Repairs, reel servicing & rod building from (ex) Trafford Angling Supplies longest serving staff member Dave,

with over 25 years in the industry, and creator of the TBR2 Barbel Tripod.

Thursday, 8 October 2020

North Western Blanks Ltd CLR108 Carbon Leger Rod 9ft - 2 sections

 This little beaut will be listed shortly on ebay, so I thought I'd also include it here just so folks can see the end results of a newly built blanks, so build spec's and description below, with a scattering of images to accompany it. 

If you have any requests or questions about my stocks of older north western blanks that I have new and still available, call, text, or email me ! 

I'll also include a link to ebay, but don't forget, if the link's dead, it means I've sold it ! Typically I sell these at £199 including postage, but, they will have to increase shortly due to ever increasing courier costs, next time around these are likely to be selling at £225 all in. 

Here's the listing details:

Hard to find and even and even more so for a brand new & unused freshly built rod from a blank.This 9ft  - 2 section carbon swing tip rod has been built from a small quantity of blanks that are an ex-tackle shop/ rodbuilders stock. It is a classic North Western through action blank, very slim and light,unground, retaining the spiral pattern that these rods are know for.

The full cork handle is a comfortable 23'' long and a brushed stainless Fuji reel seat means your reel is secure.
The top of the handle is finished with a blue alloy trim ring, the butt finished with a matching blue alloy butt cap.

The rod is rung with Fuji Alconite 'Y' Framed single leg intermediate guides which are better & stronger than the older style of rings, the butt ring is a double leg Alconite ring & the tip ring is a 2BA Seymo swing tip & quiver tip threaded ring. The rings are whipped in a subtle olive green thread with metallic green edgings and inlays,
all generously finished in threadmaster epoxy resin, meaning they will stay clear and looking good for decades!

This is a lovely light, slim blank, perfect for the forgotten art of swing tipping! It is suitable for any 'silver fish' style of bomb/legering/feeder fishing/ quiver tipping, with it's forgiving through action, perfect for the lighter side.


Gremlins have attacked ! Can't upload my images for some reason that I don't have time to look into, so for now, you'll have to look here : 

North Wester 9ft Carbon Leger on eBay !

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Daiwa Infinity BR5500 replacement worm gears & some lengthy deep cleans !


 Possibly the 2 worst Daiwa Infinity's (internally!) I've done ...... Never seen 2 like this, ruined worm gears/pawls, broken leaf springs (clicker for the BR) BR drag washers, and missing spacers on top of the pawls was the parts tally ! Really rare to see two of these Tonka Toys in such poor shape - now though, they're out - of - the - box smooth again ! 

See the link to my facebook post with descriptions to the images Here 



Monday, 27 May 2019

Shimano Stradic GTM4000m replacing noisy pinion gear bearing

Quick video for you ........................  a noisy and rough feeling classic old school shimano Stradic GTM4000. A strip down to the bones revealed a bearing on the pinion gear that must have had some water ingress that's affected the bearing and pitted it, rendering it noisy and feeling rough.

The reel has been completely stripped bare, all gearing and remaining bearings checked, relubed, and the reel reassembled and regreased, along with a brand new bearing fitted, taking it back to ' good as new'.

See the video below and hear the difference before & after !
Thanks for watching ;)

Monday, 20 May 2019

Fox FX9 Srip down, fault diagnosis and repair to oscillating issue.

Fox FX9 full Strip down & repair, reel had an oscillating issue, as it had been dropped from a height , so the spool wasn't travelling up and down, thanks to the good folks at Fox International supplying the spares FREE, this has only cost the servicing charge of £15 !

Great customer service there from Fox International & a real confidence booster to know that's the kind of after sale backup they offer !

The Fox FX9's are a nice reel to work on, repairing is quite straightforwards thanks to the reels design and layout, the oscillating worm gear virtually nut and bolting in and out, access inside the reel is easy and the reels are smooth and well engineered, as well as looking very 'carpy'  as well !

Watch the video below and drop by my facebook or instagram pages and give me a 'like' ;) 

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Reel Service with replacement bearings

A quick post and before and after video of a reel that's just been finished.

Okuma Epix Pro 40 reel with a very rough feel and noisy 'coffee grinder' racket going on ! The fix was replacing the bearings, all 3 of them as water had got in and the rust had done it's deed on them  . . . . . . .  an expensive job you may think?

No, not really, all in with a service, the reel's total repair cost including 3 new bearings was only £25 ! Now bare in mind that if you were sending it to me you'd have postage costs both ways, but this chap was fairly local, so in his case, a very reasonable fix to keep a favourite reel in action doing battle !

Watch the video below and hear the difference !

As you can see it's made a massive difference to the sound, feel and operation of the reel, completely transformed from something you'd throw away to a reel that's going to be good for years.

This is a service I offer for many many older reels, including the old original Shimano TSS Baitrunners (Triton Sea Spin), Daiwa original Tournament TSS5000's, Emblems (AKA baboons arse!) and many many more, including beach and boat reels !

Give me a shout with enquiries for any reel you have and I'll see what I can do for you !



Monday, 23 April 2018

Rod blank re-glossing and finishing and refurbishments . . . . . . . .

Many older blanks that have years of life left in them only tend to suffer from one common downfall . . . . . . .  weathering . . . . . . .

This can come in various forms from just fading with daylight, to the top layers going brittle and starting to crack/split, then the weather and water gets to them and they can go 'white' in the winter, whippings as well as blanks.

Surface scratches and packing the rods away still damp, or leaving rods wet and damp in a damp holdall for long lengths of time all contribute to the degradation of the rods outer finish.

Re-glossing can bring an old rod back to life and make it look like new, as well as being a great base on which to rebuild a whole rod, or just re-whip and re-finish. Below are a couple of examples which show you the before and after shots of some recent rebuilds.

First example is a set of North Western Blanks Carbon Kevlar Multi Range.....
over 25 years old and at first, really looking it !

As you can see there is a marked difference ! 

Tip sections looking good and ready for some rings ! 

Butt sections part way through having some old school duplon abbreviated 
replica handles fitted to complete the top to toe refurbishment.  

Next example is a Silstar Traverse X 390 Match 
A bit of a Silstar classic from back in the day ! 

This has also in for  the full works, which includes rebuilding the handle and replacing the old fibreglass parallel handle insert silstar used to fit, with a tapered carbon fibre handle, new cork handle, Fuji KDPS cork reel seat, 

Fuji Alconite single leg rings with 3 leg butt ring, top to bottom blank reglossing and an as - yet - to be - decided twin colour whipping combo ;) 
This will truly be a one of a kind Traverse X so what better way to start the build than with a freshly reglossed blank to ensure the best start ! 

As you can see, the difference in old and 'new' can be like night and day. 
Most, but not all blanks can be recoated, some factory coloured blanks can't always be reglossed, and depending on the condition, may or may not be advisable to attempt, so when in doubt, let me have either some really good quality photos or bring them to me in person to view.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Original Shimano Stradic GTM match reel servicing video

Thought a little short video might make a change ! This is from a little while back that I posted on my Facebook Page  it's a before and after service on a very old original Stradic GTM, a classic Shimano match reel, that had never had a service since purchase !

From loud and squeaky, to smooth and silent ! All for just £15 !
Beware of imitations ! I spend an hour plus on a service and I am very thorough!

ALL GEARING is checked
ALL BEARINGS  are cleaned and checked
Your reel is cleaned out to FACTORY CLEAN standards then,
REBUILT and regreased & oiled.

PLUS If you would like to see your actual reels stripped and being serviced, I will post a series of images up for you on my Facebook Page  so you can
ACTUALLY SEE  what you've paid for ! Not sure there's many out there offering that, I've been doing it as long as my page has been running to show customers the depth and thoroughness of my services - Please take a look at my page and give me a ' like ' I'd really appreciate it  !

Thank you