit Hi-S 13' SPM Rod, that bungs out apple sized groundbait balls well over 120+ yds, but these days iīm lazy and just use the baitboat

Tried Theraband Gold(flat), but that donīt work. Gotta be round solid or hollow elastic. Iīve had Theraband Gold elastic on afew of my catapults, but prefer the round training/exercise elastic bands, or the elastic in those stretchable water hose pipes
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   Old Thread  #92 3 May 2022 at 0.13am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I have seem something like that but ,used on a rod to cast out ground bait..

BTW,I reckon you need a sort of plug stop at the base of the pult elastic ,so when it is expanded it won't slip over,a bit like a 'Lillian on a Tenkara level line..

Would Theraband gold elastic work ?
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   Old Thread  #91 3 May 2022 at 0.07am  2Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Gonna upload a video clip, for all you doubting Thomasīs
If itīs good enough for David, then itīs good enough for me
Danny ... gimme a call, time to talk business Time to mass produce the " Occam's Razor "
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   Old Thread  #90 2 May 2022 at 11.45pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Henceforth known as the 'one arm bandit'

All proceeds sent to Mr A.'Kunta'Roots...out there,somewhere..!
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   Old Thread  #89 2 May 2022 at 10.09pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #88 2 May 2022 at 9.03pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I bet she enjoyed it
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   Old Thread  #87 2 May 2022 at 9.01pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'm not going to argue:David and Goliath come to mind.
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   Old Thread  #86 2 May 2022 at 8.29pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Been whipped with something like that by Mrs Scozza
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   Old Thread  #85 2 May 2022 at 7.31pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Egyptians invented the spod & spomb, 1000s of years ago Nile was full of Leney 60s way back then Sometimes you have to go back, way back in time, in order to advance in the future, Northside of the pyramid of Giza, got a selfie of Cleopatra with a 70+ zip linear, carp cradle and baitboat in the background.

I challenge anyone of you ... put my Technium MgS & HI-Sives up for grabs, if you can spomb/throw further than me Whoīs willing to give up their tarty setup ?
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   Old Thread  #84 2 May 2022 at 5.38pm  1Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You wouldnít want your knackers in the pouch

Saying that, I bet Braders and a few other would
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   Old Thread  #83 2 May 2022 at 5.23pm  2Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Looks like something an Egyptian overseer would have used to encourage slaves to build the odd pyramid or three. 😆
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   Old Thread  #82 2 May 2022 at 5.14pm  2Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Wow, Need to be careful, you might end up with somebodyís eye out with that

Would like to see it in action
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   Old Thread  #81 2 May 2022 at 4.47pm  1Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Cack at throwing baits out 100+ yds with a stick ! Need to avoid disturbance when spod/spombing at range ! Then try this unconventional one armed pult that gets me out accurately, at 160+ yds Just need a name for it now, before FOX or NASH copy it

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   Old Thread  #80 2 May 2022 at 10.05am  2Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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One I have just used and never ceases to amaze me.

The have some silly expensive head torch with a rechargeable battery pack. If you donít keep it charged it dies and the packs are £45!

I you tubed it a few years ago and there are videos about bringing makita batteries back to life, basically they are so drained that they canít detect the charger, all you need to do is get another battery (I used a pp3) and connect up the plus and plus and minus to minus with any old wire, literally 30 seconds is enough, then put it on charge and just that amount letís it find the charger! Have since done on loads of batteries.
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   Old Thread  #79 29 Apr 2022 at 9.50am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That's them you can also trim them or connect them to get a longer one. Btw, when you fish locked up and want you rods or pod secured, trim the elastics to the desired length and fasten a new knot. You'll get a much subtler knot that way
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   Old Thread  #78 28 Apr 2022 at 1.52pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Forgot about them! Make my own to retain pods / locked up rods etc
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   Old Thread  #77 28 Apr 2022 at 1.03pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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How did i not know about these Time to order some
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   Old Thread  #76 28 Apr 2022 at 12.50pm  1Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Was just about to post the same when I saw your #27. Still, might as well post, now I've done the pix!

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   Old Thread  #75 28 Apr 2022 at 12.44pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Chinese supermarkets do bags of tiny shrimp around 1/4 inch long I add these to my spod mix but soak them for a while and they should take on water and sink and to me I would imagine they look like insects(food) hanging in strands of weed.
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   Old Thread  #74 27 Apr 2022 at 4.56pm  1Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Ball bungee cords. Can be used to secure your boat, fenders and bivvy. Use them to secure my rods when fishing locked up and my net to my dinghy so it doesn't fall off. You can use them to strap stuff to your barrow, close your bags of bait, secure buckets and jars or to keep your groceries closed. Also use them to hang my garbage up the tree, tie my marker poles together as well as my fishfinder cables. Can't count how many times I found a good purpose for them.
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   Old Thread  #73 27 Apr 2022 at 4.37pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Dont buy one of them stupid ridge monkey gas heating pouches.... just get a usb cup warmer from ebay for £5
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   Old Thread  #72 27 Apr 2022 at 3.19pm  1Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Handy...
Before I did carping I got something packed in a huge amount of them, saved a few thinking they were ordinary foam nuggets, stupidly discarded the rest .
Went piking up at Loch Ken and imagine my surprise when my deadbaits were scoffed by the crayfish despite being stuffed full of the aforesaid "foam" nuggets and me expecting them to be popped up out of reach...
Facepalm....
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   Old Thread  #71 27 Apr 2022 at 3.09pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Get these from work never need to buy any
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   Old Thread  #70 27 Apr 2022 at 2.09pm  1Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Drink a litre of water on the way to the lake.

You will be hydrated and will not have to lug so much around the lake.

I do this a lot on day sessions as I donít use a barrow.
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   Old Thread  #69 27 Apr 2022 at 1.40pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Check through any packaging that comes protecting your parcels..
I've just scored for a load of starch nuggets that are the same as rig foam..
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   Old Thread  #68 26 Apr 2022 at 11.11am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Is this for the gas canisters. Or somthing diffrent
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   Old Thread  #67 26 Apr 2022 at 10.27am  1Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Brilliant thread this
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   Old Thread  #66 26 Apr 2022 at 8.06am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Here is a tip for you dirty *******s out there. If having a ****, turn your Bivvy light offÖ we donít want to see what you are up to lol

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   Old Thread  #65 25 Apr 2022 at 4.29pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
If Iím using PVA bags with pellet I usually make them up at home on an evening and store them in a zip and seal bag in my rucksack. At the lake, fishing and recasting in no time at all
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   Old Thread  #64 25 Apr 2022 at 3.13pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Wrap any unused pva bags/ mesh in foil and freeze it
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   Old Thread  #63 25 Apr 2022 at 2.53pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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35mm Film cannisters - ideal for
Storing / taking Pop ups (session quantity only)
Perfect golf ball sized amount of pellet for mesh PVA bags / PVA sticks
Consistent sized solid PVA bags

Cable ties - ideal for
Securing catapult elastics
Securing anything else that may have snapped / perished

Babywipes - ideal for
Cleaning EVERYTHING

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Flask, keep your drinks warmer for longer

1. Boil the kettle and half fill the flask, put the lid on for 5 minutes and leave. This warms the flask up

2. Fill the flask with your drink of choice. Do NOT add cold milk, take a pint with you and add as required
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   Old Thread  #61 25 Apr 2022 at 12.17pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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i ordered some of these today... hook bait pots
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   Old Thread  #60 24 Apr 2022 at 12.29pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I freeze milk solid in the bottle during summer which means it doubles as an ice pack and melts slowly enough to keep itself cold for a couple of days.
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Oh my GodÖ this is gonna be my fave thread ever: I wish I knew how to post pictures some are hard to explain

Baby milk containers for pop up wafters as you can get 3 section ones
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/154595825422?hash=item23fea1170e:g -8AAOSwJK1hMdCk
High density foam balls (about tennis ball size) best and neat net float just make hole
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/174368692862?hash=item28992f1a7e:g:3PAAAOSwWupa4s1U
Letter beads on cord for zip pullers on accessories bags to say contents - PVA etc
When packing up a wet net stand on mesh and roll net arms down keeps it tight
Old style line clips from pult elastic and either cable tied or through bead to tension
Cheap light from eBay with dark motion sensor for cool bag-box lid, itís like the fridge light comes on when you need it
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/353757604087?hash=item525d98a8f7:g:wJAAAOSwezlhhP2H
Water / dispenser pump cap to fit on water bottles this type of thing but not correct cap size
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/234095375068?hash=item36812bf2dc:g:39wAAOSw9jtg9PMS
Freeze ice cubes of semi skimmed milk and put in flask with milk to keep cool and fresher for longer
Old mastic tubes make covers for Neville alarms
Long normal sewing needle and remove just bottom bit of one side of the eye so the needle stays on the hair until you release.
Mount isotope on head torch so you can find the poxy thing
Hack saw down old bivvy pegs to make ones more suited to hard ground
Get a ridiculous large floating key ring for those syndicate gate keys.
Pound shop Ďpan splatter coverí put a couple of little feet on it and use it as hookbait drying tray in house
Apple corer for belacan block, cuts exactly the size for boile funnel web pva bags
Small icing push out cutters make great Ďtopperí cutters and very uniform


So many more to comeÖ.


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"I absolutely refuse to buy anything from Amazon."

Cannot say I blame you...
In fact I'll go further....
If I receive a product purchased from another supplier and it is drop shipped by Amazon I have no qualms in smashing it then sending it back for refund and blacklisting that supplier.

What started out as a reputable supplier of used books has morphed into a global tax avoiding, employee exploiting cartel.
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those tie links are many many times cheaper on amazon and absolutely yhe best thing on earth for cable management lol


I absolutely refuse to buy anything from Amazon.
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For years I have used the wifes elastic hair bobbles to secure my rods when I fold them (tip to butt) and put in the quiver but the odd ones would break.
I then found these silicone hair bobbles, much stronger and they grip the rod blank better.
And being white means they don't get lost.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Set-of-4-Girls-Ladies-Silicone-Non-Slip-Hair-Bobbles-White-/293223057845?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286&mkrid=710-127635-2958-0
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those tie links are many many times cheaper on amazon and absolutely yhe best thing on earth for cable management lol
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If I take just 2 rods and landing net, and no umbrella I won't need the rod holdall so just use a couple of velcro type ties to hold them together.

screwfix tie link
Absolutely brilliant even just to 'top and tail' rods together or even strap them to the rod quiver
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Bottle of O'connors from tesco (sames as baileys but only 3.85)...makes a decent hookbait glug and works well when added to your spomb mix etc...
And is lovely in your morning stovepot strong coffee instead of milk whilst watching the mist rise from the lake...🙂
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Surely you donít cable tie your rods together though?
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Agree on the ties I see them on most sites I visit but as Iím a spark normal cable ties I get enough easily 😜
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Haha, weíve got scaffolding up around our house at the moment and as soon as I saw those ties I put a bunch in my bag, well handy
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For short sessions......

Put enough sugar into the pot with the tea bags, instead of carrying separately, or do away with the container and just put them both into a small plastic bag, even more lightweight.
Don't take a large pot of pop ups/wafters, just 3 or 4 of each in small plastic pots, I used to use the old 35mm film cannister, but there's loads of options now.
Pre tie a few rigs, then ditch most of the rest of the tackle box and just take the gear you need, have the rods already set up and baited obviously.
Rod ties - old shoe laces.
Baiting needles - large ordinary needles
I tie on my boillie stops with a bit of light line, means I can adjust the hair length and never lose a boillie stop, yes I reuse them! I reckon that's saved me at least 3p over the years.
Use a thermal mug/flask thing, means that you can drink your tea as slowly as you want and it won't go cold if you have a fish or anything else that delays the supping, also means you can knock it over safely between sips!
Customise your gear, for example I have a cheap (NGT?) buzz bar bag that I use to take buzz bars (with buzzers attached) rod rests and indicators (hangers, chains, sticks). I used a bit of foam cut to size so that the buzzers are protected and nothing rattles around, also everything has it's place so when you pack up you are less likely to forget something.
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If you take a newspaper or two like me then use them to wipe ur utensils down after cooking and also if itís muddy and raining then lay a whole news paper out on the ground stops the bivvy getting muddy or wet,I also put my footwear on the paper when lying on my bivvy or going to sleepinside
Also found a small plastic tray from something I ordered and put some camo tape in it(itís shallow)and use it as a rig making tray I can put on my lap
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In winter, fill your kettle with water before going to sleep. Nothing worse than waking up to a frozen water bottle and not having a morning brew.
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The last one is DEFINATELY a trap 😂

Some poor buggers gonna discover the second strike to spicy food lol
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Years and years ago I glued a piece of the magnetic strip you get on fridge freezer doors from a knackered item to the side of my bivvy table so I could hang rigs from it
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Carrying on from posts 12,40,41 and 42 regarding gas savings...
If you're just cooking bacon and using a thick pan....turn off the stove just before turning the bacon over to cook the other side....the heat left in the pan will cook it.
And if you want to save batteries in a torch fit a lesser wattage bulb and double their lifespan...

If using disposable wipes to dry eating utensils don't discard them but rather save them and use instead of toilet paper if doing an overnighter or in case you get caught short, they have a soothing effect if a bit grease was left in the pan too....It is not advisable to attempt this the other way round mind !
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Ahhh sorry buddy.... your a wise man too then

Some really good ones on this thread
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Post 12...
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When making a brew pour your water in the mug first then tip it into the kettle... saves gas and time waiting for a brew.


When you get Bait break it down into 1kg bags and freeze in vaccum packs - easier to store flat and you can count out bait rather then large bags. Plus the bags double up as binbags on a session. In france i do the same and use them in my cool box 24hours prior to needing them to keep it cool.



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I havenít made one in ages but superglueing a square piece of aluminium or a 20 pence coin to the side of a lighter gives and built in wind guard and you can butt the floss ( if blobby hookbaits ) on the edge and fully melt it without burning the bait, itís handy but not so handy I make a point of re doing it each time.


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you lot a tight lot

love it

instead of foam on drop off rigs loops, i use spaghetti
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Not exactly technical, but use your distance sticks in the garden to strip line from your reels (on the rod). Takes a couple of minutes per spool and saves all the arm ache.
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This is for the minimalist minds amongst us..

Get a wooden spoon..cut a few inches off of the handle,then chamfer the actual end of the spoon right down,and smooth off with some medium sandpaper..

On the remaining end of the handle ,file and then smooth down as well,making sure,the handle looks like a large flat head screw driver,if your clever you can put a pattern in the handle shaft..

So....

The beauty of this is you have a non Teflon damaging wooden implement,the chamfered end is your spatula and eating utensil in one, it's also 'sharp 'enough to cut through a sandwich..

The handle end is your ,stirring end,for tea,or coffee ,cuppa soups etc,I also use the end as a pot lid lifter when using a pan on a stove..

It's all I use...I don't take any cutlery at all..it fits across the base of my Trangia,...including a Swedish, folda cup which has a egg in it so it doesn't get crushed ,til I've fried it on the session..

It works really well ,does that spoon/sporky
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   Old Thread  #35 21 Apr 2022 at 5.16pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Do they fit Twinings?
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Check out the cheap non carp tax cooking pans on the cookware thread
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Your on fire
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Plastic test tubes for pop ups.
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The Tesco Fetta cheese containers are brilliant for glugging or spraying hookbaits as they have a mesh basket inside so you donít have to fiddle around chasing them with a grabber thingymebob. They are also airtight so the contents donít go off if left in





If the colour bothers you, some green or cammo tape or vinyl can be used to cover them.

The cheese is nice too
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I use a pop up pot
Every gram helps
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Best thread on here for ages , 👍👍
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That's tea tering on the edge of genius, fox are you watching
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I use the containers used for vitamin etc from health food shops for my brew kit. Especially good for tea bags if you like/use the round type ones. At just under 4 inches high they fit 25 tea bags very snugly.




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I use a phillips head screwdriver (with a big chunky handle) in a power drill for stripping line off reels, definitely easier than stripping it by hand.
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I have thousands of boilie stops, however I hardly ever use them nowadays. I have always used floss for pop-ups and balanced baits. If I tie a standard hair in a rig, then I tie the hair to just under the smallest size bait I am going to use, when I attach the bait I them thread floss through the hair (the same as through a micro swivel) and set the hair to the perfect length for whatever bait size I am using and blob it off as normal.

You can also do the same to simply lengthen a hair, rather than change /tie a new rig if you think the hair needs to be longer.
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I like those blue or yellow scaffold elasticated ties normally used for holding safety netting, etc.
Mine were a freebie from around a building site, picked up a load off the pavement

I have used these for holding my rods, landing net & handle together in a nice bundle.

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Ewww
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Just a simple one.

Cut and shape a wine bottle cork to fit in the pouring spout of your kettle for when out but not in use, l bet most of us leave the kettle out over night near the ground usually on the stove, many years ago I woke up fired the kettle up made a brew and after the first few sips thought it tasted funny, lifted the lid on the kettle and I'd boiled a massive orange and black coloured slug that could of only got in through the pouring spout.
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Think spen89 means on a quick change swivel. I do the same with the mcf clips. Does make it super easy to just pop the rig off the line when you have one in the net.
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Still using a Coleman or multi fuel stove?

Try using panel wipe instead of coleman fuel....

Coleman fuel is £6.69 a litre

Panel wipe is £22 for 5 litres from any car shop eBay etc and is the same thing
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If you are concerned about the condition of a hook point but have no loupe to magnify it then a pair of binoculars used reversed with one side of the optics does the same job.

Cut the swivel off leads when using a lead clip...it reduces the movement before the fish *****s itself and bolts.

Don't melt the ends of mono over your legs when wearing lightweight nylon waterproofs... bits of melted nylon drop off and leave you looking like a tack smoker or a welder !

Use a short section of 1/2" foam pipe lagging with a V slot cut in the inner to protect vulnerable 50mm butt rings.

The elastic bands the postman discards on your path are handy for tying folded rod sections together to stop them rattling about before putting them in their sleeves and are cheaper than even the chinese velcro bands .

View a few videos online of how to remove a deeply embedded barbed hook from your flesh !...Not exactly a hack but it may save a 6 hour wait at the horse pittle before some "anti" intern yarks it out !
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Ok unfortunately I'm crap with pictures but i'll explain

When you unscrew the bottom plate, which is held with 10 small screws ( phillips head weirdly ) and rescrew it onto a piece of wood, you will see you have three "sections" of short plastic fins which the blades rotate between, shorten every one by about 5 mm apart from the ones with extend right the way to the other side, this longer ones have no gap and form the three sections
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Slide over what? the hard rubber stem?
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I use 6mm beads exclusively now on quick release rigs, they slide down the loop on your rig and back up onto the swivel closing off the hook.
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When using inline leads and dropping them in a take I always use bamboo skewers cut down and pushed into the end of the lead so the tail rubber can Slide Over rather than buying the crap expensive commercial ones 👍
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What I also do is boil a cuppa first ,leaving a bit of excess water in the kettle,then,the minute I have used another pan ,I pour the still hot water around and leave it a min or two, much easier to clean out pans ..

Same as, happy scrubbing
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Here is a couple more..

Having trouble getting that sleeping bag back in its bag?

Just lay the bag flat on bedchair,roll from the bottom end of bag ,expelling air as you go,...put bag tween your legs..(sleeping bag is full width)...put it in the bag long, stuff ,compress job done..don't literally stuff it in doesnt do loft any good despite,being told other wise.

Always take a small micro fibre towl,wipe your rods and reels before putting them in sleeves in the doorway,..open sleeves to air when you get in....I do this even when it's been raining ,hence why my kit is nice...!..

Oh,yeah ,wanna save on gas or meths,...pour the amount of water into a cup first,then the fluid into your kettle,never over fill a kettle it wastes fuel,and lessens boiling times...on a trip ,let's say you might drink 10 cups of T,before you go ...measure 11 cups of water use the lightest plastic bottle you can find,water is very heavy ...(I did use a water filter,but bleep ,bleep.local factory ruined my water source)..
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I'll try it tomorrow night..the T bag idea,
Cheers Scozza..

What I also do is boil a cuppa first ,leaving a bit of excess water in the kettle,then,the minute I have used another pan ,I pour the still hot water around and leave it a min or two, much easier to clean out pans ..
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Use damp warm grass to wipe out your cooking pans,this is a fantastic tip

Similar, use old T bags and hot water. Put a little bit of hot water in a mucky pan and use you spoon to lightly rub the T bag around the pan, works a treat, ex army guy told me that
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Oh and buying boilie stops isn't exactly a hack....
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You are missing the point. It's the ability to pull the stop into the bait, so you can vary the hair length AND how often do those bloody little hair stops get lost, dropped etc etc.

You are never without a bit of mono.
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Alternatively, use a bit of twig.
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With all due respect, instead of spending 2 quid on a clipper and 15 on a spool of chod mono, you could just get 2 billion boilie stops from china for a quid.
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Hereís a handy trick I came up with but still see some people that it might help (millennials mostly)

Buy wider buzzer bars or use single sticks so you donít have to fold your reel handles in to stop them knocking together.
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Never buy a boilie stop again...instead cut approx 15mm sections of stiff mono, like chod hooklink material, fold in half so it forms a V shape, insert in the loop on your hair and then gently pull the hair through the bait so the V starts to bite into the bait. Trim the ends and then blob with a lighter. You can pull the finished bobbed ends right into the bait. Versatile and easy.
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OK Mozzi here is one..albeit a food,cooking hack..

Pan too big for your stove,unstable.?..get four meat skewers or similar, place them above your gas stove,or stick stove in my case sometimes,now you have a solid wider base to put your pan on..simply push them in the ground ..

DPM 7x8 army tarp..= mini condensation cap,barrow cover,or groundsheet..use two long banksticks ,turn it into a super peak ties off from a brolly or pramhood bivvy ,same if your parked near a swim,use it as an awning..

Use damp warm grass to wipe out your cooking pans,this is a fantastic tip..obviously, not where fido has been..lol
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Good idea, any chance you could stick a pic up of the part and exactly where needs trimming please.
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So today I converted ( butchered ) a friends Ridgemonkey crusher the same way I did mine ( to produce much coarser chops ) ( I call them "ridgechunkeys" ) and it occurred to me, there are lots of little things we all do to either customise and adapt existing tackle, or create solutions to problems we face. and I thought, instead of the usual arguments maybe a nice forum topic where people could contribute their "hacks" be it tackle, bait, food or otherwise ?


To make the adaptation to the ridgemonkey, you unscrew the bottom plate, and trim ( with a multi tool is best ) the plastic guides all by about 5mm, except the ones that space the entire width of the plate for stability.

You then neaten up where the multitools friction somewhat burrs the plastic and reattach it to the top unit, you make have something that will turn 18 mm baits into proper chunks with less crumb.

Its worth screwing down the plate onto a piece of flat scrap wood before adapting.


You can chose to trim one side only as well if you want then simply reverse the directing you turn the handle in to alternative between bait sizes.

I really don't get why ridgemonkey doesn't produce a set of plates graded for different size bait results to be honest.


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