Your favourite fishing brand, And why?

RedRidingHood

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For me it's

MAP - Basically Andy May and Jamie Hughes. Class acts, relatable guys who genuinely enjoy the sport and aren't up their own ass. They're friendly, funny and offer great tips which I feel have really helped me as an Angler. I don't own much MAP tackle, But the tackle I do own was sold to me based purely on these 2 fellas.

Drennan - Terminal tackle wise, I can always rely on their products. Love their Hooks, Good line. Their tackle makes up for the majority of my box because If it works don't try fix it. They also do some good, but reliable budget Rods and Reels. I've had my Red Range Rod for years now and it's just as reliable as it was on day one.

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Drennan, always first on my list

Attention to design detail and quality control second to none... what other company hand inspect every section of every rod and pole they sell?

In addition (certainly for the higher end stuff) it’s all manufactured in their own facilities to their own designs, and every potential new product is field tested to the extreme by top anglers, who then feedback modifications.

Also I used to know one of their QA team, very open and honest guy, we used to discuss the theory behind some of their design features, which was eye opening. In fact I’m sure I suggested the concept of the break-down butt section they use on some rods - but from failing memory he might have said they’d already toyed with the idea...
not spoken to him for some time now so I must rectify that soon!
 

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The majority of Drennan kit is ok and reliable.
I dont have a favorite but do like Mustad hooks.
 

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All manufacturers have good gear in my opinion. And I wouldn't choose my tools based on what a couple of high profile sponsored anglers use. I try to use what suits me based on trial and error and others recommendations who fish on the same circuit me.
I can see why some would though if they are new to angling and are lone anglers.
 

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Don't have a favourite I have Rods by Preston Drennan Daiwa and Shimano, reels by Daiwa and Drennan, box is Matrix, pole MAP luggage is a mixture of different brands as is terminal tackle.
 

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All manufacturers have good gear in my opinion. And I wouldn't choose my tools based on what a couple of high profile sponsored anglers use. I try to use what suits me based on trial and error and others recommendations who fish on the same circuit me.
I can see why some would though if they are new to angling and are lone anglers.

Agreed; I don't want to be mistaken, I don't purchase my gear from a brand based on who they sponsor, otherwise I'd have lot more MAP gear. However I've picked up a great amount of knowledge from Andy May and Jamie Hughes, Free of charge, which was put out and paid for by the MAP brand themselves. As long as they're putting out good, quality content which I'm learning great amounts from they're a favourite of mine which means I'm willing to invest in that company because I like what they promote, And who they employ to promote it. I've yet to come across no other brand that's taught me the stuff this brand has with such simplicity, fun and finesse. I find most Brands sponsors are bland and boring which is a major turn off for me as I simply can't sit through the videos.
 

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Don't have a favourite I have Rods by Preston Drennan Daiwa and Shimano, reels by Daiwa and Drennan, box is Matrix, pole MAP luggage is a mixture of different brands as is terminal tackle.

I'm the same to be honest; I would love a Matrix Box however. IMO, They have some of the budget on the market... out of my price range though.
 

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Agreed; I don't want to be mistaken, I don't purchase my gear from a brand based on who they sponsor, otherwise I'd have lot more MAP gear. However I've picked up a great amount of knowledge from Andy May and Jamie Hughes, Free of charge, which was put out and paid for by the MAP brand themselves. As long as they're putting out good, quality content which I'm learning great amounts from they're a favourite of mine which means I'm willing to invest in that company because I like what they promote, And who they employ to promote it. I've yet to come across no other brand that's taught me the stuff this brand has with such simplicity, fun and finesse. I find most Brands sponsors are bland and boring which is a major turn off for me as I simply can't sit through the videos.
The anglers are not selling the brand as such.
They are selling themselves - to their credit.
The brand sponsers them due to this.
The hard sell is a thing of the past - its now all about media marketing.
 

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I pick and choose what I think works for me at the time. Some manufacturers seem to have got better with their products over the years and some have dipped. I’m quite disappointed in Daiwa these days. Their gear used to be bullet proof. I’m a bit like Chefster. If I could only use one manufacturer I’d have to go with Maver. Especially their poles. Sublime.
 

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I use whatever I think is best for the job based on research.
Pole - Maver, Browning
Rods - Drennan, matrix, shimano
Reels - cadence, daiwa, Matrix
Box - MAP
Luggage - Maver, Mosella, Matrix, Drennan, Guru
Hooks - preston
Line - Matrix, Drennan
Feeders - Preston
terminal, elastics and attachments etc, bit of everything
 

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Contrary to popular belief my tackle is not all orange and made by Guru although I do have bits and pieces from them my tackle is also a good mix but to pick on stand out company for me I would say Korum as they have an excellent pricing strategy and I use their rods, luggage, landing net, weigh scales/sling and line.
 

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Hard to say really, i have reels by Daiwa, Shimano, Korum, MAP, FOX.
Rods by Daiwa, Greys, Wychwood, MAP, Korum

Probably in reels id's say an Ultegra 5500 size weather it be normal or bait runner is up there, but i have just spooled up a Prorex XR 3020PEA for winter, and it feels nicer than a TDR :D Has a decent enough line clip, so if you can do without quick drag it would make a great but unconventional feeder reel if you can find one ;)

Rods... Everyone i think knows how much i love my Greys Prowla Platinum deadbait rods. Dave Lumb customs aside, these are the best deadbait rods ever made imo (off the shelf anyway) Also have a pair of Greys TXL Barbel rods in 2lb but not managed to give these an outing yet.

Also have 2 Greys tacklebase rucksacks which are phenomenal, supremely comfortable even when loaded with a few lbs of lead and feeders and buzz bars and bait and flask and other bits and bobs.


I think Daiwa and Shimano are a given to be high up the favourites list, but Greys would have to take the number 1 spot for me, even if they do seem to be on their arse discontinuing everything and not making anything new.
 

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Preston for me. When I started fishing a few years ago, I needed to buy everything at once and so Ian's Fishing Tackle gave me a great deal for a tonne of Preston Kit. I've always had great customer service (from both Ian's and Preston by extension), and whilst learning, I was using Des Shipp's videos a lot, along with his Think Fishing videos, and for me, I figured it would make sense to use more or less the same kit as him, as It was easier to copy the rigs, setups, etc and follow along with his teaching with the advantage of removing the variables of whether or not it was me or a different sort of tackle that was causing any possible issues I would have had. I also wanted to support the company for having generated so much useful content and helping me to learn to fish.

I can categorically state that the issues are entirely me :)
 

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As others have said I have a real mixture of makes. The one constant for me is my Garbolino rods. I just love them. I’ve never found a Garbo rod I didn’t like. My Altima feeder rod is just sublime imho. I think rods are a very personal thing. Many people love Drennan rods but I just can’t get along with them. I don’t know why.

Now I’ve got a Garbolino seat box and I love that so they are probably my favourite manufacturer overall.

As for reels, I really like the Korum 3000 size baitrunners. They are perfect for feeder fishing but I also use them with the waggler, though I don’t bother with the baitrunner feature with a float on. Once I find something I like I tend to stick with it for many years.
 

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If I look through my gear then i have three favourites for different things. Drennan, Kamasan and Sensas. First name I look for though would be Drennan
Oh yes. Shimano for reels.
 

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Drennan for rods, kamasan for hooks, sonubaits for pellets and ground bait. The only reason i used sonubaits is when I returned to fishing a long break i was overwhelmed by the choice available. A friend of mine is a sonu consultant and i know he has always been a fantastic angler both when he was a match angler and now a specialist angler and if it was good enough for him it cant be too bad. Had good reults with it so carried on with it.
 

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Pole - Tricast
Float rod - Tricast the Finesse 20 foot long float rod was mind blowing when it first came out. Fabulous for large, deep rivers, running a stick down the far bank on small rivers. Fantastic for deep Stillwater waggler fishing. Also used to fish off the rod tip over marginal weed beds for crucians etc.

Tip rod - Daiwa

Reels - Shimano & Daiwa have been bulletproof and automatic choice for decades. However my Okuma centerpins and new Okuma bait runners deserve a mention.

Unlucky to miss out = Drennan. I have a Drennan pole, two Acolyte float rods and a tench float rod.
 
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