Diawa SLR

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Hi folks. I'm thinking of buying an SLR 13". I have a 10 and 11" foot tournament but fancy fishing that extra 10 - 30 meters out and would be good to have in the rod bag anyway for such situations. (for punching into a headwind also)

I have seen the vids on you-tube and read all the hype. I just wondered if anyone on here already has one and would like their opinion on the SLR.
Also, do the £350/£400 price tag worth it?
Non-owners opinions also welcome. Also, recommendations for an alternative would be good too.

Cheers lads.
 

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The SLR range is up there with the best of the distance feeder rods but they are expensive so you justify the price in your own head if you want one enough.
I do know a fair few good anglers have gone for the Castizm equivalent which is a lot cheaper and will cast as far and no doubt the lovers of other brands will tell you their choice is better for whichever reason from Browning,Matrix,PI etc. as rods are a personal choice and everybody has a "best".
 

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The Free Spirit Hi S 13 foot Special is well worth a look at as an alternative.

The quiver tips on these rods are hollow which aids long casting

You won’t be disappointed.
 

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The question I'd like answering with regards Daiwa Feeder rods. Is why so many. SLR, Air, Airity, Tournament, Castiz'm, N'Zon. Lots of very similar rods all at different price points. What's the difference ??
 

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The question I'd like answering with regards Daiwa Feeder rods. Is why so many. SLR, Air, Airity, Tournament, Castiz'm, N'Zon. Lots of very similar rods all at different price points. What's the difference ??

The depth of your pocket? :unsure:
 

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Different price points as you say and different styles, UK made are the most expensive and the cheaper ones are imported from various places in the far east.
The N'Zon range is a completely new range of gear focussing on feeder fishing.
 

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Id have a look at the Matrix feeder rods before making a decision. Nicky Dodds uses these on Southfield reservoir for long distance bream fishing. He will suggest the model and length that would be best for you to try.

£350 to £400 ? .... Wow !
 

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Ok, this is what I'm on about.

I want a new Daiwa feeder rod to fish a large bream venue, money no problem. Which one do I buy ??

12' SLR, Comes with a 5oz tip FFS.
12' Tournament ?? They do a 12/13' version, won't that be better, more versatile ??
The Air (Does anyone buy these rods ??)
Airity ??
Castiz'm ??
Now the new N'Zon.
If money is no issue, which Daiwa feeder rod is the best for what I want ??
 

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The question I'd like answering with regards Daiwa Feeder rods. Is why so many. SLR, Air, Airity, Tournament, Castiz'm, N'Zon. Lots of very similar rods all at different price points. What's the difference ??
You only need one, The Porky Pig
 

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Good question. Been thinking the same myself. Don't forget the guru 'daiwa made' aventus either.
 

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Ok, this is what I'm on about.

I want a new Daiwa feeder rod to fish a large bream venue, money no problem. Which one do I buy ??

12' SLR, Comes with a 5oz tip FFS.
12' Tournament ?? They do a 12/13' version, won't that be better, more versatile ??
The Air (Does anyone buy these rods ??)
Airity ??
Castiz'm ??
Now the new N'Zon.
If money is no issue, which Daiwa feeder rod is the best for what I want ??
They've also been doing the same with their reels for a good few years.
 

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They certainly do have lots of different lines in both rods and reels across both fresh and salt water
 

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Some anglers seem to believe that if their rod cost 50% more than the rod used by the guy on the next peg then they will be able to cast 50% further. :p

Plus you've got to own that season's 'in' rod
A few years ago that was the Preston Dutchmaster, then there was the Matrix Horizons and the Browning Spheres.
Daiwa do a slight upgrade to the SLR every couple of years - new go faster stripes or half an inch chopped off the handle - the 'old' model gets consigned to the back of the shed and all the Daiwa fans purchase the new version to get that extra 2m distance.

Personally I find a Drennan IM8 Superfeeder and an Acolyte Distance Feeder fulfill all my needs - incidentally Steve (sponsored by Daiwa) Ringer uses an SLR, brother Phil (not sponsored by Daiwa) often uses an old IM8 - there are articles in Match Fishing magazine where he uses it both on the tidal Trent and the Irish loughs.

Biggest improvement anybody can make to the distance they can fling a feeder is not the rod, the reel, line or feeder design - it's technique. Use the £200 you were gonna blow on an overpriced rod and book a days casting tuition - most anglers don't use their rod to its full potential, punch when they should be pulling (or vice versa) and their stance is often wrong. I seem to remember Steve Ringer getting some lessons (again in Match Fishing I think) a couple of years ago and there were a few things even he was doing wrong.

Simon
 

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I've been using the 13ft Acolyte distance feeder - awesome rod and substantially cheaper than many opposition distance specialist rods. I've never used an alternative so I'm obviously biased.
 

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Browning Black Viper mk2, 13ft 100g or heavier 140g, good price since the mk3 came out.
 

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Some anglers seem to believe that if their rod cost 50% more than the rod used by the guy on the next peg then they will be able to cast 50% further. :p

Plus you've got to own that season's 'in' rod
A few years ago that was the Preston Dutchmaster, then there was the Matrix Horizons and the Browning Spheres.
Daiwa do a slight upgrade to the SLR every couple of years - new go faster stripes or half an inch chopped off the handle - the 'old' model gets consigned to the back of the shed and all the Daiwa fans purchase the new version to get that extra 2m distance.

Personally I find a Drennan IM8 Superfeeder and an Acolyte Distance Feeder fulfill all my needs - incidentally Steve (sponsored by Daiwa) Ringer uses an SLR, brother Phil (not sponsored by Daiwa) often uses an old IM8 - there are articles in Match Fishing magazine where he uses it both on the tidal Trent and the Irish loughs.

Biggest improvement anybody can make to the distance they can fling a feeder is not the rod, the reel, line or feeder design - it's technique. Use the £200 you were gonna blow on an overpriced rod and book a days casting tuition - most anglers don't use their rod to its full potential, punch when they should be pulling (or vice versa) and their stance is often wrong. I seem to remember Steve Ringer getting some lessons (again in Match Fishing I think) a couple of years ago and there were a few things even he was doing wrong.

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You cannot distance cast properly sitting on a box! End of.
Technique means getting most compression out of blank and correct release point with minimum effort.
Find out where your local field/competition casters meet and get a tutorial session booked.
I am lucky that several East Anglian beach casters including Roger Mortimer and Concrete taught me a few things.
Still cannot pendulum cast but OTG, Brighton and a basic overhead thump (or rather semi sideways) mastered.
A proper beach session hurts! ?
 

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I seem to remember Steve Ringer getting some lessons (again in Match Fishing I think) a couple of years ago and there were a few things even he was doing wrong.

He had a session with Terry Edmund's, I know a few guys now that have had Terry's tuition, well worth the day, especially on a group day out - worth the banter alone.
 

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Adverts to start with but well worth a watch. Scroll to 4:30 for the technique.
 
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I have recently purchased 13 and 14ft slr's and a 12/13ft tournemant. I also own Drennan distance feeders, recently sold 13/14ft cadence#3's

Slr's are serious casting tools designed for big fish, big distances and big feeders and big rivers. Hence why are supplied with 5oz tips. I would not class them as a Stillwater bream rod. I use them on the Wye for big feeders. The slr rods have the harshest of actions in there range, more so than castizm and the tournemant.

Drennan distance feeders and tournemant' are what I class as a long range Stillwater rod for bream and carp if you want
 
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