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    Default Re: Lesser known rods

    One manufacturer missing from the list is North Western Rods (early 70s through to the mid 2000s) were rods to own if you were a specialist angler. NW were more known really for their blanks and supplied many other named UK popular rod brands.

    They also made rods under the name of Rodcraft, late 90s onward, until they closed in 2008. Rod blanks was actually a side line to the core business of the parent company Pimco or Primco and or something like that. Which made composite fibreglass tubing for the aircraft industry.

    The parent Co was also at the forefront of the carbon tubing revolution in aircraft manufacturing. Closing NW blanks down due to cheaper far eastern rods coming into the crowed UK mid priced market.
    The parent co is still producing carbon tubing for the aircraft industry last time I past (a couple of months ago) the building where the rods were produced.

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    Another pretty significant one I dont think been mentioned is ABU (Garcia). My impression of those has been a bit hit and miss. I had a pair of 2.5 TC Conolon Carp rods that I liked, at the time they must have been some of the slimmest blanks around and so parabolic you could literally touch the tip to the butt. Brilliant to play fish on but awful for casting. I have a ABU spinning rod which is notable for a unusual screw down reel seat that is not actually fixed to the rod. Although its novel its a bit of a silly choice as probably the last rod you want a reel fitting that moves is on a spinning rod. I also have one of their Diplomat travels rods. The jurys still out on that, I like the blank & the action you would not think it was 5 piece but the fixtures seem a bit suspect. Also why manufacturers put high standoff single legged rings on travel rods is beyond me as apart from making it more awkward to put in luggage its also begging to get bent in transit.

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    Almost forgot about these rods East Anglian Rod Company (EARC) in the Glass world they were the power behind the masses. Some years ago we had the pleasure of the owner of EARC telling us about them. Julian Pardoe was his name and it doesn't get better than coming from the horse's mouth.

    He did a great write up post of the company but there seems to be an error 404 on the page now, but I did find this still in the achieves
    OLD ROD'S
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    Sundridge - Kevin Ashurst's with or without a spliced tip. SLV Carbons etc

    Plus Conoflex (Carroll McManus) and Fothergill & Harvey

    All good rods in the carbon era

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    when the time comes i expect to inherit dad's 4 piece persuader match rod--be interesting to see how it stands up, being state of the art circa 1975

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    Default Re: Lesser known rods

    Quote Originally Posted by xenon View Post
    when the time comes i expect to inherit dad's 4 piece persuader match rod--be interesting to see how it stands up, being state of the art circa 1975
    The 13ft and 12ft Persuaders were copies of Lees Golden Jubilee rods which came out around 1967 so actually more state of the art 1967. I remember my local shop have a 13ft and 10ft swingtip rod. I bought the swingtip rod and did well with it but much preferred the ABU Mark 6 that I'd bought in 1974 to the 13ft Persuader. I've handled the 12ft Golden Jubilee rod that Ivan owned and it's not a bad rod and similar to a Edgar Sealey Contestant (circa 1969) that I acquired about a year ago.

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    My first rod (1976), Intrepid Deluxe 12'. Snapped top section playing a large carp!!!!

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    ive got a Greys Prodigy 13' specialist float at the moment, probably the best ive used. I remember using a couple of Brownings in my teens but these were hand me downs from my dad. I remember he went through a stage where all he had was Browning rods in the 90s so they must have been decent.

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    The very first rod that I actually bought myself was Billy Lanes 14.5ft Milbro Match Enterprise Float rod which weighed a ton compared to today’s rods; but the first really good rods that I remember buying myself back in the early 70s were the Shakespeare Match International glass fibre rod designed by Ken Giles and Clive Smith for the England team, plus a couple of Jim Gibbinson Clooper Carp rods which I bought in kit form from Goings Bros of Southend. Plus a split cane B.James & Son MKIV Carp rod which I bought from a mate for just £10.

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    Default Re: Lesser known rods

    Thanks to everyone for their comments! To rephrase the question which older rod from any company do you wish you had kept or had now which is as good as contemporary rods. This may be a very old rod or one from say Shakespeare in the last 20 years.

    This may be a rod you still have and use to the exclusion of more modern equivalents.

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