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  1. I'm working the public holiday, but I'm going to head up the river and give it a crack in the kayak. Fingers crossed.
  2. The recent Spinfisher VI gets good reviews from those that use it in very punishing conditions. Well sealed; but that's not really an issue if you aren't getting it wet. I think they might have a bait runner feature available, would need to double check.
  3. If you managed to get onto any bent minnow blanks, Southie, I'd be very interested. Anywhere from 70mm to 180mm I'd have a use for them.
  4. Absolutely love that one, a bit of the SX40 colour 'carmen red' on the gill plate would absolutely set that off imo. Absolute ripper of a colour. Would be a demon on rainbow trout
  5. Good to see you got onto a few, pm sent.
  6. I've had a bit of trouble with these bending out of shape and needing to be re-adjusted with pliers. Have you had similar? Maybe I'm just being a bit ham-fisted with them but it's a recurring theme at this point.
  7. FG knot initially, revert to an improved Albright if conditions don't allow re-tieing a good, reliable FG. Honestly the only time I'll find out that my Albright isn't as good as an FG, is when I hook a snag and end up having to lock up. Even massive rays and things, I've tied an Albright and they've held without issue. FG just casts better and is a better connection for when you've got to really lean into something.
  8. If anything, sink the lure on a semi slack line rather than an overly slack line. It sounds like they are using the excess slack to choke the lure. It can be somewhat unavoidable at times, if you're chasing the trouties, maybe it is worth changing to a shorter jig head or wider gape hook also. If it really bothers you, maybe just fish tighter to the rocks. It's tricky and can be hard to get around at times, but if it seems to be an unusual trend, the above may make a difference.
  9. No worries mate, just make sure there's plenty of spit on the knot and you make it bite down hard. Normally I'll get any random that happens to be near me to grab the rod, lock up the drag and point the rod at me, while I pull as hard as possible to tighten whatever knot off. Haven't had a uni or FG come undone in anything less than 150lb this way. I've used black magic supple and Jinkai.
  10. Mike, I tend to tie everything from 150 down. Just keep the knots simple, uni knots to rings and swivels, maybe a Snell to a top hook in a two hook right with a uni fixing the bottom one on. Flourocarbon is a fair bit more stiff than mono, so it makes it harder to tie knots in the heavy stuff imo.
  11. Great write up mate, top read. I've always been keen to chase sooties, this just fuels the fire.
  12. To be honest Des, you make a very handy point. Oil isn't soluble in water, and fish smell what is in the water by passing water through their Nair's (nasal holes). So really, while we all pump out tuna oil enriched Burley, it's likely that unless fish happen to swim directly into the feed, they will only very faintly or not smell it at all. I do believe it works when soaked into other Burley stuffs, but really, tuna oil may just be one of the more overutilisef things in fishing imo. Better off using bloods and such, hence why "bloody" fish like Aus salmon seem to be such a productive bait.
  13. I'd be happy to help, I'm always around them and chase them a bit further west than most. I'm in Adelaide until the 23rd and will come back again at Christmas, so if you're that way inclined, let me know and I'll sort something out. Happy to help.
  14. Top stuff Adrian, brilliant fishing and enviable determination in tallying every fish; I know I wouldn't have had the patience! Hopefully there's still plenty of trout seasons left in you yet.
  15. Personally, if it has a split ring, I don't bother tying a loop and instead use a uni knot. I find the split ring gives the lure enough freedom of movement that an extra loop of mono doesn't make a massive difference. However, if the ring is cruddy, I'll ditch it. Keeping in mind that with small lures, it may seriously effect the weighting and not let them dive as steep, as early, or to their full potential depth. Horses for courses though, if you want or require that extra freedom for a certain style of fishing, by all means ditch the ring and tie a loop knot right to the tow point.
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