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Coarse Fishing in Ireland, River Barrow.

Friday, February 4th, 2011

A relative newcomer to coarse angling and keen to unlock any secrets that the River Barrow might hold, I was happy to accompany Gary for a days fishing on a favoured section of his between Carlow and Athy. The Barrow is navigable from New Ross in Co. Wexford to Monasterevin in Co. Kildare, shallow areas bye passed by a system of canals which in the past served a number of milling operations. Today many are derelict although some have been restored for private use. Waterways Ireland maintain the canals and manage the lock gates enabling private pleasure craft and narrow boat hire companies to avail of this wonderful resource.

Gary Robinson trotting a float down a River Barrow canal section.

Overnight rain had rendered the main channel unfishable so Gary and I turned our attention to a canal section. Fish seek shelter in these waters during times of flood, and with water fairly pushing through Gary decided to try out his new Adcock Stanton centrepin reel. I on the other hand stuck to the game plan of feeder fishing with red maggot. Employing a light coloured groundbait mix of crumb, sweetcorn, and various particles we set to work. Bites were fairly immediate mainly from quicksilver dace and small roach.

A beautiful red finned River Barrow roach.

Missing a lot of bites, those dace are quick, Gary advised me to step down from using four maggots on the hook to just one or two, the result was three roach on the bounce and a couple of small hybrids. My efforts would have put a match fisherman to shame, but hey I was having fun. The Adcock Stanton reel was performing well, Gary trotting a quill float down his swim winkling out small dace supplemented with a few silver bream, roach, and hybrids.

Gary Robinson with a bag of roach, silver bream, and hybrids from the River Barrow, Co. Kildare, Ireland.

The day had been cold throughout, sunny interspersed with a number of heavy showers. A constant breeze from the south west hinting at worse to come. By 16.00pm with bites becoming less frequent we decided to call it a day. Gary had a mixed bag of, the less said about mine the better although I was happy to have caught all four species mentioned above. A feature was their good condition and how cold they were to touch. We did not connect with any perch or notice evidence of pike although they are definitely present. The day though was positive, a steady stream of fish to christen Gary’s new reel and one or two of the Barrow’s fishy secrets revealed.

Adcock Stanton Centrepin Reels

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

This morning I received through the post a little piece of history, an original handcrafted Nottingham centrepin reel lovingly manufactured by enthusiast Ray Hyland. Based on an original design called the Reynolds Reel after Harry Reynolds an engineer at Stanton Iron Works in Nottingham, Harry started manufacturing the reels from his garden shed in 1938. Harry used to produce a weekly batch then sell the reels of a weekend to coarse anglers he would meet in the pubs around Sheffield. Stanton Iron Works proffered their name to help with marketing as the reels popularity increased, then after Harry passed away in 1968 a Rolls Royce engineer named Cliff Adcock took on the mantle until recent retirement.

Adcock Stanton Centrepin Reel the ideal float trotting reel for large rivers.

Ray Hyland, an Adcock Stanton reel owner, contacted Cliff Adcock in 2008 with a view to a minor repair on one of his reels. On leaving Cliff’s house not only had Ray’s reel been repaired but he also had agreed to carry on the tradition of manufacturing the Adcock Stanton centrepin reel. Today in 2011 the Adcock Stanton centrepin is produced in both 4.5″ and 5″ sizes in five different colour choices. Manufactured from the highest quality 6082 aircraft grade alluminium incorporating sealed ABEC 5 ball bearings they are virtually maintenance free. Oozing quality the Adcock Stanton centrepin is an ideal long trotting reel designed and manufactured to last a lifetime. A piece of modern history manufactured and brought to you by Ray Hyland of Leicestershire, England.

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