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    Default Re: Continental manufacturers of tackle

    Yuki Saiko are a range of high quality long Continental beach rods that sound as if they should be Japanese but are, in fact, made in Spain.

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    Default Re: Continental manufacturers of tackle

    Quote Originally Posted by mikench View Post
    Garbolino signature pro classic match rods

    I've heard of a Maver range named as above but not Garbolino. Not seen either though. I've been put onto a good Tackle shop in Ventimiglia just across the border so will have a look on Friday as it's market day.
    I think you may be right. Getting the Maver Signature Pro Classics mixed up with Garbolino Altimas (which are also better rods than the lack of chatter about them might suggest).

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    Default Re: Continental manufacturers of tackle

    I looked at a few garbolino rods at a tackle show some years back,they looked top notch...

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    Default Re: Continental manufacturers of tackle

    Another make I see a lot of ( beachcaster rods and reels) is DAM. I can't say I have ever seen any coarse rods for sale in the Uk although they are made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikench View Post
    Another make I see a lot of ( beachcaster rods and reels) is DAM. I can't say I have ever seen any coarse rods for sale in the Uk although they are made.
    DAM were quite prominent in the UK in the eighties. Andy Little and Ian Heaps both having some involvement. The company disappeared from the UK marrket sometime in the nineties and weren't seen again until fairly recently.

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    As others have said, hardly anything by the big manufacturers is made in the UK (or Europe, for that matter) these days, and hasn't been for years. The closest you're likely to see from them is a "designed in the UK". That's not to say it's all sh*t, though - in general I would say the quality across the board is more consistently good than it ever used to be. I've got some old UK-made Daiwa rods from the 80s and 90s, for example, that were expensive high-end when they first came out, but have been eclipsed several times over by stuff which is thought of as low-to-mid range.

    You can still get your custom-made stuff of course, but that's BIG money (although a hell of a lot cheaper than it used to be, to be fair) and at a level where it's often difficult to justify the 90% higher cost for the 5-10% improvement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sam vimes View Post
    The biggest issues with quite a few brands, foreign or not, has very little to do with the quality of the gear they can, have, or do, produce. It largely comes down to market visibility and availability.

    I'd put Browning Sphere rods up against pretty much any similar rods, past or present. Most folks have never even seen one. That includes one of my local tackle dealers that has asked me to bring in various rods, including Spheres, for him to see for the first time.

    Rive has a nasty habit of producing high line rods that I've only ever heard about. Colmic, Trabucco and others are similar. Garbolino, Sensas and Maver have all made some good gear over the years that has been hard work to find. The latest example of that for me has been the Garbolino signature pro classic match rods. I saw one recently and couldn't really understand why I've not seen them talked about at all. Struck me as very worthy of any shortlist for anyone contemplating the purchase of a Drennan Acolyte. However, judging by the dust on the example I handled, it'll join the ranks of many worthy rods that disappear without trace.
    Fully agree on the Sphere rods, especially the spliced-tip river models. I don't know why the Rive rods are so hard to get hold of. I've got two of the R-waggler light rods and they are absolutely perfect for light waggler fishing on running water for silvers.

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    Default Re: Continental manufacturers of tackle

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    Last edited by mikench; 20-07-2019 at 07:36.

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    I visited 2 tackle shops yesterday one in Menton called Fish and Ships!!! Sea Tackle, anchors and boating stuff- useless.

    The second was little better in Ventimiglia but it saved me from wondering around a market selling stuff I didn't want and didn't need. I saw my first Rive rod and was impressed with it being light and well made. It was a feeder rod which came with different top sections with a built in multicoloured tip of differing weight. It also had a set of push in glass tips and a further top section for them.I do not want or need another feeder rod and at € 450 it wasn't worth a punt. I was ignored in the shop which suited me.

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    Default Re: Continental manufacturers of tackle

    Quote Originally Posted by mikench View Post
    Nearly all the rods I see on the beach are either Caperlan or Grauvell.
    Caperlan tackle is sold through Decathlon Stores worldwide having used this tackle rod, reels, line and bait for years it is very good value for the money. Which is more than can be said for some over priced top range tackle possibly manufactured in the same factory.

    I never realised till I spoke to one of their managers just how big a company it is with over 1500 stores in 49 countries selling the Caperlan Brand across the world.

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