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    Default Giving up is easy.

    Who said "Giving up smoking is easy - I've done it lots of times"?

    I did manage to ditch the cigarettes first time, but I've also said I've got enough fishing rods and I don't want any more.

    Well, I was just helping out an FM member with their search for a rod. I had no intention of buying anything - selling some, if anything.

    5 minutes later I've come across and bought an unknown USA market Shimano rod, brought here by a person who reckons it's a great barbel float rod.

    It's a Shimano Clarus 13' 4 piece, with a short 20" all cork handle, sliding bands (hi, Sam) and a trad look, which sold it to me.
    It's described as having an action between float and Avon, lines 8-12lb.

    It wasn't massively expensive, and is not a top range rod by any means. I'm annoyed with myself for buying it, but looking forward to seeing what it's like.

    Giving up buying fishing rods is easy......

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    Default Re: Giving up is easy.

    At the third attempt I managed to ditch smoking, I hadn’t returned to fishing then, just as well, did enjoy a smoke which often brought a bite.

    I could most probably buy a rod every week for the cost of the fags.......hang on, I think I do.

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    Default Re: Giving up is easy.

    Quote Originally Posted by s63 View Post
    At the third attempt I managed to ditch smoking, I hadn’t returned to fishing then, just as well, did enjoy a smoke which often brought a bite.

    I could most probably buy a rod every week for the cost of the fags.......hang on, I think I do.
    You could definitely buy a rod a week at today's tobacco prices. I can't claim massive willpower - after I was wheeled out of work 11 years ago on a stretcher with chest pains, I was so terrified I wasn't even tempted to light another one. I was nonplussed to find it wasn't all that tough, either. I'd fought shy of giving up because I'd heard and believed it would be such an ordeal.

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    Default Re: Giving up is easy.

    Do you ever crave one?

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    Default Re: Giving up is easy.

    Quote Originally Posted by s63 View Post
    Do you ever crave one?
    For a while, in the classic circumstances: after a meal, with a beer in the pub, and as an angler, on a crisp winter morning.

    But it slowly mutated into a real aversion, and I couldn't face one now. How about you?

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    Default Re: Giving up is easy.

    Quote Originally Posted by nottskev View Post
    For a while, in the classic circumstances: after a meal, with a beer in the pub, and as an angler, on a crisp winter morning.

    But it slowly mutated into a real aversion, and I couldn't face one now. How about you?
    Exactly the same as you, took the best part of three years I’d guess, from craving to loathing.

    Shows what a weird habit it is...was. There was no way I’d light up a fag before a mid morning coffee but when I went fishing as a lad I’d happily light one up at 5am with a coffee before rigging up.
    Last edited by s63; 30-07-2018 at 17:46.

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    Default Re: Giving up is easy.

    Well done Kev! I wouldn't have a clue what a pack of cigs costs now or what they cost when I gave up on 01/01 /1983. I do not miss them though!

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    Default Re: Giving up is easy.

    About a tenner a pack having said that I use to spend an entire year smoking tax free fags I’d smuggle in from regular holidays to Lanzarote.

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    Default Re: Giving up is easy.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikench View Post
    Well done Kev! I wouldn't have a clue what a pack of cigs costs now or what they cost when I gave up on 01/01 /1983. I do not miss them though!
    I like the date. Just had a look online. Seems like they range between £8 and £10 for a pack of 20. You'd have to be keen.

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    Default Re: Giving up is easy.

    Can’t quite recall the year but I also gave up on the 1st of Jan and it wasn’t a New Years resolution either, just a light bulb moment.

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