Apex is the peak of the Prodi­gies

The Apex is the new­est mem­ber of the Greys Prodigy fam­ily of rods. IYCF ed­i­tor, James Fur­ness, finds out how they per­form...

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GREYS PRODIGY APEX 3.25lb RRP:£ 179.99

THE Prodigy Apex is the lat­est ad­di­tion to Greys’ best-sell­ing Prodigy rangerang of rods, which overo the years have gained a well-earned rep­u­ta­tion for in­cred­i­ble per­for­mance at an af­ford­able price. The Apex rods starts at £169.99 for the 10ft 3lb model, go­ingg up to £200 for the 12ft and 13ft 3.5lb rods. These prices put the rods into the mid-range bracket where you ex­pect that lit­tle bit ex­tra for your money as op­posed to en­try-level rods in the £50-£100 price range. Greys had sent the 12ft 3.25lb model for us to take out and nowa­days this test curve would be classed as a good all-rounder. If you’re only plan­ning on in­vest­ing in one set of carp rods these will cover most jobs. Although they may be a lit­tle over­gunned for fish­ing close in, they’ll still do the job, but they can eas­ily chuck a large lead or PVA bag a de­cent dis­tance that a rod with a lighter tes test curve would strug­gle to match. We made the short jour­ney to Northamp­ton­shire’s Wil­low­brook Lake and straight away found a few carp mak­ing the most of the early spring sun­shine in a shal­low bay at the top of the lake. A clump of reeds knock­ing no more than a cou­ple of rodlengths to the right of the swim re­vealed fish lo­ca­tion af­ter throw­ing in a hand­ful of corn and bro­ken boilies a rig was flicked to­wards the spot and the rod placed on the ground. A few min­utes later, the tip hooped round and I was bent into a carp. The rod’s smooth, pro­gres­sive ac­tion eas­ily cush­ioned the pow­er­ful lunges of the fish as it did its best to find sanc­tu­ary in the reeds. Ul­ti­mately the carp was no match for the power and con­trol of the rod and it was soon sat in the net.

GREYS PRODIGY APEX

The Prodigy Apex has ben­e­fit­ted from the use of Toreon Nano com­pos­ite ma­te­rial tech­nol­ogy. This not only makes the blank in­cred­i­bly slim and light­weight but also gives it in­creased strength and fi­nesse. The rod ac­tion has been specif­i­cally de­signed to get the best out of mod­ern, pow­er­ful, over­head cast­ing styles and the Toreon tech­nol­ogy pro­motes a su­per-fast tip re­cov­ery speed. This gives the rod a crisp and re­spon­sive feel nor­mally as­so­ci­ated with ul­tra­high end carp rods. The sub­lime woven car­bon fin­ish is 2K on the butt and 1K on the tip and fea­tures a durable Car­bon Ar­mour blank fin­ish. Other fea­tures in­clude a Fuji DPS-18 reel seat, stealth black an­odised col­lars, a slim, shrink-wrapped han­dle and bal­anced stainless butt cap.

The ever-so-slightly su­pe­rior fin­ish is, as al­ways, part of the Greys pack­age

This crack­ing mir­ror was caught no more than two rod lengths from the bank The feisty carp was only ever sec­ondbest in its bat­tle against the Apex

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