Live test on Tri-Cast’s hot new pole

Mil­i­tary grade car­bon is the se­cret

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

NOVEM­BER isn’t nor­mally the great­est month for mar­gin fish­ing. Fall­ing tem­per­a­tures and morn­ing frosts spell crys­tal-clear wa­ter, and fallen leaves blan­ket the bot­tom of our lakes.

But when Tri-Cast brand man­ager Steve Hop­kin­son told me of the im­mi­nent launch of the com­pany’s lat­est Tril­ogy 2 Power Mar­gin Pole – which is now in the shops – I knew I had to get out on the bank with one straight away, what­ever the con­di­tions.

To stand any chance of catch­ing in the mar­gins at this time of year your swim needs to be at least 3ft deep, and if there’s any cover along­side it, so much the bet­ter.

Luck­ily Kings­land Reser­voir near Coates, in Cam­bridgeshire, is ab­so­lutely per­fect. Its reed-fringed mar­gins are more than deep enough to hold a few fish. But I’m get­ting ahead of my­self.

First, let’s take a closer look at some of the tech­ni­cal at­tributes of this lat­est Tri-Cast pole. The stan­dard 9m Tril­ogy 2 Power Mar­gin is said by Tri-Cast to be streets ahead of both the orig­i­nal Tril­ogy Mar­gin and its iconic XRS Power Mar­gin, which for years was con­sid­ered to be the ul­ti­mate bag­ging tool for down the edge.

The Tril­ogy 2 is made from a unique mil­i­tary grade of car­bon cloth which is both strong and re­li­able. This is formed around the ex­act same man­drel as was used for the first Tril­ogy Mar­gin, so if you’re sim­ply look­ing to upgrade your ex­ist­ing pole, all your top kits and sec­tions are in­ter­change­able.

It’s slighter lighter than the orig­i­nal, but sig­nif­i­cantly stiffer and more re­spon­sive, even at its full 12.2m length with the two ex­ten­sion sec­tions fit­ted.

I be­gan the live test by fish­ing the Tril­ogy 2 at its stan­dard 9m length, and with ex­pe­ri­ence of both its pre­de­ces­sors I can con­firm that it is stiffer and more re­spon­sive than ei­ther of these.

It’s as­ton­ish­ingly quick at the tip, and com­pletely bounce-free at its 9m length – very much in keep­ing with how all the lat­est mar­gin poles are de­signed to be. But even these laud­able qual­i­ties pale into in­signif­i­cance com­pared to its fish play­ing power. Unyield­ing sec­tion strength is enough to pluck the largest and strop­pi­est carp from any snag-strewn pit. The pole han­dles well, ship­ping ef­fort­lessly in and out, and its light­ness and sense of bal­ance are pure class.

Tak­ing the pole up to its 10.6m and then full 12.2m lengths, should you wish to in­vest in ad­di­tional ex­ten­sions, you will have a mar­gin pole to reach well past the next plat­form on most com­mer­cials – in fact it’s a very de­cent all-rounder at a crack­ingly com­pet­i­tive price.

Price: £359

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