First it was the wet that scuppered our plans, now the cold weather has put paid to any fishing for me for a week or so. I know, I'm a woose! I have been thinking about going fishing all week. We had planned to go on Monday but the rain was pouring down and it was cold. I could see no point in going just to get cold and wet. Unfortunately, Tim's shift pattern combined with his inability to get a pass from the missus, means that we will not be able to get out together again for a few weeks. I had planned to go out solo this week but in the end that did not happen due to the cold and an inability to master the art of using small shot when making pole rigs.
|A pulla bung allows the elastic to be 'pulled' tight to help control the hooked fish|
|Razor saw and home-made bench hook (hooks over the front edge of the bench in use)|
Cutting the carbon-fibre pole to length was easy. Initially I used a fine razor saw and a bench hook to support the section while cutting. This works fine cutting through the top wall of the pole. as the saw breaks through to the side walls, it starts to catch and becomes harder to proceed, until the bottom of the section is reached and the saw starts to cut smoothly again until it is through.
|Full size hacksaw|
|Not cheap but so much better than the cheap alternatives|
|The elasticated 'Tele-Pole' about to be extended|
|Winder bung withdrawn from the Tele-Pole|
|Two rigs ready for the Tele-Pole|
Hopefully I will out on the bank at Beaver, towards the end of next week, giving it a try. It looks like the cold snap will ease up a bit by then. The forecast is for double figure temperatures by Saturday...