The bit you should read.

I’ve always been an angler and after around the country moving I wanted to discover and document the best places to fish (where ever I might be) in the way of rivers, lakes, canals and ponds. When previously fishing in South Wales I often fished in club and winter league matches, however living up north presented me with new challenges, venues and angling clubs that I acquainted myself with. Now down in the South West I plan to do the same.

This fishing blog details my angling adventures around the UK (although depending where I am in the country I also sea fish from both Boat and Shore, Carp, Pike and Fly fish). I will be giving a summary of 3 values considered by most anglers as well as the additional Disabled Access rating. Since being diagnosed with CIDP and regaining my motor function Disabled angling and Disabled access is now something I always consider when visiting venues. They will all be rated on a scale of 1* to 5*;

1. Fishability *****

2. Accessability *****

3. Value for Money *****

4. Disabled Access *****

I think these 4 points are the key issues which are readily identifiable with all anglers. Feel free to take a look and add your own comments along the way!

Monday, 15 December 2014

Fishing Basics - Loop Tying - Preston Loop Tyer

I’ve recently encountered some trouble with my Seymo Loop Tyer, and although the knots have never failed me, they seem to be getting bigger than I require. So I decided to give the Preston Innovations Loop Tyer a whirl. It was a bit of a school boy error, but I managed to pick on up without instructions! So I had to spend a little while working out how to use this little fella, but once I did I was very pleased with the consistent and small loops I was creating. This little tool will be in my tackle box from now on.

If you have one, but are not sure how to use it, here’s how.

Bring the tag end around and form a loop

Holding the loop tyer in one hand and your line in the other, user the hook tyer to create a V shape, with the loop one side and the tag end and mainline on the other.

Twist the loop around the mainline and tag once or twice (anymore will cause unnecessary friction and compromise the strength of the knot.

Once twisted pass the loop through the small gap at the top of the loop tyer.


Lubricate, and slowly pull tight on the mainline/tag end. This will tighten the start of the knot down on to the plastic.


Pull the line that was initially held in the neck of the loop tyer around the bend and towards the knot, pulling the mainline.


Pull tight to complete the knot.



Snip off the tag end and unhook the loop from the loop tyer.

It sounds more complicated than it actually is, but once you’ve done it once or twice to practice it becomes very quick and easy.
There you have it a perfect miniature loop which can be used for anything from loop to loop connections to hair rig loops.

If you have any questions about the above, or any angling questions, please click here.


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