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    Hi guys looking for some advice plesase on what do you think is the best elastic to use I thinking hydro for silvers to carp not sure what brand to go for that will last thnaks guys tom

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    My go to is vespe,followed by the Preston hollows
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    • #3
      Solid elastic in winter & hollows in summer.

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      • #4
        I use hydro for everything mainly white an black but all on pullers

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        • #5
          Middy pink is excellent 10-14. Very soft to start with then powers up. I have 11 kits done with this. Any lighter silverfish elastic are drennan aqua 4-6 and green 6-8. Then I use black hydro for the bigger fish

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          • #6
            Preston original no 8 Black Solid for the winter as pellet advised & 8 Black-10 Blue & 14/16 future Purple . When you realise how robust & reliable Solid Elastic is.
            you won't want to change to Hollow
            I have found that the best way for me is to use it with an old style Pulla Bung
            ,I don't like the side pulla's ,I prefer the elastic to be a straight pull from the centre. £1.99 does 3 match kits with the no1 removed
            Colin

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BIG COL View Post
              Preston original no 8 Black Solid for the winter as pellet advised & 8 Black-10 Blue & 14/16 future Purple . When you realise how robust & reliable Solid Elastic is.
              you won't want to change to Hollow
              I have found that the best way for me is to use it with an old style Pulla Bung
              ,I don't like the side pulla's ,I prefer the elastic to be a straight pull from the centre. £1.99 does 3 match kits with the no1 removed
              Hi Col, I take it you use Solid in the summer?

              ETEC
              Just got back into fishing so please be patient

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ETEC View Post
                Hi Col, I take it you use Solid in the summer?

                ETEC
                Yes mate over the years I have more than likely tried Every Type & Brand of Elastic that has ever been Sold
                The Original Black Hydra is the Only Hollow that I Still Use for Extreme Circumstances Big Carp ,Snaggy pegs down the edge .Or Barbel when using Flat Floats or floats over 8 grams on a Swollen River.
                My reasons are IMO the Quality of Hollows @ the moment is Very poor ,
                Hollow never went rough or thread bare by Knots or Stonfo's it never went flat & it Never bubbled up .
                When it 1st started being used it would last ages .over the years the life of a hollow elastic has deterioated to such a degree that the Life Span is in many instances
                Shorter than that of Solids .I noticed 5yrs ago that during the Summer months most Hollows were bubbling in the heat & started to judder when under pressure
                I kept on trying all the Brands non where better than the others
                So I Eventually swopped all but 5 of my tops with just 3 Elastics Preston no8 Black ,Preston no10 Blue & Future 14/16 Purple SOLIDS
                .15 of Each & 5 Original Black Hydro from a Drum that i was Given before it was released to the Shops
                Solids are my Choice
                Not saying Hollows are No good lots of anglers use them & Wouldn't use anything else I respect both their choice & Opinion
                Colin

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                • #9
                  I stopped using hollows about 7 years ago as they couldn't hack it during extreme winter weather. They used to go hard and bumpy and stiffen up. Even when taken in the house to warm up they never recovered. Briefly went down the natural latex route but never found any that would last over three weeks before it started rotting. Went back to the old faithful of Preston, future, and middy. I'm told vespe is good but never tried it.
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                  • #10
                    Nick
                    Everything that you have experienced is what I had noticed & made me return to Solids.
                    Preston Future & Middy will handle every type of Fishing you could ever encounter Middy would be my Choice for Barbel Big Carp .
                    The only Reason I still use Black Hydro is because it is not the stuff they sell in the shops the stuff I have got in my tops is the prototype
                    That didn't reach the shops
                    When it's gone I will switch to Middy
                    Colin

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                    • #11
                      buy the cheapest you can find srg pole floats ( used to be wagon essentials ) have some cheap hollow, solids are still good elastics

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                      • #12
                        just as a matter of interest.........how many elastic factorys are in the world?????....i rest my case
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                        • #13
                          i can name 3

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