In the past it has been well accepted that rods lose some of their power through extensive use with resultant reduction in test curve. Using the highest quality higher modulus carbons and reducing the resin content, normally around 37%, is, we believe, critical to prolonging the life of the blank and maintaining the effective test curve. In recent tests we compared a brand new Hi-‘S’ 200-13’ with one that had been used by Mark Hutchinson for his casting demonstrations and tuition for over 4 years and would have therefore been cast thousands of times to the maximum. The variance in test curve was barely discernible and casting performance differed by a matter of inches on a rod that had effectively endured what would equate to twenty plus years of normal use.
The Hi-‘S’ and ‘S’-Range of carp rods use the latest low resin Japanese carbons from Toray and Mitsubishi. The proportion of resin has been cut to around 20% on the ‘S’-Range with a very high density of carbon filament laid in a much more uniform pattern. Examining a cross-section of normal carbon and Low Resin Carbon through an electron microscope with camera attached clearly shows the density and uniformity of carbon filaments in our Low Resin Carbon.
In this way we preserve the action with little noticeable reduction in power or test curve rating even with the use of PVA bags and method feeders that overload the rod past its recommended casting weight.
We have further developed these carbons for the Hi-‘S’ Range using even lower resin contents of below 17% and very high modulus 40t carbon producing slimmer, lighter and stronger blanks culminating in the introduction of the Hi-‘S’200 so called as it is capable of ranges well in excess of 200 yards with the right set-up and technique. The launch of the Hi-‘S’ive E.R. (extra responsive) this year is the culmination of two years hard work. This utilizes even higher quality carbons to maintain the optimum casting performance but with a very soft, fish playing tip. This makes for a rod that casts very easily to extreme ranges but is a joy to use.
Research will continue with further ranges being introduced that benefit from this new carbon technology although we predict that due to high cost of material and difficulty of handling the use of low resin will remain the exception not the rule.