Shi­mano TX7 Rods RRP: From £244.99 On­line: www.fish.shi­mano-eu.com

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The new TX7 range of rods from Shi­mano have been de­signed with one thing in mind – tack­ling large, more de­mand­ing wa­ters. These rods have been built with strength and power at the fore­front of their de­sign – they can lit­er­ally cast to the hori­zon! Util­is­ing a com­bi­na­tion of HPC250 and Biofi­bre, the TX7 range is both strong and pow­er­ful, yet very for­giv­ing when play­ing fish un­der the rod tip. By us­ing HPC250, the car­bon is made very strong and stiff, with a crisp re­cov­ery dur­ing the cast. This im­proves ac­cu­racy, as well as dis­tance achieved, as the rods spring back straight as soon as the lead is re­leased. This is fur­ther aided by Biofi­bre, which re­in­forces the blank al­low­ing it to be pro­duced in a thin­ner di­am­e­ter, mak­ing the over­all weight of the fin­ished rods much lower.

With re­gards to the spec­i­fi­ca­tion of this model’s line-up, Shi­mano haven’t cut any cor­ners on the TX7S, they all fea­ture Fuji reel seats, along­side Ki­gan Stain­less Steel Zir­co­nia guides, ter­mi­nat­ing in an anti-frap tip ring. When com­bined, the full length EVA han­dle and the stain­less, laser-etched butt cap set the rods off per­fectly. There are five mod­els in the range: 12ft 2¾lb, 12ft 3lb, 12ft 3¼lb, as well as an In­ten­sity model in both 12ft and 13ft lengths. Prices vary from £244.99 up to £264.99 de­pend­ing on the model cho­sen. Con­sid­er­ing the spec­i­fi­ca­tion of these rods, the price point is very keen in­deed.

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