Shakespeare SKP 12ft Solitude Feeder rod review

“It’s got more uses than a swiss army knife...”

Shakespeare SKP 12ft Solitude Feeder rod review

by Angling Times |

SAD but true, tackle prices are rising faster than trout pigging out on a Mayfly hatch. For most of us that means we are pulling in the purse strings on big ticket items such as rods, reels and poles.

With that not-so-cheery thought in mind, I thought I’d take a look at a new rod that could be a real money-saver. This is a bit of kit that’s got more uses than a Swiss Army knife.

So, without further ado, let me introduce you to Shakespeare’s new SKP 12ft Solitude Feeder rod. In my opinion it would be every bit as much at home casting a feeder over to the far bank of a river for chub, as it would be chucking out a straight lead and PVA bag of pellets for big river barbel. It would also batter the stockies down at your local commercial fishery using a Method feeder, or happily fish for bream and tench at up to 100 yards range with an open-end feeder on board.

This two-sectioned, retro carbon rod in olive-green livery put a smile on my face from the moment I took it out of its sleeve
This two-sectioned, retro carbon rod in olive-green livery put a smile on my face from the moment I took it out of its sleeve

This two-sectioned, retro carbon rod in olive-green livery put a smile on my face from the moment I took it out of its sleeve. It reminded me of the kind of rod that my old man would have loved. He wasn’t given to owning many rods, preferring to travel light and stay on the move on his forays to the bank.

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His one and only feeder rod he named ‘Flinger’, a name he wistfully hand painted in white on to the butt section.

Over the years it met with plenty of action… be that on the banks of the Great Ouse around Bedford, bread fishing for chub, legering meat on the Swale at Skipton for barbel, or plundering Hampstead Heath ponds for tench and bream with an open-end feeder.

The old man wasn’t inclined to carry a battery of feeder rods around with him, but he got the best out of what was in his holdall – I reckon many anglers reading this feel just the same.

His rod was more of a family friend, a travelling companion in good times, to be fondly remembered when boasting of his catches to his brothers who, needless to say, were also fellow anglers.

All Sawyer males were taken fishing from a young age as a rite of passage – you didn’t have to stick with it but you were encouraged to go, just as dad had done with his brothers since boyhood.

Yes, the ‘Flinger’ did him proud over the years, a very special rod that stepped up smartly to the plate on all manner of waters.

These days ‘Flinger’ is propped up at the back of the garage, gathering dust and cobwebs, perhaps waiting for its moment to come around again. But, alas, dad and his special rod aren’t going anywhere any more!

I know the rod is there, I know its history, I know what memories it holds, and maybe one day it’ll be mine, though at a price I don’t care to think about.

But my point is that, as dad proved, one rod really can do it all!

One rod really can do it all!
One rod really can do it all!

Moving on, the 12ft SKP Solitude Feeder on test has every ingredient required for longevity. Its all-carbon build generates a progressive, middle-of-the-road fish playing action, yet it will hurl weights up to 60g without ruffling any feathers.

Cosmetically, it has dependable fittings – quality double-legged Seaguide rings are matched to three excellent white-tipped quivertips of 1oz, 2oz and 3oz that will do a good job anywhere you take it. What it won’t do is break the bank.

The memories that you attach to this rod will, of course, be very much yours to make.

Buy it, use it, keep it forever and top up your nostalgia bank – that’s my advice.

Price: £69.99, www.shakespeare-fishing.co.uk

Decent carp are no problem for the Solitude
Decent carp are no problem for the Solitude
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