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Priceless tackle?

Neil Smart

Senior Member
So Bob Gill wouldn't sell his custom spinning rod to Rob, and I commented that everything has a price....only for Graham to say it doesn't.
Got me thinking, is there anything in your tackle collection you just would not sale, at any price?

Mine is the Dave Mason Barbel Rod.
 

Joe Winstanley

Senior Member
I have a pair of specialist rods (approx 1.75-2lb tc) that my late father had built by Bob Morris on early North Western carbon-fibre blanks. They must have cost him a small fortune at the time, and I know how hard he will have worked to pay for them. Sadly due to his failing health, he never really got to use them properly. They are lovely rods...very thick, almost glass-fibre like in diameter compared by modern carbon rods, but they have a lovely action which bends right through to the handle, and they are suprisingly light. I still use them occasionally for carp and tench, but mostly I keep them because they serve as a reminder to get out and go fishing while you can, and never to take my health for granted.
 

Paul Richardson

Senior Member
Terrible hoarder. I keep telling Mrs R my gear is her pension pot.
My hand-built rods are all named after late dogs - bit soppy but always makes me smile and would never sell these.
Even my cheap old stuff has a story to tell, so happy to keep them as worth nowt
 

Dave Brooksbank

Senior Member
This thread could easily lead onto tackle that you've totally and utterly regretted getting rid of,one item I kept is my Ivan marks lightning float rod that I've had since I was fourteen,over forty years ago which I will never let go.Just wish I still had my collection of mitchell and Abu reels and handbuilt custom rods from 1980 amongst other stuff.
 

Bob Watson

Senior Member
This thread could easily lead onto tackle that you've totally and utterly regretted getting rid of,one item I kept is my Ivan marks lightning float rod that I've had since I was fourteen,over forty years ago which I will never let go.Just wish I still had my collection of mitchell and Abu reels and handbuilt custom rods from 1980 amongst other stuff.
I chopped in a couple of mitchell match reels to go towards a feeder rod about twenty years ago, I really regret that!
 

Clive Shipman

Senior Member
These things are still available some great Facebook pages still holding older gear in high regard. Plus guys out there restoring and maintawthe old stuff.
 

Mark Mole

Senior Member
The only item I truly cherish has no monetary value whatsoever. A JW Avon/ feeder my dad won from angling times about 15yrs ago for catching a treble of nice perch. The old man no longer accompanies me on trips anymore due to failing health. I'd give up all the big fish I've ever caught for just one more session with the old codger. He caught quite a few nice fish of all species on it and it's a bit scruffy cosmetically. I use it now as much as I can, it's the next best thing to having him on the bank with me.
 

Richard Booty

Senior Member
I had some Avons that I'd saved up a small fortune (or so it seemed) to buy as a kid. Trudging the streets of a (very hilly) village to deliver papers for less than a pound a week to spend 15 pounds on a set of scales showed how much I wanted to be viewed as a 'specimen hunter'. Many years later my parents were having a clear out in the garage without telling me and gifted them to a neighbour... Gutted.
 

Paul Richardson

Senior Member
Again not fishing related but mine was 1980s heavy metal tour t-shirts. All given to Oxfam when I moved out. I'm still in denial and when I go to the folks keep hoping i might find my Metallica - ' Ride The Lightning' 1984 tour t-shirt. Hitchhiked from North East to London and back to see that gig
Worth a fortune too.
 
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