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    Default Tank radio aerials converted to fishing rods

    I was reading the obituary of Tim Benn in The Times (28 October 2019) in which it was reported that he started off his fishing career using a tank radio aerial as his first fishing rod. I am of the vintage who can recall seeing these advertised in Exchange & Mart and other publications. How I longed for one, but was told that my parents could not afford one and I had to make do with the top section of my fatherís sea rod with a brass reel taped to it.

    Does anyone on the forum have experience of using such a rod?

    I blame this disadvantage in my early years for the rod collecting habit I have now acquired.

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    I used one in the sea but unfortunately the eyes are all corroded. Have new eyes to put on it but have not got round to it yet! Quite a soft action but nice feel to it.

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    I remember my dad's kicking around the garden shed when I was a lad, can't remember trying it though Tank radio aerials converted to fishing rods

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    First rod I owned was made in a coal pit workshop from a tank arial along with a small brass reel

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    I still have one. It was my uncles. They were common post war as surplus.
    Apparently all tank aerials came out of the same factory. I can't remeber which one.
    My uncle knicked his when in korea and brought it home
    I've never used it but will take a photo when I get back home.

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    I remember being jealous of my cousins tank aerial! you could buy them at a stall at Glasgow barra`s

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    Used one for coarse fishing many years ago

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanT View Post
    I still have one. It was my uncles. They were common post war as surplus.
    Apparently all tank aerials came out of the same factory. I can't remeber which one.
    My uncle knicked his when in korea and brought it home
    I've never used it but will take a photo when I get back home.
    Accles and Pollock Ltd of Oldbury
    Elibank

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elibank View Post
    Accles and Pollock Ltd of Oldbury
    Thats the one

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    My first spinning rod in 1960 was an 11ft tank ariel. It corroded just above the butt so I had it adapted to a 9ft rod. I landed 8 salmon using it before I received a fibre glass rod for a Christmas present. I used it with a Mitchell 300 reel which I ended up using for 40 years.

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