How do I elasticate my pole?
IS THERE a simple way of elasticating the top kit of a pole? What elastics I should be using for various fish?
Dave Proud, Winchester
THE key is to take your time when cutting back a top kit to prevent breakage or a split occurring. See the step by step guide (right).
There are two types of elastic on the market. Solid elastic has less stretch than hollow but more concentrated power, and is popular in the lighter grades with river and canal anglers for small fish. Solid elastic is fine for carp but can bottom out (reach the point where it can’t stretch any more), resulting in broken line and lost fish. The chart (right) gives you a good idea of solid elastic grades in relation to species.
Hollow elastic has far more stretch and is softer than its solid equivalent, losing a bit in the power stakes. Anglers who fish for perch and skimmers love the stuff, and when using small hooks in winter and spring for carp, hollow elastic is a winner. In terms of hollow grades, numbers such as 6-8 relate to traditional solid grades.