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Things that you find in the cupboard
« on: October 24, 2018, 16:51:13 PM »
Things that you find in the cupboard ..............

A Sexyloops Hot Torpedo Competition 9' #5 fly rod :z12

Hot Torpedo fly rods have quite a following nowadays, there is even an owners club I believe :shock

This one was actually the first rod, serial number 1.






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Mike Barrio

Re: Things that you find in the cupboard
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2018, 17:21:36 PM »
Things that you find in the cupboard ..............

A Daiwa Signature Salmon Fly 12' #8 Scott Mackenzie fly rod ( SSF 1208-3 )  :z12

I really must get this rod out on the water more :oops




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Hamish Young

Re: Things that you find in the cupboard
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2018, 17:49:54 PM »
Both fine rods.... what else did you find in the cupboard :? :!
“When tired at last, he sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.”

Mike Barrio

Re: Things that you find in the cupboard
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2018, 18:19:53 PM »
Things that you find in the cupboard ..............

A Prototype Barrio Lochstyle 10' 6" #5 fly rod :z12

Built by Sandy, this is one of my favourite rods, it's just so nice to fish with.

But I must confess that I haven't been out on a loch for a while :oops I think the last time I fished this rod, was with boat partner Irvine, somewhere up Glen Affric :wink






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Mike Barrio

Re: Things that you find in the cupboard
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2018, 20:28:18 PM »
Things that you find in the cupboard ..............

A couple more gems - and these sport the Thistle :z12
A Daiwa Whisker Salmon Fly MkII 15ft #9-11 fly rod ( WF98-15A )
A Daiwa Whisker Fly 12ft #7-9 fly rod ( WF98-12 )

I've always liked my Daiwas, especially the ones made in Scotland :z16




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Mike Barrio

Re: Things that you find in the cupboard
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2018, 20:30:14 PM »
There are more  :z13 ........... but c'mon, let's see what some of you guys are hiding in the back of your cupboards first :z16
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Derek Roxborough

Re: Things that you find in the cupboard
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2018, 21:07:04 PM »
don't think my cupboard is any thing like yours,  :X2 Derek Roxborough

Mike Barrio

Re: Things that you find in the cupboard
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2018, 22:10:32 PM »
But you have a couple of tents up your sleeve ..... so I'm sure you'll have an interesting rod, reel, or box of flies somewhere too Derek  :wink
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Rob Brownfield

Re: Things that you find in the cupboard
« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2018, 09:14:37 AM »
I dug out my Normark Norboron 10 foot 8 weight the other day.

I remember Magnus and Richard Walker having these and casting silly distances with ease. I believe the likes of Peter Cockwill, Charles Jardine and other prestigious anglers used them.  I bought mine secondhand from one of Richards customers. (Mike something, well known local angler, worked in the paper mills) for £150..which was a lot of money back then.

The 10 foot 8 weight seems to be the one to have and commands good prices on ebay. The shorter ones seem to go for a lot less.

I also found 2 part built "Pike Fly Fishing Association" blanks that I had rolled by Harrison. I designed and made these for the PFFA and sold a couple of dozen rods from simple builds to fancy before I moved. These blanks are from the first run, one in carbon grey, the other in bottle green.

And one for the coarse anglers (but with a strong connection to Spey casting), I came across my old Daiwa AKN (AKN12H) carp rods. I built these from blanks in the early 90's and I am now re-building them. They are a highly prized find and really sought after rods. Retail was £245 but they are fetching silly money these days.

However, they really are one of the nicest rods to cast and fish with and designed by perhaps the most talented designer of all times, Nobuo Nodera.

He is now the chief designer and founder of CND Spey rods. He developed all the double handed rods for Daiwa from about 1983, and was the one that pushed the Amorphous salmon rods and gave Simon Gawesworth his break.
Ok, I admit it, I quite like this salmon fishing lark....

Mike Barrio

Re: Things that you find in the cupboard
« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2018, 09:24:53 AM »
Nice ...... there were some great rods around in the 90s Rob :z16
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James Laraway

Re: Things that you find in the cupboard
« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2018, 10:27:20 AM »
there is a lot of really nice, un-used hardware there Mike !

Mike Barrio

Re: Things that you find in the cupboard
« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2018, 10:36:51 AM »
there is a lot of really nice, un-used hardware there Mike !

It all sees some use James :z4
It's great to have a wide range of gear ( lengths/actions ) available for line testing :wink

Cheers
Mike
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Hamish Young

Re: Things that you find in the cupboard
« Reply #12 on: October 25, 2018, 11:46:59 AM »
I think you should visit next season Mike and exercise that 10'6" rod for a few days  trouting  :z18
“When tired at last, he sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.”

Rob Brownfield

Re: Things that you find in the cupboard
« Reply #13 on: October 25, 2018, 12:05:09 PM »
Things that you find in the cupboard ..............

A Prototype Barrio Lochstyle 10' 6" #5 fly rod :z12

Built by Sandy, this is one of my favourite rods, it's just so nice to fish with.

But I must confess that I haven't been out on a loch for a while :oops I think the last time I fished this rod, was with boat partner Irvine, somewhere up Glen Affric :wink







Just realised, I have the same rod...but "switched" ;)
Ok, I admit it, I quite like this salmon fishing lark....

James Laraway

Re: Things that you find in the cupboard
« Reply #14 on: October 25, 2018, 13:02:58 PM »
I think you should visit next season Mike and exercise that 10'6" rod for a few days  trouting  :z18

the loch style rod looks lovely....

that being said i have been 'rationalising' - i had a #5 ( Scott), #6 (Zpey) , #7(sage) and #8/9(Bloke)  and a #9 (B&W) single handers

i sold the #5, although i loved it
the #7 is swapped for getting my Loop Opti Salt #10 back

The bloke is the next to go.....
so my 'go-to' rod is now my #6 Zpey 'Reel Steel' switch

 




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