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  1. those ron Thompson reels was originally sold by dragoncarp many years ago (before the contessi) and the first lot was cheap orible monkey metal and felt unbalanced and not nice too the touch ,dragoncarp still sell them (I had a fondle recently) but they have improved the metal and the spools are more balanced and currently called the black zero (they've had many names) and current price is £15 and I think the 4" version (they come in 4" - 5" ,depending on brand) .they do make a nice entry level reel .I still don't like the feel of them though but at this price I might buy one or two as a loaner reels or for raffle prizes (I fish a few charity matches each year & these will make a nice prize) . that said dragoncarp do a bearings aerial ,the matt hayes special @£59.99 avert nice price for a aerial reel ,I have a earlier black one which I love ,these are a soft bronze colour dragoncarp also do the Ikonix Centrepin & Cortesi Black both at £39.99 and both very capable reels I think with modern manufacturing methods etc ,it'd be hard to produce a really bad reel ,so most are great starter reels and doesn't matter what names on it .best bit is if fishing with centrepins is for you theres always more pins too try ...
  2. i'm here or here abouts ,I look in everyday ,don't always log in as my pc has alzheimers .don't do much fishing ,too much working going on ,so nothing to post about except the odd purchase etc .although I do use facebook too & like seeing what others are upto etc . still can't stop buying centrepins .even when I find myself with free days I still don't seem to find time to go fishing .soon be next year maybe i'll get out more then.
  3. the kennet and grayling are perfect ,got no problems with quality of finish .I was going to get the line guards moved to suit wally casting ,but they're pop off (snap on) types so not bothered .but I might get the millstream one moved later (any excuse to go visit garry) barbelbarmy ,i'll keep you in mind if I decide to let the grayling go.
  4. i got a grayling perfection & kennet perfection ,I've used the kennet on a trip too the royalty ,the grayling perfection I'm saving for some winter grayling fishing (or at least that was the plan ) & i'm coming up to being two years in on my lythe floatmaster .my problem is I have the kennet and grayling perfections (both are the same style but the kennet is slightly wider and has a adjustable check .now with this new reel i'm thinking I might not use the grayling perfection (and won't when the lythe is done ) so I might get rid of that one to make room for the new reel .but not sure yet .
  5. its that time of year again ,and thoughts of Christmas presents/treats are abound ,I myself am this weekend picking up a cheap centrepin that's my gift to myself . I say cheap ,its relatively cheap and comes with a case these are available from mill tackle The Millstream 4 ¼” wide drum, New systems to easily change over from light to medium and heavy check,fully adjustable Removable Quarter Guard,... Shaped Handles, Dark grey/Titanium finish, Brass Dovetailed Rod Plate/foot Floats & Hooks design on Rear Flange. Supplied in a Mill Tackle British made padded case. £375 plus £8 postage 01527 853438 my only problem with the reel is ,I may have too sell one of my others too make room for it .So what will you be treating yourselfs too this Christmas
  6. I'm been reading this thread ,and have to say I prefer braid but because its not always allowed I sometimes use mono ,ultima flo-cast or mist grey lines . braid wise I've fished with Power Pro original (5strand) which was good but noisy ,then tried a few like original (fused) fireline then switched to fireline crystal then to Pp super slick (coated 8 strand)which is a very good casting braid but because I too have old cane rods whith rings braid would damage ,I've been looking at a new line that's recently come onto the market called Gliss .a crossover between mono & braid I got some 6kg line but its too fine ,so will get some 11k line too try . gliss is a specially coated slick braided mono ,knots are a problem it seems as they don't hold so new or modified knots are being used not a great problem as I mostly use hooklenths and loop-to-loop connection or other suitable knots are not too differcult to learn when I get the 11kg try it out
  7. i'm pretty useless at remembering names ,and remembering where I've put things ,some ware safe or where I could lay my hands on them at a moments notice .and I can be a bit dodgy on dates ,but I fairly good at remembering the fish I've caught and conservations I've had and things I've read or learn't ,but ask me why I just went into the kitchen and come strait out again empty handed ,or why if I've just got out my car and automatically pressed the thob to lock the doors and set the alarm ,I have to turn round and do it again ,or why I constantly forget my keys which sit on the side next to where I sit watching Tv/using this pc and are constantly in my field of vision ,yet I still don't realise I've forgotten them until i'm stood next to my car with my hand in a empty pocket searching for the keys ,same goes for my wallet I often forget it goto a shop walk around filling the basket only to realise as I head too the tills that I've forgotten my wallet yet again ,and the wiered bit is I can recall every instance in great detail ,like it was yesterday or last weekend when I drove to Halfords selected the items I wanted pun my hand to my rear pocket to realise the wallet was still on the side board next to whare my keys sit (which I also forgot ,went back to pick up ,in so doing must of looked at the wallet twice both times leaving it behind or not recognising it ) I put everything back ,calmly walking out of Halfords drove home ,got the wallet ,drove back to Halfords and picked out the items again and paid for them . I can even recall every instance of me filling the car with petrol and only realising i'd forgotten my wallet at the counter ready to pay .the fact that I find most stupid is I put them right near me where I can always see them & can pick them up if I go any ware ,but still forget them just as constantly .and although I like to plan all my fishing trips too the last detail ,I always forget something ,wether it be a item of bait or the chosen fishing reel of the day ,I even drove 30 odd miles to a match only to remember i'd forgotten my reels and had to go home to fetch them & return to the match .and I do the classic of going too the tackle shop just for bait ,and coming home with loads of little bits & bobs etc forgetting to stick to just buying bait as intended this time. the weirdest thing is when I forget the name of everyday items ,even though I know that I know what it is .I cant remember its name and can only describe it by its function .or when someone swears blind they'd just asked me to do something not five minuets earlier ,and i'd completely forgotten to do it or the conservation (conservations I usually good at) but I can recall conversations i'd had 30years ago.
  8. chavender

    Keith Speer

    I had the pleasure fishing with him at britford in 2012 and had many discussions on BFW ,and took great fun ribbing him about him having his line on his centrepin the wrong way round (I recall he was insistant ,off the top was correct ) he was a nice guy and good company . i'm going back to britford in june ,i'll give the swim he liked for roach a go .
  9. less than you'd think ,they only do small runs on a particular design ,then bring out a new one .all limited numbered editions .there's one grayling perfection left ,now I've ordered mine ,but if demand was enough they might do another run in black ,the kennet perfection is next run ,same as the grayling but adjustable ratchet tensioner (I've went a little mad and put me name down for one for later in the year ,as a partner to the grayling .) although they're made by garry mills ,you buy through the other company (by check ,I know how quaint ,my current account doesn't use cheque books (gone paperless) NatWest are fazing them out ) to this company credit cards and paypal are foreign lands where dragons dwell ) but they're really nice people to deal with . and when in stock No wait time or very short wait time if not in stock yet . i'd seen all the other reels in the perfection range and although pretty reels never really grabbed my attension ,these grayling perfections just looked right .and should look great on my carbon & cane rods alike .
  10. they are nice the browning revolvers ,but I think I may of found a new reel to rival my browning revolver in my affections ,I've not done too much fishing lately and decided I needed a pick me up . to get the fishing urge going .found out only two left ,so I guess only one left now out of 25 (first run of 25 in graphite ) I saw one of these ,via a facebook group and knew I had to have one , The Grayling Perfection might just sqeeze in a session with it before the end of the season .
  11. apart from a few basic's i'm self taught ,and I copied methods from mags and video's and read a couple of books & comics .and lots and lots of practice ,i'd keep doing a method until I was confident with it ,sometimes i'd copy other anglers as well .it'd be easier if I was starting today with all that the internet offers .but i'm still learning & practicing .
  12. I'll probably go to local club waters as I've a couple of cane poles to try out ,theres trout in my local small river I could go worming for ,but probably not ,I usually go fishing with family to local commercials (usually teaching my nephews different types of fishing ,I try too wean them off carp fishing) but i'm still working six days a week so I don't get out much as i'd like.but might squeeze a tench trip in someware down the line .
  13. there was /is always legal methods for fishing rivers all year round ,no need to break any laws ,just a change of methods /styles of fishing .
  14. i spent the best part of near 6 years specifically fishing for chub trying every method & trick in the book determined to get a 6lber ,which I eventually got but by the end my passion for them had wayned it was only my stubbornness for getting a 6lb fish that kept me trying (I wasn't going to let those pesky chevin beat me) I would seek out places far from the maddening crowd ,parts of the river derwent that hadn't seen a angler for many a age .I was really glad when I caught my big fish ,I remembered a classic angling quote "i'd be glad when I've had enough of this" or something along those lines .sometimes you know when enough is enough and its time too move on to something else .For me I switched to barbel as my main target and ironically had caught more chub over 6lbs in my quest to break the 12lb barrier and like the chub before them the barbell was losing my interest ,I did on my last all weekend/might barbel trip get my 12lb + barbel and a 6.lbs 16oz chub (on a barbel bait) it was a nice fish that balanced the scales dead on the 7lbs mark ,which I decided didn't qualify as a 7lbs fish (I erred on the side of caution and allowed for scale indifferences etc) ,I still look forwards to breaking the 7lbs barrier but I would'nt specifficaly target chub too do it . I do belong too a few facebook groups (including a chub one) and chub do seem to becoming popular once more ,which sort of puts me off chub fishing a bit ,who wants too be one of a number when you can be one of a kind ,i'm back to just fishing for whatever comes along ,my current angling obsession is cane & traditional tackle ,i'm from the glassfibre & carbon era's and never used cane rods etc ,so its all new too me ,learning the feel of the rods and how thay behave when playing a fish etc learning the limits (which I take for granted with carbon rods) & how far I can push them before I break one. we as anglers don't give up on obsessions we just outgrow them & swap them for new ones.
  15. no matter how many new reels I get I always go back too my mitchells ,abu 507's etc ,I've also got a couple of reels from the 80's/90's not top of the range things either rather plain things really but they still work well ,I have a old 2lbs tc specialist rod (used too be my eeling rod ,again rather a budget general perpose 11ft rod for carp ,barbel,pike etc ,and I've my old j.wilson avon/quiver rod ,I do have some cane rods but they're fairly recent additions .as are some of my centrepins although I do still have my centrepin from 2000 that set off my obsession .again not particularly a pretty reel or the least bit expensive but I do love it ,I did get rid of it once ,missed it so got it back .I like my older tackle its comfortable too use . I've in the last few years found myself drawn more to using old traditional tackle ,I know carbon rods are better in almost every way .a bit too good ,a little too clinical I fear ,I like the fact I've no idea how cane rods are going to behave ,it does add a little something to my angling ,never quite sure if the cane can handle the fish and its just nice too use.
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