Portland Bill

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  1. I only do about 100 saltwater sessions a year but mine have lasted about 3 years so far and I've no need to replace them yet
  2. A lot of lights come a choice of settings. One advantage of the fenix amongst others is that you don't have to scroll through them to get to the one you want, it remembers the last setting
  3. Fenix Hp11 - 4 settings (4 lumens for when on the water, up to to 300 lumens for when you need to find your way back up the cliffs on the way home). Waterproof too.
  4. Orvis, all day long. Expensive but will outlast at least 3 sets of boots
  5. Another vote for the icom from me. Always take it on my kayak and from the shore too when I remember it. Good for getting weather updates and for hearing what's going on in the local area.
  6. I hope so
  7. There's a difference between a fish holding and a fish taking line. Not always apparent on a reel with a smooth and even drag unless you're watching the spool or can hear it turning. Quite possible to be winding and not gaining line if you don't know if the drag is giving line. I once had a battle with a guy on a bridge. I was on the shore under the bridge. He cast over me and we tangled. He was reeling like fury not realizing that his drag was loose and that I was taking line from him. Comical really. And there must be a reason why reel manufacturers put a clicker on their reels. They don't usually add cost if they don't need to or if there's no demand.
  8. To finish off this thread, both problems I had with the reel have been resolved. The line lay has been fixed by Craig at Van Staal. I sent it back to him and it's come back perfect. Not sure what he's done, in an earlier email from him he said that he could "adjust the position of the spool". He also sent me a free spare spool in compensation for the hassle and shipping cost. I can't fault VS's service. I fixed the very quiet clicker by following Beachglass guru's advice in this thread. I can set it to the volume I want. I don't want the whole beach to be able to hear it, but I want to hear it, and now I can.
  9. jig skinz are a brilliant invention, great for bring old lures back to life or for changing the colour of lures that you don't like. Very easy to apply.
  10. I'm not sure what it's like over there but, over here, apart from the sudden in rush of stranger anglers turning up the day after a guy posts the location of a mark that he's just caught a few good fish at, the local netters swamp the spot for the next few tides.
  11. VR50?
  12. Don't know if they're available in the US but over here Drivewear 2000 lenses are a brand of polarised lenses with reactive lenses, so they vary according to the ambient light level. Great for all day use, from dawn through midday to dusk. Takes away all the arguments about which is the best colour for bright or dull conditions etc. Also, they work through glass (for driving). Optilabs are one company that use these lenses.
  13. If you come to England bring a gunfish
  14. IMA Komomo 2