Fishing with a old rod...

banksy

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Enjoyed that video, thanks Danny!
I now alternate between using my modern gear with the vintage tackle I seem to have been accumulating since I retired.
My first proper rod was a junk shop Alcocks cane rod, and I decided to relive the experience, buying a battered old Floatcaster Deluxe on t'eBay, and restoring it.
Now I regularly use a rod which is 84 years old, courtesy of Gixer13 of this forum. It's a 1937 Hardy 'The Match Roach Rod', and it is a joy to use.
Yes, there were a couple of squeaky bum moments when I hooked a mid double carp, but with gentle handling, it was in the net before it knew what was happening. Then it went ballistic. :D
 

Arry

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Nice one Danny, old gear is pretty much all I use nowadays, like Banksy... I was dabbling with old stuff on Monday... had about 15-18lbs of Roach Perch Bream and Rudd
 

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A 30 year old rod seems very old but my Normark Titan 2000 was bought 30 years ago next month and I use it and my other similarly aged (some date to the late 80s) Normarks regularly as well as Daiwa and other rods of similar vintage.
 

Not Now Kato

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Enjoyed that. I still use my old rods along with a couple of newer ones for both fly and coarse. Wish I'd still got my first 'real' rod, a converted army tank ariel which would land practically anything! My 13' Steadfast Team England Spliced Tip from the mid 70's is my go to stick float rod; at 205 grams it's heavy by modern standards but the balance with either my centrepin or one of my ABU 501's is superb.
 

Arry

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A 30 year old rod seems very old but my Normark Titan 2000 was bought 30 years ago next month and I use it and my other similarly aged (some date to the late 80s) Normarks regularly as well as Daiwa and other rods of similar vintage.
I'm fishing with a couple rods that are pushing 60 years old... they still work fine if a little heavy, one of my pins is circa 1936😛
 

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I use a Diawa Quickstrike for lumps in commies and trotting for Barbel. It handles both and I can give fish a bit of welly. It is a great deal more robust than some modern rods.
 
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