...but its rings could be a lot bet­ter!

Angling Times (UK) - - SOUTH -

EDICATED floater rods are hard to track down com­pared to other spe­cial­ist rods. That’s odd, given that warm-weather carp seem to spend most of their time on or very near the sur­face.

Maybe it’s be­cause the mod­ern­day carper’s use of zig rigs, with their am­phibi­ous looka­like crea­tures and crit­ters as hookbaits, has made floater fish­ing seem a bit old school.

But be­lieve me, noth­ing comes close to the an­tic­i­pa­tion and ex­cite­ment of watch­ing a big carp slowly slurp down a sur­face bait… es­pe­cially when it has your hook at­tached to it!

The new Greys Sur­face Stalker rod has a sleek, silky black car­bon blank and is pleas­ingly slim, nicely re­spon­sive, well bal­anced and ver­sa­tile. The 12ft blank is rea­son­ably light, so you can hold it for a long time when cast­ing con­tin­u­ally to show­ing fish.

How­ever, I can­not un­der­stand why Greys has fur­nished what is a su­perb pepped-up floater rod with a stan­dard set of six carp guides. I reckon the blank would per­form even bet­ter with more and smaller guides, spaced to em­pha­sise its su­perb ac­tion.

That said, the pow­er­ful 2.5lb test curve blank packs one hell of a punch that will whack out large, heavy con­trollers and sur­face floats a very long way.

Nor is it all about brawn. The rod has a medium-fast ac­tion with a fairly soft tip, to as­sist with flick­ing out light con­trollers with long hook­lengths. This softer tip al­lows you to fine down your hooks and hook­lengths when re­quired, but you’ll find that raw pro­gres­sive power runs all the way through its spine, so you can re­ally pile on the pres­sure when needed.

This was a real as­set dur­ing the live test. The only feed­ing fish show­ing were in a small bay sand­wiched be­tween a bed of lilies and a stand of Nor­folk reeds. Should I get a take, I would need to go into the wa­ter to play and net the fish, and the rod would need suf­fi­cient poke for me to wade out and dis­suade my op­po­nent from plough­ing into the reeds.

With so much cover to head for, I felt the odds were well stacked in favour of the fish, which would ei­ther snag me or smash me up.

As the carp be­gan to feed freely on the loosefed mix­ers they gained con­fi­dence, and af­ter half-an-hour I had a dozen de­cent-sized fish slurp­ing them down with aban­don. My cast,

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