Tackle giant Daiwa is poised for a massive overhaul of its match rods this autumn.
Angling Times understands that Daiwa UK – which manufactures its ‘top end’ rods in its factory in Wishaw, Scotland – is preparing for a new generation of carbon designed specifically for the needs of anglers fishing managed commercial waters.
The company, which is celebrating its 50th year, has been reliant for many seasons on classic ranges such as the best selling 11/13 feeder rod which feature in holdalls nationwide, but now a new generation of gear is to be revealed.
AT tackle tester Mark Sawyer said: “The grapevine is buzzing with news of Daiwa’s move. There is a big change in the fishing world towards a different kind of rod designed specifically for a modern angler tackling lakes stocked with hard fighting fish like carp.
“I fully believe Daiwa will make a significant stride into this evolving market place.”
Expected to be revealed under the well established Tournament and Spectron brands are pellet waggler rods, shorter leger rods offering multi top sections instead of ‘push-in’ tips, and blanks that have a much softer progressive action reminiscent of old composite rods.
The entire range will have passed under the expert eye of England international and commercial carp water expert Will Raison.
AT spoke to Daiwa UK about the prospect of a radical new launch. Marketing boss Stephen McCaveney said: “I can confirm there is something new in the pipeline and Will Raison’s knowledge and influence will be very important in any new concepts and fine tuning."
The news comes weeks after AT revealed Shimano’s Beastmaster Commercial range which is understood to be flying out of tackleshops.
Expect to pay under £100 for the new Daiwa kit although high end gear could also hit the shelves.