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Recent content by Mike Thompson

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    PVA mesh

    PVA products for me too. Just ordered off ebay and got 3 x 8mtr. refills for the price of 2, for only £7.98. That's about 33p per metre.
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    Trakker bivvy broken parts HELP

    Paul, I presume the tube is aluminium. Find a local fabrication business, most will have someone who can weld aluminium.
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    in the market for a new shelter ?

    Paul, Are you talking about the small piece of wire which is twisted to lock the spokes and boss in place. If so I used the wire you get at garden centres for fixing to a fence. It is easy to twist, available in different gauges and comes plastic coated. Worked fine when I repaired my brolly.
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    Spam watch

    Mmmmmmm! Tasty.
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    Smelly baits

    Hi all, With all the rivers very high the first few days of the season are going to be a bit of a challenge. I guess we are all thinking of using large smelly baits. I know most will have Spam or similar in several flavours, but I was wondering what else you are thinking of trying. For me, I...
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    Sad News

    Very sad news, Kev was very helpful when I came down to fish last year, our thoughts are with him.
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    Hirisi or similar chinese reels

    Neil, I hear what you are saying, but the truth is a lot of the gear in your tackle box is almost certainly Chinese made but labelled with a UK company and marked up 200 or 300% so you think you are buying better quality. Have a look on the Hirisi web site at their accessories, I am confident...
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    Hirisi or similar chinese reels

    Hi guys, Just an update on this thread. I ordered the two reels on June 2nd from China. They arrived today 16th, very well packed and protected. They look very impressive with a metal body and chrome handle and they feel very smooth in action. I will spool up and test them next week and give you...
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    Hirisi or similar chinese reels

    Hi Ray, I intend using them for float or feeder fishing for crucians and tench. So will be using 4 and 6lb main line. So I have ordered the Hirisi 4000 based on the line capacity stated. Also I wanted a baitrunner facility. They are due to arrive at the end of the month and I will report then...
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    Hirisi or similar chinese reels

    To be honest I am not sure what these reels will be like, but at under £30 for a pair it is worth a go. A service for a second hand shimano would cost me much more than that.
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    Hirisi or similar chinese reels

    Joe, I have some shimano gte 5000c which I purchased off this site, they were in super cosmetic order but the clutches were far from smooth. Felindre serviced them and they are now very good. I also had a pair of 8000 Gtea's which were wonderful. But lots of people comment that new shimanos are...
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    Hirisi or similar chinese reels

    I know the ethical argument, but I very much doubt it would stand looking at with anything we buy today. I worked for over 30 years for a Danish company who made very high quality products. When I first joined them, 100% of the items were made in the Danish factory, even cables, switches and...
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    I use Plasticote which is available in almost any colour you can think of. I have some items which are permanently outside and still look great after a couple of years. So it should be fine for a reel.
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    Hirisi or similar chinese reels

    Hi, I know last year several members ordered low priced reels from China. I am looking for a pair of small baitrunners for chub and tench fishing with 1.25lb test rods. I am only planning to use these a few times each year, so am not wanting to spend to much. If you purchased similar reels can...
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    Spam watch

    Bob, why not offer them to Tate Modern, they are a real work of art ! Mike