THIS MONTH: Nash, Dave Lane, Powapacs, Banana Rods & Solar Tackle
We have a round-up of new gear from Nash, Dave Lane, Powapacs, Banana Rods and Solar Tackle
Solar Tackle Carbon Indicator Heads RRP: £13.99
These high grade carbon and P1 stainless heads are designed to complement Solar’s titanium multi-function indicator system, although they are compatible with all manner of chains, quiver and swing arms. They weigh 11g and are finished with a pair of white rubberised ‘pips’ in place of the more conventional ball clip. The tension on these can be altered by simply twisting the knurled base of the indicator head, lending them to a number of different styles of fishing, whether that be fishing bowstring-tight lines at range, or fishing slack under the rod tips. They are supplied with a colour-coded white plastic ring that can be fitted under your alarm, or beneath your back rest, as well as a slot on the body that will house a 25x3mm isotope. Solar Tackle Multi-functional Indicator System RRP: £22.99
Machined from a mix of Solar’s P1 stainless and aerospacegrade titanium, these are the most versatile indicator arms on the market today. Due to their clever and complex design, they can be adjusted to cover every fishing situation. The titanium arm features a knurled knuckle at the top that can be screwed shut or open to permit either a swinging or straight arm position. The aero-grade metal in the arm is incredibly flexible and durable. Solar’s unique ‘chain link’ double pivot point, gives a huge increase in sensitivity and sees that whatever indicator head you choose, it will always sit bolt upright so you can spot the tiniest of movements.
Each system comes with a 3¼ inch titanium arm, a P1 hockey stick grip clip, both 12mm and 14mm Strongarm line clips and a protective carry tube.
Built to compliment the current P1 range of stainless from Solar, this precision engineered (complete) kit has everything you’ll need should you find yourself fishing a venue with wooden swims. They’re also very useful for those fishing canals and urban waterways, where there aren’t any grass verges available to use banksticks in a conventional manner.
They are supplied in a zipped, canvas case. You will find a front and rear stand, a drop-in buzzer bar attachment, a P1 driver and even three pairs of different length screws. Solar Tackle P1 Stage Stands RRP: £69.99
Online: www.solartackle.co.uk Solar Tackle Inflatable Unhooking Mat RRP: £139.99
There have been a number of these inflatable mats released of late. This one differs to most in that it comprises two pieces and has its own separate, self-inflating mattress. Coupled with the high, tubular, inflatable walls, this makes for the safest unhooking mat around.
Finished in a hard-wearing, heavy-duty nylon and with a thick groundsheet material protecting the base, this product should stand the test of time. It is quick and easy to inflate/deflate and comes in its own carry bag, complete with a pump.
Dave Lane Fine Lines
RRP: £30 (plus £5 p&p) Online: www.davelane.co.uk This book has been on sale for a couple of months now. It is the third instalment in Dave’s writing and follows on from An
Obsession with Carp and A Flick of the Tale, covering his fishing over the past decade, on venues such as Mary’s, the North Met, Monk’s Pit and the mighty Burghfield.
As usual, it is written in his own inimitable style, with a mix of humour, highs and lows, and, of course, some stunning photography. What’s more, it manages to set the scene and draw you in, giving you the sense of accompanying Dave on his journey in search of some of the country’s most desirable carp.
The last in the range of the Banana Rods line-up that we have had the pleasure of looking at, this, the Cross is a multi-purpose tool. Designed for short to medium range work, this 3½lb model has an optimum casting weight of 3½oz, yet is capable of casting 5oz up to about 70 metres.
As ever, there is an emphasis on the rod being a delight to play fish on, so the action is based around a powerful blank with a progressive action that is wonderfully soft when under compression. This, coupled with the extra length, make it a far more versatile rod than a 10 footer and while it will lend itself to boat work, it retains the capability to cast between 110-130m when coupled with the correct load.
The quality of the workmanship is incredible and the choice of reel seat, ring set and the carbon whippings befit a really high-end product.
Banana Rods Cross 11ft 3½lb TC
RRP: From approximately £450 (at current exchange rates). Please allow 8-12 weeks for delivery Online: www.bananarods.com
Having been impressed by the power packs and solar panels we have reviewed recently, we decided to take a look at some of the other products within the Powapacs range. They have a whole host of lights, with these four having the most appeal.
The Luxx is a fully waterproof unit, making it ideal for use around the swim. It also has a diffuser dome at the top, meaning that it casts a softer light across a wider area, meaning it is also great for lighting your bivvy. It has seven colour options that can be changed with the supplied remote, including red and green, which should save you attracting every bug in the area for dinner!
The standard Powalite is a more conventional shape, being a similar shape to many other strip lights that have appeared in recent years. It is a no-nonsense light with three options; red, white and SOS (a flashing white light that can run for 24 hours if the unit is fully charged). As with the rest of the range, it has a remote control and as per the other strip lights, it is supplied with a magnetic bar, allowing it to be suspended inside a bivvy.
The Powalite+ is based around the standard unit, but, it has the clever inclusion of a PIR sensor. This motion-activated light source means an end to scrabbling about looking for your remote in the middle of the night! The infrared sensor works on both the red and the white settings, which is very handy if you set it facing (the path to) your rods. The device will remain lit for 30 seconds after it senses that any movement has stopped and then turn itself off again.
Finally, there is the Powalite XL, which as its name suggests, is bigger than the other two. So much so, that it has a large enough battery to double as a charger for various Usb-compatible devices if required. Once more, it has a remote control, so you can select which colour and brightness you prefer at the touch of a button.
Running times vary between the lights. The XL will operate for up to three days from one charge, while the slightly smaller Powalite and Powalite+ will run for up to ten days-straight, using the red LED and the lower brightness setting. Powapacs Lights
RRP: From £22.99
The guys at Nash have been very busy behind the scenes of late and the result is a complete overhaul of the Scope range, along with a number of other new products. We were invited to have a preview of it all at a recent trade-only evening and particularly liked the luggage, notably the rucksacks.
Taking the Scope ethos to the next level, mobility has been a key part of the designer’s M.O. There is a very clever usage of available space on show, with some really neat ideas, such as:
1. A collapsible, folding back-plate on the Recon Rucksack, that transforms into a miniature bivvy table.
2. The ability to unzip and unfold the body, on the Recon Ruckall, which allows it to be stored flat under your bed chair. While that is nothing new, the fact that it has a built-in cool-bag compartment, is certainly a first.
3. The Deploy Rucksack has a rigid, free-standing body. The body has two separate inner compartments that are available from the side, meaning you don’t have to empty the contents all over the place to get to the bottom. The flap that allows entry to the top section, has a lipped, rigid EVA construction, giving you a handy fold-out bivvy table when travelling light.
For those who really do travel light, the Scope Security Stashpack will be a godsend. What appears at a glance to be nothing more than a mini ‘man bag’ is in fact, a fairly spacious rucksack – although for the most part hidden inside is a discreet zipped pocket, perfect for those spur-of-the-moment walkabouts.
There are lots of other eye-catching details too... the lining on the ZT Crewneck, the butt grip on the latest Black Ops rod, the concept of the R6/9/10 Transporter, and, last but by no means least, there is of course a Titan, in the same all-new camouflage livery!
Whilst some of the items are available immediately, expect the rest of the range to roll out by mid/late October. We’ll have a more in depth look at the whole range very soon. Nash Tackle Various