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pindercd
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Posted - 09 February 2012 :  1:16:41 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add pindercd to your friends list
Ive just purchased my first pole which is 8m in length. I aim to fish on the canal where I live, but the towpath is very tight, and is rammed full of cyclists and passers by. The is a strip of grass about a foot wide where I normally fish.

What is the easiest way to ship my pole, while trying to protect it from any potential damage ? Ive looked at rollers etc, but they all seem to need space behind which I havent got.


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Posted - 09 February 2012 :  1:19:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit Neil ofthe nene's Homepage Bookmark this reply Add Neil ofthe nene to your friends list
On a really narrow towpath the only way is to ship the pole sideways along the bank almost parallel.



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Posted - 09 February 2012 :  1:24:38 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add pindercd to your friends list
Thanks for your quick response Neil.

Would you still recommend that I bought rollers for this, or just lay the sections on the grass.

Sorry If I sound like a plum, Im just trying to get all the tackle sorted that I will need.


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Posted - 09 February 2012 :  1:50:53 PM  Show Profile  Visit wheatcroft's Homepage Bookmark this reply Add wheatcroft to your friends list
One roller should do you fine for 8m. Worth getting as you keep your new pole in better condition and it'll help you with the awkward shipping angle. I prefer a flat-bed roller for level banks like canals, but it's a matter of preference whether you go flat or v-roller. Get the best you can afford.


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Posted - 09 February 2012 :  1:52:53 PM  Show Profile  Visit wheatcroft's Homepage Bookmark this reply Add wheatcroft to your friends list
And think about getting a pole sock too, if you can. Only a tenner or so and it'll save you retrieving your pole from the canal when the wind blows it in.



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Posted - 09 February 2012 :  1:59:02 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add cant win to your friends list
deffinatly get a flat roller,you dont want to be sliding your pole through dog s***t as it has already been said you need to be shipping it parallel to the canal,to stop cyclists and walkers etc from damaging it.


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Posted - 09 February 2012 :  2:34:06 PM  Show Profile  Visit Neil ofthe nene's Homepage Bookmark this reply Add Neil ofthe nene to your friends list
While a pole roller isn't essential it will make everything easier and smoother, and keep the pole off the floor.

Your canal wouldn't be the Calder & Hebble by any chance? Fished it for the first and probably last time in 2010, towpath on some stretches was rediculously narrow.



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Posted - 09 February 2012 :  2:38:39 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add TinCanMan to your friends list
Use to fish the K&A Canal a lot, nightmare for joggers, ramblers and cyclists. I use to have 2 preston lay flat rollers paralell to the grass bank on my R/H side and then postion my top kit roost on my L/H side; also a pole sock comes in handy.


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Posted - 09 February 2012 :  3:20:11 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rikt to your friends list
Would agree with all of the above, it sounds like parallel unshipping is the only option, keep it smooth and have a light as elastic as you can, depending on the stamp of fish you are catching.

Neil of the Nene - You are right about the Calder and Hebble, fished it for 30 years, man and boy, you get used to it!!



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Posted - 09 February 2012 :  4:05:20 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add pindercd to your friends list
Many thanks for all your advice. Im on the Leeds and Liverpool canal. I started fishing last year on rod and line after a 25 years absence and am well and truly back into it ! Thought Id give pole fishing a go just for a fresh challenge. Ill be fishing mostly flicktip or 4 elastic through the top 2 as it mostly perch, roach and skimmers which I will be catching. As long as the float spends most of its time under water I'll be happy !


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Posted - 09 February 2012 :  4:07:39 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add pindercd to your friends list
The mountain bikers are a pain. If I fish for half a day I will probably get passed by about 100 of them, usually shouting and riding two abreast. Still it beats the dog walkers who let their dogs run amok, and I spent a fair bit of time last year trying to wrestle my plastic bag of lunchen meat from various dogs slavering mouths !



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Posted - 09 February 2012 :  4:12:11 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add supersuperleeds to your friends list
I break my pole down as opposed to shipping it back when I fish the canal. Is a pain, but it is better than having a bike go through it.


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Whereabouts on the Leeds Liverpool? (Just out of interest) I live quite close to the canal in Wigan.

I concur with the other posts, I will ship my pole along the bank when canal fishing.

2 things that I always do, only when on the canal though:

1 - I always use a flat roller. V Rollers can be prone to having your pole blow off them and you don't want it blowing off into the canal

2 - I always set my roller higher than I would do shipping behind me. Maybe its just me but I have found when shipping sideways I tend to hold the pole higher than I do when I am shipping backwards. (Maybe I am just weird)


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Posted - 09 February 2012 :  4:45:36 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Nanook to your friends list
As a cyclist....
...i'll make you a deal.
You ship sideways and break down as you do so, and i'll slow riiiiiight down and not complain


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Posted - 09 February 2012 :  4:56:08 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add pindercd to your friends list
Deal Nanook !

Seems a sweeping statement from me, I apologise, but there is nothing worse than having your peace and tranquiality shattered by 15 hungover mountain bikers shouting and carrying on at break neck speed !

Rourke 7719 - Im based nearly Shipley in West Yorkshire.


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Posted - 09 February 2012 :  8:24:48 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add steve king to your friends list
quote :
Im based nearly Shipley in West Yorkshire.


Cleggy country

Best of luck to you if you come across himhe will show you how to fish it,
Then you go to Scott and Lee Weston and Jonathan Bland and they will show you how to do it propley



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Posted - 12 February 2012 :  12:47:54 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add pindercd to your friends list
Many thanks for everyones help on this subject.

I'm am just trying to visualise how it is all going to look. The towpath where I fish is dead level, so would I need to use a pole sock or an extra set of flat pole rollers ?


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If you are fishing the Saltaire A A stretch in Shipley I suggest sending David (cleggy) Senior a PM on here, he is on the committee and Im sure he would meet up with you one Saturday

Im on the committee for Bingley A C and also act as bailiff on Bingley canal stretch, I fish most Saturdays too, PM me if you want to meet up one weekend



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Posted - 12 February 2012 :  8:58:10 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add leeweston to your friends list
quote :
Originally posted by Jonathan Bland

If you are fishing the Saltaire A A stretch in Shipley I suggest sending David (cleggy) Senior a PM on here, he is on the committee and Im sure he would meet up with you one Saturday

Im on the committee for Bingley A C and also act as bailiff on Bingley canal stretch, I fish most Saturdays too, PM me if you want to meet up one weekend


Pm cleggy and ignore everything he says


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Posted - 12 February 2012 :  9:19:05 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Milo to your friends list
You want to spread you gear like a chekyne around your peg to slow them down but NOT block the towpath. It's not a race track.



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Mr King....and Mr Weston.....



Mr Bland.....




pindercd, I shall probably be on the towpath behind the Hotel Ibis (on the boat stretch) on Sunday morning (if it aint too windy), cos it blows down that stretch like a wind tunnel.

I shall have my Piking gear out and I could do with a volunteer to catch ( some liveys)

If you come in a vehicle simply go to the Hotel Ibis reception pay them a 1 for parking and tell them you'll be on the towpath fishing and you can park at the top of their car park right next to a hole in the bushes and you are straight on the towpath.





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