Followed up an a interesting looking forum link and this is what I got in return..
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Seemed like an interesitng forum really and as I just llike the idea of talking time out to enjoy being by the water and watching and sometimes catching or not catching fish and drinking in everything else around whilst doing so I don't think I would ever envisage discussing what equipment I had used to do so whether it was from some ghastly discount warehouse or from some venerable factor of days of yore rather that it was enjoyable and because of that worth sharing.
Great news....I am in but not sure if either my drivell will go down well or whether I actually want to join their gang anyway