Single most expensive item of tackle

Aknib

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Not a bragging rights thread, more of a curiosity really.

I bought a Daiwa Whisker pole when the first editions came out which, iirc, set me back around £1200 around the late 90's (?).

Makes me cringe when I think about it now, even though i'll probably be shelling out just as much for an 11' rod before long although I had more than my money's worth out of the pole considering what I flogged it for a couple of years later.

After that it falls away sharply (thankfully!) and slightly behind the Matchbox seatbox set up I also had at the time it would be the Marksman rods.

What's your single most expensive item of tackle you've ever bought and does the figure you spent on it make you cringe when you look back on it?
 

s63

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My Tailwalk Eginn bass spinning rod, almost £300:eek:mg: I occasionally fish with another pal, he’s a big strong bloke and hurls his lure with such force Jeff Capes would have been impressed, I on the other hand just give a subtle flick of the wrist and watch my lure disappear on the horizon. I haven’t caught a big bass on it yet, a mere detail.:)
 

john step

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A browning pole my dear sandwich maker bought for me this last Christmas. After that my two Acolytes which I actually had to pay for myself.
 

John Keane

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Mine is a fly outfit, all bought at the same time, comprising a 14ft Hardy Sintrix Jet 14ft double handed salmon rod (£650) Hardy Demon Cassette 9/10 salmon fly reel (£280) and a Gaelforce 54ft Head #9 floating Spey Fly Line (£85) a grand total of £1015 on plastic.

Pretty much chicken-feed compared to Daiwa Airity & Daiwa Air poles though!
 

peter crabtree

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My 2012 Daiwa Connoisseur pole cost me £1200, it is now my spare.
My latest pole, 1 year old now, is a Daiwa Airity super slim which was 2k..
Not cringing because it’s worth every penny..
 

stillwater blue

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Chris Lythe Scotton trotter pin, I think I paid something like £475 but can't remember the exact figure. I don't cringe because I love the reel and could most probably sell it for close on double what I paid if I ever wanted too.
 

steve2

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Not a lot compared to some £200 for a centrepin although my first carbon blank with inflation would be around £350 at today's prices.
 

tigger

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These weren't to expensive at the time I purchased them, but now they have increased in value by quite a margin....

 

rob48

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Carbon poles:
Shimano TPGT approx £1300
Shimano Diaflash approx £1200
Shimano Ultegra approx £1300
Milo 10-10 approx £2000
Daiwa Tournament X approx £1400 sold this on quickly, didn't live up to the hype
Maver J51 approx £1800
Browning Silverlite £1650

Good job the wife doesn't read this.
 
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Aknib

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Carbon poles:
Shimano TPGT approx £1300
Shimano Diaflash approx £1200
Shimano Ultegra approx £1300
Milo 10-10 approx £2000
Daiwa Tournament X approx £1400 sold this on quickly, didn't live up to the hype
Maver J51 approx £1800
Browning Silverlite £1650

Good job the wife doesn't read this.
Bloody Hell! :eek:

Fair play though, you've made me feel better :D
 

nottskev

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I like good gear, but I'm not attracted to super-expensive stuff. I wouldn't break the bank for a car either - worry of someone scratching it etc would detract from my enjoyment, and I've noticed that beyond a certain point the price of tackle goes up out of all proportion to any increase in quality or performance.

I bought a top quality pole at a bargain £650 25 years ago. I was using it today.

I paid the same amount for a TriCast Trilogy 2 margin pole with cupping kit and topkits about 3 years ago. Ridiculous idea. I've never used it. I don't know what got into me - I don't even like commercial carp fishing. Close season retail therapy; lesson learnt.

I paid £200 or so each for a couple of mint secondhand obsolete float rods. That was money well spent.
 

peterjg

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In 1975 I bought a new ABU Cardinal 66 reel new which I still use occasionally. It cost £27 (+pence?) and I paid it off weekly! It was a lot of money then - I wonder in today's value how much that would be? I bought another one later (second hand) to have a matching pair which I also still have.
 

seth49

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£250.00 for my Young’s purist 2 pin, and £300,00 for a Young’s Ray Walton Rolling pin, rest of my pins £100.00:eek:r less from EBay about seven years ago.
 

wetthrough

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Very modest for me. A tie between the Stradic Ci4+ and 13' Toreon float rod, about £125 from memory and don't regret either, I have two Ci4+'s but the way it's going Glow Tip Antennas might outstrip them both if I don't get my own made soon!
 

mikench

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A few pins and some Hardy rods. I also bought a few classic rods by Shimano and Daiwa. Nothing extravagant at all; abstemious me!:rolleyes:
 

rich66

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Again a modest sum for me a 15’ matchpro ultralight rod, about £150. Nice rod though I don’t use it as much use as I ought too. It’s probably not been used more than 10 times in 2 seasons
 

markcw

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Poles, to many to mention over the years, also top end seatboxes, I seemed to change them every couple of years when I could still get a decent 2nd hand price for them. Now at my age I am staying with pole and seatboxes I have.
 
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