Shimano Purist feeder.

Rick123

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This is just for my information, but was this rod designed for specimen fish, or as a all round feeder rod. If it was a specialist rod what line b/s was it designed for please guys?
 

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The whole Purist range of rods were based on a specialist concept. However, that doesn't mean that they were all heavy rods. The fella attached to the concept, Darran Goulder) is an allround specimen angler. The smaller species such as roach and perch were catered to with some of the rods. The Purist Feeder (PURF12) wasn't its full name, it's actually the Purist River Feeder. It was essentially the leger counterpart to the float anglers Purist Trotter (PUTR15).

The catalogue blurb mentions "is a pleasure to use when feeder fishing or link legering on small to medium sized rivers. Ideal for shy feeding roach and dace in the winter, or sorting out the larger specimens when using maggot feeder for big chub and barbel in summer, this rod will cope with most situations and has a superb through action. The assortment of tips ensures you'll have the perfect indication no matter what the conditions."

I barely remember the rest of the range, though I have a pair of the Purist Brench rods. I do recall giving the Purist Trotter a good coat of looking at. Its similarities to the 15' Catana Match Rod of the same era was rather striking. If it wasn't the same rod in a different livery, I'd be amazed. There's a reasonable chance that some of the other Purist rods, including the River Feeder, were also other Shimano rods in a different frock.
 

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Thanks Sam. So the river feeder would be 6lb test maximum I'd hazard a guess. Great help as I'm trying to compare some older rods. The Shimano River feeder against the Drennan medium matcher feeder, again thanks Sam. Rich.
 

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Thanks Sam. So the river feeder would be 6lb test maximum I'd hazard a guess. Great help as I'm trying to compare some older rods. The Shimano River feeder against the Drennan medium matcher feeder, again thanks Sam. Rich.

The catalogues I have featuring the Purist River Feeder don't have line ratings. Shimano have tended not to give them. However, I'd guess it'll be along similar lines to one of their medium feeder rods. If you can find what ratings the quiver tips have, it may give the game away. Shimano Medium Feeder rods invariably came with 1, 2 and 3oz tips (or a combination of them if only supplied with two tips).
 
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