Tested New feeder rod from Colmic

Ad­ven­ture se­ries is keyed to dis­tance and pay­load

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ITAL­IAN brand Colmic has been around the UK match scene for many years, with prod­ucts such as Colmic Jolly pole floats..

Its nick­elled Nu­clear 501 pat­tern is the fore­run­ner to many com­mer­cial carp hook de­signs, and it’s fair to say that Colmic poles – and rods, for that mat­ter – have proved very pop­u­lar.

It’s al­ways go­ing to be tricky for a Euro­pean com­pany to gain a re­ally strong foothold, though – think Trabucco and Tu­ber­tini.

How­ever, at this year’s Big One show Colmic re­vealed sev­eral very im­pres­sive new poles, seat­boxes and rods for com­mer­cial fish­eries.

One of the out­stand­ing new rod con­cepts at the show was Colmic’s three-rod 9ft 25g, 10ft 35g and 11ft 45g Scrape Feeder Xtreme Next Ad­ven­ture se­ries. All three of the two-piece blanks have a typ­i­cal fast par­a­bolic ac­tion, mar­ry­ing a for­giv­ing tip sec­tion to a mid­sec­tion with plenty of back­bone, al­low­ing fish to be played quickly to the net with­out the risk of hook-pulls or snapped lines.

Colmic has built its three Ad­ven­ture rods with a ta­per unique to each in re­spect of cast­ing dis­tance and feeder weight. The shorter the rod, the faster the ta­per – the longer the rod, the stronger its lever, which trans­lates into cast­ing power and abil­ity to bring fish quickly to the net. All three mod­els are said to be ideal for use with cage, pel­let, Method and block-end feed­ers, as well as straight lead tac­tics.

The model on live test duty, the mid-range 10ft 35g rod, should be well suited to most short to mid­dis­tance feeder work on a nor­mal com­mer­cial fish­ery.

The prov­ing ground for the the­ory was De­coy’s fish-packed Lou’s lake, a horse­shoe-shaped wa­ter that re­sponds par­tic­u­larly well to far-bank feeder tac­tics. Ac­cu­rate casts of around 35m are needed to get the best from it.

Start­ing the ses­sion us­ing a light­weight 15g flatbed Method feeder, the sporty Ital­ian blank cast straight as a die time

af­ter time, and de­spite early reser­va­tions about its short and rather del­i­cate look­ing quiv­er­tip car­rier sec­tion, the sil­ver-etched black blank re­ally did pro­duce an im­pres­sively fast par­a­bolic ac­tion. Carp from 2lb-5lb were beaten in dou­ble-quick time.

The rod comes with three push-in fi­bre­glass quiv­er­tips of 1/2oz, 1oz and 1.5oz, and the feath­er­weight blank fea­tures two dou­ble-leg lined guides on its butt sec­tion, with an­other five sin­gle-leg lined guides per­fectly placed along its car­rier sec­tion to em­pha­sise the fast ta­per ac­tion.

Suited to main­lines up to 8lb and hook­lengths down to around 0.12mm, it’s lots of fun to use, mainly be­cause it’s nigh im­pos­si­ble to lock up.

As an all-round com­mer­cial feeder rod it not only looks dif­fer­ent from the norm, but it per­forms in a re­fresh­ingly dif­fer­ent way from your av­er­age bog-stan­dard com­mer­cial feeder rod… gra­zie Colmic!

Price: £77.99

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