Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Great minds

Over on his entertaining Norfolk 'N Good blog, Chris Bishop has recently reported on his newly aquired Korum 5 rod quiver. I've been using one since they were introduced and liked it so much I got another. Although the original one is starting to look the worse for wear it has had a lot of stick. I used it during my barbel mania phase, so it was in use three times a week, often moving swims a few times each session.

My only minor gripe with the thing is that the main compartment is a bit tight for shoving a fibreglass brolly in. Well, it is when you are like me and don't roll it up tightly, and then shove the landing net (wrapped around its pole) head first alongside the brolly. A cheap nylon covered brolly is no bother though.

The mesh pocket on the back is useless for it's intended purpose. It's supposed to be for putting a wet net in - the pocket is next to your body and the water from the net runs down your legs, which is why my net goes in the main compartment. However, during my recent eel sessions I have taken to stuffing my front banksticks, complete with Delks, in this pocket. I can get at them when I arrive at a swim without having to remove a couple of rods like I do if they go in one of the front pockets. For mobile sessions this quiver is the dog's dangly bits.

If you have rods rigged up with paternoster or long leger links, drop the leads in one of the side pockets after packing the quiver. It helps stop them swinging about and getting tangled up - either with the rods or the undergrowth. Running or semi-fixed legers can be left to slide down to the rod tips and nestle in the pockets the butts go in. That's assuming you are sensible and fold your rods tip-to-butt. If you fold them joint-to-butt the female part of the joint goes in the pocket. And the pockets invariably fill with soil, gravel and suchlike abrasives. These get in the joint and cause it to wear the rod, or the joint to jam.