Hot kit Ex­clu­sive first look at gear

Com­pany famed for big-carp rods en­ters com­mer­cials mar­ket

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

THE long-awaited new CTX range of Free Spirit match rods has ar­rived. The com­pany, prob­a­bly best known for its sought-after top-end Hi S carp rods, pro­duces some of the best car­bon blanks go­ing. The new Match range, the prod­uct of four years of R&D and field tri­als, uses Free Spirit’s tried and tested CTX spec­i­fi­ca­tion which has proved so suc­cess­ful in its mid-priced carp and bar­bel rods of the same name.

The 40 tonne car­bon cloth con­struc­tion in­cor­po­rates the unique Bi-Axis car­bon weave sys­tem which makes the rods ex­cep­tion­ally light and im­mensely strong. The non-scratch blanks carry no paint or lac­quer, so the fin­ish will last many years.

Other key fea­tures in­clude re­duced length han­dles (al­though the stepped-up SU Wag­gler and BW Feeder rods all have longer han­dles to max­imise cast­ing dis­tance). The ac­tion is best de­scribed as giv­ing an even buildup of power from tip, through to the mid­dle and down into the butt – enough to stop pow­er­ful fish on light gear with no risk of

bot­tom­ing out.

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