Pole wrap / repairs. Just how good are they?

Alantherose

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As the winter draws in, The fishing starts to become harder. After about 3 hours sleep I managed to drag myself out of bed at 8 this morning with a mind to hit my local pond aiming to have a nice, cold day catching some silvers on the pole. About 2 hours in, I'd managed to have 1 roach and maybe 2 bites. Decided to sit on my feeder for a bit and let me swim rest for an hour while feeding minimal amounts on my pole line hoping I'd get some fish arrive meanwhile. An hour passes on the feeder, and one straightened hook later Id decided to give the pole another go and what do you know? The Silvers had finally arrived as expected. Within the next hour I had a flurry of Roach, 15 to be exact with many more bites coming in. Massive smiles.

That's until I struck and my pole snapped cleanly in half on the fourth section swiftly ending my day about 2 hours short. Absolutely no idea why this has happened, Just heard a crunch and half my pole fell in the drink. Quickly grabbed my feeder and cast it over the line then whipped the line around the pole itself and pulled it in.

Head home and funnily enough, I followed some fella on Facebook who does Pole Repairs a few days back. He said he'd sort it out for me for about £20 and he'd pick the section up himself as he's in the area. He said his 'Finishes' aren't the best as he's still learning hence the price but but as long as the section works and doesn't look a complete mess, I don't massively mind. Took a look at a picture of his work and it seems perfectly acceptable.

My question is, just how efficient are these repairs / wraps? Do they weaken the section any? Should I also be worried about excess damage along the rest of the section? I usually clean this pole upon finishing up and never noticed any damage with the eye. I've also inspected the rest of the section and don't see anymore issues. Just one clean snap.

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Chris Kendall at BobCo fixed mine for £20 (insert and wrap to fix a clean snap). Caught plenty of fish since then and not had a problem. Better than the £70 or so for a brand new section in my opinion (as you can see, not a terribly expensive pole).
 

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Here’s 2 repairs I had done by pole Doctor on my Signature,as you can see virtually invisible £30 each plus postage. D2F15BE9-16BC-4A56-B389-CBF8648E1A33.png 244776B5-D512-4821-B094-2194DCE26C80.jpeg
You need full zoom and a microscope to see it lol. Excellent job . I have used a guy in york who charged me £30 for a repair on a clean brake ,he was good but not quite as good as yours
 

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As the winter draws in, The fishing starts to become harder. After about 3 hours sleep I managed to drag myself out of bed at 8 this morning with a mind to hit my local pond aiming to have a nice, cold day catching some silvers on the pole. About 2 hours in, I'd managed to have 1 roach and maybe 2 bites. Decided to sit on my feeder for a bit and let me swim rest for an hour while feeding minimal amounts on my pole line hoping I'd get some fish arrive meanwhile. An hour passes on the feeder, and one straightened hook later Id decided to give the pole another go and what do you know? The Silvers had finally arrived as expected. Within the next hour I had a flurry of Roach, 15 to be exact with many more bites coming in. Massive smiles.

That's until I struck and my pole snapped cleanly in half on the fourth section swiftly ending my day about 2 hours short. Absolutely no idea why this has happened, Just heard a crunch and half my pole fell in the drink. Quickly grabbed my feeder and cast it over the line then whipped the line around the pole itself and pulled it in.

Head home and funnily enough, I followed some fella on Facebook who does Pole Repairs a few days back. He said he'd sort it out for me for about £20 and he'd pick the section up himself as he's in the area. He said his 'Finishes' aren't the best as he's still learning hence the price but but as long as the section works and doesn't look a complete mess, I don't massively mind. Took a look at a picture of his work and it seems perfectly acceptable.

My question is, just how efficient are these repairs / wraps? Do they weaken the section any? Should I also be worried about excess damage along the rest of the section? I usually clean this pole upon finishing up and never noticed any damage with the eye. I've also inspected the rest of the section and don't see anymore issues. Just one clean snap.

Cheers
Marker50 further down mentioned Pole Doctor in Derby. I have taken my pole there twice now and I would highly recommend him. The first time was to repair a length ways split, Gavin put a wrap round the split and it has been as good as new and slides easily into the next section when packing the pole away. That was a couple of years ago and cost £20 I think. Recently I took the whole pole for a refurb. It's MAP TKS 525 which must be around 5 years old and well used. Spares are no longer available. It needed a few of the section ends tidying up as they were a bit worn. The male end of one of the sections need an internal wrap but the next section down still slid all the way in when packed away I also had bushes fitted in each section for added protection. I also had the 1300, 1450 and 1600 sections left over from my previous 525. Gavin cut all 3 down to make half sections. Altogether he charged me £90 which I thought was a bargain. The alternative was probably £1500 for a new pole. Admittedly there was no postage charges, just a tenners worth of petrol but TBH unless something drastic happens it's gonna be an awfully long while before I'd consider paying out for a new pole.
 

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A ton of great information here guys. All replies have been read.

Been in touch with a few different (More reputable) companies. Unfortunately I don't live near any of them and the repairs will cost me around £60 (With return postage). Still unsure as to what to do here as it's an older pole and spending upwards of £60 to repair the section with unknown results / without knowing if the section has any further damage which could potentially snap in future is putting me off the more expensive repair. What's really thrown me off is the way that it just randomly snapped in half and the section has already had one repair which is coincidental to say the least. Can't say I've ever had this happen before...

As of now I wouldn't have lost any money due to the sheer amount of extras I got with it (Top kits). If I start investing £60 here and there on repairs then I'm starting to enter that 'pointlessly wasting money' phase where I could just get my money back and scrap the pole. However I really do like the pole for my silver fishing.
 

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A ton of great information here guys. All replies have been read.

Been in touch with a few different (More reputable) companies. Unfortunately I don't live near any of them and the repairs will cost me around £60 (With return postage). Still unsure as to what to do here as it's an older pole and spending upwards of £60 to repair the section with unknown results / without knowing if the section has any further damage which could potentially snap in future is putting me off the more expensive repair. What's really thrown me off is the way that it just randomly snapped in half and the section has already had one repair which is coincidental to say the least. Can't say I've ever had this happen before...

As of now I wouldn't have lost any money due to the sheer amount of extras I got with it (Top kits). If I start investing £60 here and there on repairs then I'm starting to enter that 'pointlessly wasting money' phase where I could just get my money back and scrap the pole. However I really do like the pole for my silver fishing.
Ach, I feel your conundrum mate :confused:
 

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Ach, I feel your conundrum mate :confused:
It is an awkward one, But the chance you take buying used gear I'm afraid. Especially when the pole is almost as old as myself :ROFLMAO: Nah it's not quite there but replacement sections are impossible to get and I'm not exaggerating.

Fortunately, when buying used gear I'm always taking into account potential damage and what I'm getting for my buck to make sure I don't lose incase of incidents like this. I guess I'm just trying to be careful not to start overspending on potential lost causes when I could just cash in and get back almost 100% of what I paid. Not sure if I'm just being blind sighted by my love for this pole because it feels so good to use for silver fishing which I primarily do.

Thinking the best bet is throwing the original fella the £20 and seeing how things go with that repair. Thankfully, until then another member was kind enough to give me a SENSAS Pole a time back when I initially started fishing again which'll hold me over for now but I prefer that one for my Carp fishing / Commercials. The thing is a monster, I'm sure I could pull in a shopping trolley with that thing before it gives in. Ol' reliable that thing is haha.
 

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So what is the make and model of pole?

It's a Fox Prism 16M Pole.
Fox Match have merged into Matrix. I can't find any spares, or even mentions of this pole online other than a single review / very, very old listings.
 

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Thinking the best bet is throwing the original fella the £20 and seeing how things go with that repair.
Having had a look at the photo of the chap's repair I would have to say that while not the prettiest, it looks like it's a reasonable job (seen a lot worse) .
I'd be tempted to risk the £20, not a lot to loose really and worth a punt. ;)
 

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Took a few sections to Gavin (poledoctor) at Derby in the past and he does a fantastic job at a reasonable price. ?
 

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I sent 9 sections also to Gavin (pole doctor) to have side pullers fitted. He was really cheap, the raps are excellent and he turned it around in a couple of days. Can’t recommend him enough, I’ve got another 10 going to him in the new year!
 
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