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  1. Hardrar

    River Rod - What would you recommend?

    I’d agree, have a 1st gen Swift 580 and it’s a very powerful rod, casts a long line and handles big fish with ease.
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    Echo River Glass 474-3 SOLD

    SOLD in two minutes! Thanks I have two of these, so parting with this one- hardly used as is a spare- finished in “Seductive Caramel” Tim Rajeff Echo River glass 7 foot four inch #4 3 piece Glass rod. Neat green wraps and hard chrome snakes and keeper ring Sic stripper ring, nice slim cork...
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    New 5-Weight recommendations

    https://rawsonfishing.co.uk/
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    New 5-Weight recommendations

    £325-375 depending on spec.
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    New 5-Weight recommendations

    With that budget, I would get a rod built up. Adam Rawson at Rawson fishing builds some superbly finished rods under that and if you haven’t already, I’d recommend you try a modern S glass rod. They are far more sensitive than carbon, enabling you to fish fine tippets without the risks of break...
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    River Rod - What would you recommend?

    They are high modular glass fibre not carbon.
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    River Rod - What would you recommend?

    I had several bitd they were all glass rods that I owned some of the later rods were glass/carbon mix like the old Abu Carbolite. Great to use. The Onki are relatively fast by comparison.
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    River Rod - What would you recommend?

    These were E glass rods and only went up to a 7’-6”” #7/8 for pike and Grilse. I had the 6’-6” version and it was ridiculously slow! Trouble is a 9’ #6 is going to be a handful in E glass I use Swift 580s on Rivers or a 480 on CTS quartz S glass blanks built up by Adam Rawson. They cast long...
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    7ft 3wt or maybe 4wt needed following disaster

    Most people, once they’ve tried a modern glass rod- don’t go back to carbon. I’ve been fly casting for over 50 years too and I both enjoy my fishing far more with glass rods and they are much less tiring to cast with.
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    7ft 3wt or maybe 4wt needed following disaster

    I only ever use modern glass these days. Imho Carbon is too steely, tiring and oh so easily broken and offers poor control when playing fish (broken tippets and bump offs) I have a 7’ CTS #3-4 rod and it’s a dream to use on small streams, I’d second the Mk 1 Buttersticks too and I have a Rajeff...
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    Rawson Glass Rod

    I have loads of reels spare, if you looking for an exchange, also have a 6’ Bloke XLSG glass rod spare, green blank. Message me if you want, have other stuff.
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    Breathable Waders

    I have some Visions in their 16th season, they get used a lot and it’s a 4 mile hike to the top of our beat on one Beck so 8 mile hike, they are stained and scruffy as hell, the elastic in the shoulder straps is shot but they unbelievably don’t leak a bit still!
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    What bird's did you see while out fishing?

    I witnessed an unusual and slightly amusing event, along our local Beck side yesterday. I heard a whoosh and a commotion behind, which was a female sparrow hawk catching her morning breakfast, which I later realised, was in the form of a Tree Sparrow, which she grounded just behind me- nothing...
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    importing skins

    I source all my own materials locally, so won’t be of concern, I have some Whiting and Metz genetic top grade capes from bitd, maybe I ought to auction them, probably worth a bit?
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    Snowbee Thistle Down WF2-5

    I only use Glass and cane rods nowadays, which are easy to load, but the glass rods can still bang out a long line. The noise like sandpaper through the rings and the fact the thin line sinks on running water isn’t much use, out of all the lines I own, which is considerable, they were about...
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    Snowbee Thistle Down WF2-5

    Having a long taper makes it a totally useless line for short casts, you need a short steep taper to load the rod fast. In my book it’s a big fail.
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    Snowbee Thistle Down WF2-5

    I wouldn’t normally take a line back, if it was just “ not so good” but this was just not fit for purpose in any way and I’ve had others from the same stable similar. Memory can be pulled out on the day, but sinking and sounding like sandpaper through the rings is not on. also a #2-#5 wt...
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    Snowbee Thistle Down WF2-5

    Can’t you just try it? Let us know what you think.
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    Snowbee Thistle Down WF2-5

    No bought it from a Snowbee dealer and took it back for a refund- the others were the same. (They had others back) I’ve had similar issues with the XS lines. In running water they soon drag under. I have over a hundred reels, so tend to have a lot of lines for comparison, higher price is not...
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    Snowbee Thistle Down WF2-5

    I had one and found it hopeless- wouldn’t load any rods properly/had a lot of memory and needed a good stretching before use/floated badly too/noisy through the rings/hung in the rings. I wouldn’t recommend them. The Redditch seconds that Paul’s Angling supplies stock are a better line, or any...
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