First test of Still­wa­ter’s new Mini Method and Pel­let Wag­gler rods

Still­wa­ter Shuriken rods are a steal at just £49

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ON­LINE tackle re­tailer Chap­mans has pro­duced quite a few de­cent rods un­der its own Still­wa­ter brand since its in­cep­tion.

But it’s fair to say that most have ma­jored on econ­omy rather than per­for­mance. Un­til now, that is!

Chap­mans, in part­ner­ship with Daiwa, has just re­leased an 11ft Pel­let Wag­gler and a 10ft Mini Method Feeder rod un­der its new Still­wa­ter Shuriken ban­ner – and the pair fairly siz­zle in terms of build qual­ity, per­for­mance and quite as­ton­ish­ing value.

Both are made from slim, equal length two-piece car­bon blanks of some dis­tinc­tion. The 11ft Pel­let Wag­gler is rated to reel lines up to 8lb, and de­signed for carp and F1 fish­ing. The 10ft Mini Method Feeder will han­dle 40g feed­ers, and comes with 1oz and 1.5oz push-in car­bon quiv­ers.

Key fur­nish­ing fea­tures on both in­clude pleas­ing all-cork han­dles, alu­minium ox­ide lined guides, classy gloss black whip­pings, and a keeper ring as a nice fi­nal touch.

And it doesn’t stop there, as I found out while live test­ing the won­der­fully named Shuriken (pro­nounced ‘Shirken’) roommates at De­coy’s icy cold Lou’s Lake. Hap­pily, while one side of the horse­shoe-shaped wa­ter was solid with ice, the other, where I was fish­ing, gave more than a fair im­pres­sion of a balmy Au­gust af­ter­noon, rather than a bonechilling mid-Fe­bru­ary freeze.

But enough of the weather – let’s take a closer look at the Shurikens. It wasn’t un­til I got the rods back home and started delv­ing into their con­struc­tion de­tails that I was even aware that Daiwa had a

hand in their cre­ation. How­ever, within a cou­ple of min­utes of us­ing them, I recog­nised that un­mis­tak­able steely ‘Daiwa feel’ run­ning through the mid-sec­tions, mak­ing them more than a match for the largest of com­mer­cial fish­ery denizens as well as pasty sized stock­ies and F1s.

Not that th­ese two rods are in any way cheapo whop­per stop­pers – both sport a quite su­perb and sweetly pro­gres­sive ac­tion.

The seven white-tipped whip­pings on the 10ft Mini Method Feeder quiver tips are

bril­liant. Reg­u­lar read­ers will know of my dis­like for quiv­ers with any­thing other than a daub of blaze or or­ange paint on their ends. But I must ad­mit that my at­ten­tion was mes­mer­i­cally drawn towards the white whip­pings, mak­ing missed bites very un­likely.

The 11ft Pel­let Wag­gler has a very sim­i­lar pro­gres­sive ac­tion to its sta­ble­mate, but the tip-end is very slightly softer, giv­ing it more whip and mak­ing it eas­ier to cast light floats – in this rod’s case from around 4AAA (3.5g) up­wards. My first carp of the year on the

float fell to a corn skin bait, set 3ft feet deep and cast tight against a line of Nor­folk reeds – ba­si­cally the wag­gler equiv­a­lent of dob­bing.

Given the size and fight­ing spirit of the fish caught, I can cer­tainly vouch for the power in re­serve that still has enough cush­ion­ing to per­mit the use of rea­son­ably small hooks and light hook lengths.

Price: £49.99

Un­miss­able white quiv­er­tip whip­pings.

Pleas­ing reel seat and all-cork han­dle.


First carp of 2018 to Shuriken’s 11ft Pel­let Wag­gler.

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