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  1. #14051
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    I have a drennan net handle, I do regularly take it apart and clean the inside of the tube and the expanding bit. All sorts of dirt gets inside the tube (the way I use it) and will speed up wear and tear. Otherwise no problems from it .

  2. #14052
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    Jan 2013
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    Just did mine yesterday after reading this, I just use Johnson’s baby wipes, inside and out, same as I use for my pole, push one through with the inner pole, followed by a tissue to check it’s clean, drop of oil on the threads doesn’t hurt either.

    Usually clean it three or four times a year, I’ve had it at least twenty years, and apart from overtightening once, and needing too of us to undo it, never been a problem.

    Worth the money, should last for years, and if the widget does fail, any tackle shop that deals with them, will be able to get a replacement from Drennan.

  3. #14053
    Join Date
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    Quote Originally Posted by mikench View Post
    I don't see the analogy at all. A landing net handle is twisted one way at the beginning of a session and then back again at the end. Some wear possibly but not in the same league as disks and pads which are put to use hundreds of times a day often hauling a 2 ton car from 70 mph to zero asap. Even then under those conditions a set will last for maybe 8,000 miles or a years motoring. I never complain about them wearing out as I know the treatment they take. I cannot say the same about my Drennan Twistlock.
    The part concerned is meant to wear. If it didn't, the pole itself would either wear more quickly, or be split apart. Perhaps they could find an even better material to make the grommet from, but at what cost?

    Any friction bearing surface will wear in time, the Drennan Super Specialist handle is no different. Treat them badly and it accelerates that wear. Watch out for spigot and push over joints on rods, telescopic and push over joints on landing net handles, even the pins of a centrepin. Use them enough and they all fail in the end. Treat them badly and that end is only hastened.

    The brake pad analogy is sound, it's simply that you don't want to accept that grommet on a landing net is expected to wear. There's a reason as to why Drennan dish replacements out for free.

  4. #14054
    Join Date
    Nov 2015
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    I will request one ahead of time in that case.

  5. #14055
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    I’m still on the original one, looking at it, it will probably see me out.

  6. #14056

    Default Re: How did you get on?

    I have happy memories of being a student in Sheffield in the mid 70's, but I've not been back often. Its beautiful river valleys didn't hold many fish back then; as Mick (Flightliner) put it, if you'd fallen in then, you'd have dissolved before you drowned! Back, at his invitation, today, the upper river Don was both beautiful, and, he assured me, full of grayling. I'm more for the B roads than the motorways, so I wish there was free fishing like this in my town



    I met up with Mick and his friend Bill, and we walked through steep, wooded banks to the first area we fished. I'd seen Mick's foam blob floats adapted for the swift, shallow water, and I set up a titchy 3x no 8 stick float in my first swim



    and the first run through got a bite from a trout



    I couldn't swear that's the exact trout - I have pics of Mick's fish too - but it's close enough. 15 or so grayling followed, one or two little fingerlings, but mostly like this



    Mick and Bill moved off downstream, and my swim went quiet, so I walked down and got installed in an even prettier and more comfortable swim



    With a good flow right under the rod tip, I swapped to a much heavier float (3 x no 6) and a further 20 or so grayling came along, plus the odd dace



    Trotting for fast-biting fish on light gear in a lovely, streamy swim - what a treat! It took me less than an hour to get home, even at rush hour, so I'll certainly be back. At one point, I gave my rod to Mick to try out. As he's left-handed, he had to fish with the handle on the wrong side, strike, then turn the rod upside down and reel in backwards. He nonchalantly caught 3 grayling from, I think, 4 chucks, so the last pick is him swinging one in on his own rod


  7. #14057
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    I like that last pic; a dry bank without a 10' drop. I reckon Mick is ambidextrous .

  8. #14058
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    Enjoyed your post Kev, I used to love my times spent on the Don. Even in the centre of town there were quite a few swims to fish.
    Back then it wasn't so healthy both fish wise and health wise, fish could still be found in the right places.
    Thanks for nudging my memory.

  9. #14059
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    Aug 2014
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    It’s been an impatient time waiting for the rain to subside and allow me a session on the river to test out my new toys.

    Someone on another thread asked what my new NGT trolley was like, first outing today and it did all that was needed, it did only travel over fairly level ground, I’m sure over some rough terrain it maybe not as stable.



    My other acquisition, a Drennan Acolyte 14ft ultra, specifically for roach fishing the Stour where I was today.

    Alternated between punched bread and bronze maggots, the maggots being the most successful.



    My only other match rod has been an 11ft Matchpro Ultralight, the pickup and enhanced control was evident immediately with the 14 footer accy. The roach at Grove Ferry are pitifully small and not really giving the new rod much of a test, I thought I was into a decent perch but when it surfaced I had a huge smile, at last a decent roach of 18ozs found the net, easily a roach pb for this river, I love this rod!



    Smaller fish continued to feed until a pike gatecrashed the swim and brought a premature end to the session.

    Last edited by s63; 22-10-2019 at 18:15.

  10. #14060

    Default Re: How did you get on?

    S63, I am pleased you like your new Accolyte. I have the same rod and use it a lot, great rod.

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