Here are common questions we are asked by customers. The answers are by no means meant to be complete but should help give guidance. Our distributors and retailers should also be able to help since we try to ensure they are well versed in the products we offer.
We are frequently asked to recommend a particular rod: to cater for extreme distances or big water, for a purpose or to comment on why one would be more suitable than another. We have a large and varied range to cope with all situations and tastes and this adds to the confusion for many people. So below are some pointers as to rod choice. If you want to know more about the special carbons and processes we use this is covered later under ‘the techi bit’. Since rods are very personal (and an expensive purchase particularly if you make the wrong choice) we would recommend you spend some time confirming which suits you best.
We have extreme range rods available in all carp rod ranges – The Sl’ives in the ‘S’-Lite range – the SU’s in the ‘E’-Class and CTX ranges – and all these are made with not only casting performance in mind but also fish playing. When picking up a rod for the first time please check its balance since rods that are very top heavy are very often under-rated in test curve or made from inferior materials and although may perform as casting tools, will undoubtedly compromise their fish-playing abilities.
If you use braided lines 40mm ringing is fine. If, however, you use mono lines the choice is not quite as clear as the reel and spool size becomes more relevant. For standard sized reels 40mm ringing is the most suitable, yet for Big Pits and especially those with reverse taper spools we believe 50mm ringing will cope better with the larger coils of line spilling off the spool.
To get the best from your casting the handle length should suit your arm. The optimum length for a distance casting rod is with the butt cap just under the armpit but not quite touching while you hold the rod with the arm outstretched. It is less important on multi-purpose rods as long as the rod feels comfortable. We recommend that on all extreme range and distance rods that you ensure the length of handle is right for you.
As with golf many anglers are self-taught and develop bad habits in their cast. But unlike golf the vast majority of anglers don’t bother to correct these defects by having a lesson. We are fortunate to have Mark Hutchinson as one of our consultants whose casting ability has to be seen to be believed. He offers casting tuition and I am certain all anglers can gain extra distance and improve their casting technique by booking some tuition with him – even just a couple of hours.