What users think of their hand made rods

Satisfied user letters and emails

Thanks Colin for a brilliant job.

In November 2017 I decided to treat my 10' 7# G Tec fly rod to a new set of eyes and began to do some research to find the right person for the job.

As a result I spoke to Colin over the phone and discussed what I would like.

Colin clearly explained how this would be done and the eyes he would use in order to get the best performance out of the rod.

My rod was safely returned to me on 12th December looking as good as new if not better.

Colin provides a first class service and his work is of an exceptionally high standard. I would not hesitate to use Colin again and recommend him to others.

T.W. (Guisborough) - Dec 2017


Colin,

I received my repaired rod section today - thank you for an excellent repair.

D.D. (Northern Ireland).


Hi Colin,

My match rods arrived today with the new Fuji reel-seats fitted - what a fantastic transformation to these old rods - amazing work, thank you again.

J.S. (Dunfries).


Colin,

The replacement 50mm ring on my carp rod is great - excellent job, I will recommend your services.

P.R. (Middlesborough) - Nov 2017


Hi Colin,

Very pleased with the new Super Grade cork handles on my carp rods - thank's for sorting.

N.H. (Surrey).


Hi Colin,

Fantastic quality and workmanship on my new Custom Built spin rod, with Fuji Torzite guides and Custom whips - the best I have seen at any price.

P.A. (Manchester).


Colin,

My broken fly rod you repaired, arrived back at dinner time - lovely repair job, many thank's.

R.B. (Rugby) - Oct 2017


Great Job Colin,

Over the moon - new top quality reel-seat and cork handle on my fly rod - thank you very much.

C.McS. (West Lothian).


Colin,

Very pleased with the work on my old rods - new cork handles etc; thank you again.

J.L. (Ayrshire) - Sept 2017


Colin,

My new 12ft; Custom Built salmon fly rod is fantastic - just what I wanted - thank's very much indeed!

T.H. (Northern Ireland)


Colin,

Many, many thank's for the new rod you have built for me (10ft; Swing-Tip) - a bit unusual - but just what I wanted - lovely rod and very light,

D. R. (Bedford).


Hi Colin,

My 3 carp rods arrived safely. Inspected them and really happy with the new cork handles and work you have done, best regards,

N. H. (Surrey).


All good Colin,

What a wonderful job you have made of my Hardy fly rod repair - I cannot help but think your talents need endorsing to more anglers.

Kind regards,

D. V. (Scotland).


Colin,

My Custom Built 'Snag and Flood' barbel rods are fantastic - well worth the cost - cannot wait to show my mates - new carp rods next!

H. W. (Manchester).


Colin,

My rod arrived back undamaged - you have done a 1st class job replacing the old handle and reel-seat - all the very best,

J. H. (Carlisle) - Jan 2017


Dear Colin,

Very impressed with the repair on my Sage fly rod - looks fantastic - I will be sending another rod shortly,

Many thanks,

S. H. (Somerset).


Colin,

Really happy with how my rods have turned-out - I will recommend you without fail to anyone who wants rods re-building, all the best,

J. N. (Nottingham).


Colin,

I received my re-ringed Sage XP fly rod - very pleased with the result - excellent job, many thanks,

J. B. (Northumberland).


Hi Colin,

I would like to thank you for fitting a new Fuji reel-seat to my old rod - can't wait to use it!

Cheers,

C. M. (Harlow)


Hi Colin,

First trip out with my new Custom Built Salmon spinning rod - what a beauty!!

Spinning Catch

 

Colin,

Thank you for fitting a new Fuji reel-seat to my old match rod - it looks really good, thank's again,

D.F. (Aylesbury) - Nov 2016


Colin,

My repaired pike rods arrived back ok - very happy with the work - great job, many thanks,

Cheers,

J.M. (Goole)


Colin,

Repaired rod received - very pleased and happy with the quality job done,

S.B. (Plymouth)


Hi Colin,

My rod repair received safely - a very nice neat job,

Best wishes,

G.L. (Pickering)


Hi Colin,

Just got my repaired rod today - nice job - many thanks,

J.I. (Aberdeen)


Hi Colin,

Many thanks for a perfect job in re-furbishing my carp rod - it is exactly what I wanted - cannot wait to use it!

Many thanks,

S.C. (Gloucester)


Colin,

Just to let you know my new Custom Built Barbel rod arrived - very pleased with it - very good finish and feels nice in the hand,

A.W. (Glamorgan) - Oct 2016


Hi Colin,

Thank you very much for repairing my carp rod and I must say how easy and efficient you have been,

Kind regards,

D.R. (Norfolk)


Colin,

The repaired, damaged fly rod sections arrived back safely & they are just grand,

Thank you very much,

M.P. (North Shields)


Morning Colin,

Fantastic job on repairing my Hardy Demon fly rod - I shall tell all my fishing friends,

Cheers,

J.W. (Nuneaton) - Sept 2016


Colin,

My repaired rod arrived ok. It looks better than it did when new - lovely work, thank's for your heroic efforts,

K. Q. (Somerset)


Hi Colin,

My repaired rod arrived back today - thank you for your top quality service, in joining together the broken sections - looking forward to trying it-out tomorrow,

Bob F. J. (Nottingham) - June 2016


Hi Colin,

Just got my old Normark float rod back with refurbished cork handle and new Fuji reel-seat - looks and feels fantastic - thank you again for a top class professional finish,

K. B. (Sheffield)


Thanks Colin,

Received my repaired carp rod today and it is a very neat and tidy job - cheers,

Dave (Spalding)


Hi Colin,

I received my repaired old barbel rod today (new but ring) and I am really pleased with the work - thank's for everything,

D. C. (Essex)


Colin,

Thank you - lovely job on my old Richard Walker Avon rod - very pleased,

D. S. (Truro)


Hi Colin,

My Sage fly rod arrived today - very pleased with all the new rings and new handle - many thank's for all your good work,

C. S. (York) - May 2016


Hi Colin,

Thank you so much for repairing my fly rod - the work looks great! - you have done a fantastic job - all the best,

J. M. (Newcastle upon Tyne)


Hi Colin,

My Sage fly rod safely received and I am very impressed - an excellent job - thank you very much - hopefully good for another 10 years!

Regards,

C. A. (Oxford),


Colin,

I am delighted with the repair you carried-out on my Sage TCR fly rod. The quality of finish surpassed my expectations and the new snake rings have made a huge difference. You will be my first point of contact for any future work, thank you once again,

J. W. (Hampshire)


Colin,

A fine job you have done on making me a Custom Built fly rod - I cannot wait to try it!

Regards,

J. O. (Warrington)


Hello Colin,

Very pleased with my broken 'Loomis' rod repair- expertly 'joined together' - as with my other fly rod which you repaired last year,

J. M. (London)


Colin,

I have just received my repaired Hardy fly rod handle - to say I am 'over the moon' would be an understatement - the work and materials are exceptional and I am very grateful for superb service and attention to detail - your replacement cork handle is so much better than the original 'Hardy' - cannot wait to use my 'New' rod,

C. M. (Swinford, Ireland) - March 2016


Hi Colin,

First cast with my new Custom Built 7ft; lure rod - a nice Perch - love the rod, casts beautiful, very sensitive and very light - me very happy,

Thanks a lot,

P. S. (Stafford).

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Hi Colin,

My repaired rod - new Fuji reel-seat and cork handle/trims arrived back with me today - I am very pleased indeed - a perfect match with rings and whippings - thank you very much for what you have done,

P. T. (Reading).


Hello Colin,

My Custom Built salmon 'shrimping' rod arrived today - I was 'blown-away' by the level of craftsmanship and 'eye' for detail in the rod build _ my son will surely order one after he admires mine - thank you very much indeed,

D. C. (Northern Ireland) - Feb 2016


Hi Colin,

I got my rod back safely - I have to say I am very impressed with the quality of your work - it is as good as new,

T. B. (Swindon).


Hi Colin,

The new Fuji reel-seat on my old Hexagraph match rod arrived today - a beautiful finish, thank's so much, it looks really good, cheers,

P. T. (Reading).


Colin,

What a fantastic job you have done on replacing the damaged cork handle on my Loomis fly rod - thank you,

D. T. (Edinburgh).


Hi Colin,

My repaired rod has just arrived. I am so pleased - thank you for sorting this out for me. I look forward to doing business with you again, all the best,

D. E. (Kent).


Hi Colin,

Received my broken rod back safely - lovely job - great repair - thanks,

S.D. (Workington) - Nov 2015


Colin,

My repaired fly rod arrived safely - perfect job and thank you for the way you have done everything.

D. D. (Enniskillen)


Colin,

What an excellent job in re-furbishing my old 'Bruce and Walker' swing-tip rod - looks like the day it was originally made - so pleased.

Best regards,

L. W. (Wolverhampton),


Hi Colin,

I received my old fly rod safely - what a splendid job you have done - the new handle and reel-seat are of a much better quality than the original.

Thanks you very much.

A.A. (Forfar, Angus) - Oct 2015


Colin,

Just received my refurbished beachcaster - a superb job - delighted - thank you very much.

A.S. (Sussex).


Colin,

You recently repaired my snapped fly rod - just tested it - absolutely great - well done!

Many thanks,

P.A. (Market Raisen).


Colin,

My new Custom Built salmon 'Shrimping Rod' is absolutely fantastic - your workmanship is superb - I will be ordering a new 'spinning rod' shortly.

Thanks again,

A.S. (Ruthin, N.Wales).


Hi Colin,

My repaired carp rod arrived this afternoon - your work is amazing - thank you for your help,

Kind Regards,

R.M. (Sedbergh) - Aug 2015


Hi Colin,

Sending 2 pictures of recent catches, using my Custom Built Harrisons specimen rods that you built for me - they are fantastic, everything that I wanted - perfect!

S. C. (Crewe)

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Colin,

I received my Custom Built 15ft, Gti Harrisons match rod, that you have expertly built for me - I have been out today and must tell you that it is absolutely fantastic - the rod is beautiful - everything that I expected.

Many, many thanks,

G. D. (Hereford) - May 2015


Hello Colin,

Thank you for repairing my snapped barbel rod - I cannot believe how you have joined the broken sections together - it is a work of art.

Many thanks,

R. H. (Bromsgrove)


Hi Colin,

My repaired rod arrived today - a very nice repair - top quality - thank you very much,

T. M. (Rayleigh)


Colin,

Very happy with the new handles on my old carp rods - you have done a great job,

Thank you,

R.D. (Huddersfield)


Col,

The new 40mm butt rings and new tip rings on my Free Spirit carp rods are fantastic- excellent work - I will certainly recommend you.

S.P. (Manchester) - Apr 2015


Hi Colin,

The new Torrix top section for my damaged barbel rod is an excellent replacement - you have done a great job ( cannot tell it's a replacement!).

P.B. (Stockport)


Hi Colin,

My husband is very happy with your work - me also very happy - thank you.

Regards,

S.S. (Perth, Scotland)


Colin,

My repaired tip arrived today, it looks very neat and solid - I will have a cast with it tomorrow - thank's very much for another job well done.

Take care,

Iian (Arbroath)


Colin,

Excellent job in replacing the damaged 50mm ring on my Free Spirit carp rod.

S.C. (Buckingham)


Hello Colin,

Received my Free Spirit carp rods tonight, very pleased with the work carried-out - better than I expected.

Take care mate,

D. C. (Dagenham, Essex)


Colin,

I have just received my new Custom Built spinning rods - they look superb - beautiful! - you are truly a wonderful craftsman!.

Regards,

N.S. (Aberdeen) - Mar 2015


Hi Colin,

Thank you for replacing the handle on my Loomis fly rod - I am very pleased and will certainly use your services again - highly recommend you to my friends.

Many thanks again and all the best,

T.S. (Plymouth)


Hi Colin,

Received my repaired Hardy fly rod safely - very nice job - I have already recommended you to my friends.

Thanks again,

Terry (Shetland)


Colin,

Very pleased with the replacement rings you have fitted on my old rod.

Many Thanks,

M.B. (Grimsby) - Feb 2015


Hi Colin,

Just to let you know that my Hardy fly rod arrived this morning - very pleased with the new handle and new quality reel-seat - looking forward to using it!

Thank you,

J.B. (Durham).


Hi Colin,

You re-furbished my carp rods in 2014 with 'Minima 4' rings and I must tell you after much casting/testing they are 'spot-on' - rods better balanced, cast further and glad I had the work done - thank you for a perfect refurb and quality workmanship.

Thank you,

Rex (Stockport)


Hi Colin,

Just a quick email to thank you for undertaking the repairs on my old fishing rod - your workmanship and finish is excellent - I will have no hesitation in utilising your craftsmanship in the future and I will certainly recommend your services to friends.

Thank you once again,

C. A. (Hull) - Nov 2014


Dear Colin,

Both fly rods arrived safely - the new handles and reel-seats are lovely - best wishes and many thanks,

J,G. (London).


Hi Colin,

My repaired carp rod arrived safely - super neat job - thank you very much. If ever I need more repairs, I know where to go,

M. G. (Knaresborough, Yorkshire).


Colin,

Fantastic job on my old 'Armalites' - new shrink-wrap, stainless buttons etc; absolutely made-up,

Cheers,

P. J. (Warrington).


Col,

My new Custom Built Torrix carp rods are STUNNING!

Many thanks,

C. S. (Warrington).


Colin,

My old match rod that you have refurbished looks great,

Thanks again,

M. P. (Grange-over-Sands) - Nov 2014


Colin,

Absolutely 'over the moon' - my new rod handle with a Fuji reel-seat fitted onto a very old Tri-Cast match rod is brilliant,

Many thanks,

N. E. (Leeds).


Hi Colin,

Many thanks for your help and a great job on re-building my Sage fly rod top section - whippings are a perfect match,

Many thanks again,

D. H. (London).


Col,

I could not believe how good my battered 'Torrix' carp rods looked, after you completely restored them - can't wait to show my mates - cheers,

C. B. (Stockport).


Col,

Stunning! - you have done a fantastic job on 'Custom' building me a set of 'Torrix' carp rods,

Many, many thanks,

W. M. (Halifax, Yorkshire) - Oct 2014


Hi Colin,

I have just un-wrapped my new Custom Built salmon 'switch' fly rod - it looks and feels great - the quality of the finish and workmanship are excellent!

Many, many thanks for a great job - I will be recommending you to my many fishing friends,

Kind Regards,

N. D. (Daventry) - July 2014


Dear Colin,

My repaired fly rod looks great - it is better than I expected, thank you very much,

Best regards,

J.R. (Norfolk)


Dear Colin,

The new handle and reel-seat on my fly rod look great and I am very pleased with the final result,

Many thanks again,

Regards,

D. F. (Duns, Berwickshire)


Colin,

My old fishing rod (which my Dad gave me as a child) has been lovingly restored by yourself (a real craftsman), it is a superb job - thank you - I will certainly recommend your services without reservation,

Kind regards,

M. B. (Leicester)


Col,

A smashing job on replacing the damaged reel-seat and cork handle - thanks again,

D. F. (Astley)


Colin,

Thank you for up-dating my old Sportex carp rods - new shrink-wrap handles and new Fuji guides - cheers,

M. E. (Willaston)


Colin,

My new fly rod 'handle section' looks better than when new! thank you,

P. G. (Matlock)


Colin,

The full restoration on my Grandfathers Hardy boat rod looks superb - excellent workmanship and such a high quality finish,

thank you very much, I will definitely send any future project your way,

J. R. (London)


Dear Colin,

My totally refurbished spinning rod is now better than when I first bought it!

So thank you for your skilled workmanship,

P. T. (Cardigan)- May 2014


Colin,

Thank's for fixing the eye on my barbel rod - it looks great, a good job,

P.R. (Manchester)


Hi Colin,

My rods arrived today, with new handles and reel-seats - my favourite rods will now do their jobs so much better, thank you again,

T. A. (Southampton)


Colin,

Just opened my repaired Hardy fly rod - top job, many, many thanks indeed,

R. C. (Dorset)


Hi Colin,

My fly rod is now safely back in my possession - no longer shall I be embarrassed about its condition - your restoration work is superb, thank you very much,

D. W. (Norwich)


Colin,

My re-rung beachcaster arrived safe and sound - another excellent job by you! - a big well-done and thank you, a great, great, great job - love the extra special 'whippings' at no extra cost, a massive thank you,

M. H. (Essex)


Hello Colin,

I have just had a brilliant days fishing, catching 20lbs plus of Tench, Chub and Roach - using the 2 rods you refurbished for me - an excellent job - thank's for all your help,

J. A. (Selby)


Hi Colin,

My repaired rod arrived today - very happy indeed - the rod casts fantastic, cheers,

C. Mc. (Starship Enterprise)


Colin,

The new handle you made for my old 'Hardy' spinning rod is fantastic - a work of art, many, many thanks,

P.P. (Bolton) - Apr 2014


Colin,

My (old) repaired fishing rods are now 'MAGIC' - you have done well,

Yours,

J. P. (Manchester)


Hi Colin,

My re-built salmon rod arrived back today and yes - very satisfied and a cracking job as always - much obliged - if I can put any business your way, I won't hesitate to do so...

Thanks again,

I.Mc. (Fife)


Colin,

My re-built carp rods arrived safely - they look great - new cork handles and reel-seats - well pleased with them.

A.F. (Hertfordshire) - Mar 2014


Colin,

My repaired 'Shimano' match rod arrived safely - very happy with the work you have done - looks fantastic,

Many thank's and tight lines,

J.O'B. (Wirral).


Hi Colin,

Received my repaired rods back today, VERY impressed with the finish and service - thank's very much for your help,

M.J. (Wellingborough) - Mar 2014


Dear Colin,

My totally refurbished spinning rod is now better than when I bought it! - so thank you for your skilled workmanship,

P.T. (Cardigan)


Colin,

My new re-built 'Gti' tip arrived today - it looks great,

Many Thanks,

J.A. (Thirsk).


Hi Colin,

Over the moon with the 'eye' replacements on my carp rod - a perfect job - excellent experience and all at a reasonable price,

Many Thanks,

M.R. (Surrey) - Feb 2014


Hi Colin,

My refurbished 'Shimano' rod arrived today - very happy with the work - the quality and service is excellent,

Many Thanks,

P.M. (Bedford)


Col,

Thank's for making me a 'Torrix' landing net handle to match my 'Torrix' carp rods you built last year - fantastic work - very pleased,

R. S. (Manchester) - Dec 2013


Colin,

Absolutely delighted with the alterations on my carp rod - great job - more on the way,

Thank you,

M. D. (Lanarkshire).


Dear Colin,

Just received my refurbished fishing rods - I am thrilled to bits, your workmanship is very high quality, my favorite rod is now back to fully useable state and both my fly rods have superb quality fittings on them.

Your work is simply stunning - please feel free to use this email as testament to your work and if ever you have a doubting customer put them in contact with me,

Once again, many thanks,

M. H. (London).


Colin,

Top job - my Torrix carp rods look amazing - cannot wait to use them,

G. R. (Manchester).


Hi Colin,

Just received my repaired rod section - what an excellent job, thank you,

L. P. (Reading).


Colin,

Received my 'old' rod back that you have fully restored - it looks great - I will try it out next weekend,

Regards,

S. H. (Rochester).


Colin,

My Custom Built Torrix 'TE' carp rods are STUNNING - built just how I wanted them - cannot wait...

Cheers,

I. R. (Ellesmere Port).


Hi Colin,

I am very pleased with your work and timescales - look forward to using my re-furbished rod later this week!

Thanks again and kind regards,

R. W. (London).


Hello Colin,

Thank's very much for Custom Building my new Torrix carp rods - they look fantastic - I really appreciate all the hard work you have put into this project - top quality work!

Thanks again,

M. McD. (Manchester) Dec 2013


Hi Col,

Thank you for fixing the loose spigots on my elderly fly rod - more years of use now!

Regards,

G. L. T. (Moffat).


Colin,

Very, very happy with all the work done on my sea fishing rods - ready for the world championships in Portugal next month, once again thank you,

K. P. (Team Wales).


Hi Col,

Wonderful job in replacing the reel-seats and handles on my 2 old barbel rods.

Thank you,

J. A. (Selby),Yorkshire).


Hi Colin,

Very happy with the work you did repairing my rod - don't know how you did it but it looks mint!

Many Thanks,

M. C. (Ashbourne).


Hi Colin,

I received my rod back today - fantastic finish and the eyes match-up well,

Thanks again,.

P. W. (Billeracay, Essex).


Colin,

I was absolutely amazed at the work you carried-out on my Dads old cane fishing rod - true craftsmanship on bringing this old rod back to life - very much appreciated,

Thank's very much,

G. C. (Liverpool).


Hello Colin,

Thank you for the great job you have done on my old rod - it looks & feels better than brand new – I will certainly recommend you to anyone who needs rod repairs,

Many Thanks,

B. G. (Newton Abbot, Devon).


Colin,

Absolutely mint! - my re-furbished 'Daiwa Infinities' look the business!,

Cheers mate,

A. R. (Altrincham).


Hi Colin,

I am very pleased with the result on my re-ringed fly rod - more old rods on the way!

Best regards,

D. W. (Norwich).


Hi Colin,

My old barbel rods arrived today, with new cork handles and reel-seats etc - they look great - excellent job and a quick turn around,

John (Carnforth, Lancs).


Hi Colin,

Just returned from work to open the tube containing my repaired Loomis fly rod.

After crushing the handle - I thought 'no chance of a repair' - but great workmanship on your behalf - a new handle and reel-seat - I cannot believe it - really chuffed,

Many Thanks,

A. B. (Ashford, Kent) - Aug 2013


Hi Colin,

Got my rod back today - what a fantastic job you have done - new rings and re-fit spigot - much appreciated,

M. P. (Ashtead, Surrey).


Hi Colin,

My rod arrived safe and sound today - what a superb job it is - replacement rings, thank's again - 'I am over the moon' -

Cheers,

J. A. (Selby, Yorkshire).


Colin,

Just received my 'crushed' fly rod which you have repaired - a wonderful piece of craftsmanship - thank you very much indeed,

D. G. (Liverpool).


Hi Colin,

The Custom Built fly rod you made for me is amazing - it has exceeded all my expectations (which were high) - it's casting characteristics are a big part of my enjoyment, also the playing/landing of brown and rainbow trout.

Looking forward to ordering a new salt water fly rod,

Best Regards,

M. G. (Ashbourne).


Hi Colin,

Rods arrived safely today - they look great - thoroughly satisfied with your work- great job - more than happy to recommend you,

Best Wishes,

P. A . (Abingdon).


Colin,

The Custom spin rod arrived today - it looks and feels amazing - thank's for your fantastic help - have a nice Summer,

P.E. (Billdal - Sweden) - June 2013


Colin,

My son is 'over the moon' with his new Custom Built barbel float rod - thank you very much for all your hard work.

All the best,

B. H. (Somerset)


Colin,

My new Custom Built fly rod is outstanding - perfect - just what I was expecting - very excited with the result.

Many Thanks,

M. G. (Ashbourne)


Colin,

Thank's for replacing the 40mm ring on my old carp rod - it looks better than the original - once again many thanks,

S.G. (Altrincham)


Colin,

My Sage fly rod arrived today - after being refurbished by yourself - it is a very good job and I am very pleased.

Thank you very much,

R. S. (Arbroath) - June 2013


Hi Colin,

Thank you for refurbishing my old Milbro fly rod - it looks and feels brand new - once again thank's,

A.S. (Farnworth - Manchester)


Colin,

Great job in re-ringing my Shimano spinning rod - the Fuji Alconite rings 'look the business'

K. O. (Manchester)


Colin,

Thank you for the new cork handles & reel-seats on my Salmon rods - well chuffed with the job - well done,

Kind Regards,

N. C. (Edinburgh)


Hi Colin,

My fully refurbished Daiwa Infinity carp rods arrived safely.

When we embarked on this project, I was hoping you would restore my old rods to their original condition - but they are far better than that. Your level of craftsmanship and attention to detail has far surpassed my expectations and I am absolutely delighted with the results.

All of the little details we discussed have been worked out and resolved brilliantly- and each rod looks like what it is, a bespoke, hand crafted item, finished to the highest standard.

Thank you for all your hard work - I can't wait to get out and catch a few carp on them,

Kind Regards,

S. E. (London) - 6th May 2013


Hi Colin,

Just had my refurbished Sportex carp rod delivered - it looks fabulous - a job well done,

Thank you,

K. B. (Rotherham)


Colin,

Thank's for repairing my husbands ABU match rod. He is very pleased with the work done and your efficient service,

Thanks again,

J. L. (Shropshire)


Hi Colin,

My repaired fly rod arrived safely - very pleased with the job - I am Chairman of the Suffolk Fly Fishers, so I will be happy to recommend you to our members,

Cheers,

P. L. (Ipswich)


Colin,

I don't know what to do with my refurbished rod - should I use it - or - put it into a glass case for exhibition - it's that good - a true art form!! - over the moon,

A. G. (Hampshire)


Hi Colin,

Just opened-up the parcel containing my re-furbished 'Sentimental' carp rods - they look lovely - new rings etc; - all nice and shiny - really happy with the outcome - much better than when I sent them to you,

Many thanks again,

G. D. (Devon)


Colin,

Just to let you know how pleased I am with my broken rod repair - look's great,

All the best,

B.R. (Essex)


Dear Colin,

I received the latest Custom built cork handles for my fly rods - as usual - very good quality - the best I have found (a bit expensive but worth every penny),

Thanks again,

T.L. (Leicester)


Colin,

Thank's for replacing the 'butt' ring on my Venom carp rod - great job as usual and much better quality than the original,

Cheers,

P.H. (Bolton)


Colin,

Another refurbishment well done on some of my old carp rods - attention to detail is second to none -

Thank you once again,

S.S.D. (Manchester)


Colin,

The major rod repair on my Winston fly rod looks excellent - I will be trying it this weekend - thank's very much indeed,

Best Regards,

J.H. (Kent) - Mar 2013


Colin,

My new cork handles on the carp rods are fabulous - Wow! - brilliant quality and expert fitting,

Many many thanks,

E. F. (Salford).


Colin,

I am so pleased with the repairs on my sea fishing rods - I can now fish with confidence - knowing they will not fall apart,

Many Thanks,

B. W. (Cheshire)


Colin,

Just to let you know, the 12ft Gti rod you Custom Built for me, resulted in 'PB' grayling x 3 - two at 2lbs 6oz and a 2lb 9oz. The rod is brilliant with amazing line 'pick-up' - I hit one at 30 yds plus!

Thank you again,

J. A. (Thirsk)


Colin,

My 'Nash Venoms' arrived today - the new 50mm rings are fantastic - really happy with the work - much appreciated,

P. H. (York)


Colin,

The new butt section arrived this morning - very pleased with the result - thank's very much, I will certainly recommend your services,

Regards,

K. N. (Essex)


Hi Colin,

My Custom Built fly rod is here - it is beautiful - I love the action - it is perfect,

Peter (Sweden)


Colin,

My Custom Built Gti match rod arrived today - and it is perfect - thank you very much indeed,

J. A. (Thirsk)


Colin,

What can I say - absolutely brilliant work on the various rods I sent for 'refurbs' - TOP QUALITY ALL THE WAY -

All the best,

A.S. (Hampshire)


Hi Colin,

Brilliant repair on joining together the broken section on my match rod,

Cheers,

W.B. (Manchester)


Hi Colin,

My repaired Hardy fly rod section arrived safely - the repair is perfect - many thank's for your prompt attention - more repairs on the way in the New Year,

Happy Christmas 2012,

C. M. (Swinford, Co. Mayo)


Hi Colin,

My snapped and re-joined rod (plus the other repairs) were delivered today - thank you for doing a good job - can't wait to use them,

Regards,

P. T. (High Wycombe)


Hi Colin,

I have to say a big thank you for the new 50mm rings fitted on my carp rods - they are so much better than I thought they would be,

Thank you again,

D.McC. (Essex).


Hi Colin,

Got the repaired rods today, thank's - very happy with all the work done and now considering a Custom Built 'float' rod for 2013,

Many Thanks,

D. W. (Leeds)


Colin,

Fantastic job in altering my Daiwa Avon rod and new reel-seat on the Ryobi Match.

Many thanks,

G. J. (Preston).


Colin,

I have just opened my parcel - expert repairs to my damaged rods and a superb NEW custom built 'Torrix' carp rod,

Thank you very much,

H.M. (Marlow, Berkshire).


Hi Colin,

My new Custom Built salmon rod arrived safely and I am very happy with it - looking forward to the new season,

R.S. (Portadown / Northern Ireland).


Colin,

You've done a fantastic job on my Century 'NG's - they look and feel great - I've had 3 carp to 18lb. already!

Kind regards,

D. R. (Bolton).


Hello Colin,

A few weeks ago, I collected my repaired Terry Eustace barbel rod sections from you. I just wanted to let you know how delighted I am with these repairs and the craftsmanship that you have applied to them.

I am also grateful for having my trusted rods back in action and can report that they have already landed me a double figure barbel and a few others from the River Teme!

Kind regards and all the best for the future,

Paul (October 2012)

Rods

10lb 14oz Coppice Tree Swim - River Teme

Rods

10lb 4oz Coppice Tree Swim - River Teme

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Hi Colin,

My repaired rod arrived on Wednesday (24/10/12) and I am very happy with the quality of the work.

Thank's for all your help,

A.W. (County Wexford).


Hi Colin,

My re-furbished Century rods arrived safely - I'm well chuffed - thank you for all your hard work and quick turnaround time,

Many thanks,

J. L. (Croydon).


Hello Colin,

My re-built old 'avon' rod is fantastic - used for the first time this morning - you have done a sensational job.

Thanks again,

M.J. (Rochford).


Colin,

My repaired feeder rod is great, you've done a superb job - looks brand new! - first class,

M.H. (Grimsby).


Hi Colin,

My refurbished rod arrived safe and sound - the work you've done is superb.

Many thanks,

N.P. (Pontefract).


Hi Colin,

The photo is an 11lb. Ribble barbel, caught in flood conditions (August 2012).

My new Torrix barbel rod handled it like an absolute dream - spot-on - I am over the moon.

Kind Regards,

James (Manchester)

Rods

Hi Colin,

Great job in joining the snapped tip section on my cherished match rod, thank's again.

M.S. (Bristol).


Col,

Stunning work on my old Chimera carp rods - very, very happy - cheers.

B.B. (Doncaster).


Hi Colin,

Thank you for all the trouble in obtaining a new top section for my Custom Built fly rod - many thanks.

S.M. (Aberdeen).


Col,

Many, Many thanks - great work.

G.K. (Oxford).


Colin,

Just to let you know my top section arrived back in perfect condition.

Thank you so much for the excellent and quick work.

S.C. (Fareham)


Hi Colin,

My rod arrived yesterday - really pleased with the result - you would not know that it had been broken in half - testimony to your craftsmanship.

Your service from first to last has been 1st class.

Thank you very much.

S.B. (Leicester)


Colin,

Have just unwrapped my re-furbished 'old Armalites' - speechless - they look like new.

So glad I got them done and didn't just buy modern rods, many, many thank's.

A.P. (Sheffield) - July 2012


Colin,

My salmon fly rod arrived back safely and I am very satisfied with the work done (new handle) - thank you.

D.S. (Huddersfield)


Colin,

I cannot believe how good the repair looks on my Sage fly rod handle - marvelous job, all the best.

J.M. (London)


Colin,

Great job on repairing my rod tip - well-made-up!, thank's.

G.B. (Preston)


Col,

Very excited about my Custom Built 'Torrix' carp rods - they are fantastic - had lots admirers and comments from other carpers - thank's a million.

P.B. (Warrington)


Hi Colin,

Managed to get out with the revamped beastmasters today. Great job - well done pal. A pleasure to use and feel great.

Big thanks to you. Will get some better pics at weekend as doing an over night session on a local stretch of canal that holds some big carp. will keep you posted.

Cheers,

D.S. (Doncaster)

Rods

Colin,

Absolutely brilliant - my new TORRIX carp rods - stunning quality - you have done a lovely job.

Cheers,

K.J. (Cheshire)


Col,

Just unwrapped my 4 'Infinity' carp rods which you have refurbished - very pleased again - thank's for another great job!

Cheers,

E.P. (Herefordshire)


Colin,

My repaired rod sections arrived safely - thank you for a fast efficient service.

G.M. (Milton Keynes)


Colin,

Thank you for the superb repair on my Loomis fly rod. I cannot believe that you have re-joined the broken section so expertly - very pleased indeed,

Regards,

T.B. (Wincanton)


Col,

Just collected my 20 year old T24 carp rod that you have totally refurbished - what a fantastic job - new cork handle, reel-seat, butt-cap and rings - I have 2 more old rods for you to refurb.

Cheers,

M. C. (Bacup)


Col,

The cork handles arrived today for my "Self-Build" restoration (Old Carp Rods).

The cork is superb - The best quality I have seen!

Many thanks.

B.L. (Gloucester)


Col,

Really impressed with the work done on my old "Armalite" & "Nash" Carp Rods.

More rods on the way.

J.T. (Manchester)


Hi Colin,

Had my Freespirits fitted with full cork handles, I must say what an excellent job you have done.

My rods look stunning!

Many thanks for your fantastic service.

Ray (Manchester)


Colin,

New Jap Shrink Tube & Union Jacks fitted to my carp rods - Fantastic - just the way I wanted.

M.T. (Manchester)


Colin,

Thanks for replacing the reel-seat on my old carp rod - fabulous job!

E.F (Salford)


Hi Colin,

My old cane rod arrived today and I must say, absolutely stunning workmanship - The quality of the cork on the replacement handle is of the highest quality.

I will contact you soon with regards to my order for a new "Custom Built" Fly Rod.

Cheers.

H.F. (Paisley)


Colin,

Thank's again for changing the reel-seat/handle on my 'Hardy' fly rod. I am utterly delighted - it is quite stunning - as long as I may need fishing rods refurbished, you will have a lifelong customer,

Kind Regards,

I.M. (Cupar, Scotland)


Colin,

Absolutely marvelous job on my "Ballista" Carp Rods. A complete refurbishment - re-built to my exact design.

Very much appreciated.

S.S.D (Manchester)


Hi Col,

Got the rod today - FANTASTIC - really pleased as usual.

Thank you very much indeed

C.M. (Milton Keynes)


Hi Colin,

My refurbished rod arrived back yestersay - and as the actress said to the bishop - "It looks great and I was so glad to get my hands on it again",

Great job done - Thanks!

Cheers

Ricky (Lanarkshire)


Colin,

I cannot believe the transformation you have achieved on the handle & reel-seat area on my old (1929) Hardy Cane Fly Rod.

Replacements with new cork handle and a beautiful reel-seat, all replaced with flawless perfection.

Many, many thanks,

G.J. (Macclesfield) - January 2012


Hi Colin,

Delighted with my "Refurbs" - old rods brought back to life!!

Regards,

Tony (Redruth)


Col,

Thank's for restoring my 4 old "Daiwa Infinitiy" Carp Rods.

They now look brand new - despite being 15 years old - worth every penny!

Cheers mate,

B.W. (Liverpool)


Col,

Thank's for the expert work on my "Daiwa Infinities" - well pleased.

More rods on the way, for your professional attention.

Regards,

J.M. (Nottingham) - January 2012


Colin,

The work is just what I expected with my "Free Spirit" Carp Rods.

Excellent Job.

R.B.(Bedford)


Hi Colin,

Just a quick note to say thank you for the wonderful work you have done on my Sage Fly Rod.

The workmanship & materials are superb and go far beyond my expectations.

Many thanks again,

D.R. (Cornwall)


Hi Colin,

Well pleased with my Custom Built Torrix carp rods - Excellent quality (as usual) - Cannot wait to use them.

J.T. (Manchester)


Colin,

My repaired Normark Rod looks and feels excellent - Hopefully, I'll be putting it to serious use shortly - Thanks for your expert attention.

I won't hesitate to recommend your services to others.

Many thanks for repairing my much loved rod.

Yours Sincerely,

Richard (Shipley)


Hi Colin,

Just a quick note to say thank you very much.

The work you've done on the rings is really superb and top class (I'd really busted up the 30mm rings stuffing it in my tube didn't I !!!).

Many thanks for repairing my much loved rod.

All the best,

Simon (London)


Col,

Thanks for repairing my old Beachcaster - The repair cost me more than the rod cost 20 years ago!! - But well worth it.

Thanks again,

D.B. (Manchester)


Good Morning Colin,

My old rods arrived safely & I am delighted at how they have turned out - They are as good as new again.

Thank you very much, I shall certainly use your services again.

Regards,

R.M. (Yorkshire)


Colin,

Great new cork handles on my Carp Rods - Lovely quality cork!!

T.E. (Warrington)


Colin,

Thanks for transforming my old Daiwa and Shakespeare match rods - They now look very modern and new.

Cheers,

G.S. (Knutsford)


Col,

New 16mm Tip Rings on my "Free Spirits" - Better than the originals!!

L.B. (Manchester)


Colin,

Very happy with the complete re-varnish to my Century NG's - Thanks,

J.A. (Bristol)


Hi Col,

My custom built "Torrix" Carp Rods are just what I wanted - worth every penny!!

R.C.L (Liverpool)


Col,

Thanks for modifying my old "Fox" Carp Rods. They now look much better with new Shrink Tube & Fittings.

D.E. (Wigan)


Colin,

Just a note to say thank you for your work on my Sage trout rod - it landed the following 7.75lb Brook Trout - and a few others during our 'Labrador' trip.

Many Thanks,

Jeff (Essex)

Rods

Hello Colin,

I received my new SPECIALIST rod today - Custom Built to my specification - wonderful job - absolutely brilliant.

I. G. (Londonderry) 25/08/2011


Colin,

My Daiwa Infinities now look fantastic - after fitting the 50mm Alconite Fuji ring guides. Many thanks for your expert work - thank you.

E. P. (Shropshire)


Hi Col,

First fish of the year (August 2011) - a 4 pound salmon caught on the fly rod you made for me.

Steve Smith (Newton Stewart)

Salmon

Hi Colin,

Thanks for altering my Torrix barbel rod - GREAT JOB as ever - I will always recommend your services.

Regards,

D.H. (Ripon)


Col,

Received my re-furbished carp rods - all good, great job - thank's mate.

G.H. (Luton)


Colin,

I received my repaired 'Butt' section yesterday - many thanks for the swift service.

The quality of workmanship is excellent.

Thank you once again for your help.

Kind Regards,

J.B. (Chelmsford)


Hi Colin,

My Normark match rods arrived safe and sound, after new cork handles and reel-seats - they look very smart - a job well done, thank you.

D.R. (Lincoln)


Colin,

Absolutely amazing - my old 'Century' Carp Rods have been transformed - stunning - very, very pleased with the total refurbishment!

All the best,

C.A. (Wigan)


Hi Col,

Great job on my old Shakespeare Match Rod - New rings and varnish job.

L.H. (Liverpool)


Colin,

Brilliant job - my old Daiwa Infinities have been transformed - they look Brand New - especially with the new bits fitted!!

A.S. (Manchester)


Colin,

I safely received my Sage fly rod yesterday and wanted to thank you for your excellent work - it looks great - especially the lovely new reel seat with the 'cocobola Insert'.

J.M. (Essex)


Colin,

Here's a photo of a 33lb French Mirror Carp - Caught on my 'Infinity SP's' that you fully customised for me.

Regards,

T.S. (Manchester)

Mirror Carp

Hi Colin,

Just to let you know I have received my refurbished rod - new cork handle, Fuji reel seat and trims - very pleased,

Many Thanks,

Paul (Sussex) (05/05/11)


Colin,

I've just got home and seen my new Custom Built Spinning Rod - it looks great - not sure if I want to take it out of the house though!!

Thanks for everything,

M.R. (Pembrokeshire)


Hi Colin,

My re-vamped Chimeras arrived back safely - They look great - I am very pleased - Its like having brand new 'sticks' again.

Once again, many thanks,

B.B. (Essex)


Colin,

Many thanks for doing a great job in replacing the 50mm butt ring on my Free Spirit Carp Rod.

Also for recommending a courier to help with all the hassle.

Regards

M.W. (Malvern)


Col,

You have done a superb job in re-furbishing my battered barbel rods. They are now better than when I first bought them.

P.B. (Stockport)


Colin,

Thanks you for repairing my damaged carp rods - you have saved me a big expense in buying new rods.

Cheers,

G.J. (Rochdale)


Colin,

Thanks for re-varnishing my 'tired' carp rods - They now look great and I am looking forward to using them in France.

Cheers,

M.W. (Preston)


Hi Colin,

I just received my fly rod repair - just want to say thanks for a great service.

Regards,

A.M. (Hull)


Colin,

My trusty old Daiwa fly rod is now back - repaired so well by you - I cannot tell the difference between the original and 'repair' whippings.

Another excellent job.

Best Wishes

I.S. (Bucks)


Hi Colin,

Just a short message to let you know my Harrisons 'Torrix' rods arrived back this morning (1 week earlier than quoted) - what can I say - you have made a PUKKA job - they really do look the business - the workmanship is second to none - I would recommend your services to anyone without hesitation..

Once again, cheers mate.

Richard (Farnham)


Colin,

Yes! just what I wanted with my Daiwa refurb - very pleased

Many thank's,

D.J (Preston)


Hi Col,

A fantastic job on my HarrisonTorrix carp rods - in for a 'strip and re-build' - they are now exactly how I want them.

R.H. (Surrey)


Hi Colin,

Thank you so much for a fantastic job on my new Custom Built 11ft. spinning rod - I cannot wait to get out and about with it - and nail some Bass and Pollack.

Superb!!!

G.B. (Sussex).


Colin,

Received my re-furbished rod today - BRILLIANT JOB - I won't hesitate to send you more work in the future.

Thank's again,

D.H. (Grimsby).


Colin

Thank you very much for the work you have carried-out on my old Salmon fly rod - it's PERFECT and I cannot wait to use it this Summer.

J. G. (Dumfries)


Colin

My re-furbished Salmon fly rod arrived back today. It is absolutely beautiful!!!.

Thank you once more for your time and hard work - it really is lovely - just like an entirely new rod.

Many Thanks,

I. McM (Fife).


Hi Colin,

Here's some pictures for you....all the fish were caught on the Harrison Chimeras you built for me.

Cheers,

Kev

Carp1     Carp2 Carp1     Carp2 Carp3     Carp4

Colin

Lovely job on my Bruce and Walker spinning rod. A lovely new handle and Fuji reel-seat - very comfy to fish with - just been out with it!!

Thank's very much, I will definitely use you again in the future.

I. M. (St.Andrews, Scotland)


Hi Colin,

What can I say, the repair you did is absolutly fantastic. I will certainly be spreading the word.

If you could let me have a few of your cards I will get my two local tackle shops to put them on display. I know them really well so they will have no problem with this.

Once again thank you for a superb repair.

R.V. (Derby)


Dear Colin,

I owe you an apology - I had intended to email you when I opened my re-worked Hardy last month but alas was thrown head-long into a very hectic work & travel schedule.......which, is far from over yet; roll-on Christmas!

I did open the rod and I have to say I am delighted with the result; indeed exactly what I'd hoped for and the extra whippings have just tensed the rod up slightly. Doubtless it will be a pleasure to use but unfortunately, due to circumstances outlined above, that pleasure will now come next season.

My sincere thanks to you for a job very well done indeed; I will be sure to mention your name to colleagues and, when time allows, I'll be back in touch for a rod or two.

With kind regards,

Ian (Bucks)


Colin,

Just wanted to say thanks for the superb refurbishment of my Mordex 3 pc Rod which is also of great sentimental value.

It's around 50 years old and if I'm correct in saying was one of the first hollow glass rods to emerge.

The craftsmanship demonstrated is second to none and I shall have no hesitation in recommending you to friends and colleagues.

Regards,

J.H. (Cheshire)


Colin,

Many thanks for the superb job you made of restoring my Normark Float Rod back to very near its original condition.

I am so grateful I have back a rod which despite its age is still tops for old fashioned stick float fishing.

I will certainly be sending you more rods for that special touch.

B.E. (Bolton)


Colin,

Thanks for the extensive repair on my very old "Taperflash" Float Rod. Looking forward to using it and going down "Memory Lane".

Once again thanks,

A.B. (Swansea)


Colin,

As promised - the first carp on my new Custom Built rods - I am very pleased with them.

Stephen (Preston).

Rods

Colin,

On collecting my 3 Torrix 'Custom Built' carp rods - I was stunned - absolutely fantastic work - just what I wanted - very minimalistic - the new Carbon Fuji reel-seat - it work's really well with the 'weave' in the rod - brilliant.

A pleasure doing business with you!

S.H. (Preston)


Hi Colin,

My Sage fly rod arrived back safely - the repair is excellent - I could hardly tell it had been damaged in the first place!!

Regards

D.B. (Blackburn)


Hello Colin,

In regards to the work on the whippings you did on my beloved split-cane fly rod - I cannot thank you enough on your superb work. I've just arrived back from University and decided to have a look at what you have done - Well it's perfect! More than perfect!

It's an absolute privilege to have you carry-out this work for me. I shall not forget the professionalism and friendly advice and therefore thank you a lot more.

A bottle of Scotch is on the way.

Very kind regards,

Julian (Manchester)


Hi Colin,

Received my refurbished rod today - new cork handle and Fuji reel-seat - a lovely job, I will use you again without hesitation.

Regards

Tony (Mansfield)


Hi Colin,

My re-furbished rod arrived back safely. I opened it when I arrived home last night - a lovely job, well done!!.

Thank's again Colin, I won't hesitate to forward your name for any rod repairs.

Regards

D. R. (Lincoln)


Hi Colin,

My rod repairs arrived back, in good condition - they are fantastic, you have done a really good job on them.

Got your business card in case I need you in the future!!.

B.A. (Wakefield)


Colin,

Very, Very good - the 12', 3.25lb. Torrix Carp rod that you Custom Built for me is excellent - I have ordered 2 more on the strength of this one.

Thank's for all your help.

K.McG. (Manchester).


Col,

My 3 Custom Built TORRIX carp rods are awesome - you have built what I have always wanted - carp rods to my design - built by an expert.

See ya,

M.W. (Manchester).


Colin

My 15 year old "Rod Hutchinson Dream-Makers" have been transformed - into fantastic modern-day carp rods.

Cheers

G.C. (Manchester)


Colin

Attached picture of my fantastic 'Torrix' carp rods that you Custom built for me - as seen by me from my bivy - whilst fishing here in France.

Cheers Mate,

M.W. (originally from London).

Rods

Hi Col,

The new fly rod that you have built for me is PERFECT and a vast improvement on anything I have had my hands on to date, again, many, many thanks,

N.R. (GAIC instructor).


Colin

My salmon fly rod that you have re-furbished is looking excellent - I cannot wait to try it!

A lovely job and many thank's,

Kind Regards

N.C. (Somerset)


Hi Colin

I received my repaired carp rod back - many thank's for a good job - just need some decent weather to use it!!

R. W. (Sheffield)


Hi Colin

See attached photo "The perfect winter barbel"

Merry Christmas

Lee

Fish

Dear Colin

I received my 'restored' antique Hardy cane salmon-fly-rod today - what a difference to the rod I sent you - STUNNING!!!.

Best wishes for Christmas,

P.P. (Jersey).

Fish

Colin

Very pleased with the Salmon rod you Custom Built for me - it is everything I wanted.

Many Thanks

P.D. (Ireland).


Colin

My new custom built barbel rod arrived safely - 'FANTASTIC'.

Cheers Mate,

L.S. (St. Albans)


Hi Colin

My Hardy Salmon Fly Rod arrived in good time - you have done an amazing job, replacing all the damaged rings.

Many, many thanks

H.T. (Surrey).


Cheers Colin

Received my rod repair back, safe and sound - just a quick email to let you know, very nice job, will use you again.

P.J. (Chester) - 12/11/09


Hi Colin

Photo of a fantastic 17½lb Common from "King George's" (Altrincham).

My first fish on the new custom built "Chimera" carp rods - 2 more followed shortly afterwards - a bit smaller though!!

The rods you built for me are fantastic - well worth the money!

Cheers Mate,

R.C. (Altrincham)

Fish

Hi Colin

I have just returned from a fantastic weeks fishing in France - the 4 Custom Built Torrix rods that you made for me are 'awesome'.

I have owned all the so-called 'best' makes of carp rods available in the UK over the past 30 years, and I will tell you that my Custom Built TORRIX rods are the finest casting, fish playing rods available - in my opinion - anywhere in the world.

You have built me 2 (2.5lbs) for short range fishing and 2 (3.25lbs) for long range fishing - and they performed as expected - perfect in every department.

The rods are amazing - I could actually 'FEEL' every twist and turn when playing the fish - what a pleasure to now own, top-quality, hand built carp rods - to my design!

I will recommend your rod building to anyone who admires MY rods, as they are fantastic.

I have sent you a small sample (pictures) of the Carp I caught in France for your website - for your viewers to see.

Cheers Mate,

M.W. (Manchester)

Carp1     Carp2

                    27lbs.7oz.                                           29lbs.0ozs.

Carp3     Carp4

                    31lbs.4ozs.                                           32lbs.2ozs.

Colin

Lovely job on my Bruce and Walker spinning rod. A lovely new handle and Fuji reel-seat - very comfy to fish with - just been out with it!!

Thank's very much, I will definitely use you again in the future.

I. M. (St.Andrews, Scotland)


Hi Colin

Thank's for repairing my old Bruce and Walker Avon rod - loose/split spigot.

A very professional job sorting-out these problems.

Once again - thank's.

R.B. (Somerset)


Hi Colin

I received my altered/repaired sea-fishing boat rod.

You have done a superb job - new reel-seat, handle and varnish job - very pleased indeed!!!.

J.W. (Essex).


Hi Colin

Just to let you know how my new Custom Made rods performed (TORRIX 12ft; 2.5lb.tc.).

I went to a local water and guess what? - first cast and within 10 mins, a 15lb. Common in the net!!!.

The rods are amazing - I could actually 'FEEL' every twist and turn when playing the fish - what a pleasure to now own, top-quality, hand built carp rods - to my design!

I will be ordering 2 more in 3.25lb.t.c. when I save-up some more money!!

Cheers Mate,

M.W. (Manchester)


Hi Colin

I received my 15ft Custom Built Gti Match rod today - 'GORGEOUS'.

Sincerely,

J.A. (Yorkshire)

Hi Colin

My broken rod arrived back today, it looks great.

Thank you for fixing it.

F.R. (Woking)

Hi Colin

A new rod repair is on it's way to you and thank's for sending my other repair, which arrived safely and is 'perfect'.

Many, many thanks

J.F. (London)

Hi Colin

I received my re-furbished Hardy fly rod - it looks tremendous - thank you very much indeed.

I managed an evening on Blagdon lake where I took a 3.75lb. rainbow on a dry fly - so, the rod has been well and truly baptised in it's new lease of life!'.

Many thank's again,

P.M. (Bristol)

Hi Colin

Sorry I've taken a while to get back to you but I had a very successful time in the Florida Keys (a couple of pictures attached) - and - the special rod you built for me - DID THE BUSINESS - bullying Lemon Sharks to 360lbs, Black Tips to 100lbs, and Grey Reef Sharks to 40lbs, from the beach.

Once again, thank you for your excellent work - it's not often something turn's-out just as you imagined.

All the very best,

D.G. (London)

Shark Shark2

Hi Colin

Received my re-furbished rod this afternoon.

I am very impressed with the workmanship to bring my old rod back to life.

Delighted with the result

J.S. (Notts)

Hi Colin

The Daiwa rod butt that required stripping and re-building arrived back today.

What can I say? - Stunned, Amazed, Delighted, Over the moon.......   .... .....All these and much more!....

Are you SURE it's not a brand new butt from Daiwa, as this rod is not produced any more?

I am very impressed with your work,

My sincere thanks,

D.B. (Lancaster).


Hi Colin

Received my re-furbished trout rod today.

May I say, what an excellent job you've done - very happy indeed!!!.

I will be using the rod tomorrow for a pleasant evenings trout fishing.

All the best,

J.A. (Newport).


Hi Colin (April 09)

The 14ft. PRO-TIP Salmon fly rod you made for me - does it again - a new Salmon season on the River Cree, lands the first 'Springer' for me @ 8.75lbs; (photo attached) covered in sea-lice - taken on one of my 'special flies'.

All the best,

Steve Smith.

Steve's Salmon

Hello Colin - and WOW!

Well worth the wait (4 weeks) for my Custom Built 'BIG GAME' rod - better than I imagined! - well pleased! - can't wait to get stuck into a big fish with it.

Thank's for the GREAT WORK.

Regards,

D. G. (Essex)


Hello Colin,

I am well chuffed with the work you have carried-out on my 3, 13ft; Kevlites - brand new handles and reel seats - a fantastic job.

I will recommend you to all my colleagues.

Regards,

J.M. (Nottingham)


Hello Colin,

My Zziplex beachcaster arrived safe and sound today. What a FANTASTIC job you have done on the refurbishment.

I will be passing-out your business cards to our friends and club members.

A job well done to you.

Regards,

M.P. (Aberystwyth)


Hi Colin,

I received my repaired fly rod today - a great job - thank's for everything.

A.R. (Nottingham).


Hi Colin

Received the rods friday in A1 condition and thanks for the excellent repair work you have carried out. Now they're ready for some more punishment from the cats!

Have attached a few photos for you, feel free to use them on your site.

Thanks and best wishes

Al Henderson (www.ebro-catfishing.com)

Andy Brown
John Sartin with big CatfishPlaying a large Catfish
Two men with large Catfish in a boatWes Wren with a large Catfish


I collected my new Custom Built Torrix barbel rod today and am very, very pleased with it - I am so happy with MY choice of fittings and trim - to compliment the 'green coloured blanks' - something different to the usual grey coloured rods available in the tackle shops.

Rod build is stunning....top quality....beautifully made....cannot wait to use it.

All the best,

S. S. (Stockport)


The Kigan rod rings were delivered today, fast and in excellent condition.

Thank you for the professional service provided. Hope to deal with you again.

R.T. (Sofia, Bulgaria).


Hi Colin,

Just a quick email, to thank you for the superb repair you did on my Greys rod - it is first class - I will be passing your name around for sure.

Cheers,

Mike (Stockport)


Hello Colin,

The feeder rod you have created for me is marvelous - it was a complicated project but you have managed it - I will be ordering more rods from you, as you are truly an expert'

M.P. (Cardiff)


Hi Colin,

My new rod butt is superb, really pleased - thank's, it feels like a totally different rod, the 304 Stainless Steel reel seat is truly Custom Made - cheers mate!

Jim (Northwich, Cheshire)


Really, really pleased with the new handles you have replaced on my 2 Normark rods - the quality is amazing - I will be sending 2 more rods shortly.

G.L. Herts.


The 2 Century carp rods that you have completely re-furbished - new handles, new reel seats, new stainless steel bits, new Sic rings and my name on the rods - the bol**cks mate - better than when I first bought them.

You could get a job doing this!

MARK W. (Manchester)


Hi Colin!

Yes, cane rod arrived yesterday and looks mighty fine. Thanks. Just in time too as the waters are fining down here at last.

Could have done with the rod on Monday. I fish the River Ecclesbourne which in places is only 6' - 8' across. I gave it a go as the water had dropped enough and nymphed a "humping" fish. This turned out to be the best brown I've had from the river - about 16" long, in perfect condition. Not much smaller than my best from the River Derwent. Photo attached, caught with the rod you are familiar with!

Thanks again

Pete

Big Brown caught by Pete

Hello Colin,

Not the largest fish in the lake, (19lbs 11 oz), but the first to be captured using Colin Leatherbarrow's Custom Built Fishing Rods, (See attached photo). 

Three Mirrors in total, (19lb 11oz, 18lb 03 & 23lb 05oz), all caught on my right hand rod, (No.3).

I attach some photos of your Rods, (Taken for my own Insurance purposes), which I hope you find interesting.

The Rod is beautiful when playing a fish. I'm really pleased with them and already I have had several Carpers admiring them. My reply has been, "Colin Leatherbarrow, Custom Built Fishing Rods, Urmston, Manchester - Would you like his details", and I hand them your "Visiting Card". (Can you afford to send me a few more as they've all gone?).

Well Colin, I must go.

Take care.

Brian Moores.

Three Carp rodsThree Carp rods

Three Carp rodsCarp


Hi Colin,

My new Carp Rods arrived safe and well.

These 3 off Chimera Rods are stunning. The build quality is absolutely superb.

You are a credit to your profession and I applaud and admire the skills you possess.

These Rods will advertise themselves on the bankside, but be rest assured, any fellow Carpers, (and other admirers), who enquire about these rods will receive the highest recommendation from me to contact Custom Built Fishing Rods.

It has been an absolute joy and a pleasure dealing with you.

Many, many thanks Colin.

Best regards, Brian Moores.

P.S. I will obviously keep in touch with you and keep you abreast of future catches using your rods. Two photos from last weekend (9/8/08) - 27lb.8oz Mirror and 21lb.11oz catfish.

Brian Moores CatfishBrian Moores Carp


Hi Colin,

Many thanks for the great job, replacing the damaged tip rings on my Greys carp rods - all received ok. Cheers.

A.G. Salisbury.


Colin,

Thanks for re-ringing my old Drennan match rod. You have done a wonderful job and for sentimental reasons, I can now use it again.

Kindest regards,

Mr. Clarke (Manchester)


Having used my new rods, Built buy Colin, a few months now, I can honestly say they are the best rods I have ever owned. The finish and attention to detail is outstanding. They perform exactly as I wanted and look superb.

Thank you very much Colin

Rick Shackleton


Hello Colin,

Today I return from holidays, so I see the rods you re-furbish for me. Thank you for very nice work. I am very pleased with them. I will contact you in a few months to purchase some new custom rods for spinning.

Best wishes from Nikola.

Belgrade, Serbia


Hi Colin,

The Torrix Specialist barbel rod you Custom Built for me has performed perfectly - landing fish to nearly 14lbs. to date - without any concerns whatsoever, a brilliant job.

Attached photo of a recent 'double'.

N.G.  Nottingham

BarbelBarbel

Colin,

I returned to work today (14/07/08) to find the 2 'Loop' Yellow Line Salmon fly rods waiting for me. You have made a beautiful job of them and I am impressed with your craftsmanship. The cork handles are just the right size for my children without being too small for an adult to enjoy using the rods (me, chiefly)!!.  They are perfect throughout but the choice of reel-seat - with engraved 'Salmon', is particularly inspired.

Thank's once again for your excellent, friendly service throughout. I shall certainly recommend you to all my angling friends.

With thank's and very best wishes,

P.T.  Edinburgh


Hi Colin,
Just to let you know my repaired carp rod arrived today, safe and well (4/7/08).
As expected, a terrific job, well done and many thank's.
Cannot wait to see the new Custom Built CHIMERAS I ordered!!
B.M. (Derbyshire)


'Colin,

Thank you for re-ringing my HARDY fly rod. Lovely job with excellent customer service and quick turn-around.'

N.P.   Worthing, W. Sussex


'Thanks for fitting the new 50mm Kigan butt rings to my Century Carp Rods - after the originals were damaged - great job with quick turn-around - highly recommended'.
Jay (Manchester)


'This is better than Christmas day, collecting my three Custom Built Torrix carp rods. Gorgeous, stunning, everything I expected. 

Thank you very much for all your hard work.'

R.S. (Moston, Manchester)


'The Salmon spinning rod you have just built for me looks great - I will be using it on the Spey next week - can't wait - lets hope I can put a bend into it - a lovely job, thanks.'

G.Taylor. (Manchester)


Hi Colin,

My re-furbished spinning rod arrived yesterday afternoon - looking very smart, so hopefully get it christened soon.

Many thanks for all your efforts.

F.W.   Aberdeen (Scotland)


By phone, (28/04/08)

'Hi Col, I have just received my Fox carp rod that you have repaired. What can I say - brilliant job - better than the original.

I will tell all my mates about your service - can you send me some of your business cards?'

P.S. (Chester)


'I have just received back (22/04/08) my old, cherished Normark feeder rod that you have restored and I am absolutely delighted.

Many thank's for an excellent job.'

A.W. (Surrey).


'Dear Colin,

The Sage salmon fly rod that you recently restored arrived safely and I am very pleased with it.

Thank you once again for your prompt and professional service.

regards,

R.S.  Dumfries (Scotland)


Colin,

Thank you for fixing the spigot on my treasured fly rod - thank's very much - very pleased.

S.L. (Buckingham).


Hi Col,

Great job on fixing the loose reel seat on my Century carp rod - especially as the makers couldn't be bothered with helping me.

Also, thank you for replacing the worn spigot.

Chris Smith (Manchester).


'Thank you for stripping and re-building my old ARMALITE MK.1 carp rods.  You have achieved the impossible - a magnificent job!

Ian Spencer (Stockport).


'A cracking job re-building my CARBOTEC match rod, top quality mate - you can build all my rods from now-on'.

Nick Gunn (Nottingham).


Hi Colin,

Just a quick note to say thanks for doing such a terrific job on my rod, the new handle is absolutely superb and the balance of the rod is now much better.

Kindest regards,
Lee Bevan.


Just got my new match rod very well made with excellent customer service. If you want custom rods use this bloke he is fantastic. At first i rang up for price on materials and glad I let colin do it he gets as close to perfection as you can get. Top draw thanks very much Colin.

Tim, from Ilkeston, Derbyshire


' Colin, the Greys Prodigy carp rods you re-built for me with full-length cork handles are NOW bloody gorgeous - roll-on my next fishing trip.'

I.W. (Birmingham)


Dear Colin,

Just a quick note to thank you for the 3 'Chimera' carp rods that you have Custom built me.

I now have 3 rods that are exactly how I want them and they have improved my fishing and long range casting big time.

These rods are superb and I would not hesitate in recommending your rod building to anybody that asks.

Once again thank you,

KEVIN (Manchester)


'I am extremelly pleased with my new carp rods that you built for me - quality all the way mate -

I will recommend your work to all my friends -

Some big fish landed already........!'

Pat O'Connor (Manchester)


'The Chimera rods you built for me are awsome - first landing a 48lb.14oz Common from Cassien (France) and later a PB Mirror Carp of 58lb.12oz. from Le Botte (France). Noo problems!!!.
I have already recommended your work to other anglers both here and in France'
John Fraser (The Flagger) Manchester.


'Hi Colin, The Salmon Fly rod you made for me has worked wonders - 2 casts - 2 fish!!!

This rod is a credit to you, far better made than anything from the so called 'big players'.

I will be telling all the ghillies about your work.

Cheers,

Steve Smith, Manchester.


'I have just found your new website 'custombuiltfishingrods.co.uk'
 
You made me 3 fly rods 10 years ago, before venturing out to Australia and New Zealand. These rods have caught everything from Trout to Trevally and they are still going strong - although a little 'tired'.

Your new website has inspired me to order another fly rod - which I will be discussing with you soon.

Best Regards,
Colin Yeo (Brighton)


July 2007
Thank you very much for building my 3 new Chimeras - absolutely spot-on mate, brilliant job.
Once again, thanks.
E. Mc.Ginty (Newcastle upon Tyne)


(By phone July 07)
"Hello Colin, Joe here, call from the banks of of the Tweed. Just landed a fresh run 16lb Salmon on the spinning rod you made for me. Fantastic, no one else has touched a fish, because their rods are not up to the job, you can not buy what you have built for me."   (Joe Johnson, Liverpool)


My first outing with my new 'De-Luxe' rod on the River Test. Very little hatching but enough to make a great day. The rod performed so well, as I was sure it would and was a great pleasure to use. Thank's for another great rod. (M.V. Hampshire)


The CHIMERAS are brilliant, casting and playing big carp under the tip - no problems!

Will order another pair of heavier rods for France later this year.
(F.W. Cheshire)


Our trip to Cuba was spoilt by the weather but the rod you built for me (9ft; 4pc; #9) performed very well - outperforming rods costing twice as much - my biggest 'bonefish' 6lbs. (P.W. Manchester)


The 'Pro-Tip' salmon fly rod you built for me is fantastic, powerful, light and casts effortlessly - everything I hoped-for, Thank you. M.W. (Lancashire)