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    In life your worth to society and position within it, is often judged by your car, your watch, suntan and clothes, accent and manners etc.
    But as anglers are we not judged by our tackle and the amount of money it cost, rather than our ability to make the best use of it?
    Some of the best anglers I've seen have used the most antique and threadbare tackle, yet we've all come across the guy with thousands of pounds of equipment and not much idea of how to make use of it. Hence the expression, "all the gear, no idea".
    Is tackle snobbery rife in angling?
    Why do people sitting on baskets or deckchairs with old rods and reels get sneered at?
    Anyone have a story to tell about prejudging someone, or being judged a 'noddy' by someone else just because you haven't got the latest gizzmos?

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    I would agree that tackle snobbery exists in angling but might not agree that it is rife though Peter.

    Much like you I have many experiences of both examples, but is there honestly any difference in all sports, or even general life come to think of it. As you said a lot of people judge one by your house, car. watch, clothing etc., and yet I have met many people who have the money, but no real idea of how to use it other than to buy what they think they should be buying. All cash and no 'style' might sum it up.

    I don't doubt that many really good anglers would, and do, get the extra benefits of the best available tackle, but the other side of that coin is that some people mistakenly belive that their performance is enhanced simply by spending more money on their kit than the next bloke.

    My own best example was a good few years ago I was a pretty good Archer and practised several times a week and took part in many club and inter-County competitions.
    At one club competition a relatively new member came up and asked me where I had bought my bow from, stating;

    "I think I'll get one like that as it is far more accurate than the one I'm using"

    True story!





    Scholars have long known that fishing eventually turns men into philosophers.

    Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to buy decent tackle on a philosopher's salary. ~

    Patrick F. McManus






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    few winters back I had a quick seesion on the local canal no more than 90mins.

    didn't want to take much kit with me and as it was cold I knew I was going to fish the punch.

    so armed with my sons 10ft argos rod (which he'd had given him) and little okuma reel, pocket full of bits and a few slices of Mother's Pride, I set out.

    next to the bridge was a Matchman all the kit, pole rollers all over the show, fancy box on legs etc. all colour coordinated with his clothes...

    dropped in next to him because I knew that they'd be a shoal of Roach in the area...

    I must have caught 100+ plus small Roach in that hour and a half to his couple of Perch...

    Matchman got the huff, quite pleasing as he wouldb't give me the time of day and s******ed at my little rod! of course couldn't resist walking past him on the way back home.... "If you need any tips mate...."

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    Peter
    You have definitely hit the nail on the head and i have to hold my hand up for buying expensive tackle.
    It does not make you a better angler only feel slightly better.
    Snobbery certainly exists in angling and some of the best anglers i know keep the same tackle year after year apart from Chris Yates who just looks a pillock

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    Golf's probably the worst sport for people buying new gear, when an hour with a pro would do wonders.

    thinking about it, i wouldnt mind an hour with a pro.....

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    taking a mate of mine down to Linear in the summer, he's only just got back into fishing and is the proud owner of a Giant Bivvy brought from Argos (and Dragon Carp rods).... just know people are going to take the ****.

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    Puts me in mind of that great golfer Lee Trevino. He teaches the game these days and one of his ploys is to get a group of golfers around him and ask them the secret of hitting the ball a long way.

    "The stance" they all say.

    So Trevino, picking up an ancient battered old club, stands on one leg, swings and the ball goes 250 yards.

    So he asks them again.

    "The Grip" says someone.

    So Trevino stands on one leg, holds the club on one hand, swings and the ball goes 250 yards!

    There is a lesson to be learned here that can be applied to fishing.

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    Ron 'The Hat' Clay (ACA) Guest

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    I have always been a believer in having lessons with a pro, especially if you want to take up fly fishing.

    I have seen many fly fishers in my time who will spend vast sums on the latest Sage rods, Abel Reels etc etc, and will moan at the price of spending 3 hours with a top class casting instructor which will cost a fraction of one of the rods they own.

    And they spend their lives struggling to cast properly.

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    If I see somebody with cheap and tatty gear, I usually think that that person needs watching for one reason or another.

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    Ron 'The Hat' Clay (ACA) Guest

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    Yes Baz you might learn something from him.

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