I just wanted to give you all an update in my search for the perfect carp rod.
I’be been hovering on the auction site and these forums looking to find a 3-number four piece Fenwick. I’d had a couple of shots at FF756-4s and FF806-4s, but didn’t end up pulling the trigger for a variety of reasons.
Eventually, a FF806-4 showed up on the auction site for a reasonable price that also had overseas shipping and I pulled the trigger. It’s a P serial number in pretty good condition and I’m pretty sure it was owned by one of you at some stage. There’s a bit of history on the original tube with a name tag, as well as someone’s phone number engraved in several spots. Adds to the character IMO.
It arrived just as our city went into a 3-day lockdown, so my plans to take it fishing were replaced by a session on the arena for a casting session with an SA Amplitude Infinity Smooth on an Orvis hydros IV. It balances pretty well with this combo. My impressions were that the swing weight was quite heavy but the rod thru nice loops from 30-60 feet and was pretty accurate, particularly under 50. I didn’t try other lines mostly cos I’m pretty lazy.
I finally got to take it out today. Mask mandate was still in place but excuse the dodgy mask wearing. In the heat of the moment, I completely forgot about the swing weight and had a really good time with the rod. Mostly short range flicks but had no complaints. I really should take it out on one of the lakes but they’re difficult to fish at the moment.
Ended up with one to the net, but it was a better than average fish for the water at 27”, my second best ever. The FF806-4 handled itself very well with 12lb tippet. Had a nice strong butt which was able to apply lots of pressure and keep the fish out of the sticks. Had a stranger stop by and helpfully assist with the grip and grin, and we had a lively debate about the merits of CNR for this species in this country.
As a bonus, I picked up a couple of almond mushrooms next to the car. Breakfast for tomorrow sorted!