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   Old Thread  #54 2 Feb 2005 at 5.36pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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i took out a pair of hi s's and a pair of century sp's and can honestly say that both rods are fantasic!what swung it for me was the fact century rods are built up with fuji rings,and the free spirit rods are built up with their own s lite guides!look in a tacklebox catalogue and draw your own conclusion as to the price difference between the sets of rings,then look at the price of the rods!sorry but it has to be century rods for me!afterall,they hold more records for casting than any other manufacturer,and their service is second to none when you have to deal with them direct!
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   Old Thread  #51 24 Jan 2005 at 5.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Diawa Infinity 2.75lb LD factory built.

The best rods ive used by far in 27 years of carp fishing.
Light wieght but so strong. A responsive fast taper tip that makes the rod great distance caster with minimum effort. ideal with 3 -4 oz leads.
Takes on a nice bend when playing the fish and comfortable at margin work.
Wont change unless they break!

Get your self a 2nd hand set for a ton each well worth it.
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   Old Thread  #46 16 Jan 2005 at 12.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Wychwood rogue.

beautiful looking rods, nice and slim looks like a rod worth A LOT more. Beautiful to cast and play fish on in the margins as well as further out.

Great price can find them at prices of around £30 new.
at that price you can't knock them.
Great for begginers or slightly more experinced carpers on a tight budget.



i have used rods worth double the money and can honestly say i prefer these!
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   Old Thread  #45 8 Jan 2005 at 6.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Good points
These rods look the biz
Nice and slim
I have seen my mate cast upto 160 yards with them!!!!!
Nice to play fish with
cheap at only retail of £69.99
Bad points.
If you break a rod would take a while to get it fixed otherwise none
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   Old Thread  #44 4 Jan 2005 at 12.55pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Chris Orme built Harrison Chimeras - 3 1/4lb

These are so well built and finished.. and to be honest I was amazed at their quality. I pride myself on having and eye for perfection and these to me are faultless.

I got the 12' versions due to my height and build. I chose slim duplon abbreviaIed duplon with stainless rings and cap. To top off the rod I went for full fuji SIC rings (40mm - down).

As you would expect from such a blank and quality builder, they have a great distance casting ability, being happy with a 4oz lead, but were equally happy fishing a small commercial water, at 20 yds distance.

These rods are highly reccommended, and Chris would be my first port of call if buying anymore rods.
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   Old Thread  #42 30 Dec 2004 at 5.37pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Daiwa Infinity"s in 12ft 3 1/2 tc do it for me. Having gone through many makes and models through the years I find these excellent. Top build qaulity, cast to the horizon but still reasonable under the tip. Can be a little overkill on small ponds trying to underarm beneath trees but, for the open water fishing I do both home and abroad they are fine rods.
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   Old Thread  #41 26 Dec 2004 at 1.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Chris orme - 3lbtc chimeras !

These rods seriously are just brilliant !
thay are perfect for long range fishing but yet are soft enough for marginal closer fishing .
The build quality is first class with evrything customised to exactly what you want !

I have them with full duplon stainless colars and butts!
Thay are sexy ................

Would recomend any rods bulit by chris especially the chimeras !
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   Old Thread  #40 24 Dec 2004 at 2.44pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Chris Orme Rods
l have 3 12½ft 3¼lbtc chimeras.These are possibly the best rods on the market at the moment.l had full cork handles which is optional.The build quility on these rods is as good as it gets.For the ultimate in quility talk to Chris you will not be disapointed
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   Old Thread  #39 23 Dec 2004 at 9.07pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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chris orme's rods

I have four harrison ballista slims built by chris they are all 12 foot 3lb tc

the build quality is second to none and so is the service



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   Old Thread  #36 3 Dec 2004 at 1.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Wychwood Barbel 1.5lb TC

Owned - since 9/04

Yep, I know they are not carp rods, but for anyone who is fishing small or open waters and wants to try going light, then these are cracking rods.

Pluses:

Full corks - lovely
Double leg rings - nice and strong, no nancy single leggers on this baby
Very slim, can't be much over 10mm at the butt
Lovely, lovely through action, superb for playing fish
You can now pick them up for £40, superb value
Great for light leads, float or mixer fishing

Cons:

Well, they are 1.5lb TC so they're never going to chuck miles, but can throw a small method feeder or 2oz lead a decent way
You may not be able to get your big pits on the reel seats.

Overall, a brilliant players rod for lines from 6-10lb, and a brilliant price to match
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   Old Thread  #35 3 Dec 2004 at 12.25pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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E.S.P Vertex Distance

I have had the above rods for getting on a year now, i have the 12ft 2.75lb test curve version and i have to say they are the most stunning rods i have seen on the market, the finish is second to non, with stainless steel finishes, a marbled matt grey blank with Fuji Sic rings and fittings
These rods are seriously slim too, they are allot slimmer than my old 2.5lb test curve rods!!!!!!
They are distance casting tools at heart and i can cast 90-100yards without breaking a sweat and still be confident to stick one in the margin knowing they perform well under the rod tip, i cannot fault them simply Auwsome, and the price aint an issue now as they can be picked up for £175 each instead of the £220rrp
As many many carp fisherman and respected tackle dealers have told me they are simply the best
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   Old Thread  #34 27 Nov 2004 at 7.54am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Fox Warrior

Thought I might aswell put this up about the warrior as there seems to be a lot of threads on it, hopefully people can gain the info they want from the info on here.

Anyway...

I have had a set of warriors for about 2 years bought them as a first set of carp rods (have only been carping 2 years) and thought for £50 why not, the magazine reviews looked promising (well they would wouldn't they) and saw them in the shops and liked the slimline look and the blanks they have got. The Warrior is not the type of rod you take to a water expecting to punch out a 4oz lead 100+ yrds for 3lb test the rod is still very soft up against other 3lb rods.

I have had about 90-100 yards out of mine with a 3oz and wouldn't want to go any heavier than that (baring in mind I have got them in 2.75lb).

On the whole unless you are fishing a massive pit they are fine for most situations, I have been able to get fish away from snags with them and been able to cast to most areas with them They are also good under the tip due to them being soft.

For what I think they are now £44.99 you can't go wrong. If you have been thinking about getting them just go and get them you won't regret it.




EDIT: Owned the rods since 03/03
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   Old Thread  #31 26 Nov 2004 at 2.26pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Free Spirit E.S 2 3/4lb

I bought these rods just before Xmas last year and since ive had them i cant fault them! They are excellent at playing fish and really do bend, you really feel in contact with the fish when playing them They are probably one of the softest 2 3/4 rods ive used compared to some others ive tried but are still quite capable of chucking a lead 100yrds. They are well made rods with s-lite rings (i think!) and a nice weave on the blank, only downside is probably the price, at £199.99 rrp, but you can get 10% off at most shops. I dont think i could of spent my money on any rods much better
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   Old Thread  #30 25 Nov 2004 at 0.23am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Century Armalites MK1

I have a pair of these (that were passed onto me by my Grandad) in 2.5 TC.

Not having tried many different rods, I feel pretty limited as to what I can say about them in relation to other rods, suffice to say that after 14? years they are still going strong.

They have a nice dark green finish, rings + rod seat that are still in good condition,

They're v nice to play fish on, and cast quite well. A nice slim blank too compared with other rods of its generation.
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   Old Thread  #28 23 Nov 2004 at 9.26pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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for me its sportex exclusive s 31/2 for big range work with bags and such
and the FBC for up close and personal , what an action !! lets you show whos boss with control .

and for my medium range work although not a top name to some as i got them at a bargain price for £50.00 the maddocks challenger 2 3lb test

everyone has there personal choice but in honesty its the sportex for me.
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