View Full Version : Remember the good old days........................

03-02-2005, 14:29
Â…Â…Â…Â…Â…Â…Â…Â…when most specialist carp / pike equipment etc had to be hand made or we just improvised. Sleeping under a brolly wrap, no bed chairs, inadequate sleeping bags, poor indicators (squeezy bottle tops) Fibreglass rods, 12lb line the thickness of old rope.

Then there is carp care, no unhooking mats and possibly lack of knowledge / awareness. Lots to read nowadays, not so much all those years ago.

How times have changed

What can you other old danglers remember from the past.

03-02-2005, 14:39
thousands of changes
carp care all for the better
easy to get decent gear
better waters

BUT a lot of people at it now

still enjoy me fishing though

03-02-2005, 14:44
Argos sun loungers................ http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/crazy.gif

get them nice and flat, but as soon as you went near it....bang.... both ends would fly up and smack you in the head. http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/shocked.gif

You'd then spend most of the night sleeping sat up.....ha ha.....Quality http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/smile.gif

03-02-2005, 14:47
Hiding rigs when someone walked into the swim or vice versa.
Not telling what bait you are using.
The unknown and the aura surrounding particular waters / anglers.
And the simplicity of it all.

03-02-2005, 14:48
Optonics that bleeped for no good reason and then packed up completely in the rain.

03-02-2005, 14:48
North Western SS5 Blanks. Home built with Paper-round money.

03-02-2005, 14:53
Gardner monkey climbers..................... http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif

03-02-2005, 14:54
Oh yes, I remember a well known angler showing me his rigs, but then proceeded to tell me i would not have a clue how to make or use them. I was about 13 at the time and all my gear was paid for from hard earned cash from paper round & cinema work

03-02-2005, 14:57
Telephone bivvies (thats what we called em) http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/smile.gif

looked like the tardis, and only way of getting a bedchair in there was behind the pole, no too good for a quick exit. http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/shocked.gif

03-02-2005, 14:59

03-02-2005, 15:04
...when carp were just another fish.......not a cult.

03-02-2005, 15:06
Ha the wraps that went over an up right brolly - yep had one of them - nightmare to get much in at all.
Big clear plastic window in the front - lovely!

03-02-2005, 15:07
BJ alarms, wanted Herons but paper round money wouldn't stretch that far. Got mine in June '79.
God they were a night mare. Never worked unless you had a full blown run. Wind the 'sensitivity' screw in a tad and the bl**dy things would be going off all night for no apparent reason, and they absolutely hated rain or damp conditions.
Someone posted and said Optonics were bad. LOL
When Otonics came out they were a godsend. Bought a pair in '81. The original Compact version, 1x high tone and 1x low. They were a tad quieter than my current Fox RX's on full blast. http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif
Still at the time were classed as top of the range stuff.

The old sun lounger. How many nights did i spend with me a*se touching the floor after the cover had ripped?
What memories.

03-02-2005, 15:18
I've still got a pair of original optonic heads in the garage, the ones with the sounder box, one high, one low with latching LEDs, modified a bit now (more hard wearing leads) but still work.

Marvelous http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif

03-02-2005, 15:24
Send Marketing Canvas Bivvy http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif heavy as a car
boy did i think i was the nuts ..LOL

Net curtain - made in to carp sacks

Special baits ......................... http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/wink.gif i could tell you but then i would have to kill you http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/blush.gif

Them old baiting needles about 12" long with a ****ing great eye on the end , rember them

Needles for your monkey climbers painted like zebra crossing .........LOL

WIne bottle tops ................looked for ages for them .........Ha, Ha in my dads shed all the time

03-02-2005, 15:34
Oh Great,
all coming back to me now. Remember the wire threader things and Dacron, actually still got some dacron stuff somewhere.

Me and a mate used to share a bivvy (lack of fund to buy two, honestly) got some funny comments from one of the syndicate members so we got a mates mum (RIP) to make us some bright pink bobble hats. The look on his face when we surfaced from the Overwrapped bivvy thing was a picture.

Might wear the pink hat to stoney's pike fish in at Wraysbury !!

03-02-2005, 15:34
Empty Biro pen tubes threaded up the hook length ala Carpfever.
We called it the scarer rig. Was meant to stop those 1'' lift bites and scare the carp into bolting off. Caught a few but never really worked.

Oh and tying long hairs to the bottom of the bend on a size 2 LAu'Dor (spelling http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/crazy.gif) with a boilie the size of a tangerine made from Pond-Pride and Layers Mash.
(Sorry if i've just given away Mainlines new Wonder bait http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/blush.gif)LOL

03-02-2005, 15:41
that reminds me,what would kids do today due to the change of the fairy bottle top? http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif

03-02-2005, 15:48
Ask their parents to buy them hangers for early christmas/bithday presents or ram raid a tackle shop and nick em http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif

03-02-2005, 15:54
Check out my old thread...late 70's, early 80's tackle. There's a few on there that'll make you lot smile!

03-02-2005, 15:54
Speaking of needles 4 monkey climber does anyone remember seeing a picture with an angler who had a run fell onto the needle which went straight through his hand OUCH!

03-02-2005, 16:00
Lucky it was his hand............imagine if it had gone up his.......ooooooh thats enough of that. http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/crazy.gif

03-02-2005, 16:09
That happend on that group of lakes in Kent , near Dartford which Lesisure sport used to run , if i put the name up it will get censored , but you no where http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/wink.gif

it was either Micky Sly , or Mike Cavenar (spelling!) cant remeber which long time ago

What about Slycast black - remeber that one, pre-stretched & sh*t

The old effgeco (spelling buts that how you say it) bank sticks - if only i new how;
to put a picture or two up , i have one of me with the old SS6 rods , Mitchell 300 , Herons & effgeco bank sticks , im about 14 years old - very funny - which i staill had the same waistline ........LOL

03-02-2005, 16:16
old dellereeds sent to delkim the dogs dangly's

quess what 22 years on and still using em http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/smile.gif http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/smile.gif

03-02-2005, 16:18
gardner tri dapter and 3 black bank sticks fell over when you went near em LOL

03-02-2005, 16:21
I used to carry a nice log in my rod bag, for putting under my sun lounger, as the yateley swims were always on the slope.
Also used to have 2 crips packets and 2 elastic bands to put over my optonics when it rained.

Ground down go-cat buscuits with PYM (yeast) as home made bait.

Methylated spirit burners, very slow to boil water.

Monkey climbers that needed cleaning after it rained, just so you could get them to work.

"This month only, free groundsheet" bivvy, from the back of the angling times, £20, and that advert was still running about 15 years later. I used to take the centre pole out and use to canes to hold up the front, and put it at a 45 degree angle, so it looked like one of the Nash bivvies. very sad.

Those were the good old days.

03-02-2005, 16:22
Sylcast black.....I used the 7lb rope for pike fishing!! Soooooooo wiry you could lassoo 'em with it.

Remember 'moving on' to Black Spider dacron too.....wow, a step ahead for the barbel..... http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/laugh.gif..catch me if you can.

03-02-2005, 16:27
boom 80 boots dead warm and snug
bic biros and fuji eyes to make your own monkeys
super heavy 2oz leads

03-02-2005, 16:36
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does anyone remember seeing a picture with an angler who had a run fell onto the needle which went straight through his hand OUCH!

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Never saw that, but Derek Stritton ran out from his bivvy to strike a run on a wet day and slipped. One of the ones where the feet fly up in the air and you land on the middle of your back. Well Derek's upper arm landed on the needle which went right through his arm. Now that's an Ouch!

Thank god for Hangers.

03-02-2005, 16:38
Arriaty (?) Diamond Line.
Lafuma bedchair and guest chairs (although Gazza Products still have the chair)
Bamford conversions - wish I'd never sold mine.

03-02-2005, 16:41
cash .....didnt they eat batteriers
you needed shares in durrecell

03-02-2005, 16:44
and then there was watching out of town starring Jack Hargreaves, good stuff in it's time

03-02-2005, 16:48
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Hiding rigs when someone walked into the swim or vice versa.
Not telling what bait you are using.
The unknown and the aura surrounding particular waters / anglers.
And the simplicity of it all.

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Thought this thread was about the good old days..?

Some things never chage.. http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/wink.gif

03-02-2005, 16:52
Heh, I still have an optonic super compact in my bag, ahem, just in case http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/wink.gif

The upright brolley overwraps were great. I remember on one particularly stormy night I had to 'abandon bivvy' and go and seek shelter in my mates bivvy for the night.

03-02-2005, 16:58
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cash .....didnt they eat batteriers

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Unlike Cash, still got my Bamford conversions (just keeping em for old times sake http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/cool.gif), I always thought the battery life was pretty good on em!

03-02-2005, 17:13
Lion D'Or hooks 'cos they were the sharpest.....but the barb would be classed as criminal now!

03-02-2005, 17:34
The drunken states we were in im amazed i am unpierced still(or am i) http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/laugh.gif Another one 4 the list a rod splash mat to stop grit getting on needles,reels and rods when it rained.

03-02-2005, 18:04
A mate of mine machined me some me some monkey climbers out of solid nylon at work looked great they did then i had my first run with them on the trent and my line just cut clean in two when it got to the top of the needle gutted or what.

03-02-2005, 18:05
low water salmon hooks - cut down the shank and solder blobs to whip the hooklink - ruined one carpet learning that trick!!

send overwrap - try folding that up after it had frozen solid during the night! (eugene shagnasty have you still got mine which you borrowed??)

first real fast tapers rods with abbreviated handles - simpsons of turnford green blanks if i remember

terry eustace T24

spring/teflon washer mods for mitchell 300/410

don't forget goldstrike hooks/platil strong

efgeeco 42" landing net - all metal construction

hilton carp rods - wish i never sold these as are worth a fortune now

braid - dyed with teabags or dylon if you were rich!! hook and hold using tag barnes super pike rods

last and not least fishing snowberry with tim p and a certain midlands water with terry eustace

03-02-2005, 18:44
i remember feeling the cold much more than the gear - i was always freezing cold, [censored] sleeping bag, no decent quality clothing, camping gaz cookers that wouldn't work when it got cold.

and the interminable blanking...... (some things never change!)

Jack Hilton hooks, O'Shaugnessy's, coffin leads, big silver sea fishing swivels, sylcast, Send overwrap, efgeeco rod rests, black buzz bars and sticks that would just keep spinning round and round on the first sign of a take, mesh on the landing net so wide a small child could fall through it, unhooking what?, monkey climbers at the bottom, open bail arms and line clips, gash Mitchell 300 reels without line rollers, spring 'um bait press......

need i continue! (and remember I'm only 28 - in 10 years it's gunna be us laughing about the rubbish we're currently using!)

03-02-2005, 19:02
Oh yes now your talking
Fred Bull canvas ovber rap bivvy
Two gerry Savage Glass carp rods, heron alarms, Squzey bottle top indicators. and small boiled potatos for baits. Mitchell 300's. Hmm .
You Know what i really wanted were ABU cardinal's I had to sleep on the floor with the rats and mice as well. LOL how things have changed. http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

03-02-2005, 19:02
hell bob - to remember those things you must have been born with a mk IV in your hand given that you are only 28 (or is that your inside leg http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/confused.gif)

anyone fish the famous peterborough cut in the days of wagstaffe and reynolds (not forgetting elliot http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif) - if you did you will know the story of the chicken or even creeping jethro and the rat http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif

i missed him but i gather gibbo paid a visit at one time

03-02-2005, 19:18
Empty banks,no licences,free fishing just about everywher (if it wasnt no one bothered)

03-02-2005, 19:24
i've been fishing since I was 4 and watching my Dad do it until I was old enough to acquire his hand me downs and have a go meself.

Cardinal 55's i class as the first reels of the modern era - i loved mine.

i met Kevin Maddocks at Cotton Farm in green jumper with Paul Regent (him of foreign trip fame). My Dad used flavours bought from Andy Little in the shop he worked in at the time. Aaaaah the memories!

I was born with a glass rod (with cork handles and unlined rings) in me hand Jetski! not quite a Mark IV but almost!

03-02-2005, 19:24
or doing a bit of gardening and then being allowed to fish waterways at hemmingford grey - what happened to the water??

never forget a trip to birmingham with hutchy and brian to buy particles from the asian supermarkets - they thought we were mad (no just hung over)

03-02-2005, 19:29
11lb Sylcast was the mutts

Richworth Tutti's and Salmon Supreme

Zip leads

...and one word - Churners!

03-02-2005, 19:56
55s, bamfords, monkeys the size of loo rolls !! and oh yes them blo..dy old blue argos beds was like sleeping on a mouse trap !! shooting to the lake on my old 50 moped , box bungged to the back and holdall scrapping along the floor round the bends!! priceless !!

03-02-2005, 19:58
bit late for me matt - what's tutti's

zips?? - prefer buttons http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif

03-02-2005, 20:08
Yes, remember them Argos blue bedchairs, no adjusting legs, middle elastics that snapped, and a bad back for a few days after using it.
Great times.

Tight lines.

03-02-2005, 20:09
Pop along to the next numptython to see some 'good old days' tackle in use http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/wink.gif

03-02-2005, 23:08
I'm not sure I really want to see lew's old tackle http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/shocked.gif http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/shocked.gif

04-02-2005, 10:28
So who has been fishing for the longest out of you lot, i'm now 47 &amp; started at the age of around 12 so that makes it 35 years of fishing

04-02-2005, 10:31
35 years for a 34lber , from an easy complex . i know people who have caught larger within 35 hours .. http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

04-02-2005, 10:57
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Thought this thread was about the good old days..?

Some things never change..

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