ON TEST 2011UKCARP MAGAZINE 51 SEPTEMBER 6TH 2011A nice double on the Razor X.Three test curves RRP £199.99A LOT of effort has gone into the design and production of this very modern and stylish range of rods, and JRC has clearly listened to its consultants. There are three 12ft models with test curves of 2.75lb, 3lb and 3.25lb, so you're sure to find something here to suit your needs. The first thing you notice about the rods is their minimalist looks and the super-slim blanks, complemented by SiC rings, a carbon line clip, a 20mm reel seat and a full length shrink handle. For my test fishing session I used the 2.75lb tc versions, which are ideal for most carpers and really look the part out on the rests. The blanks have very forgiving tips for easy casting, but there is plenty of poke if you bend them through to the butt. I was impressed to the point where I deliberately overloaded the rods to see if there has been any trade-off between slimness and strength - rest assured, there hasn't. You can tell the blank is made from high quality 40T Japanese carbon, and the recovery speed is quick and crisp, making it a pleasure to use.My day out was rounded off nicely by a brace of feisty double-figure commons that put a pleasant curve in the rods to make the fight fun, but I knew there was plenty in reserve should I need it. I would guess that the 3.25lb tc version is more than up to chucking a lead to the horizon. At £200 apiece these rods aren't cheap, but you are getting a well made product that is worth every penny and is nice to own and use. They are well worth a look, and who knows? The Razor X brand may tick all the right boxes and cut it for you. JRC RAZOR X ROD RANGE www.jrc-fishing.co.uk"Recovery speed of the blank is quick and crisp, making the JRC Razor X a pleasure to use"I used the 2.75lb test curve version - there are two others.These rods from JRC make playing and landing carp a real pleasure.
UKCARP MAGAZINE 52 SEPTEMBER 6TH 2011ON TEST 2011This small common didn't really test the NRD but the fish still put a bend in the rod.Oversized 50mm butt ring helps with distance casts.There are three models in the new Nash NR range.A rod saver bracket stops it The higher line clip gives a great angle on your bobbin.from sliding forward.WHEN A world-class caster like Terry Edmonds gets together with tackle genius Kevin Nash to design a rod, you know something special is on the cards. Hearing whispers from insider sources about how good these latest rods were I couldn't wait to get hold of one, but wait I did, thanks to the devastating earthquake in Japan. Thankfully the country's manufacturing is now back up and running. Kevin got his rods, and I got my sweaty little mitts on one. I took out the 12ft 3lb tc model, what I'd class as an all-round model, but you can get a 12ft 3.5lb tc NRXD for £406.99 or the monster 13ft 3.5lbtc NRXD for £437.99. The first thing I noticed was just how light these rods are, but don't be fooled - they COULD THIS BE A ROD FOR LIFE?really can chuck a lead and Terry Edmonds has cast over 220m with one. I coupled mine with a lightweight big pit reel spooled with 0.35mm diameter line, and set off for a day session on my local lake.After a quick walk round I soon found fish just off a point on the 'no fishing' bank that I know is a cast of 127m thanks to my range-finder. Not wanting to crack off, I added a 50lb leader, a 3.5oz lead and a rig baited with a small boilie and an equally small PVA bag. First cast was a little low and flat, mainly due to the tip and recovery speed catching me out - this rod is really crisp.With the photographer's chuckles and taunts of "muppet" ringing in my ears, I had another go. This time I hit it sweetly, my rig flew out, and I actually feathered the cast a Nash NR rod range RRP £369.99-£437.99www.nashtackle.com