|paul (paul4barbus) whiteing|
Certain major items of tackle, including design and modification, will be detailed on this page :
All my fishing stuff relates to Barbel fishing. I use centrepin reels exclusively and my rod designs, where either I built my own or I modified purchased ones, are tailored to these reels.
Note that the above (c'pins) article is changed as/when I feel it requires it, in order to keep the information up to date and relevant as a (hopefully) useful reference, if you'll excuse my presumption, rather than simply an article. I have written in the context of a centrepin used for barbel fishing by me, and I would not suggest that it is in any way pretending to be a fully definitive be-all and end-all article on the subject, and especially so as I make no attempt to do any evaluation of currently available reels - I have neither the inclination nor the experience for this. The article was last updated Apr 2014 and includes additional 'guest' contributions from some friends who are equally keen centrepin users. I feel another update is coming on ............
Further centrepin-related information :
General Tackle talk :
Unfortunately, I find I can rarely buy any other major item of tackle (seats, holdalls, rucksacs, bags, nets etc) that suits all my requirements so I have to modify everything (although in truth I enjoy doing so). Some of these modifications may later be detailed in case there are ideas which could be of interest.
I have always followed a certain principle I adopted for fishing, although slight variations may be needed depending on the time of year. This is to comfortably carry just three things - a seat, a bag, a rod-quiver - and these three things will, in turn, 'carry' other items. It used to be that where it is likely I will need an umbrella I carried that in the rod-quiver, but these days since I usually fish well into darkness (midnight or beyond) I always use an umbrella whatever the weather. Many say to me that they don't want to carry an umbrella due to its weight - they get caught out, I never do.
Tackle Bags :
I also now have just two bags - one is a 15 ltr Wychwood shoulder bag, the second is a 55 ltr Chub rucksac, I had a third, a 90+20 ltr JRC mega-combi rucksac, but it rarely got an outing in truth so I sold it! and the 55 ltr one may be going the same way as I always get all of my gear in the 15 ltr one.
Recently decided that although the 15 ltr Wychwood is fine, I wanted a slightly bigger one so I could get clothing and more food/drink in without having to spend ages packing. I bought a Fox Royale Medium carryall, at 56 ltr sounds big but then I don't need to fill it.
Rod Holdall / Quiver :BUT, I have recently also changed my rod carrying methods and my requirements quite drastically. Gone is the carp-style holdall and I now use two quiver holdalls - one is (was, now given away to a pal) a Drennan 2-rod one for summer/autumn, and the newer one is a Drennan Specialist 3-rod one, which is longer and slightly larger, so the larger umbrellas do not tend to overbalance the holdall. These Drennans have also been modified - I have removed the velcro rod bands and replaced them with large black flat laces.
In fact the coats are gone, I never wear one whilst fishing. I prefer to wear layers, as many as I need given the weather conditions. I keep a goretex ex-army coat tied to my holdall and then over the back of my seat, just in case it's peeing down when I'm playing or landing a fish (it's fun getting it on from under a brolly with a bend in the rod and an angry barbel trying its best to defy you)
I carry the seat, but the seat carries the bait-bucket and squares of tarpaulin I lay on the ground (a good slug gatherer); I carry the bag, and the bag carries the unhooking mat. In other words I make sure items are clipped/tied together where possible to make carrying, and especially when moving swims, easier. I had too many years of struggling.
Unhooking mat is attached to the bag utilising (generally available) buckle clips (these carry a variety of names) sewn on to spare bits of webbing.
Some more examples now relics of the past :
I also modify my landing nets and handles so that when moving, the net remains attached to the handle (velcro) and minimises snagging on bankside vegetation, but is easily available to use. This modification works well on a telescopic handle (pictured) as it just requires a shake to unattach, and the handle will extend to its full length. I still use the same on my Powerstretch handle but as this requires unlocking and setting at whatever required length for the particular swim, this is best done before fishing.
A handy one is to provide a 'tag' on my coat (two shown) to keep my forceps on, and a retaining loop to avoid them swinging in the way when crouching down (but then as I rarely actually wear a coat then this is a relic idea from days gone by).
this page last updated 23.11.17 by paul (paul4barbus)
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