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" The Creature Reacher " A Custom Made, Hand Built Float Rod By Andrew " The Wizard " Boyne

I have been lucky enough to meet many talented people over the last two years. A chap called “ Andrew Boyne “ was one of these such people. Andrew is a talented angler and has a 15lb plus River Ribble barbel to his name.
Not to mention the River Irwell brown trout record with a 10 lb plus fish. Andrew and I did a little testing on the Ribble one day when I noticed one of Andrew lovely tip rods.

“ Where did you get that rod “ I asked?

“ I built it myself Mike, here, have a proper look “.

I did just that and it was looรฒovely.

I have made a few rods in the past but nothing like this.

“ Do you like it Mike ?  I’ll make you one if you like " !!!!!!!! I nearly fell off my chair !!!!!!!!!!!

Are you serious !!!!!!!!!!!!!
" Deadly "
 came Andews forthright reply.

Over the next few weeks we had numerous conversation regarding my style of fishing, venues I fish and my requirements for the new rod build
At first I decided on a shorter rod, a purely big fish tool. The fi…

New Float Pattern For Me - A Five StepppedTreble Feather Inlay, Inseted Waggler

I have wanted to put my mark on a traditional stepped inserted waggler for quite some time now but I never seemed to get round to it.
Recently I purchased various new threads,  so, as per usual I started a pair then put them to one side them so I could re-visit them at my leisure.  Eventually I got round to whipping them just as my new threads arrived. 
Good timing aye !!!!!!!
This pattern lends itself to more than one feather and as you have probably guessed I like a feather or two on my floats. 
I tried a little free styling and came up with the design below. 
I am not 100 % happy with it as there are a few minor changes I would make but all in all not a bad result for my first attempt at a  . . . . .  . 
Traditional  Treble Feather Inlay Stepped  Inserted Waggler .
It is a general float for all different types of species but lends itself to maggot and caster style of fishing
I hope you like it.  ๐Ÿ˜Š

and the green one.

And finally the prototype pair.

I shall be making some more of t…

Teaching The Newbies New Tricks On L.B A.

For the last few months I have been trying to get John Derbyshire to join Little Britain Anglers. Two weeks ago I showed him and his pal Paul Johnson around our little club. Both were impressed with the set up and promised to join in a couple of weeks time.
Today was that day. . . . .
I arrived at 08.15 having already organised our session with Eric Owen & Mick Doddman. The lads weren’t their when I arrived so I took the decision to fish an un-favoured peg.

“ The Sunken Tree Peg “
 (The one I caught my first  Irwell chub on in fact)

Leaving the fliers for the newbies. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I decided after a quick try to put my favoured Irwell sticks back in my bag and took out a loafer as the pace of this peg is fierce to say the least as the run is spawned from some shallow rapids bellow the willow peg.
It is a very difficult peg to fish on the float. The river cuts into the near side where there is a submerged tree. This peg screams big fish but only fish to about 3 lb have been caught in the pas…

A Pair Of Old Reels Give A New Lease of life.

I was luck enough to be given a Trudex and A Mitchell Match 440A by  . . . . 
" The Casterman " last year.
These reels were in desperate need of refurbishment but I have neither the time nor the skill to accomplish this so they were used as they were, well, the Trudex was.
" The Mitchell was in a right state "
A chance viewing of the Trudex on one of my float pictures ignited the interest of a reel refurbisher named  . . . . . . . 
" Victor Homewood " . . . .
and he kindly offered to refurbish them both in exchange for a float or two. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Here are the reels in their sorry state . . . . . .

Mitchell Match 440A

And here they are now.  ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

Mitchell Match 440A

I am more than happy with the results Victor.
I may even be christening the Trudex on Sunday at L.B.A. on the Irwell with John Derbyshire & his pal Paul.
PS :
Victor has just contacted me and said . . . . 
" Look on the inside of the pin Mike "
I have opened it up and se…