Perhaps you are a ‘fluff chucker’, or a ‘noddy’. Do you use your ‘swervey dog tactics’ to get a ‘butt ringer’?
It seems that carp fishermen love nothing better than a good bit of banter – but what are they talking about?
Here we do our best to interpret the language of the lake, to make some sense of the slang and bring you the low down on the lingua franka of the carp pond.
Once the sport of kings, fly fishing is a sport often shrouded in mystery. Fly tying is a dark art and the cast – well, that’s something that you can learn the basics of in a day but that will take a lifetime to master. Understandably, carpers out there like nothing better than to poke fun at – well more or less anyone and that includes fly fishermen – after all they do just chuck a bit of fluff in the water don’t they?
Bosom buddy of Big Ears in the classic children’s stories by Enid Blyton. Noddy has been driving his friends around toyland in his red and yellow taxi since 1949. In carp slang, a noddy has various connotations but most often refers to a non-serious or novice angler.
Swervey dog tactics
How do you tell whether or not you’re a swervey dog? Well it has nothing at all to do with your ability to catch rabbits with your bare teeth, and everything to do with your ability to use your skill and ingenuity to outfox your prey. Simply put – it’s boxing clever.
Sounds disgusting doesn’t it? But if you’re a carp fisherman it would certainly get your pulse racing! A butt ringer occurs when a carp takes the bait so fiercely that the ‘bobbin’, part of the bite alarm system, slams into the first ring on the rod – known as the butt ring.
The staple diet of Cornish miners the pasty was held by the crust to stop dirty hands from contaminating the food. One half of the pastry delicacy would contain meat and potatoes and the other, a sweet filling like apple or autumn berries. A pasty to a carp fishing fanatic is anything but warm and tasty – it’s an undersized carp – and would make a thoroughly unpleasant lunch.
The first teabags appeared in the early part of the 20th century. Originally they were made from silk or muslin and were intended merely as a form of packaging with the intention that they would be opened and the tea taken out before use. But it wasn’t long before people realised how convenient it was to leave the tea in the bag instead. In carpers terms a teabag isn’t nearly so useful – it’s a leaky bivvy.
Have you ever taken a bite out of an apple and been repulsed by the sight of a pale green maggot waving its tail at you? Far better than chewing on a mouthful of fruit whilst looking at the remaining half a pale green maggot. Beside the carp lake, a green maggot can be an equally revolting sight, being the term used to describe a sleeping bag – usually containing the yawning remains of a sleep deprived angler.
Normally the word refers to a law breaker who rejects convention, during times of war, renegade generals change their allegiances to suit their own interests. But how on earth does that apply to carp? Simple – non native species that have pond hopped into foreign waters.
Loyal friend of Fred Flintsone, Barney is the more laid back of the two only taking part in Fred’s barmy get rich quick schemes out of friendship. In carp speak – the turn of phrase has nothing to do with the popular American cartoon character, it’s pure rhyming slang; Barney Rubble – Double as in a catch of double digit weight.
Unfortunately, nothing to do with pastry or pretty women. Perhaps you know someone who spends hours poring over fishing tackle magazines, catalogues and Internet listings? If they’re more interested in buying the latest gadgets and gizmos than catching carp – that makes them a tackle tart.