Just to try and keep some discussion going on these dark winter nights I thought it would be interesting to start a thread about what happened to some of the "must have" or "must do" things in fishing. I will set the ball rolling with a couple - Mystic artificial bloodworm "paste". Used to see loads of it years ago and even seemed to get bites on it when I could not get a bite on anything else. Did it really work or was it all in my head and does anyone still use it? The Hook in the Loop method- the massive hype around it at the time saw lots of articles written about it by some top anglers and even special floats like Wilkies "Hitler" (Hook in the Looper) designed specifically for it. Always seemed to me to be just another version of the "lift method" with the tell tale shot being placed as you would when fishing the "lift method". But maybe a bit better than the basic lift rig if fishing a heavy or stiff hooklength. Rarely see it mentioned now, does anyone use it nowadays as a go to set up at the start of a match? Target boards - Used to be a "must have" for bream and silvers tip fishing and shops carried many designs plus folk made their own. Not seen one for ages (other than the one in my shed ), does anyone still use them? Any more "must use" or "must have" items you can think of?