In this section I look at some of the end tackle that I use. I mostly use tackle made by Preston Innovation. All my poles, rods, reels, keepnets, landing nets and poles, some floats, etc. are made by them.
Sometimes, there is a product better than that available from Preston - or more suited to me - made by another manufacturer.
For example, I love the Octbox D25, the Matrix Platform, Drennan Visi Wag Wagglers and olivettes, Kamasan hooks, Dave Harrell DH13 & DH21 pole floats and Pro Match reel line, Guru Micro Cubes, and so on.
I tend to use my old favourite hooks, and they are all made by Kamasan. My absolute favourite hook at the moment is the bronze B711 - I now have them from 19 to 11 in odd sizes.
The B511 and B611 are great silver hooks for general fishing. The B512 is a red version of the B511 and a pattern I use a lot. The B560 is a great hook as well.
Drennan In-line or on-line olivettes are the only olivettes that I use. The on-line ones are good in the smaller sizes, but for the heavier rigs you should use the in-line versions.
All of my rigs from 0.75 grams and upwards are fitted with these olivettes.
I am only using Preston Innovations Reflo Power, Accu Power and 0.20mm Fluoro Carbon lines.
I use Dave Harrell's Pro Match line in 0.16mm (4lb) and 0.20mm (6lb) for the waggler and slider rigs. The line is on 300m spools so I can do 2 reel spools with each spool of line. Not only is it good line, it is great value for money.
Split Shot and Stotz
All of my rigs are made using only Stotz from Preston or Micro Cubes from Guru. Although I do carry some Ballabeni shot in my box, I rarely use it. The style-type leads are much kinder to the line and much easier to move on the line.
Preston Innovations Original Slip Elastic is all that I use - from the Orange No. 4 up to the dark blue No. 10. Mostly I use the blue No. 5, yellow No. 6, and black No. 8 versions.
I am going to experiment with Preston Hollo No. 7, 9 and 11, as I'm going to do some F1 fishing as soon as I have bought my Preston Innovations Euro Carp 1000 pole.
The new plummets from Preston are first class. You can get your hook through the eye easily and the 2 weights of 20g and 30g are perfect for all situations.