Welcome To Peanuts Fishing Adventures.
Inspired by Manchester Fishing Fiend ,
The Meddyman and Manchester Percheur.
This is the tale of my fishing adventures in and around Manchester , England. Mainly stick float and waggler fishing on the River Irwell. Other rivers fished are the River Mersey, River Ribble,River Tame,River Roch, River Douglas & River Goyt.
I also make my own handcrafted fishing floats and equipment
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Retro Procupine Quills For Summer Tenching
I have been meaning to make some of these floats for a VERY long time.
The Porcupine Quill is another pattern that reminds me very much of those long summer days spent a the local lodge with your mates bread fishing for tench and Crucian Carp.
I used to use them on the ICI pond to catch tench to 3 lb and Crucian Carp to 1.5 lb on Carvansons lodge in the early 1980's both of which are still on the
Unsworth Anglers card.
The pair below are replicas of floats passed down to me from my dad who had them handed down to him from my grandad.
I believe my grandad may have made them himself, or, had them made for him as I have never seen their like before or since.
" Borrowing "
these from my dads float wallet many times although he did not know it at the time......
I was not allowed to use them in my youth and quite rightly so incase I lost one. To use them I had to sneak them into my wicker basket the night before I went fishing.
If my dad never new. . . .
He does now
I have tried my best to make this pair of quills as old looking as possible, hence the colour schemes of
pastel red , yellow plus an off white / cream.
I hope I have accomplished this ?
This pair take 2 BB approximately and will be used by my dad as they are a present for him for all the hard work he has put in over the last three years helping me with my float making.
I will be making him a small float box to accompany these and his other floats.
A separate blog will be posted when the box is ready.
" Salford Pete "
will catch a couple of these on his new quills when the spring arrives.
I have some more quills ordered so I can make a few more of these in slightly different colours for myself and a few friends.
Both myself and my dad can not remember the last time we caught anything on a quill float.
Probably a gudgeon in the early 1980's on Unsworth.
Here is a good picture of my old man looking the part on Christmas Eve.
We are both looking forward to catching on quills again and we may even pay
" The Old River Irlam "
" Drinkies "
a visit and catch a few tench from an
I can see the morning mist slowly rising off the lake, the tiny, tell tail, pin prick bubbles slowly heading to my float as it settles next to the emerging lilly pads as I write this little piece.
Picture of a " Tinca Stick " in action
courtesy of JAY SS.
BRING ON THE SPRING
Until the next time. . . . .
If you would like to look at my handcrafted floats just hit the link.
I have made this style of 30g reversible pike slider a couple of times before but never with a red/pink and black tip combination.
The pair below have been also been modified slightly and this modification will be the norm on my future slider floats.
The small modification is a slightly elongated tip 50 % of which I have left bare of paint.
I did this so the float can readily except
Korda Shok Beads . . . . .
With and without picture
I here you say.
This is for added protection . . . . .
When the float slides down to the weights / beads at the bottom of the rig.
A small modification as I have said but one which will increase the longevity of the float I think.
These work well for both for dead and live baits.........
I may be using them in the sea with a certain someone if I can get my timing right.
You know who you are. 😊 TTFN
If you would like to look at my handcrafted floats just hit the link. http://purplepeanut007.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/handcrafted-floa…
As you all know I am a float angler through and through,
even I recognised there is a time a place to dispense with the float due to river conditions.
it boils down to the fact that I don't want to drive thirty miles to the ribble and have to drive home because the river is five foot up, looks like chocolate milkshake and is unfishable
on the float.
I also wanted a nice piece kit for
" Salford Pete "
to use when we manage to get out together.
( Trotting for five hours is hard work in your forties . . . . . .never mind your seventies )
He is always talking about our old trips to Bridgenorth fishing for barbel,
which was mainly tip fishing in the ealy days so I thought this would be a nice joint present between us.
When I approached Andy about the build we had a long chat regarding mine and my dads requirements.
I wanted a spliced tipped barbel rod that I could use on the Irwell as well as the Ribble.
I also wanted a heavier tip for …