On most commercial venues these days the trend is towards short two-piece rods, especially those intended for float work. It’s handy to be able to carry them to your peg ready rigged and all set to go.
This has clearly not gone unnoticed by Korum, for the latest member of its best-selling CS Series rod series is a more than useful two-piece 11ft Float model.
The carbon blank shares much the same credentials as its stablemates – classy matt black finish, lined guides throughout, secure screw reel fitting with EVA thumb grip, and Korum engraved butt cap. There’s even a folding keeper ring, a nice final touch on any rod regardless of its price, which in this case is eminently affordable.
The two sections are of equal length, making the rod super-easy to pack away even with a float in situ. A quick tip here is to wrap the rig and float around a 20cm pole winder before securing it against the rod with a Velcro strap.
The new 11ft CS Series Float rod is suited to reel lines of between 3lb to 8lb and pellet wagglers up to 10g. This makes it ideal for most small to medium-sized ponds and lakes, but it lacks the steely mid-section to satisfy the would-be horizon chucker.
The perfect venue to fish with this type of float rod is typified by the one used for the live test – the 20-peg Horseshoe Lake on Peterborough’s prolific Decoy complex.
On one of the sunniest afternoons of the year so far I arrived to find a few decent-sized carp sunning themselves in a quiet corner, so with a casting distance of around 35m to the basking fish I attached a stumpy 2AA crystal waggler to the 5lb reel line and finished off with a 0.12mm hooklength and size 16 hook baited with four dead red maggots.
With the rig set to fish at around 18ins deep, and as long as I got the cast right first time, I was sure that the slowly falling bait would attract an instant bite. On the other hand, a misplaced or badly landed cast would definitely spook the fish.
So it was pretty much a case of ‘in at the deep end’ for the CS Float rod. As things turned out, it propelled the float arrow-straight through the air, and with bit of fine feathering at the end of the cast it landed with scarcely a ripple. In an instant the orange tip vanished from view. My riposte was lightning fast, and in an instant the blank whipped the line from the water’s surface.
Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together? The rod arched round in a progressive, almost through action, forgiving enough to absorb any late lunges at the landing net but with plenty of grunt left in the butt to dictate the terms of the fight and its eventual outcome.