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  1. #11

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    Quote Originally Posted by nottskev View Post
    By the way - what is the explanation for the 2 pieces-plus-separate-handle design of the Powermesh Avon? To improve the fish-playing action by keeping only one joint above the handle and keep it under 6' broken down?
    Initially I thought they did it to make it easier to fit in the boot of a car however it was Mr Vimes who alerted me to the fact they did it with the intention to improve the rod action. Thinking back I do have a vague recollection the rod came with something about that.

    I have to say it is a very nice rod to play fish on but I dont think thats down to the sections. As well as being a pain to carry made up the butt also has an annoying habit of twisting out of alignment probably as the bottom section is so short. Not one of Daiwas better ideas.

  2. #12

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    Where I live there is not a great choice of coarse rods to be found locally.

    I bought a Sportex UL spin rod a couple of years ago and was so impressed with the Quality (and standard 10 year blank warranty) that I've reently bought a method feeder and light float rod from their Xclusive range. I'm really impressed. Imo they're on a par with Drennan rods which I love but the cost of getting them shipped over is blinding.

    Anyone ever get the chance to handle one they should have a look.

    Jon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nottskev View Post
    By the way - what is the explanation for the 2 pieces-plus-separate-handle design of the Powermesh Avon? To improve the fish-playing action by keeping only one joint above the handle and keep it under 6' broken down? I wish they'd left it at two 6' pieces; I'd rather wrestle with that than mess about with the asymmetrical 3 pieces, and the rod gets a bit neglected because of its awkward design.
    I have 2 of these in the shed that I haven't used for years. Stopped using them when I switched to Greys 1lb specimen rods and the water I was fishing at the time 12ft were not suitable because of trees. I never found a problem with the 3 piece construction.

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    I’ve just spent more money on a rod than I’ve ever done before

    It’s a borderless Tail Walk Eginn, I’m sure that fits nicely into the lesser known category, on this particular part of the forum anyway.

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    My go-to float rod is still the Hardy Matchmaker 12' that I bought off eBay a few years ago for £45. Not only is it versatile, handling lines from 2-8lb bs happily, it's well-balanced and doesn't feel significantly heavier in the hand than a carbon equivalent. Unlike carbon float rods, the tips of which have become increasingly thin-walled and fragile, I'm not constantly worried it's going to snap, either (which has happened to both my previous two float rods, a MAP CFS Medium Waggler and a Shakespeare Mach III, both 13 footers). All my other rods are Korum...

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    Default Re: Lesser known rods

    Quote Originally Posted by s63 View Post
    It’s a borderless Tail Walk Eginn,
    You've been watching to much Game of Thrones!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikench View Post
    You've been watching to much Game of Thrones!
    Ps. Just looked them up John. You must have a bet on Chelsea finishing outside the top 4

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    I'd noted Daiwas ommission too. Of the bigger brands, you could also add Browning and Shakespeare. Shakespeare seem to be on the wane when compared to their wall to wall availability in the 80s/early 90s. Browning have seemed to concentrate on the commie scene for a few years. However, with the Sphere range, they seem to be chasing the slightly more niche markets. Feeder rods suited to distance fishing and/or more natural venues and float rods for similar and rivers. If it's not their intention, the release of an entire range of Sphere hooks, which are all barbed, is particularly confusing.

    Then there are the likes of Cadence, Sensas, Freespirit (coarse rods rather than specialist/carp), Harrison, Rive, Guru, Frenzee, Matrix (Fox Match), Greys, Middy, Okuma, Pro-Logic, Sonik, DAM, TFG, Leeda, Ron Thompson, Taktix, Rovex, and Spro.

    Many of them suffer less attention on this forum because they are largely aiming at the commie scene. Some are a little too pricey for the general market. Pretty much all suffer from a general lack of visible availability.

    I've certainly heard some very positive things about Rive rods, but I've never managed to lay hands on one. Freespirit and Harrison tend to revolve around the carp/specialist scene. I have handled examples of their coarse/match rods, but it was a fair effort to do so. Most barely get a second glance from me. I'm not remotely interested in yet another Pellet Waggler or Method Feeder rod.

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    In the 1970s and into the 80s Bruce & Walker produced some top of the range float rods. the famous glass float rods were the CTM rods. I only had a very late glass rod, the XLS in 12ft which was a very good glass waggler rod. For some reason the 13ft felt cumbersome.

    Into the 80s B&W began producing carbon match rods, including the XLT and XLE rods but the one I got was the John Dean Stick Float rod on which I caught an enormous number of fish. I also then bought the slightly more powerful MM (multi-modulus) rod which was lighter and better for waggler fishing and chub fishing. later I got a second John Dean rod, same as the first as there was a waggler version. I've still got the original JD rod though broke the second one and sold the MM. The JD rod feels heavy by modern standards (it dates back to 1981) though it's nice to fish with.

    B&W brought out a Geoff Bibby match rod, possibly in the 1990s. These are rare and very nice but you'll be lucky to ever see one. They also did an ill-fated boron rod, the Green Dragon.

    Nowadays they tend only to do their very expensive Hexagraph rods and no match rods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikench View Post
    Ps. Just looked them up John. You must have a bet on Chelsea finishing outside the top 4
    How very dare you!

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