I’ve used Esselle Pole Repairs for many a year now – it has to be well over a decade. Even the most careful of pole anglers break sections from time to time – and I do NOT fall into that category.

Generally it’s been clean breaks that I have had fixed, which is done using a carbon wrap which is heat cured and then ground down. I make that sound simple don’t I? But it certainly isn’t and Scott at Esselle has honed the process over many years and is the man I trust to do the job expertly.

The process also strengthens the joint at the same time. The wrap obviously adds a little diameter to the section and although this is usually not a problem on the upper sections which are the most likely to break, this can cause issues when sleeving the pole on the bigger sections of some poles. But the section itself is stronger than before you sent it in.

During the 2013 World Championships in Poland I realised that my Daiwa Tournament Pro needed some serious TLC. The joints were looking extremely worn, split and cracked on both the male and female joints right throughout the pole, even on the tough 12m sections.

I’ve been aware of Scott’s Full Pole Refurbishment service for ages and as you will see from the images below, it was certainly time to give it a try. I also sent a broken landing net handle in at the same time, and a No3 that I broke packing away after the second day of the match itself, much to the amusement of Jamie Masson next to me.

The refurbishment took about a week. As I was sending in the majority of a £2000 pole, I decided to get a courier to take it to Scott’s Leicestershire base, but for section repair you can use the post. There’s an area of the EPR website (www.polerepairs.co.uk ) telling you how to get your repairs to them. You can of course just deliver them, or there are a number of tackle shops around the country where you can drop them off.

You can see the results below – pretty impressive. Cracks, splits, breaks, splinters all repaired and the pole now ships  to together as smoothly as the day I first got it out of the bag, with weakened joints effectively and neatly re-enforced. I have a sparkling pole to fish with (which I am promising myself to look after much better in future) rather than having to go to the expense of buying a completely new pole, at a fraction of the cost.

Gareth Purnell, www.total-fishing.com

Product/Service: Esselle Pole Repairs Full Pole Refurbishment
Cost: On application
Contact: Email Scott at esselle@polerepairs.co.uk , tel: 07759 678774
Website: www.polerepairs.co.uk

Pole Repair Broken No3

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Pole Repair Fixed No3

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Pole Repair Chipped No 12 female

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Pole Repair fixed No 12 female

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Pole Repair chipped No5

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Pole Repair fixed No5

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Pole Repair chipped No 7 female

Cracked No7 female section before…

Pole Repair fixed No 7 female

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Pole repair splintered No8 male

Splintered No8 male section before…

Pole repair fixed No8 male

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Pole repair chipped No8 female

Cracked No8 female section before….

Pole repair fixed No8 female

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Pole repair chipped No4 female

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Pole repair fixed No4 female

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Pole repair landing net handle before

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Pole repair landing net handle after

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