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Re: Martin James catalogue

Post by PondLife » Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:25 pm

AshbyCut wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:02 am
PondLife wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 12:21 am
The greaves is only 2 inches shorter Mal and that's all split cane. By the way, date of catalogue is 1955.
I looked at that, Sir ... but as a rough extrapolation the 'Greaves' has a handle (without button) of 20 inches ... and my 'un-named' has a handle of only 18 inches.

As the majority of the coarse rods in your lovely catalogue seem to incorporate Spanish Reed, and there are rods described as 'Threadline Spinning Rods,' and there's mention of 'Greenheart Fly rods,' I suspect my rod is later in date.

Is there any date at all on the catalogue ? I'm guessing it will date to the 1950s (but, as usual, I'm prepared to be shot down in flames !!! :Wink: ) ... possibly even late 1940s.
Catalogue is 1955. Thing is with the greaves is variations on a theme. I have 3 and they're all different . I have one which is light and delicate and comes withe two butts so you can fish the rod at different lengths. I have slighter heavier one 10.5ft and i also have an 11footer which has much heavier taper which would probably cope with reasonable sized barbel. I have also seen online (mullocks) other greaves combination rods different to my own. Lastly the greaves has a threaded end cap with a screw in it so you could fit a button if you wanted to.

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Re: Martin James catalogue

Post by Santiago » Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:08 pm

I only bought it quite recently and it's the 11' version. It looks to be in original condition with red whipping and doesn't require any immediate restoration.
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Re: Martin James catalogue

Post by PondLife » Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:17 pm

I'm jealous. Sounds very nice. Glad you got the 11ft i suspect the 13ft would be a bit to heavy.

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Re: Martin James catalogue

Post by Santiago » Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:23 pm

It still feels a tad heavy for my liking, but I adapted how I hold the rod so it wasn't too bad. Even so, I wouldn't use it for long trotting sessions. It's not heavy per se, the handle is quite short so it's not balanced very well. With a Speedia narrowdrum attached, the balance point is about a foot above the top of the handle.
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