These are the exclusive first pictures of the long-awaited top-of-the range Tournament Airity match and feeder rods from Daiwa.
Designed along the lines of rods developed by the company for Italy’s competitive matchfishing scene, the rods in the groundbreaking six-piece collection are unlike anything else on the market, with each blank following an ‘ascending taper’ construction and culminating in a uniquely-shaped reel seat and sculptured handle.
The company claims this gives a much more sensitive relationship with the rod’s action than with a traditional cork-handled rods.
The six ultra-lightweight models include 12ft and 13ft waggler rods designed to cover all styles of commercial float work, especially pellet waggler fishing with 6lb main lines, as well as a slightly stepped-up 13ft power float rod for those situations when reellines of up to 8lb are what’s required.
The three leger rods in the Airity range begin with a wand-like 10ft/11ft bomb and feeder model suited to lines in the 2lb-6lb class and a medium feeder rod particularly suited to distance bream fishing with lines up to 8lb as well as bomb and meat work when targeting carp water carp. Perhaps the most interesting and adaptable of the new Airity leger rods however is the 12ft/13ft medium/power rod which has a 1ft dolly section which can be removed or added during use.
This little gem will suit a great variety of techniques from bagging on carp waters to handling winning bags of good-sized barbel.
All the rods in the range are constructed upon super high grade MSG blanks featuring Bias Carbon V Joint spigots and movable hook holders. The float rods come with Fuji SiC guides throughout, while the feeder rods have Fuji K Alconite guides.
Such a high level of design doesn’t come cheap, with the cutting-edge rods carrying price tags between £375 and £395. However, it really is a case of getting what you pay for, because the Airity range of rods are set to take their place right at the very top of the pile.