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   Old Thread  #171 16 May 2017 at 2.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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This a great read Ken. I hope one day to have as many nice photos and tales to tell
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   Old Thread  #170 16 May 2017 at 11.48am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Anyone else?
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   Old Thread  #169 12 May 2017 at 6.46pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It looks like its way back into the reeds , well hidden
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   Old Thread  #168 12 May 2017 at 2.51pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Then I would say it was the ponderosa ken. Nope!

To be honest unless you have fished College I doubt you'd guess...In fact, even if you have fished there you may have a problem!
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   Old Thread  #167 12 May 2017 at 11.52am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Then I would say it was the ponderosa ken.
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   Old Thread  #166 12 May 2017 at 10.21am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You guys are correct that it is College, now just guess the swim. The Swamp was so named because it was a swamp, this swim was always pristine and at times it was crawling with carp. Here's another viewpoint...

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   Old Thread  #165 11 May 2017 at 8.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I would say it was the swamp at college.
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   Old Thread  #164 11 May 2017 at 7.23pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks for articles so far Ken - can't wait until the winter for more of the same!

Re: photo, I want to say college - the very top end (east bank) - but probably miles off!
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   Old Thread  #163 11 May 2017 at 1.45pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Then I'm sorry but I haven't a lot of experience outside of Staffordshire or Cheshire.
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   Old Thread  #162 11 May 2017 at 11.16am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Let's put it this way, Paul. It's definitely not in Staffordshire!
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   Old Thread  #161 10 May 2017 at 3.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Not a clue mate,don't tell me its on my door step or I'll kick myself,i could name a place but the farm building in the back ground doesn't fit.
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   Old Thread  #160 10 May 2017 at 2.48pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Got plenty of material still to come but it's fishing time now so I'll put this thread on hold until I hang up the rods for the winter (Too old for winter fishing now.)

In the meantime, here's a teaser for you, a pic I found while browsing through some very old and scratched transparencies...So a)...easy one first, name the venue and b) ...not so easy, name the swim!

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   Old Thread  #159 10 Apr 2017 at 10.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Good read ken, keep em coming mate, don't forget to save some for the book.
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   Old Thread  #158 10 Apr 2017 at 3.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #157 10 Apr 2017 at 1.55pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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A further three mixes produced another seven fish including, Humpy at just under 19lb, the Pet at 21lb 2oz, landed at one in the morning, returned without a pic, and Goldie at 19lb 4oz.

This is Humpy going back.



And this is Goldie. The self-takes pix that were taken at the time of this capture did not come out well so I have used this one of Goldie at the time of a subsequent capture. I think the colour on the trees provides a perfect background. I think this is a fantastic pic and thanks go to Tat for doing such a good job!



And here's Goldie going back after the above capture.



And so the session came to an end with a dozen coming to the next…And this from a lake where every take is regarded as a precious gift from the gods and one fish a session is good going. This is the final page of my diary for that session on Salamander.



Two trips; ten twenties. Thank you Tim and Keith. Where would I have been without you!

As a rather nice footnote, I returned to Salamander for a short day session while my car was at the car doctor’s just down the road. I had only one take, but it was The Pet once again, and this time I did manage a pic or two!





I guess I cannot round of this tale without mentioning that neither College nor Salamander (like other SW venues) are worth a candle these days thanks to otters, fish thieves and various other problems. Their time in the spotlight is long gone and their former glories will not return, well, not in my lifetime anyway. The reasons for their demise are too painful to go into here…maybe another time when my memories are not so bitter.

Sunrise in the Lifebelt swim.


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