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Greys GRC Com­bi­na­tion Out­fits from £149.99

READY-TO-GO out­fits are of­ten a great op­tion for the novice an­gler as all the choices re­gard­ing match­ing up a rod, reel and line have been done for you. Greys are now of­fer­ing four dif­fer­ent pre-boxed kits – two Light Com­bos, a Power and a Preda­tor op­tion. All con­tain sin­gle-handed four-piece rods with cor­dura rod tubes, pre-loaded reels and they are well pack­aged in their boxes. The GRC Light Com­bos are a 9ft 5wt and 9ft 6wt, both with a GTS300 4/5/6 reel and a Plat­inum Shoot line for a to­tal price of £149.99 each. The Power Combo is a 9ft 6in 7wt rod with a QRS 7/8 cas­sette reel and Plat­inum Shoot float­ing line for £199.99. The Preda­tor out­fit comes with a 9ft 9wt rod, QRS 7/8 cas­sette reel and both a float­ing and in­ter­me­di­ate pike fly line for £239.99. I had the 9ft 6in 7wt Power Combo which cer­tainly felt well bal­anced in the hand. Greys say the rod’s ac­tion is pow­er­ful and fast. I would agree, although it also flexes eas­ily so is very straight­for­ward to load, mak­ing it a user­friendly ac­tion. The head length of the Plat­inum Shoot fly line is rel­a­tively short at 35.5 feet and once this is out­side the rod tip I could feel it load and it only took a cou­ple of casts to send it on its way. This is very much a lift, load and shoot to tar­get setup, don’t get car­ried away with try­ing to aeri­alise ex­ces­sive head lengths as it will just col­lapse on you. The rod is just as happy at short to medium range casts as it is at shoot­ing long lines at dis­tance. The QRS cas­sette reel is a crack­ing choice for this out­fit and ac­tu­ally won a TroutFish­er­man ‘Tackle Testers Choice’ award when I re­viewed it ear­lier this year (is­sue 506). Its ‘quick re­lease spool’ sys­tem is op­er­ated by a small red lever on the back of the spool and it is so sim­ple to change spools, even with cold, numb wet hands. The reel comes set up for left hand wind, and again it’s a sim­ple pro­ce­dure to change it over. The reel in this out­fit comes with one spare spool, but you can add ex­tra spools at £9.99 each as you ex­tend your fly line col­lec­tion. Fi­nally, the Plat­inum Shoot float­ing line is lovely and sup­ple, has min­i­mal mem­ory, is slick through the rings and sits high in the wa­ter. It has a welded front loop and is con­nected to a braided Dacron back­ing with a nail knot, the only thing I would change as I pre­fer a small braided loop fit­ted at the back end. I also had a go with the 9ft 6wt Light Combo which con­sists of a 9ft 6wt GRC rod, and a GTS300 4/5/6 reel loaded with a Plat­inum Shoot float­ing line. This is very much a mid­dle ac­tion rod, which again is very easy to load and cast. It would make the per­fect out­fit for small still­wa­ters and also for top of the wa­ter sport on the larger reser­voirs.

VERDICT:

Th­ese GRC out­fits re­ally work well. They are well bal­anced and the two I tried are user-friendly so will suit an­glers with a range of cast­ing abil­i­ties. They also rep­re­sent very good value for money. Web: www.greysfish­ing.com Tel: 01665 602771

The GRC Power Combo – well bal­anced and user-friendly. “The rod’s ac­tion is pow­er­ful and fast, and it also flexes eas­ily.”

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