- Jul 11, 2018
While the rod arrived a few days ago, heavy cold prevented me from looking at the rod until this morning. First impressions are it has a good rod bag, with three loops nice quality too. The tip is really much finer than expected, and the spliced on this 15' model is hardly visible. I've looked at older rods for sale and on the older splice tip models it looks like a bump, on the new Allerton its just a progression of the same rod, very impressed indeed. The handle and reel seat are to my taste and feels ok, what reel to use I'm unsure, but Dave Roberts suggest not going to light, as I expected anyway to be honest. The blank is thicker at the butt end, maybe slightly more than I expected, but it is a 15' rod, so about the same as my 15' Shakespeare. All in all a nice rod, and I'll fish with it on Monday all being well. The only action I have seen of this rod is Mark fishing his, it looks tippy with a middle section that beefs up, I'll see. Would be interested on what reels others use on 15' long rods. As I mentioned I brought this because the Ultra Acolyte just did not do it for me action wise when trotting, while others lobe theirs. Its a fun old world, and its good we are all different. I'll get some picture for next week if anyone would like to see it? Keep safe all this bloody virus is not going away. Rich.