Have one of the original Simms lumbar support belts, purchased sometime late 90's.
Have had a lower vertebrae issue since my mid 20's
Is great, keeps me straight, and probably more important supports lower spine and keeps it warm.
Surprised at Jims comment, as I have "fuller figure" too, and...
Fish barbless. Get the fish into side so you can see it/photo it still in water.
Release the pressure on rod, let loose some line allowing total slack, 9 times out of 10, fish will self release under slack line. 10 th time? frying pan!
Yeah, ok, but the title, and most of the commentary is just pure marketing blurb.
You know, best rod ever, best line ever, that sort of shitz!
Good luck to him and his business, but best, sorry "finest" trout stream in England?
Barbless flies do very good quality, true to pattern, wets and sea trout patterns.
Some of the "sets" of said flies are the best I have come across, and used.
Next on list for wets would be Fulling Mill.
For lures and "specials" Dave Downie produces some of the best out there.
Man you do your research!
However, facts remain the same.
Rainbows, as in un triploided, still sexed fish do not have the required breeding conditions in UK.
Wye fish are/were a mystery, but I believe they are now almost gone.
You might have been right on the Parkinson front too though.
I bought a lazer 11' # 7 way back then (early 80's) too, still have it, its a bleedyn heavy piece of kit compared to to-days offerings.
Pretty sure it was from one of the Parkinson fledgeling companies, might have been sportfish.