November 18, 2012

Fifty Shades of Cane

Visiting a Vintage Tackle Fair is akin to porn for the emotions of lust and yearning it provokes. Today I was just a voyeur and I did not get 'involved' with any of the teasing rods flirting from the ranks of stands or the blatant flaunting of the tables full of seductive reclining centre pins - but it took some self control I can assure you.

I first visited the Redditch event a couple of years ago when I was a mere novice in the ways of cane. I was seduced on that day and took home a rod of great beauty to accompany my other cane rod that was waiting for some company. They now seem to have formed quite the family as I have added more and more during the last year or so, a thinning out must soon take place. I digress, to wander around so many stands where so many bright things catch the eye, the rods, reels, floats, lures, books oh the books! Too much to take in, too much choice. 


I did a lap, interrupted by meeting up with friends not seen for a while and new ones too, guys from various forums that converge on such gatherings. One guy recognised me and spoke - "Where do I know you from?" I asked, "We fish the same syndicate lake..." I'm useless when I meet people out of context, I've only ever seen Steve behind a set of rods or drawing up at the lake with a car loaded for a session. Still, we had a good chat. Then it was Kevin Clifford, I haven't spoke with Kevin for a while and it was good to have a natter, well, two natters. Gary, who I'd driven to the event was eager to meet Kevin so I sought him out and duly did the introduction, Gary grilled him on carp history for some time.

Trevor King and his lovely lady Lynn were there too, its been a while since we last met. His taxidermy, fish models and now his wood carvings (especially the perch) are just mouth watering, expensive but oh how I covet such perfection. He's also making hollow cane rods, an eleven foot barbel version just had to be flexed.


Andy Sliwa was there, which was just as well, he had a couple of rods of mine that he's been working on and I left him with another that needs his expert touch. I also borrowed his own 11' barbel rod which I intend keeping until its been well and truly flexed - best not tell Andy that just yet though eh ;o)


You know when you've had a really enjoyable day when you feel like smoking a cigarette and sleeping for a few hours when it finishes but as a non smoking designated driver I had to join the heavy traffic and wend my happy way home.

13 comments:

  1. Your purchasing restraint is to be commended mucker. Must have been tempting. Retail therapy aside it sounds like a good social event too. Just that bit too far for me ...for now! ;o)

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    1. The next one is in Romsey next march ;-)

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  2. Looks like a hoot and a half...all out enjoyable day. Even, without bringing home one of the temptresses. ;-)

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  3. That must have been a very enjoyable day Dave and that Perch carving looks simply stunning and show brilliant attention to detail.

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    1. I cannot stress how good that perch was Mark but £650 is a tad steep, I've already got a big bronze barbel on display, one has to show some restraint you know....... for now.

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    2. £650! Yikes, that is just a bit expensive..

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    3. His barbel was over £900! But they are masterful works of art that would be an investment - if you have that much disposable income to start with :-)

      We can all dream.

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  4. Sounds like a wonderful day out Dave, gutted I couldn't make it but will be at the next Romsey show...

    SK

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  5. Reading your first paragraph it strikes me that you need some better porn. Ahem.

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    1. All contributions gratefully received Conrad.

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  6. Looks like a fine day mate. I will get to one of them one day. I want one of those Walker style nets...amongst other stuff :-)

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