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   Old Thread  #135 1 Oct 2005 at 8.48am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Wychwood Equinox 12” 3 Pound Test

I recently bought three of these. And after a little searching, picked them up for under £200.00 for the three.

First impressions: An amazingly thin blank that one finds difficult to associate with the stated test curve. The finish of these rods is a pleasure to look at when sat in the swim. Nice size rings and abbreviated grips on the butt section allowing appreciation of the thin blank. A beautiful finish without being at all garish. The Whychwood logo is understated and situated on the bottom of the rod. The only info shown on the top is the test curve which looks hand written in subtle gold figures.

Even though I knew I had purchased 3 pound test rods. The slim blanks make this hard to believe until you start casting a 3 oz lead with them. A gentle flick and they spring into life. Loads of action right through the tip and into the mid-section. For longer casts they really do respond to the angler’s input and transmit the power from the butt section feeling every bit as firm as the test curve suggests they should.

Line pick up is also excellent even at depth. When hooking a fish, the rod has a nice bend which almost disguises the power. This immediately becomes apparent when the fish needs turning as there is, stacks of it. With a good fish lunging beneath the rod tip. I must admit, that feeling of expectation, waiting for the lead to fly past my ear was a concern. However the parabolic curve does forgive a firm hand at the butt and the fish, as many others have, did make it onto the unhooking mat.

I have yet to find any real bad points with these rods. The only thing that took me a while to get used to was the slimness of the blank in initial use. Having been used-to much thicker rods it did take a little while. I also think a little common sense is required with the 3 pound rods if fishing up close and personal. But then any rod will rip a hook out, up close in the wrong hands.

There are a lot of products on the market that are designed to separate the angler from as much cash as is possible. I am also by the same token a great believer that you usually get what you pay for. The Wychwood Equinox rods, as a multi-purpose tool have, as far as I am concerned. Delivered in excess of my expectations. They are designed to catch fish from short to long distance and most definitely let the angler off the hook.
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   Old Thread  #134 29 Sept 2005 at 4.31am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Daiwa Dictators 3lb test. I have had mine for about severn years now. There not the L.D's so are a bit softer action. They have seen plenty of action with fish up to 46lb 4oz. For pva bagging there superb. Plenty of power in reserve aswell. Casting is pretty good too I can fish comfortabley at 100 plus yards. The only problem I have found is one off them has let a bit of water under the varnish, But thats not to bad considering the amount of abuse I have put them though.
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   Old Thread  #133 27 Sept 2005 at 6.30pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Nick Buss Custom Built Spod Rod

The other toy I received earlier this month was a “Harrison Heavy Spod Rod” built by Nick. As I said in my review for the marker rod I was now needing to fish at a fair range. Now I could bait up with a throwing stick but that would limit me to just boilies, and my old Daiwa spod rod wasn’t really made for chucking any distance. While on the phone to Nick I started discussing what I wanted from my spod rod, as I said before I was wanting to chuck a spod a fair way so nick recommended either a Century Big Bertha or the Harrison Heavy Spod. I told him the type of spods and distances I was trying to achieve which concluded the Harrison would be more suited for the task. Features were discussed and Nick suggested some rings that would take a bit of abuse (I forget the exact name!) going down from 40mm. I also wanted this rod to match all my other rods built by Nick so opted for the Fuji DNPS reel seat, part Jap shrink rubber handle and a little stainless cap, oh and of course my name on the blank!

Well I received the Spod Rod the same time as the marker, and after I spent a fair while drooling over the marker rod I took a look at the spod. Once again Nick had done me proud, the build quality was again spot on and even though the blank was slightly thicker than the others (I suppose it needs to be to chuck out 8oz of bait!) it was still very nicely finished.

When I let it rip with it down my local I was amazed how far I could put a Korda spod! The thing just doesn’t land this rod really makes a spod fly. This was paired up with a Daiwa Emcast, 10lb sensor and a shocky.

In conclusion this rod is doing exactly what I want it to do and more! I just can’t wait to get a distance pocket rocket on and watch one of them fly!

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Update

A short while down the line now and these rods have been through a fair bit of abuse, i would guess they have spodded out somewhere around 60kilos of particles, in some cases well over 100yards! They have also been thrown about into reeds and ontop of lillies while i have been out in the waders, and also been swimming when it decided to fall off the lillies! (atleast it give it a clean from all the spod mix it was covered in ). Upto now absoloutly no regrets and i am very impressed!
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   Old Thread  #132 27 Sept 2005 at 6.08pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Nick Buss Custom Built Marker

Mid September I received a couple of new toys off Nick Buss. One of these was a new marker rod. The main thing I was trying to achieve was distance, my new water means I am needing to fish at quite a range, now I can get a lead out there but couldn’t get a marker float out there with my old marker rod. This soon became quite frustrating, I was sure there were some decent features out there but I just couldn’t reach them. After my distance casting lessons with Terry Edmonds I was talking to him about what would suit the job, he told me I was needing something with a bit more backbone than a standard shop bought marker rod. This is where Nick come in, after a conversation on the phone Nick found what would be the perfect tool.

My new marker rod was to be based on a 3.25lb TC, 12ft, Harrison Chimera blank. He assured me this would be adequate for the job and I was actually quite keen on the idea. Then came the features, being a bit of a tart I was wanting it to match my normal rods that Nick actually built, the reel seat was to be a Fuji DNPS, and the handle part shrink rubber with a stainless butt cap. I also opted like on my normal rods to have 40mm rings and my name signed on the blank just above the reel seat.

Well the cheque was sent and a few weeks later I was signing for it. The first thing that struck me was how nice the blank was, it was much slimmer than what I was expecting and as usual the finish by Nick was spot on.

When I first went for a play down my local I had immediately put on an extra few yards than with my old rod, it really can chuck a float, I was reaching the distance I needed and that was with fox braid on a Daiwa Emcast straight through, I am pretty sure that once I get some whiplash on there which is miles thinner an extra few yards would be achieved. The tip is also quite responsive for picking up the feel of the lake bed, and to help with the depth measurement I have got Nick to put me a foot marker on the blank.

In conclusion this rod casts like a dream, it will launch a marker much further than most shop bought rods, it looks the part and there isn’t a lot of “feel” lost. In my books it doesn’t get much better!

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Update

Well a month down the line i am still as pleased with them as when i had them, absoloutly no regrets! As alot of my fishing involves wading and distance, these rods have been under a hell of a lot of abuse! They have been chucked into reeds and ontop of lillies while i have been out in the waders, dropped in the water numerous times (again while in the waders), and generaly abused chucking 4oz leads left right and centre; but still they are as good as when i bought them and suprisingly there's not a scratch on them. Very Impressed
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   Old Thread  #131 25 Sept 2005 at 8.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Nick Buss, Custom Built 9x1,12ft 3 1/4 TC

First of all I know there are two reviews on these rods already, but I would like to add a few images and exactly how I am finding them after a few months abuse!

I decided to go down the custom built route after reading good reports from members off this forum, a few people recommended me to Nick Buss, and after doing a bit of research on the net it seemed he was the man for the job. When I called Nick, I hadn’t really a clue on what I was looking for, but after telling Nick exactly what I wanted the rods to do he put me in the right direction and recommended a blank that would suit me. The main thing I was wanting the rods to do was to throw a PVA bag a fair distance, a lot of my fishing involves PVA so I defiantly needed a rod with a bit of back bone. I also wanted the rod to chuck a lead a nice distance but still be able to drop it under my rod tips. He recommended I were to go with a rod over 3lb TC, and the rod that would suit me best was the 9x1.

Anyway, after another couple of conversations on the phone I was to choose what fittings I had on the rod, I opted for Fuji triple legged SIC rings, starting at a 40mm butt ring. The reelseat was to be the Fuji DNPS with stainless collars either side and a part Japanese shrink rubber handle. This was complemented with a little stainless butt cap and my name written on the blank, just above the reelseat.

A cheque was sent and a short while later 3 rods were sat nicely on my alarms, first impressions were very good. The rods were very tarty indeed, the only problem was I had to wait a couple of days until I could give them a fair chuck! On my first cast with a 3oz distance lead I was amazed, the lead didn’t seem to land, and I wasn’t giving it any “umph”, after wondering what the hell had happened I saw it land out towards the far margin! I couldn’t believe what a difference the rods had made, I was easily putting a good amount of yards on my cast, just from a change in rods (I suppose you would expect this though as my old rods were 2.75lb TC). Second cast I thought I would give this a bit more effort, once again my lead sailed into what would be untouchable water with my old rods.

During my time using them I have punched out some decent sized bags one hell of a distance, the rod seems to cope with anything you give it, I must admit they did take a bit of getting used to while playing fish but after a few fish you learn to fight them in a different way and it all becomes second nature.

I would say this rod is a brilliant all rounder especially if you are going to encounter some long range work or bag work. I would highly recommend this rod to anyone and I have absolutely no regrets in parting my hard earned cash. If you can afford them defiantly go for them!

In fact I was so pleased with Nicks work I have just ordered a custom built spod rod and also a matching marker rod which will be something a little special……………..To be continued!

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   Old Thread  #129 3 Sept 2005 at 10.17am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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ESP VERTEX 12ft 3lb

I have had the rods a few months now and i must say how impressed ihave been with them.
They have coped with pva sticks,pva bags and method feeders .Ihave caught fish from 7lb to 26.5lb ,from distance to under the rod tips,and alot of fish have been caught from heavy weed and lilly pads. There has been no problems of hook pulls.And my last plus point is the build quality is second to none.
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   Old Thread  #128 31 Aug 2005 at 7.08pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Fox Matrix 2.5lb.

Only had the rods a few weeks and think they are totally awesome,they look amazing like no other rod on the market,they have a class texture to the blank because of the kevlar over rap,feel incredibly light and are a pleasure to use.

They are more of a through action rod,which is the type of rod I like ,nice casting rod for up to medium range and an absolute joy to play fish of all sizes,from under the rod tip -out in mid water.

The fittings are all fox's own,wasn't sure about this at first but once I got the rod I was quite impressed and theres a nice little extra in that the reel seat has beta light slots for when you'r night fishing,and the joint is excellent,it's a spigot but it is completely consealed by the top section so no carbon is exposed.

All in all a great rod,worth the money at £129.99
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   Old Thread  #127 29 Aug 2005 at 8.57pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Im sure im not the only one who cant afford to spend upwards of a ton for a rod, so i was relegated to having to opt for something a bit easier on the pocket. I have had a set of Fox Rangemaster II for around a year and can honestly say they have done everything I have asked of them, I can punch a lead as far as i need too on the waters i fish and find playing fish a joy. When i started i had a set of Ron Thompsons, cost me about 25 quid each but when i borrowed a deep pocketed freinds Hutchy dream makers i realised i needed something with a little bit more quality. Couldnt quite stretch that far though!
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   Old Thread  #126 24 Aug 2005 at 3.00pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Harrison Torrix: 12ft 3 IB TC

I have had set of these for about 4 Months

I thought it was about time i treated myself to some new rods even though I considered the Chimeras first.

After my first view of the Torrix I just had to have a set of them and put the Chimeras back on the shelf. In all honesty I think I would have been over the moon with Chimeras but stretched my budget to the Torrix.

I have had a measured cast from Tel20 of 130-140 yards (Im not totally sure what the spot on figure was as I cast some many times, but no it was between these figures) I don’t have a big need to cast to the moon and back but I am pleased I can hit the 100yrds mark without to much trouble.

For me the biggest difference between the torrix and my past rods is pure pleasure in playing fish. After a lot of snag fishing since having these rods they are superb for feeling what the fish is up to pulling the fish out of danger without bullying it. I can safely say I feel my fishing has improved with these rods and made me a better angler for having them. For the first time I feel I can play a fish properly without to much intervention with the reel and use the rod as it was designed to be used.

Overall rating has to be 10/10 imo, as an all round rod, these are not animal casting tools which I was not after and guaranteed that these rods in the right hands would probably get a lead a lot further than I did.
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   Old Thread  #124 17 Aug 2005 at 11.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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daiwa infinity magnum tapper mt class 12 ft 2/75 pukka on the long cast can chuk 3.4.5 .ounce leads finominal distances. blinding on the line pick up for long distance strikes.
excelent through action for playing fish even under rod tips only had one hook pull i think due to blunt hook all fuji rings as for looks the gold furnishings let it down a bit being a bit poncey in my opinion. not enough to put me off due to all the pluses in its action and the price i got them for brand new at £300 for the pair but i think thay retailed at £285 when first on the market not sure what thay are now maybe £170
had the infinity Xs but lost them to a thef the hit and hold performance on both rods are great
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   Old Thread  #120 28 Jul 2005 at 10.25pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Wychwood Rage 12' 3lb t.c.

Every time I use these rods I have to remind myself I got 3 of them for less than a ton!
These are fantastic rods for the money, I took 'em to Dreamlakes and was surprised to find them equally at home whacking a bait into the blue yonder of open water, as they were delivering a bag to a treeline margin at 40 yds.
Playing fish on these rods is a pleasure. Hitting and holding on said treeline was a breeze, then the fight could be enjoyed in open water, as these are very forgiving rods, given their casting prowess.
Having owned rods that have cost considerably more than these, I cannot recommend them enough
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   Old Thread  #117 27 Jul 2005 at 8.34am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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harrison intruder lr from specialist tackle
i have had theese rods for quite a few years now and they are brilliant
for range fishing close in work anything you want.
built by vig gibson
quite simply the best rods i have ever owned.
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   Old Thread  #112 18 Jul 2005 at 1.03pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Have just purchased chimera 31/2lb 12 footers, a change from my 3lb ballistas.First results show effortless casting up to 70 odd yards, they seem more responsive and 'whippy' than the previous which I find allows for more accurate casting as less exertion is required. it works for me anyhow. Am yet to give them a crank up but I feel confident that they will suffice for the extent of my abilities. Was considering the FS but am unsure as to wether I want the parallel butt as I feel it is too much of a broomstick section, note; personal feelings only.
I also got hold of a cheap trio of NG's in 13' 31/2 lb that I use on the tidal Thames, but you do know when you have 13' flailing around, and I am 6' 3", 12' is more comfortable for me.
In conclusion, (apologies if this sounds like a lecture) Chimeras have the vote at this time.
BTW, the chimeras were built by a known rod builder previously mentioned and I must say the finish is quite average,not as good as the factory built , however, I needed the rods as my old ones were traded in!
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   Old Thread  #111 11 Jul 2005 at 12.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #110 4 Jul 2005 at 8.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Century NG's 12' 3.5lb Test

Recently upgraded to these rods and they are out of this world, they cast like a dream, are responsive without being stiff or sloppy, will handle fish under the rod tip as well as pick ups at a distance.

Have been able to cast over 160m with these rods, but rarely go over 75m for most of my fishing.

Have practised on a field nearby and can regularly [ 5-6 times out of 10 ] put a 3 or 4oz lead into a bucket from 60 - 70m, this enables accurate casting 'clipped up' every time.

Although the rods are rated at 3.5lb they feel as if they are 3lb max. the power build up is in the lower half of the rod and you can really wind one up for a big chuck if necessary.

The 40mm butt ring ensures the free flow of line right through the rod, without any jamming whilst using leaders.

Having been carp fishing for over twenty years, this is without doubt the best set of rods I have ever had my hands on, and whilst I admit that they are expensive, you get what you pay for.

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