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A really enjoyable afternoon fishing off the coast of Anglesey. It was hard work and we covered a lot of water but the effort was worth it catching mackerel, bass and wrasse.
Dulas Island, approx. 1.5 miles off the coast of Anglesey, a haven for seals and sea birds. The tower was built in 1821 as a shelter and food store for shipwrecked seamen.
A few weeks ago I had the good fortune to cast an A Jensen saltwater rod. So impressed was I that I immediately contacted the company to find out more.
As a result of a number of emails back and forth I decided to try their Trophy Specialist.
This is an 8wt, 8ft, 4 piece rod that was designed for marine sea trout fishing in Scandinavia but I want it for bass and pike. I was surprised at just how light and responsive the rod felt, I actually tried a 6wt line to start with as I struggled to believe this remarkable little rod would handle anything bigger, but it does and with gusto!
On my scales it weighed 115 grams, which is a little heavier that the advertised weight. It's a 4 piece that comes with alignment dots on each section. It has a very nice matt green finish (I like a matt finish) with a couple of stripper guides and large, sturdy twin legged snake guides. The full wells cork handle is a good quality with little filler and composite cork detail at the ends. The fighting butt is similarly finished and the reel seat is black aerospace aluminium and dark green carbon. The cordura rod tube is extremely sturdy and the rod sock is so bright you'll struggle to lose it.
The rods shouts simplicity and oozes quality.
In the hand the rod feels light and delicate, yet as soon as it's called upon to perform it does so, delivering high line speed, tight loops and long casts. This rod really is a beauty, and a beast!
At the time of writing Jensen rods are not available at UK retailers
I said in my original post, below, that this was a 'timeless classic'. Well it looks like it's time is up!
Such a shame this reel has been discontinued, it was one of my favourite reels and if Vision had any vision they would bring it back.
The Vision GT reel is a timeless classic combining quality, elegance and functionality. It not only looks good but has features only found on much more expensive reels.
The disc drag will not only stop a rampant mule but has a waterproof seal, this combined with the triple anodised bronze finish makes the reel salt water resistant. The GT is machined from a single chunk of bar stock high grade aluminium and is very sturdy. The silent retrieve is complimented by a subdued, comforting click when line is pulled from the reel and the soft polyurethane handle is comfortable when fishing in cold climes. The reel comes with a neoprene case and spare spools won't break the bank. All in all a superb reel and great value for money.
Personally I really like these reels. I have more expensive reels but still turn to my trusty Vision GT; small, light but sturdy, well made, attractive and nice to hold
I've had these waders for some time and really put them through some tough treatment both in the UK and abroad.
The verdict so far is very favourable, they have performed brilliantly in very hot conditions and some biting cold weather. They have stood up well to bramble, blackthorn, heat, cold and travel.
The Ikon Waders come with and without a zip front. I choose to use the ones without, but often roll the top down and use the shoulder straps as an additional waist belt. They have a good sized front chest pocket with waterproof zip on the outside and a inner zipped net pouch pocket. They are comfortable with plenty of room in them, robust and durable and good value.
What a difference a day makes! Yesterday I spent a very pleasant afternoon at Fort Belan helping a client with saltwater casts (and could he put a bend in a rod!). It was a sunny day with a slight onshore wind, a very nice day.
Today the weather was shocking. The temperature barely got into double figures, it's been lashing down (but the rivers needed the water) and the wind could knock a bulldozer over!
A well know fly fishing guide and instructor John can often be found fishing or guiding on the Welsh Dee or passing his knowledge to others at game fairs and country shows.
Guided fly fishing trips on rivers, streams and upland lakes in Snowdonia. and surrounding areas of North Wales.
Fishing for summer & winter grayling and wild brown trout.in the spectacular, tranquil countryside that is Snowdonia National Park.
Fly fishing and casting lessons for beginners. Casting fault analysis, single handed spey, slack line and presentation casting tuition for more experienced fly fishers.
Develop your watercraft skills on freestone rivers and upland lakes.