Echo Magazine Issue 16

Just a quick note to let you know that one of my articles in in ECHOES magazine issue 16 ( page 8 and 9 if you are curious) on one of my favourite subjects – Photography ! I am rubbing shoulders with such giants as Julian Cundiff Keith Arthur and of course Ruth Lockwood ( not forgetting Richard Crimp with out whom this would not have been possible) and whilst they are speaking about fishing, I thought I would take the easy way out and concentrate on photography 🙂

If you are not already a member of ECHO then I can only ask why not ? go to www.echocarp.co.uk and join up now and do something worth while today !

If, after reading the article, you have photography questions please do not hesitate to contact me either by posting a comment here, or by using the “Contact Me” button at the top of this page I do reply to all questions and and if you have a query on fishing ( or other aspects of photography) let me know.

The most over used photoeffect – ever

Ok I am about to vent, prepare for it….. please oh please will angling magazine editors please, oh please stop using the article authors face as an out of focus background …gggaaaahhhhhhhh !

It has to be the most over used and most annoying photo effect that has ever been used it is almost more annoying when, during the mid 90’s, every fashion magazine “discovered” the ring flash.  To give some examples without naming names, have a look in some of the carp angling monthly magazines ( not carpworld thankfully) and you will notice page after page, shot after shot of the sponsored anglers ugly mug as the out of focus background.

Let show you what I mean, and please note that this one was taken for comedy effect to show you.

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The blow back rig

I have written a lot about rigs and how to construct various types for various fishing situations, I even “invented” my own rig the Big Pig line aligner. However recently I find myself slipping back to simpler times and discarding complicated rigs and moving back to a simpler time, a time where we used standard simple rigs that caught fish rather than the angler.

With this in mind I present to you the blow back rig, one of the simplest and easiest rigs to tie and it catches fish too,

1st you need to assemble the components

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tying popups on to rigs

I know that I said that I hated tying pop-ups onto rigs for chod rigs etc but I have had a change of heart. No I am not about to knock spikers but i have seen another way that actually seems to work. In the past I was always shown that the way to attach popups ( when using floss) was to use a complicated knot based on a grinner which worked about 50% of the time and was a nightmare to tie when you were tired or it was dark or it was cold, or in fact any time that was not at home, in the warm with good lighting.

That has now changed. There is finally an easy want to tie on a a popup using floss ! By the way I must confess that I didn’t think up this idea, it was in the latest issue of Carpology magazine the best “howto” magazine for carp fishing on sale at the moment. So how do you do it ?

Take off about 6-8 inches of floss, I am using Fox yellow bait floss as it is easy to see and in my personal opinion I wouldn’t bother matching floss colour to bait anyway ( especially if you are using bring fluro popups ). Make sure that you use either genuine bait floss or unscented dental floss unless you think carp like the taste of mint 🙂 As bait floss is not that expensive anyway I would just go with the standard floss from a reputable tackle manufacturer. Continue reading “tying popups on to rigs”