New gear

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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.

VER­DICT:

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.

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