Similarly there was a Woolco store in north-west Bournemouth. Very good - records, magazines, fishing kit, clothes were all well worth looking at.Livingston used to have a Woolco store.
Woolworths on steroids. It sold just about everything.
I bought an Olympus OM10 camera from there.
Back in the late sixties , I used to buy most of my fly fishing materials from Mc Hardy's of Carlisle, great shop to deal with, used to buy part built fly rods, and also mill end lines, that caught me loads of trout, loads of BrowniesI think my line was a pale green intermediate, I still have the box, easker1
you can have it! If the NC rivers are open in July I'll drop it off, if not I'll post it. It sat on a shelf in my shop unloved and unwanted for probably 20 years and has spent 15 in a drawer in my gun room. I've never opened the box!!If it's still supple I'll take it off you at the original price!
I caught my first salmon on a Woolworth spinning kit. The rod was about 5 or 6' from memory and bent in to quite a hoop as the reel reluctantly and noisily gave out 6lb line of an unknown vintage. Happy days!
One of my first rods was a Woolworth 9`, 6/7 two-piece bought in the Woolworth in Pwllheli back in 1977, which cost £7 if I recall correctly. It was accompanied by a Rimfly king-size reel and a DT7F Garcia line and was involved in the formative moments in my flyfishing life, from catching my first fish on wet fly (a tiny salmon parr) to my first river brown trout and to my first river brown trout that was above the 7 inch legal size limit. It lasted me a couple of seasons of all-purpose fishing (worming, light spinning as well as fly-fishing) until I smashed the top section on a branch.I found a pack of Winfield swivels recently lurking in a far corner of an old tackle box....
Not even opened, either.
It was a bright blue colour if I remember correctly.The woolies selection of silver spoons were great for pike on my local canal.They were red with a white wavy stripe down the centre. They also had some right ropey flies....like bumble bees with red wings...Arthur Cove told me that their 6lb bs nylon was pretty good and was great value ,sure if i dug deep emough I might find a near empty spool.
Quite likely, JCP. Lee Wulff was a Garcia representative for some years - late '60s/early '70s sound right?Garcia Mitchell Longbelly was my first reservoir floating fly line.Designed I think by Lee Wulff. Good line in its time.
Yes Louis dates are right.Reels were Garcia Mitchell Autos which are still hereQuite likely, JCP. Lee Wulff was a Garcia representative for some years - late '60s/early '70s sound right?
I can't remember what lines I started with in the early '70s but I'm now damned sure they didn't match my Milbro fly rod and were far too light. It took me years to learn to throw a decent length!
I still have a couple spooled on basic Daiwa reels - Shakespeare 'Glider', perhaps? Whatever was cheapest at the time, that's for sure.
Was 'Galion' always a Leeda product? I have a nagging thought that 'Galion' was related to a French company but I'm probably wrong.
I still have the grip and reel from my very first rod, a short, solid glass coarse rod from '66, Woolies, I suspect. The reel was originally held by rubber 'O' rings now long rotted away. I remember watching my father catch a perch on a worm from a muddy brown park pond in Bristol and was transfixed. A whole new world I had never envisaged was opened to me that day and has absorbed me ever since.