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   Old Thread  #188 4 Nov 2008 at 4.16pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I have just upgraded from some cheap jrc defender rods 3.5lb t.c to greys prodigy plus and the difference is amazing i dont believe you can get a better rod for the money i paid 110 each for the 50mil butt ring version.They are slimmer than a 5p at the but and look gorgeous also
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   Old Thread  #187 17 Sept 2008 at 9.27am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I have owned 2 fox legends 2 TC for 7 months now.

Pro's:
Not exspensive. 79.99
Nice playing action under the tip they are excellent.
They are for medium size waters i can cast a 60 gram lead roughly 50 - 80 meters with a small pva bag.
Then are nice and thin also very light rods.

Con's:
I do not like the mat finish.
Not for large waters.

My Rating's
Price 10/10
Tartiness 5/10
Playing action 8/10
Casting Distance 6/10
Overall rating i would give them 7/10
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   Old Thread  #186 14 Sept 2008 at 11.26am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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i have just purchased a set of the new sonik sk4 3.5lb tc rods. i was a bit juvious at first as i had only seen pictures but then i read that you could send them back in 28 days if i didnt like them, now if they were not good that offer most likely wouldnt be available, any how, on receiveing them i was well chuffed witht he look and feel...but once i got on the water they could punch a bag stringer or single out to where i wanted quite nicely...overall these rods really seem worht the money, much prefer them to the prodigys i had.
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   Old Thread  #184 26 Aug 2008 at 9.14am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #183 2 Aug 2008 at 11.29pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I've owned a set of 3 shimano tribal xt-a rods for around 2 year now and tbh i dont like them. done get me wrong, nice action, smoth eyes, feel in the tip its just that reel seat i find to crap to get on with.

if any of you havent seen the reel seat on these rods then ill explain. basicly it can move up and down the blank but to tightern it you have to do up the reel seat alot, and once lined up the eyes to the reel (which can be a pain) then you can start fishing.

dont get me wrong i like the fact that you can adjust the position to suit length of arms ect. but its set up time and the fact that once released the reel seat leaves marks on the blank from where its been.

good rod but not the one for me
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   Old Thread  #181 12 Jul 2008 at 1.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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daiwa akn amorphous 12ft 2.75 test..............why ????
1,they were built by nubero aburo-a great rod builder
2,amorphous carbon flexes better than all others-giving immence power
3,daiwas flagship carp rod
4,this rod has been used by more top names than than any other
5,used in the right hands -achieve massive casts with 3.5oz leads
6,incredibly light and well balanced
7, aint gonna rip mouths at close range
8,a pleasure to play carp on
9, they have outlived all my other blanks,which have either broke or felt horrible.
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   Old Thread  #180 9 Jun 2008 at 12.42pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
century ng 2.75 tc

recently upgraded from a budget set up, not really knowing what to excpect (if anything)

one word, WOW!

put an extra 70 yards on my cast straight away, nice through action, can cast a 4 ounce lead comfortably 135 yards with a stringer!

Not had casting like it since my sea fishing days with the conoflex!

Thought it might be too stiff for margin work but recently went hit and hold with a 15lber out of margin pads and didnt have to give line at all, rod did all the work.

pros: extra distance

Extra sensitivity

good looks

Cons: price!
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   Old Thread  #179 3 Apr 2008 at 3.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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BERKELEY B3 2.75 TC

My first impression of these rods was good , thney are very slim and look good ,they have no graphics on them at all infact all they have is a small B3 by the real seat and MR by the but. They come with fuji eyes and a stainless but cap, the real seat is Berkeley's own design and is very compfy to cast with and play fish on.

Casting, If you fish big waters these are not the rods for you if however you fish medium waters like me they are perfect ( 7acres). In a recent trip i could cast to a known feature that was around 110 yards away with ease with a stringer or single bait I fell well short with a pva bag though.

Price , I got mine from Climax for 99.99

So to sum up ,these are very good rods for MEDIUM waters if you need more than say 80 yards with a pva bag then they are no good for you try the 3lb tc.

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   Old Thread  #178 22 Mar 2008 at 8.08pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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FREE SPIRIT XS 3.25 TC.

I had a set of Free Spirit ES's at 2 3/4 TC. These were a dream to use; a players rod, but the problem was they were not man enough to launch a method feeder or a PVA bag any distance, and when you got a rig or fish in the weed they really struggled.
I reluctantly changed them for a set of XS's, but I was not to be dissappointed by my new purchase. My main concern was that, with the increase in test curve, that I might miss the incedible playing qualities of the ES's.

I need not have worried, because the XS's are just what I needed. A rod that plays fish beautifully, and has backbone when you need it.

All in all, a remarkable all round rod!

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   Old Thread  #177 22 May 2007 at 10.37am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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They still do make them Lee. I got 3 myself 6 months ago and couldnt agree with you more. They are stunning looking rods and im am over the moon with how they cast and play fish. I challenge anyone to find me a better all-round package (looks, casting ability, performance and value). I honestly dont think it can be done. Ive used rods that are twice the cost and they dont touch them. Lifetime warranty is excellent too as i recently shut the car door on one of mine and broke the eye. Wychwood replaced the whole rod free of charge
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   Old Thread  #176 21 May 2007 at 2.29pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Wychwood Rapiers

Ok i have owned this rods for more than a year now and i am back to praise them once more, After a years worth of use, i can safely say i have had no hook pulls the rods flex lovely when the fish are under the tip but they still have enough power to throw a PVA bag to the horizon, and becasue of the lifetime warrenty i dont mind pushing them to their limits. I am unsure weather they make these rods still or not but they still deserve to be praised.

It is also worht noting how many people comment on my rods, lots of people ask what they are, and i actually have pleasure in telling them they are just cheap old wychwoods, because to me they will do the job of any other similar rod and the look the dogs .


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   Old Thread  #173 25 Apr 2007 at 9.44pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Century NCS 3.25lb and Century NG 3lb S/U

Yes i'm a real Century tart, these are my 5th and 6th sets of Centurys in as many years . Anyway in my brief review should help to make comparisons between the two should you be having problems making up your mind choosing.

Tolpitsfatboy has perfectly described the NCS and I would do well to better to his review, mine were built by Chris Orme and they are finished to the highest standards. Should you ever be in need of custom rods I would strongly suggest making him your first call.
After mixing and matching with 2 sets of FBS's and a set of FSs I decided it was time to have a clear out and get down to four rods, the NCS entered into the equation as the ideal all-rounder.

The blank has a satisfying curve whist playing fish with plenty of backbone in reserve. My first trial was at Drayton, plenty of room to let fly and deep open water to play fish in. The tip is fast and definitely NG, when playing my first fish i was wondering if the rods were of a lower test curve.There was no wooden overgunned feeling as might be expected from a 31/4 TC rod, with the blank compressed into the "C" curve the rod always felt responsive and never lost contact with the fish. The NCS is equaly at home fishing the margins, no hookpulls, definitely firm but forgiving, my old 3.5 FBS's were animals close in, these still allow a fight but retain all the power you can ever need.
With the casting abilities described as filling the gap between the NG and SP, its a very easy rod to compress, even in my hands capable of casting 120m with 12lb GT-80 and without a shockleader.

The NG 3lb S/U is a world apart from the rest of the NG range, designed for long distance casting on waters where shockleaders are not allowed.

I purchased these to take to LaHorre as I wasn't 100% confident in the NCS's fantastic rods but for me not firm enough in the tip considering the ranges i might be fishing at and having to handle (hopefully) 50lb+ fish......to top it all off I wan't going to put the NCSs in the van with another 16 anglers kit.

Once again the first use in anger was at Drayton for the same reasons as the NCS's .....to give them a good thrashing .......and the resulting 40+ fish trial was perfect to break em in.
The main points to outline are that they are stiffer than the NCS, with the same reels, line and basic rigs I hit the clip at 120m with the lead still in flight, after unclipping I added another 20yds to that with a 3.5 oz lead. Again the blanks are easily compressed, but there isn't the sensitive "spring" that is in the of the NCS, the lead was felt down at range but again with nowhere near the same sensitivity of the NCS.
After the first few casts I was left in no doubt that these are long distance rods, more capable casters would/could probably step out well past 150 with a shockleader.
Playing low to mid doubles the blank wasn't really working for me, although I didn't suffer from hook pulls at range, once fish came within 10-20m more care had to be taken and i was only using 25% of the tip and suffered a few hook-pulls as the fish charged down the dam wall.
Under the tip....I had to let the fish run a good way before picking up, make the rod work, putting plenty of effort into the fight and rely on the clutch rather than the tip giving( what a woossy).



The overfit spigot joint and middle of the NG is definitely narrower than the NCS



The NG blank is thicker towards the butt than the NCS



On the NCS the spiral weave starts further up the tip section and is softer than the NG

A mistake might be made in thinking that the NCS is simply a remanufacured NG S/U with a different carbon weave and a range3 of test curves the reality couldn't be much further from that.


Verdict....
the NCS is a perfect all-rounder, beefier than the standard NG and soooo forgiving, easy to cast ......luvley

NG Stepped-Up.......a true long range rod with or (as designed) without a shockleader that is capable of being used at closer ranges, definitely overgunned with smaller fish. I won't be using them on my syndicate water where 80-100m is usually the max.

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   Old Thread  #172 10 Nov 2006 at 10.45am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Ron Thompson panther rods.
As any other married man with 5 kids, Iam always on a tight budget when it comes to fishing gear. So i bought 5 of these panthers from T F gear. They cost me 100 the lot. I got 3 x 2.5 tc and 2 x 3.0 tc. To be fair i didnt expect them to be much good, however i was quite surprised. They dont look as cheap as i thought they would, and they feel nicely balanced in the hand. The reel seats could be better, as they feel slightly loose when realing in. They have no trouble casting method feeders etc mid to long distances. I would reccomend these rods to others, but most people get put off by the low price. I have been using these rods for a year now and have no complaints.

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   Old Thread  #171 8 Nov 2006 at 9.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Harrison also do a parralel butt rod
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