Robbie Winram reviews the latest gear including Daiwa’s Silvercreek fly rods
Daiwa Silvercreek Fly rods from £69.99
DAIWA have brought out four new rod ranges for this year, including the Silvercreek Fly series which consists of nine models from an 8ft 4wt at £69.99 to a 11ft 3in 7/8wt at £99.99. I chose to review the 10ft 7wt and 9ft 6wt. The cork handle on the 10ft 7wt is nice and smooth and has a more prominent bulge in the middle than on some rods, but sits comfortably in the hand. While the majority of the blank has a matt unground finish, the butt section is a smooth ground semi-gloss finish. There are two good sized stripping rings and the oversized snakes allow for unhindered line shoot. I did like the little keeper ring which you can fold out of the way. The rod was matched up to a 7wt floating line and within a few casts I deduced that the action was very much middle to tip, with most of the flex coming halfway down the blank. This allowed for relatively easy and smooth pick-up off the water at short and medium range with the rod loading easily. Tip recovery was reasonably fast, the blank aerialised the line comfortably and I was able to generate pretty good loops on both the back and forward casts. Delivery onto the water was accurate and presentation pretty crisp. Lifting and aerialising longer lengths of line saw the rod retain its smooth delivery and introducing the double haul really allowed me to push the line at distance, although a slightly longer arm stroke was needed to get the best out of the rod at these ranges. When I was striving for maximum distance this rod didn’t like to be rushed and if I tried to force it, the rod just didn’t respond. This rod is all about feel and it will let you know how little or how much pressure to apply. At overhead casts and double hauling it is very good. When it comes to continuous motion casts such as the roll and switch, I did need to be quite precise with my casting, even though it has that extra bit of flex. I did like the oversized rings as they allowed the line to positively zip out onto target. When changing to midge, sink-tips and intermediates the rod handled them in a very similar way to the floating line, and the 7wt rating is spot-on. Denser medium to extra fast sinkers saw the rod bend a good bit deeper and I could really feel it loading. The rod worked best for me with either a 6/7wt or a 6wt line. The 9ft 6wt is still a middle to tip action rod but has a little more flex further down the blank than its big brother. It handled a 6wt floating line really smoothly and would make an ideal small water rod. It has a little more in the way of finesse being able to generate reasonably high line speeds with nice tight loops, producing good turnover and deft presentation. Great for top of the water tactics and especially fishing dries. I did try a 6wt multi-tip line, intermediates and a medium sink which worked really well. When I switched to sinking lines it did struggle a bit until I dropped down to a 5wt, but apart from that this is a tidy little package.
While the 10ft 7wt is not powerful enough to be an out-and-out competition rod, for anyone considering their first reservoir or boat-rod it would be a good buy and its friendly action will iron out any casting errors. Very good value for money.