Ex­clu­sive! On-the-bank test of Nash’s high-per­for­mance carp rods

They score in every depart­ment from ap­pear­ance to per­for­mance, and their price means you can af­ford a set

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WHEN carp rods look this good you’d ex­pect two things of them – great per­for­mance and a hefty price tag. In the case of the KNX mod­els, Nash has well and truly de­liv­ered one of these.

First let’s deal with the al­limpor­tant looks. The com­pletely non-re­flec­tive matt black blanks with match­ing gloss black de­cals may at first glance seem a tad dull, but they cer­tainly give the rod an ex­pen­sive classy look, guar­an­teed to draw ad­mir­ing glances wher­ever you set them up.

When it comes to taste­ful fit­tings and fancy fur­nish­ings, these KNX’s are of de­signer bou­tique stan­dard. Their mod­ern EVA and Du­plon han­dles of­fer an easy, com­fort­able grip for cast­ing and play­ing fish, and are fin­ished with a laser-etched butt cap, com­plete with iso­tope slot.

A sul­try black soft-touch rub­ber reel seat raises com­fort to a whole new level – thanks to its clever skele­tal de­sign your thumb and fore­fin­ger can come into con­tact with the blank, giv­ing im­proved ‘feel’ trans­mis­sion from fish on

the end.

Mov­ing up the blank, you’ll find a line clip, then a 50mm butt guide on the 3lb and 3.5lb rods, fol­lowed by five more ide­ally-placed Flexor guides that re­duce stress dis­tor­tion dur­ing cast­ing and give a seam­less per­for­mance when play­ing a fish. Spigot align­ment mark­ings en­sure the rod is al­ways set up with the guides lined up straight. So this rod re­ally does seems to be a class act, but what about its per­for­mance and price?

Price-wise it’s got to be a steal at £98.99 for the 3.5lb ver­sion on live test duty, £87.99 for the 3lb rod, and just £76.99 for the 2.75lb baby of the bunch.

With lim­ited time avail­able, the live test was geared to­wards what the 12ft, 3.5lb test curve blank is ca­pa­ble of.

I can hap­pily re­port that it was more than ca­pa­ble of cast­ing 3oz leads teamed with solid PVA bags and mesh sticks. Ad­mit­tedly it isn’t an out-and-out cast­ing tool, so if you’re think­ing ‘un­bri­dled power’ you may be slightly dis­ap­pointed. The car­bon com­pos­ite blank doesn’t gen­er­ate uite enough en­ergy from its butt sec­tion, and loads the cast­ing weight a lit­tle bit fur­ther down the tip than a hori­zon-buster of a rod.

That said, and for the money, Nash KNX rods are per­fect for small to medium-sized carp wa­ters where casts of up to 75 yards us­ing solid PVA bag and mesh sticks are needed.

The pro­gres­sive ac­tion makes it far less prone to hook-pulls than the ‘broom han­dle’ 3.5lb rods of yes­ter­year, which had no fish-play­ing ac­tion and scant feel. The KNX will han­dle fish from low dou­bles up­wards, and make it a joy to catch them.

Com­plet­ing the KNX col­lec­tion is a Spod/Marker rod with a pow­er­ful 4.5lb test curve – so you can have a match­ing set if you feel like push­ing the boat out.

Price: 12ft 2.75lb £76.99, 12ft 3lb £87.99, 12ft 3.5lb £98.99, Spod and Marker 12ft 4.5lb £87.99

“When it comes to taste­ful fit­tings and fancy fur­nish­ings, these KNX rods are of de­signer bou­tique stan­dard”

The KNX is well ca­pa­ble of han­dling fish of all sizes.

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