It's essential that fishing tackle should be both effective and enjoyable and this excellent little rod overdoses on both qualities.
The feather-light Carp Power Wand is just 8ft long and comprises a butt section, a tip carrier and two very fine quivertips.
To look at, and to hold, it resembles a light bomb rod – the kind of thing you’d pull out of your bag for delicate skimmer duties or winter F1 work, and it will certainly perform these specialist tasks brilliantly.
But, run an 8lb reel line straight through it and you’ve also got a tool capable of landing double-figure carp from snag-pit swims. It’s properly impressive!
Made from superior carbon cloth using Tri-Cast’s XRS system of production, the anti-lock blank boasts a glorious, parabolic through action that smoothly drops the anchor on a big running fish every time.
The rod is a perfect choice for tight commercial fishery swims, especially in high summer when the reeds have grown upwards and outwards, producing a ‘parrot cage’ where it’s difficult to manoeuvre regular length rods.
It’s deadly when fishing a small feeder just beyond normal pole length, or even down the margins and tight into reed-fringed bays to pick off pressurised carp.
Put a 3lb or 4lb mainline through it and it becomes a finesse tool for silverfish work with double maggot on a size 18 hook to 1.5lb bottom. It’s that versatile.
The two fine glass tips supplied are rated at 1oz and 1.5oz and are capable of highlighting the slightest bites.
They’re slightly unusual in that they are ‘push-over’, rather than the more traditional ‘push-in’ design.
This makes them stronger under load and helps create a seamless curve through the tip carrier section.
I used my test rod with a 6lb mainline, and a straight 0.5oz lead with a piece of breadcrust popped up on a size 10 hook to take ghost, mirror and common carp to 6lb, just below the surface and I loved every minute of it!
Even with heavy line the rod will easily cast leads weighing up to 1oz over ranges to 30m, which is enough to hit fish-holding areas in most modern commercial fisheries.
Connect with a powerful carp and I guarantee you’ll love the refined action of this cock-on piece of kit!