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  1. I've used all the non fly fishing methods for trout over the years, despite catching my first rod caught trout with the fly as a 13 year old I was obsessed with spinning rod tactics. This last 20 odd years though I've fished almost exclusively with the fly, trawling a rapala back to the start of a drift being the exception. If you chose your moment and adjust your tactics accordingly, the fly won't be beat. Tight lines for the new season to all.
  2. Most brands of invector + chokes use the same Browning type key, Teague chokes have their own.
  3. I've a wheen of Inv + chokes bought off here and elsewhere 2nd hand. They pop up quite frequently. The Browning factory versions are quite open in comparison to the Carlson Briley & Teague chokes I have, the Browning full is patterning similar to the Carlson half, the teague 3/8 patterns tighter than both, currently 3/8 & 3/8 for sporting, 3/8 & 7/8 for trap (with Fioochi FBLU 28g Italian 7.5). Keep an eye out for 2nd hand chokes, but I'd avoid the Browning chokes.
  4. I don't want to buy expensive carts, but the carts that I've found that work for me are 1p percent more expensive per shell than the cheapest I can buy. A tenner a thou more expensive I can live with.
  5. Right to roam law in Scotland is pretty clear, the reason you can't walk through a farmers crop is that to do so would cause damage.
  6. Carrie's making decent vids with a pro game shooting spin, very many of the people featured speak in regionally accented english which goes some way to closing the perceived gap between the working and monied classes of the participants, to counter the elitist wealthy man's spin thats often attached to the sport by those who'd attack it. He's showing things are much more socially inclusive than Joe Bloggs is led to believe, by pressure groups and our often hostile media. Sure it can be expensive but it's not class exclusive. Then there's the clear but under played visual evidence of the symbiosis/relationships between the shoot staff help the guests and local businesses benefiting from the activity in what is otherwise a fragile rural economy. So we can argue the toss about the shooting of the sorts of targets featured but that aside, his vids present a more balanced and positive view of the activity for the non shooting public at large. That IMO is a good thing and much needed in the current climate as it kicks away a couple of the props often employed against the sport.
  7. For actual midgies any clothing will do. It's just a case of staying covered as the humble midge, burgers' that they are, can't bite through clothing.
  8. I'll still be voting SNP, because there's much decided in the diddy parliament that affects me directly and IMO the Nats are the best of the bunch at the moment, when it comes to running the show locally. Shooting isn't going anywhere soon, Knickers & Co are politicking for the gallery of public opinion over the "Yank" and her antics. The locals of Morningside may support a gun shop, but the majority in my homeland don't. The recent failure of the Greens to win their "Hill Track Bill", whilst a pity in my personal opinion as the ground is starting to look awfully scared, is proof positive, all be it inspired by revenge for the Green's failure to back the Gov's education policy of sampling progress in P1 & 2, that they know where the cash comes from that keeps the few remaining local people on the ground working. It still is shooting heaven, but unless you have a pet laird or an in you have to pay. The other side of that is that shooting policy, other than air guns, is decided in London.
  9. Was speaking to a lad last Saturday, one of the better shots, he's 1/4 n' #8's & 1/2 n' #7.5 english, plas wads, for DTL. I'm 3/8 & 7/8 fiocchi Fblu "7.5" (2.4mm) plastic for both.
  10. Different MSPs', the guy in Edinburgh is the list labour MSP. That American Lady on Islay also shot a sheep, well a blackface Tup, as well as a few goats and deer. Then plastered it all over social media with the usual cousins enthusiasm that many here found distasteful, round here it's the shooting of the Tup thats got everyone talking, including the odd keeper, with enough social media traffic to spark wider media interest, so we're now subject to trial by media, every petting zoo aficionado and their pet are on radio and TV expressing their outrage at the moment. Mike Russel, the Islay MSP, isn't really to blame here. He's expressing his view, but he's not responsible for the viral nature of the story, he's responding to rather than initiating the copy.
  11. Dave Carrie pattern testing vids show good patterns with his gun at 55 yards with 3/4 choke and gamebore plastic & fibre wadded shells. Vid here using pigeon extreme 5's in plastic and with Grouse extreme in fibre:
  12. Comparable Aigle wellies I've tried have been too high in the heel for me, unfortunately. Which makes them unreliable underfoot on rough ground.
  13. I share your pain. My 10 year old hunter balmoral's died last year, although I still wear them if it's just mud I'm dealing with. For my feet and ankles they were by far the best fitting and I did try all the wellies in the shop. Those were the first wellie I've owned that I could go miles off path on the open hill without hurting my feet or wishing I was in boots. Great boot, but sadly it seems their likes will never be here again; as I've yet to find a comparable fit and feel replacement.
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