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Re: Great platforms, but!

AH, got it!
That type of reply usually happens when an argument has been lost.
I only asked the question, ''why are there gaps on our platforms''?
Only ''peachy'' has posted a legitimate concern which is easily fixed.
I actually loved the safer larger size of the platform I fished from at Fladbury, but I see a problem with gaps through which things can fall into the water.
Making a platform without any gaps is actually easier than making one with gaps.
You only have to butt each plank, it could not be easier.
I can't see any angler being happy if they drop an item of tackle and they hear a ''plop'' as it goes through a gap and is lost forever.
Their particular tackle dealer will obviously be the happy one.
If you think about it, it is not only tackle that is at risk.
Pull out something from a pocket such as a handkerchief and you can drag out money, your phone or worse still, your car or house key.
Any of these things could go through a gap and into the water.
What a disaster that would be!
It may be a ''long-shot'', but it could happen.
I once saw my son bend down to pick something up and in an instance his smartphone slipped from his top pocket and went for a swim.
No phone, no insurance, not happy.

Posted on July 07, 2020 at 6:17 AM

Re: Great platforms, but!

To be absolutely honest stewpar, I am not really a fan of fishing platforms per say, but if I have to use one, I do like to get anything I drop back, most of the time.
It's the old thing I try to live my life by, ''common sense''.
Why you would bring Woodlands View into the subject, I have not got a clue!

Posted on July 06, 2020 at 6:03 AM

Re: Great platforms, but!

Having worked in wood all my life, I can assure you that the gaps will never close up from expansion, even if left for a hundred years.
They may expand by about 1/16th of an inch each.

I agree that they can be useful for bank sticks but are not absolutely required.
We always find a way to work it out.
Perhaps a couple of 3/4 inch holes drilled near the front edge would sort the bank stick problem out.

Colin T,
The only pressure is the fact that the wood wants to float.
For the same area of timber, it matters not if the platform has gaps or does not have gaps, the upward pressure remains the same.
As for silt being left behind.
Even with gaps the platforms always have silt left on top of the timber and is only removed when we clear it to fish.
Retreat Farm (both river and lakes) has no-gap platforms which have probably been there twenty years or more and in my opinion they could not be bettered.

Posted on July 05, 2020 at 6:43 AM

Great platforms, but!

Went to Fladbury this week and caught lots of small fish on the stick float.
First time I have been there since the new platforms were built.
Nice to see the increase in size which makes it less of a ''balancing-act'' and much safer when there is a need to get off the creel.
The height of the ones I saw were about as high as they need be.
All-in-all a great job but I do have one small criticism.
Why are there gaps between the planks on the actual platform?
Drop something and there is a good chance, you will not see it again, even something as large as a penknife could go through and be lost.
We all drop things when out fishing, plumb bobs, disgorgers etc, so surely it makes sense to have a solid platform?

Posted on July 03, 2020 at 6:11 AM


Government decides fishing is OK to do!

So you doubters, I WAS RIGHT ALL ALONG.

Just took them a while to see common sense.

Posted on May 11, 2020 at 11:42 AM
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