Ex­clu­sive! On-the-bank test of Avid’s new Trac­tion carp rods

Avid’s 2.25lb and 2.75lb Trac­tion Carp rods are re­ally that spe­cial

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

SINCE their in­tro­duc­tion a lit­tle over nine months ago, Avid’s Trac­tion Carp rods have be­come the bench­mark by which all sub-£100 mod­els are judged.

Built from Re­ac­tive car­bon fi­bre wrapped in a matt-fin­ished 3K weave, each 12ft blank of­fers a unique take on the tra­di­tional par­a­bolic ac­tion beloved of carpers. A slow build-up of power cush­ions the runs and lunges of hard-fight­ing fish, of­fer­ing greater con­trol when it re­ally mat­ters.

It’s just the sort of ac­tion needed for a mod­ern day big-carp rod that multi-tasks.

The orig­i­nal Trac­tion mod­els car­ried test curves of 3lb, 3.25lb and 3.5lb, cov­er­ing ev­ery­thing from solid PVA bag and stick work to mid­dle to long-range Method feeder and straight lead work.

I more than proved the point when live test­ing a pair of the 3lb mod­els last Novem­ber at a cold and rather un­invit­ing-look­ing Boddington Reser­voir where a whack of 90-plus yards with a 3oz pel­let-laden Method feeder was needed to reach its denizens.

You might think that most of the gen­eral heavy-duty cast­ing work would be taken care of by the 3lb, 3.25lb and 3.5lb mod­els. Avid’s de­vel­op­ment team could in­deed have been for­given for ly­ing back on their su­per-comfy Bench­mark bed­chairs and feel­ing a bit smug.

But not a bit of it – en­ter the new 2.25lb and 2.75lb test curve blanks. Both rods boast the same Re­ac­tive car­bon and 3K weave as the orig­i­nals, but they have a slightly softer par­a­bolic ac­tion suit­ing them to smaller waters, more mod­est cast­ing dis­tances and sur­face and zig rig tac­tics.

To test th­ese at­tributes, what was needed was a medium-sized lake with a healthy stock of big, snippy fish that could be tempted on a wide range of tac­tics.

Northamp­ton­shire’s day-ticket Wil­low­brook Lake, jam-packed with hand­some fish to al­most 30lb, fits the bill. It’s a su­perb day­light venue, es­pe­cially if you’re af­ter wet­ting the un­hook­ing mat with­out wait­ing all day for a run.

First up was the new Trac­tion 2.75lb rod, rigged with a 1.5oz in­line Avid lead and solid PVA bag full of mi­cro pel­lets.

The blank took lit­tle per­sua­sion to launch its pay­load to the cen­tre of the lake, close to a man-made float­ing is­land. It could eas­ily have been bur­dened with a heav­ier lead and tasked with a far longer cast.

The slightly softer 2.25lb model was kit­ted out with a zig rig and 2oz lead, cast close to one of the nu­mer­ous lily beds. It han­dled the weight eas­ily enough, but

it’s def­i­nitely not a rod with lots of clout. For all zig, sur­face and mar­gin work, though, it’s ideal.

I didn’t have to wait long for the alarm to sound, as what felt like a de­cent fish ploughed straight through two weedbeds be­fore I even had a chance to pick up the rod and tighten down the clutch.

Sum­mer carp in shal­low wa­ter can be tricky enough to cope with on their own, with­out hav­ing half a hun­dred­weight of weed fes­tooned along the line like so much wash­ing. With the 2.75lb blank, it seemed all would be lost.

But deep in the belly of the blank was a core of steely strength with enough pulling power to drag the beast from its lair. The fish, hav­ing gone un­der­neath the weed and out the other side, was still snarky about be­ing hooked, but even­tu­ally both carp and weed came safely over the net cord.

What more can you say, other than that th­ese rods are fab­u­lous? I also man­aged two on zig rigs on the lighter model, and would hap­pily add both to my holdall.

Price: £79.99

The 2.75lb rod bat­tled this indig­nant mir­ror through a weedbed.

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