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New Member says Hello

Post by Alchemist » Fri May 06, 2016 8:55 pm

Hello everyone!
I'm Chris and have been an angler for over 40 years. In that time, I've dabbled with traditional tackle and I've got the bug again. Due to a misspent youth, (I learnt rod-building at school!), I enjoy building my own rods and refurbishing old ones.
The traditional interest started in the mid 80's when I acquired a 1936 Hardy no.1 Wallis Avon, which was, in my opinion, a pretty awful rod. I sold it promptly. Then I got hold of a B James MKIV Carp. I've handled several of these and found that they vary considerably. Some are nice and crisp and steely and others feel a bit soggy. Typically, mine was a soggier one! However, I did use it to land a 17lb Redmire common. With that provenance, someone made me an good offer and I was glad to see the back of it. I'm now considering building one from scratch on a Chapman blank. I still have my Chapman MKIV Avon, which I built myself and is the best cane blank I've ever handled. Also a George Wilkins float-avon-type rod which I'll post about again and hopefully someone can give me some information. Finally, my new toy, a Tom Watson "Wasp" which I'll tell you about in the appropriate section.
Reels, a couple of Speedias and Aerials that I can't pick a favourite from.
As for fishing, well my enthusiasm for carp has waned now that the "circus has come to town" and many once lovely waters are now spoiled. So, it's back to the rivers this year and the barbel, chub and roach and there are some overlooked small ponds that I'm going to explore. It's going to be a busy year.
Nice to meet you all.
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Post by Mark » Fri May 06, 2016 8:59 pm

Welcome to the forum Chris.
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Post by Mark_N » Fri May 06, 2016 9:00 pm

hi Chris,

Welcome on board. I look forward to hearing about your Chapman and the Wasp.

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Post by GhyllManor » Fri May 06, 2016 9:01 pm

A warm welcome Chris.

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Post by AshbyCut » Fri May 06, 2016 9:01 pm

A hearty welcome, Sir.
"Beside the water I discovered (or maybe rediscovered) the quiet. The sort of quiet that allows one to be woven into the tapestry of nature instead of merely standing next to it." Estaban.

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Post by Badger » Fri May 06, 2016 9:05 pm

Welcome to the forum :welcome:
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Post by BobTheFloat » Fri May 06, 2016 9:14 pm

Welcome sir good luck for this coming season :fishing1:
Your one bite away from the best session of your life

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Post by Paul D » Fri May 06, 2016 9:23 pm

Welcome aboard Chris, a fine opener :Hat:
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Post by Dave Burr » Fri May 06, 2016 9:37 pm

Welcome aboard.

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Re: New Member says Hello

Post by Julian » Fri May 06, 2016 10:04 pm

Welcome aboard Chris :Hat:
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