You did not see the light, you got sucked into the angling underworld.I was a stubborn (stupid?) chap and refused to fish with pole until around 1988/9 when I saw the light.
My first pole was a Shakespeare model and I wonder if anyone could identify which one it was; just for my curiosity. I seem to recall it cost £120ish, was 10.5 metres and was a brown colour with a crossweave pattern. Bought 1988 or 89. It came with a spare top kit. Although a heavy old brute it served me well for four years until I moved onto a Daiwa 12m Tom Pickering Matchwinner.
Like so many keen anglers I had a collection of the Shakespeare catalouges which I used to pore over! Probably had them back to the mid 70's but gave them away awhile back hence my question regarding the pole.
Forgive me Father for my mortal sins. I am not a completely bad person as I do still use quills, Toppers and sliders. And as recently as two weeks ago I did trot a Topper controlled with a centrepinYou did not see the light, you got sucked into the angling underworld.
One day you will see the light and realise that you did not see the light.
Alex yes it was the early 90's. My best mate bought the Superteam and I bought the Daiwa Connoisseur. Another friend had the Shimano Diaflash.@dave brittain 1 ... was that the early 90s Superteam pole?? I've got a hazy memory of drawing next to Kim Milsom on the grand union (somewhere near Heyford iirc) on a really windy day. We both had mid 2 pounds of little roach and I think I won the section (but I could be wrong). I'm pretty sure that he'd moved to Essex County by that stage ... but was still using the superteam pole.
Could add to this thread with "memories" of the superteam ... I'm pretty sure that the original line up of six was
Tony Davis (the colonel)
I think they called duplon handles Hyperlon back then.As a young beginner during Shakespeare's ubiquitous period of the mid-eighties, it's almost inevitable that I ended up with gifted budget Shakespeare gear. The bits I remember were an Omni Carbon Match rod and a very cheap (might have been an Omni) reel. The blank itself wasn't the worst in the world. The big problem was the "Duplon" (was it called that back then?) handle. It was far removed from modern Duplon. It compressed badly in no time at all and had a tendency to act like a sponge in rain. In short order, you were left with sliding reel fittings that simply couldn't hold a reel without judicial use of inner tube rubber and electrician's tape.
The reel was a far greater magnitude of awful. If anyone were stupid enough to make a modern version of it, I doubt if it could retail for more than £2. Even that would be daylight robbery. Has anyone actually seen a reel with just a bent wire bail arm (no roller of any kind) in this century? I really hope that such things are no longer inflicted on anyone.
Perhaps not surprisingly, I can't really share the misty eyed nostalgia that many have for Shakespeare. It may not be entirely fair, but bad timing and circumstances contrived to put me off for life.
Hyperlon! AKA sponge.I think they called duplon handles Hyperlon back then.
A bit of one upmanship Sam I had the glass Alpha glass match light blue blank and handle and then the mighty Alpha carbon match. Dark blue blank and handle. Next one up from the Omni. I really thought I was somebody with a carbon rod. It had full set of lined rings as well where the glass one had only a lined tip and butt.
Does this look familiar?Back in the early 70's ,being a bit poor , I saved a few quid from the paper round-milk round and uprated my Galion 12R reel to bright shiny dark green shakespere reel, it cost then about a fiver from Greenfields tackle in canterbury
I had the Daiwa Conny from 1991 until I replaced With a 2nd hand tourny pro in (iirc) 2007. I’m still using thatAlex yes it was the early 90's. My best mate bought the Superteam and I bought the Daiwa Connoisseur. Another friend had the Shimano Diaflash.
There wasn't a lot between them with the Connoisseur being stronger, the Diaflash being lighter with the Shakespeare sitting between them. Great poles at the time but a handful at 12.5m with arms like Garth required to fish them at 14m
Nothing has changed then about catching ,My father has known a few of the Shakey Superteam for years, which used to result in a few hand me downs and freebies. My first pole came from Max Winters, and I've still got a Mach 2 and a Sigma Wand that I occasionally use, my father has a few rods in the garage, both Shakespeare and a Diawa swingtip rod that was won in a competition (I think by Max). Max used to run 'teach-in' sessions on the Glos Canal which I used to attend. I don't actually remember catching anything on any of them..
There were issues with the drag on the Mach 3 rear drag reels but in general the FD 035's were pretty good. They outlasted my Shimano's and to be honest I had no issues with them. I didn't like the 14ft/18ft Superteam LXL or the 13ft LXL at 17ft, noting the Mach 3's were made from the same blank/mandrel. I still have a 13ft Mach 3 and it does occasionally get used on the river.Shakespeare kit for me is a very mixed bag with the bad unfortunately out weighing the good. I loved my beta box with the tackle box that sat inside also even now the original sigma wand takes some beating as a close range small fish rod on those days when the bites are nothing more than a tremor. I also still use a quattro feeder rod occasionally lovely soft action for silvers, the only other rod I have owned and liked has been the Excelsior, nice light float rod. Also like Dave Britton says the XL 12-16 is a very nice piece of kit, especially at 12' but I have not owned one but if one came up at the right price I would definitely grab it. Now for the bad I remember my 1st pole was a polystel it was horrible and certainly put me of pole fishing for a few years. I also had a 14' president again not nice. Then there was the Boron, it just didn't feel good at all. For some reason I also bought a Flavia power float when commies started becoming popular, tip heavy and way too powerful in the tip section. As for the reels the least said about them the better I have yet to own a good one and that includes the Mach 3 xt's even at the price Mike Ashley was knocking them out at I would avoid them as the quality was very erratic get a good one and you are ok get a bad one and they were awful.... unfortunately I bought 2 bad ones, the same with the Mach 3 Xt rods some seemed ok but others were not what they were hyped up to be especially the float rods that were longer than 11' ...there was a reason that Ashley could sell them at much less than half of the RRP