Distance sticks ?

BarryS

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I just read this explanation online "to use distance sticks correctly, you simply push them into the ground 12ft apart (this can be adjusted if you are using shorter or longer rods, but it really isn’t necessary). After finding the exact location you want your bait to be in, you place your line onto the clip on your reel before reeling in and you can then measure that distance and ensure that your bait lands in the same place with every cast.

Can't quite make any sense of this.................how is it different to casting to where you want to be and clipping up? What do the sticks do?
 

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The distance sticks confirm the distance you are casting too....In the event you have to unclip for any reason you can return to the distance sticks to reset this distance before you had to unclip.....Not every water has an island to cast to or a feature you can see....;)
 

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If from maps you know there is a gravel bar, at say 76 m, you can accurately measure that out before fishing. This saves time rather than having to repeat ably cast about.
 

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The distance sticks confirm the distance you are casting too....In the event you have to unclip for any reason you can return to the distance sticks to reset this distance before you had to unclip.....Not every water has an island to cast to or a feature you can see....;)


or the dreaded crack off!!!

Knowing the distance of features Barbel says as well as keeping a diary and catching at certain distances in certain weather/time of year, loads of good reasons for knowing the distance, used to use number of turns though sticks is much more accurate
 

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If you are after specimen carp, you wouldn't leave your line clipped up after casting. Using these, it can be pitch black and as long as you have the direction right, you can land your bait straight back on the same spot.
 

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I just read this explanation online "to use distance sticks correctly, you simply push them into the ground 12ft apart (this can be adjusted if you are using shorter or longer rods, but it really isn’t necessary). After finding the exact location you want your bait to be in, you place your line onto the clip on your reel before reeling in and you can then measure that distance and ensure that your bait lands in the same place with every cast.

Can't quite make any sense of this.................how is it different to casting to where you want to be and clipping up? What do the sticks do?
Night fishing - a great help, even at short range - see many anglers blasting a headtorch or spot light across a venue which will spook fish.
Specimen anglers - pegs mapped out in note book - get on an available peg and can cast to a feature without using a marker rod.
Spod rod - same number of winds = bait being put over rigs.

Before the sticks idea, angers walked rigs along banks to clip up or cast into other pegs to count reel handle turns.
On todays crowded waters this is a no no.
 

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If you mark the line after measuring the correct distance then you don’t need to go round the sticks/walk it out again.

you simply recast (in the wrong direction) and then reclip. Or you reclip during the fight and then walk up the bank to give you a bit of leeway In case the fish runs again.
 

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Steve Ringer explained why when giving a talk at last year's Big One Show at Stoneleigh. He felt that casting a feeder or lead repeatedly before the start could spook fish. Hence he used sticks to measure out the distance that experience of the venue told him was best. His first cast therefore was on the whistle and did not need to be repeated soon after thus reducing the chances of spooking the fish that had moved into his swim having been spooked from those of anglers casting to establish the right distance.

You may not think this a good reason to use sticks. That's why he became world champion and we have not.
 

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things change and evolve and its up to each angler to decide what they want to use and what they dont. we all see value in different things, i have no issues with anyone using the angling tools that they want to, we are all supposed to go and enjoy fishing in its many forms using whatever tackle we wish to!

if you do not see a need for distance sticks then you wont need them, if you dont like distance sticks then dont use them, if you dont use them then thats up to you, if you use bank sticks thats your choice, if you buy purpose made sticks for £100 then thats your choice...................any option is perfectly acceptable and shouldnt be looked down upon or knocked in any way, shape or form!
 

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Make your cast, get your distance, tie a short peice of light pole elastic onto the line with a grinner knot, about halfway up the rod is fine...
When you make your next cast put the line in the clip... if you need to remove the line from the clip the elastic is your reference point to reclip up... job done
 

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If you mark the line after measuring the correct distance then you don’t need to go round the sticks/walk it out again.

you simply recast (in the wrong direction) and then reclip. Or you reclip during the fight and then walk up the bank to give you a bit of leeway In case the fish runs again.
Ok on big waters with no one else about ?
 

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it is till you crack off, thats the problem with marking the line only, of course hopefully crack offs will be rare but it does happen
 

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it is till you crack off, thats the problem with marking the line only, of course hopefully crack offs will be rare but it does happen
Like you said in you’re earlier post, it’s about things moving forward, seems a lot of anglers, just like to stay in the dark ages,new inventions, techniques etc will always be met with negativity, by them
 

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And how many world champs have come and gone without using them?
You could say exactly the same about casting to a line clip (a method that isn't exactly ancient itself). You either choose to try new methods or you don't. They may work well for you or maybe they won't. One thing is for sure, you'll never really know unless you try. Distance sticks are just another way of doing something. There are plenty of ways to skin the same cat. Which one an individual chooses is up to them.

There are plenty of methods I've tried and don't like. There are loads that have come and gone without me even trying. It's my own personal policy, except perhaps in the vaguest of terms, to try not to pass comment on anything I've not used or barely used.
 
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