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 on: February 22, 2018, 02:19:22 PM 
Started by andre - Last post by bracken
It's a crying shame that UU higher management team appear to be unaware of their own previous positive history with float tubing - on Stocks in particular. Several of us fished there in Float Tubes over many years under the excellent management of Ben Dobson and his team of wonderful helpers. There were never any problems with bio management and no safety issues of any sort, even on days when very high winds were blowing. The scandalous press release, (asserted by  the Press Association to have been issued by UU), stating that Float Tubes were responsible for spreading the 'Killer Shrimp' was probably actionable if we could have afforded the legal costs. It appears somebody in UU has a very definite bias against float tubes for some unknown reason.

Float tubing was a highly successful practice on Stocks and would have contributed some income to the recreational side of the business of UU. It should also be noted that the blanket ban for float tubing on UU waters effectively helped make it unviable for the Manager Peter Ross to balance the books on his UU water, where about half of the bank area was un-fishable, but everywhere could be reached by float tubes. A practice which he was successfully developing and nurturing. Surely this fishery loss must also have contributed to some deficit of income to the company as well.

Whatever happened to the Government's policy of placing the responsibility for recreational activities for all into the hands of privatised water companies?

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 on: February 22, 2018, 09:23:51 AM 
Started by andre - Last post by Terry
That'l do for me, I'm in.

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 on: February 20, 2018, 03:18:57 PM 
Started by andre - Last post by andre
Some of you were aware that with help from the Angling Trust I had been invited to attend a meeting at UU's Headquarters in Warrington to discuss again the possibility of re-instating Float tubing particularly on Stocks Reservoir.

Unfortunately I have to report that I received an email yesterday cancelling the meeting with a statement from UU that having discussed the issue at management level they have decided that they will not allow Float Tubing on any water under their control. The main reasons cited were H&S and Bio-Security, we all have our own opinions on this which I would prefer that we all keep them to ourselves, please do not use this forum to vent your feelings. I feel it is our duty as a membership to continue to offer governance and guidance to other Float Tubers that we continue to pioneer and promote H&S, Bio-Security and best practice as we have done since the Associations inception in 1993/4.

I am disappointed at UU's decision, not surprised, but very disappointed, particularly for our members in the North whom I know to be anglers of integrity that would always act in the interests of our sport in general and tubing specifically.

Andre.

 4 
 on: February 20, 2018, 03:00:42 PM 
Started by andre - Last post by andre
This is now confirmed.

Andre.

 5 
 on: February 20, 2018, 02:59:59 PM 
Started by andre - Last post by andre
This date is now confirmed.

Andre.

 6 
 on: February 20, 2018, 02:59:16 PM 
Started by bracken - Last post by andre
This event is now confirmed.

Andre.

 7 
 on: February 20, 2018, 09:23:35 AM 
Started by bracken - Last post by SWarren86
Ill be there (Steve Warren)

 8 
 on: February 19, 2018, 06:25:22 PM 
Started by kevin1 - Last post by Tubeman
I'm coming to this one

John

 9 
 on: February 19, 2018, 03:40:18 PM 
Started by bracken - Last post by bracken
You know that deep down I have deep respect and enduring consideration for your feelings and piscatorial skill Andre! I also envy your organisational capacity. Problem is that if I denigrate some of the others they are all bigger and stronger than me and might throw me in the water. Just for the record - in this instance I actually tried to assist our doughty little Scots fellow carry his kit back to the car. He was nice enough to say that I helped, and he also knows where I keep my GTN spray!? I must however admit that the Olympic breakfasts keep him much stronger and fitter than me, and he aids me far more often than I could ever help him, so I can understand the confusion Andre.

Ref. solar panels. Been there and thought about that. Have used them on caravans and motor homes, but they only trickle charge and are generally B****dy heavy. The flexible stick on types might have some small use on a FT - but I doubt it. Steve F. will be impressed to know that the boating fraternity use these to charge the batteries for their radios, navigation and depth finders etc. Lots of of info and adverts in boating magazines I understand!

Thanks for your encouragement Martin; as a recipient of a metal knee, (soon to be two I hear), I can fully understand that you might be in need of a motorising kit yourself, so may enjoy reading how to do it. I also know that Lupostie, who has scaffolding in his back, and who already has the majority of the makings of a motorised system, will be interested in the "how to go about it" section. If you are in need of a new tube Martin, consider the one which Brian has got - it's stronger than a Guideline Drifter which I mainly use, and having looked at it on Saturday, I reckon it would be very easy to make a motor mount for the front of it if you are interested.

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 on: February 19, 2018, 12:52:15 PM 
Started by bracken - Last post by martin
You carry on Tony, is makes a interesting read on these cold days.

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