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 on: Today at 03:33:11 PM 
Started by bracken - Last post by Darrenvsl
Another late entry!! Darren

 on: May 25, 2017, 08:10:04 PM 
Started by bracken - Last post by buzzerman
It is 10 see you there

 on: May 25, 2017, 07:18:31 PM 
Started by bracken - Last post by Clayts
Hi Mark we will be coming down the A1 don't know any names of breakfast places but there are plenty of vans near to Rutland that do breakfast see you there mate

I'll be coming from north Leicester along the A47 to the Resi so I'll just have a buttie at the lodge when I get there if there's no pit stops on route... Looking forward to it as never fished Eyebrook.. Is it the usual 10am start..?

 on: May 24, 2017, 07:05:33 PM 
Started by andre - Last post by fishicist
Following conversation with Andre spoke with Simon Lee from N'bria Water. They wish to publicise the event on facebook to encourage persons interested in float tubing to attend where BFTA members can explain intricacies of tubing. Suggested we would all be happy to provide that advice and encouragement. Emphasised that by restricting future tubing to BFTA members Nbria Water would be generally attract more experienced tubers and for a £10 membership ( price of half a gallon of beer) why wouldn't you. I did draw the line at total strangers going out in our tubes (duty of care etc). There may however be members of the fishery staff who would wish to try tubing and suggested if he (Simon) could provide numbers (1 or 2) BFTA members may a) provide spare tube & fins for them to participate and/or b) try tubing with our kit prior to/during main event. There maybe a possibility that participants bring a spare tube & fins?. I have a spare set of both. Hope members agree, emphasise nothing is set in stone.?

For those of you stopping with the Smoggies get yourselves on Adultworks first for the best prices !!!!!!!!!!

 on: May 24, 2017, 06:41:40 PM 
Started by bracken - Last post by fishicist
Sorry guys have to full out of Eyebrook on Saturday

 on: May 22, 2017, 10:51:51 PM 
Started by bracken - Last post by buzzerman
Hi Mark we will be coming down the A1 don't know any names of breakfast places but there are plenty of vans near to Rutland that do breakfast see you there mate

 on: May 22, 2017, 10:49:47 PM 
Started by bracken - Last post by davec
Hi Mark Brian and I have breakfast at the little chef junction 13 of the A14 if that's any help.

 on: May 22, 2017, 10:11:11 PM 
Started by bracken - Last post by Clayts
I'll take a bacon buttie out with me for lunch but wouldn't mind a breakfast beforehand.. I'll be stopping over at my folks house Friday night in Leicester to break the journey up.. Looks like I'll be going down the A47 from Birstall to the Resi so wondered if any of the lads are stopping anywhere near for breakfast..? (Ric-Steve)..?

 on: May 22, 2017, 06:02:46 PM 
Started by bracken - Last post by bracken
Has anybody any experience of dealing with this company? How did you find their service if you have?

I ask because I ordered a bladder for my Guideline Drifter through them. They banked the cheque for around £53 the next day, but I have has as yet not received any email notification of the order or postage etc. Despite their name they are not a UK business, and are a Dutch company. When you get to the final stages of payment the submission form reverts to Dutch, and requires a degree of guesswork on your part to ensure that you pay correctly. (It appears that I did).

I had to go out of the country to order a bladder because Glasgow Angling, who are the main distributors in the UK, are totally useless. I have contacted them in the past, as well as this time, and they do not stock the bladders, and cannot order them from Guideline because they do not have a stock number for them. The guy will very pleasantly tell you about this, but it is not very helpful when you need one in a hurry!

I can update as I write: I emailed just before writing this to ask what is happening. The company just phoned me back to tell me that the bladder was posted on the 18th. so it is in the postal system somewhere. He also is going to send another one out to try and ensure it gets here in time for Eyebrook, which is an extremely helpful gesture.

From the discussion I had, this company appear to be quite innovative and are float-tubers themselves. They have just designed a PVC type tube (like my Snowbee Prestige) which they think is better than anything else on the market. They have also apparently designed a very sophisticated motorised system using Lithium-ion batteries in a watertight case which has some computer control units. This will apparently give seven to eight hours drive at up to 6kph. Impressive! This same company has German and Belgian email and Ebay trade names.

I may have to rely on a motor at Eyebrook. I went to the cancer clinic last Thursday a relatively fit man. Within seconds of parking the car, (no mean achievement in itself), I slipped off a kerb - upon which there was a sound like a small gunshot and something went very badly in the back of my knee. A ligament or muscle I know not what, but it hurts like H*** and I'm not walking very much. Today a very big bruise has appeared in the area, so some blood vessels have definitely gone. This doesn't bode well if there is a wind at Eyebrook - as we all know it is a long haul back to base.

 on: May 22, 2017, 05:45:11 PM 
Started by bracken - Last post by davec
No 14 are for me because I will be having an Olympic breakfast at the little chef next to our Travelodge so you can share the last one. I will br trying this comp. as there is sufficient numbers going to make it worth my while.

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