Hey Sportsman that is some serious fishing! Well done. (Rubbing salt in wounds more like it...) Recently started tying flies and finally caught a trout on my own montana. Just makes it sooo much more satisfying. Been out a few times around London area (Rib Valley and Hanningfield) and have always caught a few (not nearly as many as you though...) The Greys Rod I bought is OK but I would still like to get a nicer rod. Is your offer still standing? It might be easier if you emial me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Just to let me know how to order to the blanks and accessories, ect. Thanks again
Glad your catching.
Yes, the offer still stands. The choice is unlimited so we have to decide what it is you really need /want and most importantly what your budget is.
For best value you are better off buying in the States. I do it all the time with no probs.
Things to think about:
Blank: Length, weight, line weight, action, colour, price.
Guides: (rings) type and number. colour
Whippings: Colour / trim
Handle: Shape/style, quality
Reel Seat: wood insert, style, metalwork
The price of the components doesn't vary that much so what tends to dictate finished price is the blank.
Remember, this is your rod, so it should be the way you want it.
Now for the down side. Top end rods are light and responsive and a delight to use, they are also a bit more delicate than some heavier cheaper rods. I am not in a position to offer a lifetime guarantee so if you want one of those stick with your Greys. I will however build it to the best of my ability with good quality components and you will get a much nicer rod than anything you would buy from a shop for twice the price.
Have a think and send me a PM with your thoughts and we will take it from there.
BTW, you are fishing my old stomping grounds, I'm from Chelmsford and fished Hanningfield when it first opened for trout fishing