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  1. stevel

    David G Brown centrepin reels

    I have found a nice site called Antique Vintage Fishing Tackle which has a lot of very nice centrepins including the works of bench makers such as Chris Lythe, Paul Witcher, Dave Brown and Dave Plowman. Many are sold but it's nice to look at the pictures and specifications. I hadn't realised...
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    David G Brown centrepin reels

    Thanks Steven I've been looking at his site and they do look very nice. He appears to be quite busy and may open up for more orders this autumn. There's a bigger market for custom coarse tackle than I thought. Cheers. Steve
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    David G Brown centrepin reels

    Hi all, I'm looking to have a reel made for my recently delivered Gary Marshall Trotter. I've come across David G Brown on my Google searches for UK bench centrepin makers and I was very impressed, does anyone have a contact? I pinged him on Messenger after looking at his Facebook Page, but no...
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    Ross Evolution 2 reel

    I used to have the 30th Anniversary green which was in this #2 size. At that time I was in my Winston Green obsession phase and it was bought to match the 9' #6 BIIX I had. It was light enough to match this very light rod (for the time). As mentioned, it has a very smooth drag, though a pretty...
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    Speaking of rod carriers for the car...

    I have a set of Sumos, they're great. If you're used to going to various beats which need jumping into the car for each beat then you can just stick your rods on the racks, drive to the next beat then start fishing. I've been fishing bamboo speys which are splice jointed for the past 10 years...
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    Anyone know anything about Winston Bl5 5wt

    Holy Moses! :oops: Depressing is not the word! I had an unused 8' DL4 #4 (probably the most desired of all the models) which I found in a fly shop in Andorra and took it out only to admire and waggle every now and again. When I went wholesale to bamboo in trout and spey, I virtually gave away...
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    Line for Winston 804 BIIt on small streams

    Interestingly the Wulffs when they first came out had 2 ratings, ie 4/5 5/6 etc. This meant that for short distances it was the first number, but as the whole head was out the rings, it was the second number. Later on it was renamed with just one rating, I believe the lower. So yes, a 4 with...
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    Line for Winston 804 BIIt on small streams

    I had this rod and I can say that it was my all time green favourite in over a dozen rods in as many years. I used to use the old Rio Selective Trout on it and it was superb for both close in or long range casts. I would say in the the modern lines something like an SA MPX would be very good. I...
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    Ultimate stockie bashing

    Yes, a long time ago but despite the reduction in the amount of fish meal/oil, a quick search shows concern is still there https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/aquaculture/farmed-salmon-and-human-health-the-lowdown-on-pcbs as no follow up studies appear to have been done since those early ones...
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    Ultimate stockie bashing

    I'm afraid it *was* 3/4 times a year, every 3 months was the recommendation and yes high PCB contamination. The study was done by a university in the US (so totally objective) and it measured the PCBs in farmed (and wild) salmon all over the world. The Scottish and Canadian Great Lakes salmon...
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    Another what rod thread. (Sorry)

    I was intrigued enough by the posts of @Lewis Chessman to look at building a loch style rod (for salmon and seatrout in the Heb) and after much research contacting blank makers like CTS and Swift, I finally went for a Meiser blank, was initially an 11' #4 troutspey blank, which would translate...
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    Ultimate stockie bashing

    Aren't pellet fed stillwater fish the same as pellet fed farmed salmon? As far as I'm aware from studies I read as far back as 20 years ago, the flesh from these pellet fed salmon was so toxic that it shouldn't be eaten more than 3/4 times a year!
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    Vintage Silk

    Dropped you a DM Brian.
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    Anyone know anything about Winston Bl5 5wt

    Yes you can see the evolution in these early boron rods like the BL5 through to the B2T which was my fave. Still the huge power in the butt and spring-like action allowing long casts with ease, but the semi-parabolic action led to a more gentle progression to the power rather than the floppy...
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    Anyone know anything about Winston Bl5 5wt

    I recall the blurb on Winston's site (and catalogues - unfortunately I binned these with heavy heart) that it was designed to, as I mentioned, shoot long distances, not aerialise lots of line. - you wouldn't want to be doing that on windy bonefish flats. So with a short headed line around about...
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    Anyone know anything about Winston Bl5 5wt

    The soft tip will be good for just tip casting with not much line out, but the boron butt has huge lifting power (not that you'd need it for river trout). You could probably land 10lb+ seatrout and salmon easily on it by engaging the butt. On my family trip down to NZ I used the 6wt on a couple...
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    Anyone know anything about Winston Bl5 5wt

    I was a Winston fanatic before moving over to grass and now back to glass. I had 2 BL5s, a 6wt and an 8wt in the 90's, both saltwater rods, but many used them for fresh like I did - stillwater and river trout and steelhead. Definitely after Tom Morgan, he was cane, glass and slow IM6 models...
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    Do Rod Rings Matter?

    Interesting about the Stickman Rods, I had a look at their website. Years ago when I was still fishing with graphite I got very interested in Modern Flies rods, especially the Maxia series. I never got one but I was very interested, so curious that these rods are the Stickman's ancestors. When I...
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    May I ask....

    No probs Brian! I recently got an Ian Moxon silk from ebay to try out after giving them up many years ago, and it has a synthetic loop whipped on. As most furled leaders are loop to loop, this may be a good option.
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    May I ask....

    With the Phoenix lines, they had no loop, just the straight line end. They advised to do a nail knot to the end or just fold the line over and whip it into a loop. I used to do this but after a while the loop would start to crack so I'd cut it off and whip another loop. Some people don't like...
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