Love the tour, never miss the highlights. Went to see it years ago in London. Fearless fit guys, at the limit of physical endurance. You don`t see them rolling in agony with a knee graze, as per the fairy boy footballers.
I own Hardy, Orvis and Sharpes rods / reels, but can honestly say when i started in my early days of angling, i used Shakespeare and KP Morritt (bfr) , capable of doing exactly the same thing.
Yes casting distance improved with the more expensive tackle, but comparing prices, i still rate...
Fishing a local reservoir a couple of seasons ago, i was approached by a bailiff, the first time ever in fact. He was also fishing, showed him my permissions, and promptly asked for his.
Took him a while to produce them, and said it`s the first time he`d been asked. I replied, snap!
Bought my first pair of waist waders a few months back, Leeda Profil. So far can`t fault them for the money.
Paired with Profil shoes, seem perfect for reservoir fishing. Time will tell, but at the price paid, no worries.
Love "old school" fishing, use my 7ft cane rod, and old Hardy reel on all my stream fishing.
Casting takes a little getting use to with the variation in rod action from carbon, buy enjoyable.
Often fancied going back to fiberglass too, and probably will.