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Well, when it comes to telling a good fishy
story around the BBQ with a glass of wine
in hand, I can tell you it comes as second
nature. So when I was asked to write a
tackle review, I was a tad sceptical to be
honest, but when the editor mentioned
Cotswold Aquarius, well, I smiled happily.
I’ve been going about my business these
last couple of years using Cotswold Aquarius gear, and it’s dishonest if I don’t tell you
that when sat on huge windswept empty
pits and mile long rivers, it’s always nice to
surround yourself with tackle that is, dare I
say, carpy!
This British made luggage is somewhat
special when it comes to the materials
used. Tough and hardwearing, the quality
of this gear is second to none and going
to last you more than a season, that’s for
sure, unlike some.
I’ve been using the Vulpine rucksack
(picture 1) for more than a year now. It’s a
small lightweight rucksack ideal for the
mobile angler. Don’t let the compact size
fool you though; I’ve even had this with me
on a French fishing trip and fitted enough
tackle and clothes to last a week and also
fitted it in the overhead lockers on the aeroplane flight there and back! With zip compartments on the outside to fit waterproofs
and binoculars and tubs of pop-ups, the
inside boasts enough room for a set of
scales, reels, alarms and a tackle box.
There’s a zipped pouch in the top, and in
the front facing zipped pouch it has a
sleeve and even sewn tubes to fit banksticks and buzz bars. It is a quality rucksack that’s been well thought out. There is
even a waterproof liner stitched to the bottom to repel slugs and earwigs when left
in the bivvy bankside for months (not advisable).
My tackle box is actually the Camo
Cotswold Combi (picture 2), and this fits
neatly into the Vulpine rucksack. Again I’ve
has this over a year, and it’s working a
treat. It has a fully padded main body
that’s housing two tubs of pop-ups and all
hooks, putty, rig tools, leads and other
fishy gadgets and then an internal dividing flap that has leaders and floater/zig
tackle zipped nicely away. The top compartment has segmented pockets to fit
more packets of hooks and rig bits, and
these fit perfectly inside. Like the Vulpine
rucksack there’s another waterproof liner
on the bottom so you can wipe clean after
camping in those muddy, wet swims! The
Cotswold Combi also comes with a carry
handle, and why not, as it makes everything so much easier to pack away. Again
another well thought out product.
Another two huge favourites of mine
from Cotswold Aquarius are the Camo
floatation sling (picture 3) and the neat,
ulta smart Camo Slim-buoy landing net
float (picture 4). What to say about a
landing net float? Well it does the job and
cosmetically adds a carpy look to your
landing net pole and is easy to attach with
two draw strings. The Camo floatation
sling now smells of success and is one
specially woven piece of kit. It comes supplied in a purpose made sock for when it’s
wet and stinking to high heaven. The
material used for the Camo floatation sling
repels water like no other. The soft mesh
sides that surround your quarry is one of
the softest materials I have ever felt. Handles are attached to keep the floats lightweight and buoyant as possible so lifting
from the water does not damage its frame.
There is a cord supplied for bankside pegging and two, two-way zips with central
cliplock to ensure that crafty old carp does
not slip or flip out. Again, it’s another
British made quality piece of kit.
A household name, Cotswold Aquarius
has a great carp cult following and continues to strive to serve all anglers in an ever
caring way. With a bespoke service they
are able to manage, replace or repair all
items of the range – now that’s an after
sales ser vice you wont receive from
Head on over to to take a look at their items of reliable and durable fishing tackle and accessories, and don’t forget to visit the Facebook and Instagram pages for events and
prize giveaways.
Well, like I said, a tale about an old
carp lurking quietly in the depths awaiting
capture is something I’ve written about a
lot before, so it’s a new one to me giving
all you fishy folk a tackle review. So this
leaves me without further ado to now get
the kettle on and sit back and scan the big
pit for signs of the big’un and dream of
one day having in my net…
Be lucky all, Dave Little


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