I am on the same page as you. I live too far away to justify buying a season ticket and the cost of a guide or staying in the Peacock makes it just too prohibitively expensive for a retired bloke like myself .
Yes, I have dabbled with it on a few occasions recently and it’s most definitely not for me. It’s easy to be charmed by some nice looking gear , YouTube clips and some slick salesmanship off the web, but I will stick with rod and line 😊
I wear Ray Banns ,with Polaroid prescription Vari Focal lenses .
I buy a pair with standard Vari Focals and an identical pair with Polaroid Varifocals typically every two years . I get mine from my opticians ( not Specsavers or Vision Express as they push their own lenses which don’t suit...
Not wishing to labour this thread which has clearly got out of order and no doubt risks being locked here are a few of my own points :
1) Rovers reels are not fake Ari T Hart or ATH or Dutch Reels, nor are they sold as such .
2) Rovers reels share a lot of design similarities to the reels made...
I have a full armoury of ultralights ranging in the #1-3 weights in bamboo , graphite and fiberglass . The bamboo rods are made by myself , my fiberglass are made by me on Kabuto blanks and my graphite’s are all Orvis from their Superfine and Troutbum series .
Sold all my originals at peak prices maybe three years ago , since then the prices have been falling. I am now left with a few ATH models and some “Ariesque” boutique models . That said Iam in the market for LHW Remco and Aras models in the Phillipsbrunne colours ?😉