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  1. #31
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    Default Re: Tackle Shops You've Known and (maybe) Loved,

    Gledhills in Leeds city centre was another great fishing tackle shop I used to drop into back in the 70s. I remember lots of cane rods on display and an enormous selection of trout flies, dominated by the traditional Yorkshire Spider patterns like Snipe and Purple, Waterhen Bloa etc.

    Google tells me that sadly Gledhills is no longer there.
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    Dons of Edmonton
    now there was a place ,Don was a superb caster ,amongst his team he had some fine fly dressers,a rod building parts shop just across the road for fibatube blanks and all the bits.
    Always a huge range of rods ect ,i bought my first Hardy reel there along with an end of line UK made silk line.Arthur Cove made his regular twice weekly drop of maggots and casters and would be there gossiping,usually with a cigarette smouldering away ,Arthur convincexd me to visit the Mid Nithsdale for which I am gratfeull ,caught a few way longago.
    I could also mention benwoods for the original proprieter Vic Evans (think that was the surname )then stuart Canham, a super shop
    Have to mention O'Reilly's where I was crazy enough to try to run it.A financial dead end but made lots of riends there ,a fair few are still friends after some 15 years.
    Hardys of Pall Mall was a regular stop in my suit and tie days as of course farlowes .
    Guess tommorow boy and I will poke our noses into J Norrises,I mean one has too .
    Mus'nt forget Steve parton who folowed Peter Mackenzie Philps who were my main mail order folks back a while .
    Woodies of wembley ,who i think survive still were kind to me when our head office was just up the road a great escape from office polotics .
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    Still fishing but slowly!

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    Farlows , when they were still in their old premises in Pall Mall in the late sixties! Mr Woodcock, the manager, remembered every customer, small or big, by name and it was always a pleasure to deal with him and his team! While living abroad, my shop was in London, small or big orders, always sent on time and often with a small unexpected gift! That was service !!

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    Rod &a Line Loampit Vale Lewisham South East London.
    Owned by the infamous Geofrey Bicknell.
    I saved up my money so as to kit myself out with everything I needed to go Fly Fishing making several visits to the shop just looking at first until I was ready to part with my cash and lit myself out.
    When the final day came I turned up at the shop with my hard earned cash and was looking at the off the peg Diawas and Shakepears when Geof said , " hang on lad, I have something upstairs that will do you a good turn.
    He sold me a Loomis 9ft 6# that he had used just a couple of times.
    I know I was parting with quite a lot of cash for my initial set up but to this day I now realise what a favour he did me letting me have this rod for 50 which was the going rate for the avarage Diawa / Shakespeare.
    What a nice man he was, and he was responsible for begining my love affair with Loomis Rods.
    He ran an excellent shop giving advise and support for all things fly fishing and nothing was ever too much trouble for him
    A true gent indeed, whom I owe so much for introducing me into this great sport.

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    Nice story, tbs. What series of Loomis was it?
    And why ''infamous''?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lewis Chessman View Post
    Nice story, tbs. What series of Loomis was it?
    And why ''infamous''?
    Very similar to an IMX Signature 2 piece, which unfortunately got broken a few years later by someone else.
    I did however find an IMX which is an almost identical rod in feel on eBay about 5 years ago that was for sale less than three miles from where I live.
    The rod still performs as good as anything else I have had in my hand and is normally my go to rod.
    Last edited by tbs; 14-02-2018 at 07:44 AM.

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    It's a rod I'd love to try but currently models on eBay are running to 100+ frequently. One day one will sneak under the radar, I hope. Enjoy yours, mate, from what I read I think they'll be named on 'Classic Carbon' lists in the future if they're not already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gauldalen View Post
    Farlows , when they were still in their old premises in Pall Mall in the late sixties! Mr Woodcock, the manager, remembered every customer, small or big, by name and it was always a pleasure to deal with him and his team! While living abroad, my shop was in London, small or big orders, always sent on time and often with a small unexpected gift! That was service !!
    Yes, I remember the old Farlows, and Mr Woodcock too. As a small boy, I guess in the early 1970s, I was taken in there by my grandmother and introduced to him as the fourth generation of my family to be a customer of the shop. Later, when I was going to Norway in the 1980s, Tim Pilcher (latterly of Tweedside Tackle) was a junior member of staff and always good for a chat about mutual acquaintances and their recent fishing exploits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lewis Chessman View Post
    It's a rod I'd love to try but currently models on eBay are running to 100+ frequently. One day one will sneak under the radar, I hope. Enjoy yours, mate, from what I read I think they'll be named on 'Classic Carbon' lists in the future if they're not already.
    My one on eBay was 110 which some may think is a lot of money for an old rod, but I have no regrets and love fishing with it

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    I've regularly frequented a couple on the list already - Thomas Turner in Reading and Billy Lanes in Coventry - but the 'formative' tackle shops of my youth were Young's of Harrow and the unnamed general store in Barmouth.

    Barmouth was for holidays. Sea floats, swivels and lead weights. And my first solid fibreglass rod - 5' long, 3 or 4 rings, ridged plastic handle and sliding bands. I fondly remember walking down to the Mawddach with my uncle listening him tell me the rod would easily land a salmon and that he'd seen them jumping in the river earlier.

    I collected the Abu catalogues from Young's and would read them until they fell to pieces, I'd gawp through the window for ages (I seem to remember they had that yellowing plastic screen, but might be wrong) and I bought my first fly rod blank from them, cycling home with it sellotaped to the crossbar of my bike. That was the blank I pieced together for a waggle as soon as I got home, splitting the female part of the spigot. D'oh! I cycled back, distraught, and the guy in the shop (I never knew their names) cut it back and whipped it to make it secure. I've still got the rod. The action is best described as 'unpleasantly soft' though I caught a load of trout on it in the streams of Dartmoor and Exmoor.

    The other one I remember fondly is the 5th Avenue Orvis store in New York. The previous incarnation. Business trips via New York in the 90's usually involved a visit and I still have a great selection of stunning Metz saddle capes bought from there.

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