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    I was hoping someone could tell me what rod john Wilson is using in these episodes of Go Fishing.
    It looks very much like a Daiwa, definitely not a masterline or Northwestern like in the earlier videos.




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    I think Wilson was my favourite of all the celeb anglers. I watched his go fishing videos as a youngster and enjoyed them, as I still do. I always wanted to meet him but not much chance of that now!

    Regarding the rods, as far as I was aware he only ever used his own brand rods in his videos, but may well be wrong.

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    I suspect that the black ring in the cork handle might be helpful. I know Shimano were fond of this feature back in the day. However, having found (original) Diaflash and Powerloop models with it, it's much higher on the handle that the rod in the videos. I can't recall seeing a Daiwa with the black ring, but that doesn't mean they didn't ever do it and my memory is pretty rubbish anyway. However, with it being John Wilson, there's a fair chance that it's something that JW put together himself.

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    I'd have thought the very early Wilson programmes predate his own brand rods; certainly I always thought the JW Avon/quiver rod was the first by a few years and it wasn't until later that the float/pike rods followed. It's also possible that as a tackle dealer he had blanks made up to his spec. On the other hand I've got a 1986 vintage Daiwa Cavalier quivertip rod with the black band about 5" up the handle.

    I had the pleasure of dinner with him once when my publisher invited about 8 or 10 of his writers to an event where we sat down to dinner afterwards. It was a lively evening....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Wintle View Post
    I'd have thought the very early Wilson programmes predate his own brand rods; certainly I always thought the JW Avon/quiver rod was the first by a few years and it wasn't until later that the float/pike rods followed. It's also possible that as a tackle dealer he had blanks made up to his spec.
    It's the latter that I was getting at, not that it was a Masterline/Wilson rod. I seem to remember reading (it might have been his autobiography) that the very earliest versions of the Wilson Avon were made up to his spec in the tackle shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Wintle View Post
    I'd have thought the very early Wilson programmes predate his own brand rods; certainly I always thought the JW Avon/quiver rod was the first by a few years and it wasn't until later that the float/pike rods followed. It's also possible that as a tackle dealer he had blanks made up to his spec. On the other hand I've got a 1986 vintage Daiwa Cavalier quivertip rod with the black band about 5" up the handle.

    I had the pleasure of dinner with him once when my publisher invited about 8 or 10 of his writers to an event where we sat down to dinner afterwards. It was a lively evening....
    I had some really old looking wilson ryobi quiver tops once. The tips were kept/stored in the handle and had a metal thred and cap on the end to keep them in place, similar to the drennan im8 and im6 feeder rods which have a rubber bung.

    I've heard a few people say they met him at shows not that long ago really and they thought he was an ignorant fellow! I would imagine he may have been fed up chatting with lots of daft anglers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigger View Post
    I had some really old looking wilson ryobi quiver tops once. The tips were kept/stored in the handle and had a metal thred and cap on the end to keep them in place, similar to the drennan im8 and im6 feeder rods which have a rubber bung.

    I've heard a few people say they met him at shows not that long ago really and they thought he was an ignorant fellow! I would imagine he may have been fed up chatting with lots of daft anglers.
    The Daiwa tip rod stores the tips in the handle with a rubber bung to keep them in and similarly the original Shakespeare Wand had the tips in the handle with a screw on butt cap.

    You're spot on with JW (and others) getting fed up at shows like the old NEC ones. I was talking to Chris Yates once at the NEC when I glanced over my shoulder to see 20 people in a line waiting to talk to him. Chris said, "Keep talking, maybe they'll drift away!".

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