Revel in the glass fi­bre re­vival

Vi­sion Glass Daddy £229.99

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Tackle - www.vi­sion­fly­fish­ing.co.uk 07703 609513

GLASS fi­bre rods are start­ing to make a bit of a come­back in the fly-fish­ing world but they are far re­moved from the heavy, floppy mod­els of old. With all the tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments in rod mak­ing, the new class of rods are a rev­e­la­tion. Vi­sion have adopted the glass fi­bre tech­nol­ogy in three new rods – a 7ft 6in 6wt Streamer, 12ft dou­ble-handed Sal­mon, and the 8ft 9wt Glass Daddy that I had for test. This dis­tinc­tive two-piece rod with its yel­low and black liv­ery is aimed at the an­gler tar­get­ing preda­tor species on the fly. Matched up to a 9wt float­ing preda­tor line I could tell straight away that it has a mid­dle to full flex ac­tion. Load­ing the rod it arced smoothly down to the water and as I lifted it flipped the line back with in­cred­i­ble ease, even with a large pike fly on the end. The sub­se­quent aeri­alised line and for­ward shoot was all in the same vein – su­per smooth. I did play around with a few dif­fer­ent preda­tor lines and any­thing that has a short (27 feet) to medium (37 feet) head length with a rea­son­ably ag­gres­sive ta­per worked re­ally well at turn­ing over a seven-foot preda­tor leader and fly. I got a bit car­ried away at one point and was en­joy­ing cast­ing the rod so much that I went for a nice roll cast to flip the fly for­ward, com­pletely for­get­ting the size of the pike fly which I al­most caught in the face! At short and medium range the line shoot, pre­sen­ta­tion and turnover is very good. When striv­ing for dis­tance a long haul can re­ally put a bend into the rod and this is when the glass fi­bre’s seem­ingly lim­it­less stretch and flex comes into play. But it’s never to the detri­ment of the cast and all that flex is con­verted into en­ergy and pro­pels the line and fly re­ally pos­i­tively onto tar­get. This flex also works in the an­gler’s favour when it comes to play­ing and con­trol­ling big fish as the rod is able to ab­sorb all this power and pro­tect the leader. The rod was equally at home with an in­ter­me­di­ate line, one of the most pop­u­lar for this style of fish­ing, and even han­dled Di-3 and Di-5 shoot­ing head style lines, al­beit with an in­creased amount of flex due to it load­ing that much deeper, but it is still more than ca­pa­ble of do­ing the job.

VER­DICT:

I think this new glass fi­bre rod has a huge amount of po­ten­tial and once you get used to its flex and han­dling I am sure there will be a great many con­verts from car­bon fi­bre. Its easy cast­ing ac­tion and re­serves of power are per­fect for preda­tor fish­ing and when matched with a 9wt trout line it would also suit those an­glers tar­get­ing back-end fryfeed­ers on the reser­voirs.

“Its easy cast­ing ac­tion and re­serves of power are per­fect for preda­tor fish­ing.”

The Glass Daddy is a two-piece model.

Chrome-plated guides and tip ring.

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