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Minimalist high quality screw winch seat is secure.Super-slim contoured shrink-wrap rear grip.little to drop a bit short of the point, a cast I'm guessing was about 120m. That was with the lightest rod in the range, so lord knows what one of the beasties would do. Dropping the rod on the alarm I had time to appreciate the subtle cosmetics and a couple of really nice touches. First is the rod saver bracket just below the reel seat that stops the rod sliding forward - nice. But for me the best bit is the carbon line clip 25cm up the rod from the reel seat. This enables you to get a great angle on your bobbin.It was one of those days when the carp showed continually in the area and several changes of rig failed to produce. With cloud gathering in the west, my alarm finally sounded, the tip pulled down before the line pinged from the tip, and I was in. After a dull long-range fight I ended up playing a typical small Nene valley common under the tip, which was where this rod really surprised me - it actually bent! The Nash NR was a pleasure to use, but on this occasion my adversary didn't tax it very much. This rod isn't cheap, but the NR is a genuinely nice bit of kit that casts and plays fish brilliantly. If you are looking to invest in a set of rods for life, then make sure these are on your viewing list. "AFTER HEARING WHISPERS ABOUT THESE LATEST RODS, I COULDN'T WAIT TO GET HOLD OF ONE"

UKCARP MAGAZINE 54 SEPTEMBER 6TH 2011UKCARP ON TEST 2011RICHWORTH TROUT PELLET AND HALIBUT PELLET POWDERSKORDA MAKES no secret of Heavy, hidden RRP £4.99-£14.99the fact that rig concealment and camouflage are high on its list of priorities - hence the introduction of these stealth-coloured products. First up is Super-Heavy Tungsten Rig Tube in 2m lengths and two colours (weed green and gravel brown) at £4.99 per pack. This tubing is heavy right enough and sinks like the proverbial brick. On the same theme, the new Kable leadcore is available in 7m and 25m spools costing £5.99 and £14.99, and two colours - gravel or weed/silt. I like the fact that the colour is broken up to help hide it on the lakebed, and this leadcore is very easy to splice. Finally comes the aptly named Dark Matter Putty, workable straight from the nifty little tin it comes in. At £6.99 for 25g it is reasonably priced and comes in green and gravel colours. This product is very dense, perfect for chods, balancing pop-ups, even blobbing hooklinks. I'm sure that it won't be long before you see one or all of these products in a tackle box near you. KORDA DARK MATTER AND KABLE RANGESwww.korda.co.uk"I like the fact that Kable leadcore is very easy to splice"RRP £4.50 and £5.60 per kiloBOTH THESE ingredients will be a welcome addition to any bait bag. With their high nutritional profile they are bound to be equally high in pulling power. These protein-rich powders have a variety of uses, from making simple paste baits by adding egg or water, to creating a quick and easy stick mix or even stodging-up a spod mix. My favourite is a 50:50 blend of either powder with small pellets to make what I think is a brilliant bag mix that compacts really well and will benefit from a small dash of liquid attractor. Both products are well priced and really do catch loads of carp. www.richworthbaits.com"A 50:50 blend of either powder with small pellets makes a brilliant bag mix"