WHICH ROD WON?

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Tackle | Rod Test -

CAST­ING THE rods side by side high­lighted how far the mar­ket has come in terms of rod de­sign. There was not a sin­gle rod in the test that failed to put out a de­cent line. Most an­glers would be more than com­fort­able fish­ing with any one of th­ese rods, and ev­ery one would en­able you to catch fish. Nev­er­the­less, the pur­pose of the test was to dis­cover which rods we felt had an ad­van­tage, how­ever slight, over their com­peti­tors. That we dis­agreed on our favourites shows the sub­jec­tiv­ity in­volved in choos­ing a rod and we hope that our com­ments will help guide you if you’re con­sid­er­ing a pur­chase this sea­son. We were re­ally im­pressed with the Shake­speare and Wy­chwood, which cost less than £100, so much so that we didn’t feel it would be fair to rec­om­mend one over the other. Ei­ther would make an ex­cel­lent dry-fly rod and a great op­tion if you’re think­ing of adding an oc­ca­sional six-weight to your more reg­u­lar seven-weight out­fit. Al, in par­tic­u­lar, was deeply im­pressed with the Scierra SRX V2, and it re­ceives a rec­om­men­da­tion. He thought this rod’s per­for­mance was up there with that of the Sage. Andrew’s stand-out rod was the Vi­sion Onki, a rod that bends beau­ti­fully with su­perb feel and del­i­cacy of pre­sen­ta­tion yet at the same time car­ries plenty of power with which to cast a long line. At the top of the price range, the Sage, Hardy and Win­ston all of­fered ex­cel­lent per­for­mance with an in­creas­ing amount of flex and each one would be a dream to fish with in the hands of the right an­gler. In the end, the ex­tremely fast re­cov­ery of the Sage X and its ex­cep­tional ac­cu­racy led Al to feel that it just edges the Scierra in terms of per­for­mance. Andrew also thought the top-price rods were very good, with the Sage the fastest, the Hardy slightly softer and the Win­ston even more so, but he stuck to the Onki at £200 as his out­right favourite.

Al picks his favourites. How deep is your pocket?

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