Balanced boxed sets
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.
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.”