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    Thumbs up Shakespeare - a budget consideration..?

    living (sic) on a State Pension has its confines

    I fish(ed) an Airflow Delta Classic 9'6 6/7wt for many years - but this year my septuagenarian shoulders are protesting

    i bought a Shakespeare Sigma Supra 9' 6wt 4pce...found to be a perfect rod for me.
    Compartmented Cordura tube, good cork with little fill, matte dark grey finish, middle/tip action
    rollcast then 1 false cast was perfect with WF-6-F and DT too
    price = 32 delivered 48hrs

    last week was windy - so took the 6/7 wt anyway
    noticed how heavy it was - packing up - rod on back seat - slammed door in wind - yep - snap - the tip 6''...
    rollocks..!

    life is too short (for me anyway) to faff around with repairs
    so ordered the same Shakespeare in 9'6'' 7wt 4pce (same shop) for 35
    it feels so much lighter, thinner than the old Airflow - modern materials.?
    used yesterday at Loch Goin in 15mph gusts -- perfect casts again with 7wt lines

    so-------i 'get' that Shakespeare has mixed reviews here but I'm impressed..

    a budget rod for a begineer, junior, or as a spare.....perfick
    wade safe...............john

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    Default Re: Shakespeare - a budget consideration..?

    I have 4 Agilitys in different weights,can not fault them at all. Superb rods at the price.

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    Default Re: Shakespeare - a budget consideration..?

    I have a couple of the Agilitys and enjoy using them .... good rods.

    Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
    Grandad Noel

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    Default Re: Shakespeare - a budget consideration..?

    Quote Originally Posted by lepirate View Post
    I have 4 Agilitys in different weights,can not fault them at all. Superb rods at the price.
    Quote Originally Posted by noel View Post
    I have a couple of the Agilitys and enjoy using them .... good rods...
    i think the Sigma Supra range is priced below the Agility series

    nevertheless - well pleased..
    wade safe...............john

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    Default Re: Shakespeare - a budget consideration..?

    Pleased that you're happy, yardbent. I have a fondness and respect for Shakespeare. All my life they've been selling good, affordable tackle and none of it has ever let me down. You get what you pay for with Shakey, and often more still.

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    Default Re: Shakespeare - a budget consideration..?

    I have bought two spare Agility sections and use them on the previous model. 15 a section from a spares company near Redditch.
    Rusty

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    Default Re: Shakespeare - a budget consideration..?

    Quote Originally Posted by rusty View Post
    I have bought two spare Agility sections and use them on the previous model. 15 a section from a spares company near Redditch.
    Rusty
    Rusty

    do you have a link please.?
    wade safe...............john

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    Default Re: Shakespeare - a budget consideration..?

    They have been making good value tackle since before I was a boy. The late great Steve Parton was their UK game fishing consultant for a good while and he did know his onions. BTW If you like a longer rod than is now fashionable then the Trion 10ft 6in #5/6 is about as good of an all rounder you could ask for. Cork can be an issue but that's true for many brands at many price points. I think if you dig carefully then there are a few peaches in most brands' ranges these days - Daiwa for instance are another under rated brand in UK game fishing imo

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    Default Re: Shakespeare - a budget consideration..?

    I like Shakey gear and have done since I was a kid......it's cheap, performs very well and lasts very well in fact it just goes on and on - for the money I think it's exceptional.

    I recently turned a couple of my 25 year old Radial Gliders into light spinning rods ;-).....

    Daiwa in my opinion are ok.......but not as reliable as Shakespeare

    Ron Thompson is also very good for the money

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    Default Re: Shakespeare - a budget consideration..?

    I wholeheartedly agree with the Shakey sentiment being shown on this thread. My first fly rod was Shakespeare, (my first rod was a 'Milbro' 6' spinner) and it and its Shakey replacements (bike spokes, car boot, drunken tumbles) have all been superb value for money.

    Now I am no snob or tackle tart, but the thing is with Shakespeare stuff, I have grown up with the attitude that one day I will upgrade to something a bit more 'classy' for want of a better word. An inferiority complex? - whatever, I 'upgraded' to a Daiwa rod when I started earning more than an Apprenticeship wage, Anglers Choice in Melrose. Sold by the wonderful Ted Hunter. The difference to a fisherman of my ability was completely unnoticeable. But I am ashamed to say I felt better without the Shakey badge.

    My goto small river rod these days is my Shakespeare Trion 7'6". Feels better than any rod I've ever cast a fly with.
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