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Hamish Young

Continuing the 'things that you find'.....
« on: May 06, 2019, 07:48:58 AM »
So the roof on the steading next to my house needs to be replaced - this means that I am obliged to start sorting out the contents of the steading which are... how shall I put this.... somewhat chaotic.
This in itself has naff all to do with discussing tackle here, but what I found does.

Find #1.
Some 13 years ago now I was given two 10' 3 piece Orvis prototype rods to mess around with which had not been adopted for production.  I thought I had lost one but no :! It was in the steading.  It's a 10' #7wt (more like a #9wt) which I used for Pollock and casting stuff and... well.... it's still there. Good news as I thought I'd lost it, for the craic I'm going to take it out of retirement after Pollock again this summer.

But there was a surprise waiting.....

Find #2.
I was given a rod a couple of years ago which had never been out of the rod bag until yesterday. Mainly as the rod bag said Shakespeare President, but the rod in the bag was an as new Bob Church IM6 15' Salar.

Now in the fly fishing world Bob Church is perhaps better known for his stillwater (largely) trout fishing exploits. However, Bob fished for everything and it's little known he was a regular rod on the Ness and others across Scotland. In the hand the rod feels like it's not a noodle with good blank recovery, so I do believe I'm going to take it out for a cast  :wink
Any forum members used one or familair with it :?

Find #3.
I've also found the 'Ark Royal' my Caddis float tube. It has been inflated that for the first time in 7 or 8 years. Two days after inflating it's still holding air.... so I may be obliged to try that again.

Unfortunately, I still need to re-roof the steading  :z10

H
“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.”

Iain Cameron

Re: Continuing the 'things that you find'.....
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2019, 18:46:18 PM »
a Caddis Navigator? The King of float tubes :-)

Hamish Young

Re: Continuing the 'things that you find'.....
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2019, 19:04:09 PM »
Aye Iain, it is indeed and one of the very first to come to the UK  :z16
Looks a little war weary, but then again it is high mileage  :wink
“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.”

Euan Innes

Re: Continuing the 'things that you find'.....
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2019, 19:06:14 PM »
It is indeed a rival to this,



Worlds biggest boat (and one of my clients)
And H, I want to try out the Bob Church  :z16

Euan  :z4 :z4 :z4
Living with deep, full breaths is the way of the trout. Fish, it seems, are the ultimate teachers in breathing.
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Hamish Young

Re: Continuing the 'things that you find'.....
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2019, 19:17:48 PM »
I might take the Bob Church rod out for a chuck tomorrow lunchtime or on the way home from work.
It's intriguing me :! Assuming I don't do anything silly with it, of course you'll get a cast chum  :wink
“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.”

Hamish Young

Re: Continuing the 'things that you find'.....
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2019, 13:07:17 PM »
And H, I want to try out the Bob Church  :z16

Soooo..... I finally managed to get the Bob Church 'Salar' 15' out for a cast yesterday on the mighty Ness with young Mr Dixon.
For starters, depsite this being a 20 plus year old rod, it's got balls  :shock
Sure, it's a wee bit heavier than almost anything made today and it is a wee bit softer than most but recovery is good.

How does it cast :?
You know what :? It's a hoot. Whilst it's rated as a 9/10 I think it wants more - quite a lot more - and Ben agrees.
Regardless, I could pop out pretty much a whole ISSi 9/10 with careful timing - but it wanted more weight. The 10/11 Mackenzie G2 Spey line I happened to have with me was better, but I suspect that somewhere in my cache of fly lines is an original Barrio Mid-Spey in an 11/12.... it's going to get a shot I think.

Will I use it :?
Yes.

Conclusions.....
Well, just because it's old doesn't mean it's useless  :z18
As the proverb says, there's many a good tune played on an old fiddle  :cool:  The right line will turn this into a rod that's used rather than a neglected rod  :z16 I'm not saying you should rush out and buy one, but I am saying that there's many a good rod going to waste because it's not the latest thing..... a nice new line on it may make all the difference.

H
« Last Edit: July 14, 2019, 20:36:37 PM by Hamish Young »
“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.”

Steven Sinclair

Re: Continuing the 'things that you find'.....
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2019, 14:14:15 PM »
This rod is really beginning to sound like the MK1 15' peregrine of Sinclair Seniors.

It hasn't seen the light of day in years but was an absolute tank of a thing and is one of the only DH rods I havnt witnessed shatter into a million bits in his hands  :z4

I think it's time it too got taken out of retirement.  :z16

 :z18

Steven

Eddie Sinclair

Re: Continuing the 'things that you find'.....
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2019, 17:57:35 PM »
Steven, just because I have a somewhat agricultural forward stroke and I have managed to break some fine rods (indestructible in normal peoples hands) from manufacturers such as Hardy, Vision, Mackenzie, Greys etc does not make me a bad person nor does it make the Peregrine indestructible, need to take the old girl out for a cast sometime😃👍
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