What happened to?

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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?
 
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I've still got the remnants of a tube of mystic somewhere.

What i'd really like to find is some of that old french gb that came in paper bags (like flour / sugar) called Picardie... was a must have for gudgeon bashing.
 
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Neil, I wouldn't mind betting I could find a couple of tubes of Mystic in my shed if I looked hard enough - a Winter League 'essential' along with bottles of Pol Vitamo !!!

I think target boards died when the vermin took over, why look at a twitch of the tip when most bites from vermin were signalled by the butt of the rod disappearing towards the lake ?

Pole crooks, Zim elastic, cheese paste for Roach, steamed and rolled bread for the punch, link legers, the list is endless ;)
 
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Talking about Decathlon,they're just about to open a new store in Slough not long after Angling Direct opened a new store there as well. Over the last 20 years I've seen 11 shops disappear within 5 miles of me so at least someone thinks they can make a go of it still although Decathlon have other interests of course !
 

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Pole shuttles, Newark Needle floats. What was the feeding thing that Bob Nudd used - a Polecat ?? Those thermals from Damart with the trap door at the back ! Rooms at the Longshoot for £19 !
 
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I've still got the remnants of a tube of mystic somewhere.

What i'd really like to find is some of that old french gb that came in paper bags (like flour / sugar) called Picardie... was a must have for gudgeon bashing.
Used to use that Picardie stuff, never worked out if it made any difference to my catches but it was the "in thing" to use at the time.

I remember using some stuff called Sensas Gudgeon Black (only once) took three weeks to get the cat pee smell off your fingers. :eek:
 

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annatto gentles in a biscuit tin, Intrepid Black Prince reels, porcupine quill floats & di*k Walker hexagonal cane rods
 

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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?
I still see a few people using them at Upper Tamar

What was the feeding thing that Bob Nudd used - a Polecat ??
Dave, up to the last couple of years there has been a bloke selling them at the Evesham Festival.
 
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daiwa gemini pellet wag/clackers.
that daiwa swivel pole bush
DAM poles
nisa adjusta connector
donkey top/spliced quivertip rods
threaded end ring on tip rods
laser etched threaded butt caps.
little sampson spring scales
ray mumford pole floats (2 different ranges)
 

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What was that feeder called that we used to mould ground bait made like concrete round for the then method feeder?
Rod rest we used to stick in the ground.
Swingtips
Rods that just bent. I dident have a clue what "parabolic" action meant lol
 
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As mentioned, swingtips and target boards. Before them it was butt indicators, before them I can remember my dad wrapping a piece of bread paste to the line. Kroic hooks to nylon. Lead shot in ALL sizes, non of the substitutes are half as good. Metal bait containers for maggots with holes in the top. Cane rods. Centre pin reels, of all types, including the wooden "star backs." Perch bobbers or "bobble" floats as we called them. Also, porcupine quills, swan quills peacock quills. Gags for pike fishing. Jardine snap tackles. Cork pike bungs with a piece of cane in the middle to trap/attach the line. Wicker baskets and wellies....could go on forever. Amazing to think how much of it was thought to be "cutting edge" at the time and just how much things have progressed in such a relatively short time.

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