Sunday, October 16, 2016

Reel servicing including return courier delivery.

October 2016: Mail order reel servicing & prices.

As I've been offering this for a while now I thought it best to update the site with some details for those of you that are not - so - local to Manchester !

You can find this exact same offer on eBay U.K if you prefer to do it that way, but I save on ebays final value fees if you deal direct with me !
(see my listings here: My Current eBay listings  )
You of course, have paypal's guarantee that your payment is secure whichever way you decide. So it works like this:

1. You purchase a 'buy it now' for the amount of reels you want
serviced by using one of the links below to pay securely by PayPal.

2. You send your reels to me using a service of your choosing. (try parcel2go for prices and a wide choice of couriers)
Send to: Dave Kelly. Trafford Tackle Repairs, 19 Strathmere Ave. 
Stretford. Manchester. M320DR.
 (Callers by appointment, please phone)

3. I service the reels, pack them and send them back to you, within 7
to 10 days, usually returned using parcelforce 48 hour signed for

The prices are for servicing ONLY and do not include parts, if you
KNOW your reels may need parts, you must contact me first, so I can
check parts availability and get back to you with estimated costs. 07784
100 752.

I use Parcelforce based on price and reliability, your parcel is tracked and requires that you sign for it.
The return time is normally 1 to 2 working days, you will be provided
with tracking information for your parcel. Upon receiving your reel(s) I
would generally be able to turn them around for you in 7 to 10 days,
please try to allow for this, if I can do them quicker I will, if you
want to check, ring me before ordering. 07784 100 752

To Pay:

Either: go through eBay on the link above if you prefer, or you can get in touch and give me your PayPal email and I will invoice you, or, 

Copy/Paste one of the links below, this will take you to
PayPal where you can pay securely, if you require more than 6 reels
servicing please contact me for prices. Callers by appointment only.
(I save on eBay fees this way) 

For 1 reel: 
For 2 reels: 
For 3 reels: 
For 4 reels: 
For 5 reels: 
For 6 reels: 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Reel servicing prices and options 2016

As of June 2016 . . . . . . .  my reel servicing charges are as follows: 

1 Reel  -  £ 15.00
2 Reels - £ 25.00
3 reels -  £ 35.00 

This is a promo' for locals in the North West who are dropping off and collecting their reels from me, while I attract hits to the blogs and my Facebook page so around August this year they will go back to £15 each, regardless of quantity. 

Even at that, they're STILL near half of the price of the competition . . . . . . .

see for yourself, and you have postage costs on top ........

I am also  now offering a mail order service for those of you further afield, details and prices can be found in my eBay listing here:
The basic way it works is: 

1. You purchase a 'buy it now' for the amount of reels you want serviced.

2. You send your reels to me using a service of your choosing.

3. I service the reels, pack them and send them back to you using a signed for courier service.

The reel services are a touch higher than the local collect prices but I also have packing/couriers and materials to take into consideration, either way, STILL far far cheaper than sending them to 
Tackle Box! 

The reels are returned on a 96hr guaranteed signed for/tracked service using Hermes courier, please allow 7 to 10 days if sending them for work to be completed, often it will be sooner. 
If you would like to phone for turnaround times: 
07784 100 752

If you don't want to use eBay, I can send a paypal invoice instead. If you don't want to use paypal, you can send registered cash/cheque/postal orders subject to clearance, or by direct bank transfer, call or text/mail for my details.

Another quick way to pay is 
e.g. in your browser type: 
to send me payment for 1 reel service with return 
carriage, or whatever the amount is on the end where 26.50 is, this takes you to a secure paypal 
payment page to pay only that amount.  
Prices below are correct as of June 2016, if you need more than 6 reels servicing contact me for a price. 
1 reel including return delivery £ 26.50
2 reels including return delivery £ 43.00
3 reels including return delivery £ 59.50
4 reels including return delivery £ 70.00
5 reels including return delivery £ 80.00
6 reels including return delivery £ 95.00  
If you want to see just how far down I strip reels 
and the type of work undertaken don't forget to browse my posts on my facebook page that is updated regularly ! 

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Reel servicing, rod repairs, custom rod building in Manchester from Ex Trafford Angling's Dave!

Trafford Angling Supplies sadly ceased trading at the end of 2013 , however, you can still get professional standard rod repairs and rod building, reel servicing and reel repairs from the shops longest serving staff member, by contacting me (Dave).

 I am situated in stretford, 2 minutes away from where the shop was, easy to find,call, text or email your inquiry and we can arrange a day and time for you to drop off.

Trafford Tackle Repairs

You can also message me through facebook . . . . . . . . . 

Trafford Tackle Repairs Facebook Page

And even a nice new shiny page, just for those extra search engine rankings ;)

Trafford Tackle Repairs 

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Back from Hibernation . . . . . . .

Hello !

Been quite some time since our last post, almost feels a bit like coming out of hibernation !

An awful lot has gone on and an awful lot is still going on !

Latest breakthrough would have to be a look at the new TBR2, hard to improve on a product which has now been around for over three years would you believe . . . but we have .

We have now added this little beauty to Europes best selling Barbel Tripod !

All aluminium construction, this is the new 'spreader block' at the top of the pod, eliminating the previous plastic block. It is milled flat on one side and the top bar now just attaches with a simple wing nut as you will see in the picture below . . . . . . .

Very simple and very effective, no movement either so it all locks up just as solid as the original version but with the added security that, should you ever have an accident . . . . you're more likely to come out of it with your prized pod intact.

There is no good reason why this still british made pod shouldn't last forever if you look after it !

And best of all, these improvements have not cost you another penny !

Yes, unbelievably, in this time of doom and gloom and credit crunch recession . . . . our pod is STILL only £ 39.99 and it's better than ever !

Fear not though if you have the original TBR2 ( as i have ) if you ever need spares they are all still available and will be for the foreseeable future.
Either through our website or or you can even buy online from our eBay store here . . . .

where you can find loads of goodies, and all the latest gear, which you will also be able to find on . . . . . . . . . . . .

the new Trafford Angling website !

This is currently a 'work in progress', the older site is still alive and doing us proud but we thought we'd like to bring it up to date with a host of new features and we'll be migrating to that over the coming weeks, trust us, you'll know when it's happened if you've visited us before. . . .

Thanks for reading, hopefully we'll be back soon with some more exciting news and reviews for you, watch this space !

Team Trafford :)

Thursday, July 05, 2007

cheeky little tips part 4 . . . . . .

Maybe not a totally knew idea to some out there, but hopefully it will be . . . . to a few of you . . . . . . .

With the recent floods of late comes all sorts. . . . .
and after a long dry spell through the closed season, that usually means when the rain eventually comes - so does all the debris that's built up over the weeks/months.

Usually, the scenario is like this . . . . . summer finally kicks in, the water levels are low for weeks on end, causing low oxygen levels which in turn, causes mother nature to try and compensate by growing oxygenating weeds.

Then the rains come . . . . . and boy have they come !

Fishing yesterday . . . . the river was a good 2 foot up, probably more like 2 and a half . . . . .

as you can see . . . there was a little extra water . . . .

And with that comes . . . . the dreaded weed . . . . . . .

And it's a right pain in the A**e !

Stops your feeder from emptying, has your lead dragging round 'till it will only settle under your feet and let's face it, not only looks a mess but you do have to wonder if (when a barbel/chub comes along) any self respecting fish would go near it !

Plus there's also the fact that if this cra*'s all around your lead/ feeder, will the fish actually be ABLE to even find your bait . . . . . . . . . .

so . . . . . what's the solution i hear you say . . . . . . ??????

This little weapon . . . . . .

Might not look much, but it really does the trick . . .

They are . . . . Fox Braid Stops . . . . . very slim silicone sliding float stops that really grip the line well, which is important 'cos you don't want 'em sliding down the line to the lead/feeder as that'd kinda defeat the object . . . . . . and I've used a few and believe me,
these are by far the best.

And this is exactly what the result should look like if it's doing it's job properly . . . .

The Cra* as i lovingly refer to it, is firmly up the line, it really seems to stop 99% of weed/leaves/grass etc from getting anywhere near the hook bait - leaving that free for old billy barbel to find . . . . . . . . (hopefully)

The pic' below show the rig/stop in a little more detail, the stop has obviously been slid right down the line for the sake of the photograph, i normally tend to have the stop anything from a foot to 4 or 5 foot away from the lead/feeder - working on the principal that the heavier the flow and more cra* coming down river, the further i have it away.

If the Cra* coming downstream is so heavy that it's pushing the stop down to the lead. . . . . . . . . . . . i would highly recommend packing up and buggering off home !!!

Happy flood fishing people !

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Oh dear . . . My Pole Sections Are Stuck .....

Hmmmm . . . . . . happens a lot . . . .

in wet weather, usually on a match, usually when packing up, and usually . . . at just about the worst time it could possibly happen. . . . . . . .

There you are, with your shiny new pole out to impress on the banks, next thing you know, you got 2 metres of your shiny new sections sticking out of the sun roof . . . that's if you got one . . . . a sun roof that is . . . oh yeah, and it's not raining . . . .

So, hmmm, why did that happen ??? . . . . . .

Let's start with the technical term . . . it's called . . . . .


this is the force that basically sticks things together when it involves a liquid i.e rain water and water in general when it's related to fishing, as we do come across rather a lot of it really . . . . . ( think of two sheets of glass with water between them, you won't ' force 'them apart in a month of sunday's )

Technical answer above if you click on the link . . . . . .

Generally when you're fishing in the rain or just have wet hands, it is dead easy to just push the sections that little bit too far in. Next thing you're stuck and the most likely scenario is 2 to 4 anglers on the bank having a tug of war with your hard earned pole sections . . . . not always a good idea . . . sections can easily be crushed and shattered by overdoing the tugging and pulling ! ( insert your own double entendre's for comic effect ! )

Best thing to do if your stuck is . . . . . . nothing. . . . . if a simple twist or pull won't free the sections up, take them home, leave them in a warm room


Worst thing you can possibly do, and trust me on this one, ( i've seen enough stuck pole sections to fill a warehouse) is start spraying WD40 on it !

Let me just run that by you again . . . . .





Note lots of exclamation marks for added effect !

You can't freeze half
while pouring boiling water on them, no they won't expand and slacken it off and no they won't contract either and no to all the other barking mad ideas that people come up with !

Dry them out, try again with dry hands and dry sections.

They can be carefully ' rattled out '

They can be carefully ' tapped out '

They can be brought into the shop and we will have a go for you ! You may phone us up, and we will explain to you how to take them apart ! ( 0161 864 1211 )

Don't listen to half the numpty's on the bank that come up with weird and wonderful ways to get them apart, literally,

if they don't come apart easily, pouring liquids on them is

going to be about the biggest mistake you'll ever make !

Come see the boy's at Trafford, and we'll see what we can do for you . . . . . . happy pole fishin' !

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Fox lay down the gauntlet with the new Stratos 7000e Reel !!!

Here's one to look out for this season if you're after some new reels!

This is without a doubt, the first serious contender to take on Shimano's stronghold on the 'baitrunner type' reel market . . . . granted you've already got a few decent makes around that have been established for some time now, such as, Daiwa and Okuma to name but two . . . .

This little package though, is one that they'll all find hard to beat !

So what have you got straight out of the box ?????

This . . . .

It's an impressive little package. . . . . . . and that's just reading the spec' on the outside of the box !

It boasts no less than 8 Ball Bearings plus a Roller Bearing, a balanced rotor with a twist reducing line roller, it is incredibly smoooooth and has a fantastic, flat as a pancake line lay which can be ' profiled ' by swapping around the spool shims, but that's for the serious casting boys . . . . realistically speaking, you wouldn't need to bother 'cos its good enough as it is out of the box . . .

Not only that but it looks good too which ain't a bad thing . . . . all black with nice, easy on the eyeballs graphics.

Now then, let's not beat around the bush . . . . this reel is aimed at taking a slice of shimano's market, it's aimed straight at the 6000 and 8000 RE standard baitrunner, so what do you get with the 7000e that you don't with a Shimano??

Firstly the spare spool as pictured above, which incidentally, both spools are both fitted with spool reducers so when you're fishing lighter lines, say 6 and 8lb, you dont have to fill it from top to bottom with hundreds of yards of line, you pop a reducer on and. . . . . . . . hey presto, it goes from 518 yards of 6lb to 335 yards ! Saves you a few quid on spooling up eh !

Plus, the other gem people don't realise is that if you're going to fish braid . . . . . . . . yes, just think how much that will save you on filling up !!!

Then there's the spare handle, well, it's more of a choice of handles. For anyone who still can't get their heads around a double handle (makes it even smoother again, you don't know what you're missing!) fox have included a single handle and a double handle, and not only that but a cheeky little tool to tighten the handle up nice and tight, no more sore fingers in winter !

so already, an impressive list of ' extras ' over and above what you get with a bog standard shimano . . . . .

You also get this . . . . .

a rather fetching little bag to pop your new reel back into if you don't leave it set up on the rod . . . . .

and you get these . . . . . . . . .

now then, on first look this might not look much, but there is a hidden gem !

Firstly you have a full Fox Warranty and Warranty card which you send off to register your reel (s), and then you have some instructions - very easy to follow, very concise and very practical.

Hidden within the pages though, is the gem - why nobody else does this is beyond me but, Fox have actually done a little diagram of how to spool your reels up with line PROPERLY !!!

Now i'm sure there is much debate on how people think this should be done but the Fox method is how i've been telling people to do it for years ! and it's RIGHT ! It will give you the least amount of twist when spooling and you'll get far better performance out of your gear if it's all been set up proper in the first place, so full marks to Mr. Fox!

Ahhhhh but how much is all this going to cost me you ask???

Well, this is the easy on the wallet bit !

The 7000e, which incidentally is your barbel/ lighter carp/ big feeder rod size reel goes out at only £49.99 - clearly this is going to give the boys at shimano a headache !

The larger 10,000 size reel is the one for the long range carp and pike anglers and will better suit rods with a test curve of 2.5lbs +. With line capacity at 304 yards of 15lb without the reducer on the spool, all but the biggest waters will be suited to this reels capabilities. The 10,000 sells at £54.99 so still, even against the shimano 6000 RE special edition, you're getting a lot more reel for your money . . . . . .

Without a doubt, if this is your price range for reels, you want to seriously consider giving these reels a good look. . . . . .

Links below to bigger pictures and the Fox Micro website with some more technical specification for the tech' heads out there !

Fox Stratos micro website

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