I’f your like me you question some of these top anglers and the kit they claim to use. It’s funny watching the latest YouTube clip, said angler fishing away endorsing the kit they’ve supposedly been using for ages. Hmmm they’re either very good at keeping it clean or they only get it out for special occasions, looks brand new to me!!. Then there’s the anglers that seem to jump ship all the time still claiming what they’re using is the best, ‘but you said x was the best company last year’!. How can we believe what they say?.
Any way to that end I do get asked about my own kit.
What do I use?
I actually use nothing fancy it has to be fit for what I want it to do and with in my budget (yes unfortunately I do have to pay for my kit and not just grab what I need off the shelf)
I suppose in a nutshell what you find in the shop is in my kit bag or has been at some point, don’t worry I do clean it up before putting back on the shelf LOL.
If you were to take a peek in my rod holdall you’ll find a Middy XM10-2 pole 13mtr. As I fish a lot on rivers I have spare no’4’s and spare no’5’s plus match 16 top kit’s. Fitted with combinations of Middy solid and hollow elastics. There’s also mini butt’s that fit in either the no’5 or 6 section plus one that fits the no’10 or 11 sections. And of course the important cupping kit oh and a flick tip.
What else is in there? a Middy multi length Animal tamer rod which gives me a rod that I can use from 14-18 ft. There’s also an old school Silstar Royal class river feeder rod plus a Silstar Ian Heaps multimesh match rod.
Other than that there’s an umbrella and a few adjustable bank sticks.
In my Carryall you’ll find three reel cases which include two Middy CRX 30 reels. One is for Stick float fishing and one for Waggler fishing, line choice on both these reels is Colmic allround. The third reel is a Colmic Marzel 4000 which I use for feeder and bomb fishing, spooled up with Colmic feeder pro line.
I have a couple of small case’s with various things in them like swivels, scissors, shot pliers, a few spares like pole stonfos. The bigger case holds three different catapults from Middy and various pole pots.
Hook boxes, I like to use good old Stonfo boxes although I do have one Frenzee box. The hooks themselves are nearly all Colmic, these being Hayabusa’s, B2000’s and B900’s, All tied to Colmic Stream line.
For commercial types waters (frenzee box) you’ll find the hooks in there are all Middy patterns tied to Middy Lo Viz line.
Rig trays. In this area there’s a lot of variations of floats, but in a nut shell. My river rigs are tied (main line) using Colmic X5000, Canals Colmic stream, Commercials Middy Lov viz. Shot I really like the new shots and slot shots from Middy as they seem really soft. I also us some small sizes in Colmic to.
Seat Box is a Colmic One box (old model) Colmic attachments. Before this I had a old Danson match box which my son now has, All the attachments on this box are Middy Stargrip.
Landing nets I use a Colmic light tech for the river and canal, coupled to a Colmic Skar K3 Superlight handle. Commercials I use a Middy F1-50 coupled to a Middy White Knuckle handle. Keepnets for all venues are Middy.
Hopefully that gives you a little bit of an insight in to the kit I use in my match fishing.
If you have any questions about what I use then please do not hesitate to ask.
My roving kit is mostly made up using combinations of Kodex and Gardner.