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Re: Bins Bins

After three lots of eye surgery, my vision still isn't perfect, but it's a lot better than it was, and I always wear glasses for fishing - so here are a few observations.
Polarised lenses are great for fly fishing, lure angling or any other method that requires that you see into the water, but (as stated above) they are terrible for float fishing.
Don't fly fish without glasses - even if they are just cheap driving glasses. I've seen a hook in an eyeball, and it ain't nice.
Avoid green mirrored lenses. Trees are green, and if the lenses on your glasses reflect away the only light getting through the tree cover, you can't see where you're walking.
Glass lenses are great, but in the UK climate, they fog up very easily - stick with plastic.
If you need prescription glasses for tying hooks etc, go get some cheap ones. Mine are from Ali-Express - they are full sized glasses and I usually have a couple of pairs in my gear.

Posted on December 31, 2023 at 2:36 PM

Re: The River Tame - Witton - 1918 a pristine River

The biggest problem is the periodic summertime thunderstorms that dump a load of organic debris into the river from storm drains.
These result in plummeting oxygen levels and fish kills.
To find fish, you need to find spots where they can get out of the main river, or get access to extra oxygen - or both.
I remember my dad telling me that the Tame was once regarded as a fine salmon and trout river, and honestly, it wouldn't take much to see the river thrive again.

Posted on December 11, 2023 at 9:24 PM

Re: The River Tame - Witton - 1918 a pristine River

I've had some good bags of chub and dace from the Tame in central Birmingham on the fly rod.
I've even had chub taken off the line by double figure pike.
I'll not say exactly where, but there are plenty of fish in the river.

Posted on December 11, 2023 at 7:24 PM

Re: Change of scene

Don't forget the zander and perch. Small coarse deadbaits will really open up your options.

Posted on December 04, 2023 at 2:50 PM


Let's not get back to the point where BAA staff attack contributors who make uncomfortable posts.
It's counterproductive, and simply drives people away.
The point is that while new fish are welcome, we must work with other agencies to address the underlying issues.

Posted on November 27, 2023 at 7:14 PM
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