Nick Moore | Wednesday, 27 April 2022
I’ve bought a blank from America, and I must say that it is very exciting. Casts of over 200’ are very possible with it, why? Well it’s for the S55 two handed salmon event at the BFCC. I’d really love to develop this further because my very first go with it yielded a surprisingly decent cast, my second one was not so good. It was so bad that I was going to ask for a remeasure. This is because I don’t practice two handed stuff, mainly because I don’t own one anymore.
The recommendation for this blank came from a fellow caster, and having had a go with it, I must say that it felt like nothing I’ve ever cast before, much crisper than a Sage, but quite comfortable and very light.
I have no idea where to begin on this thing, I know very little about rod building, but I’m determined to build it myself. If anyone has any advice on grips, rings and spacing etc then I would be very much obliged. I just don’t want to do it incorrectly.
What else? Well, the ST27 is probably my new favourite event having practiced quite extensively with it. I am getting consistent results and hit a new PB at the weekend, 164’ 04”. The loop held its shape for a long time and really flew, but I wasn’t happy with the back cast and I could have done a lot of things differently. I still have a way to go on it, and I need to practice for the other events. They can all be improved. I hit 140’ + with the #7 after the ST27 practice, but this wasn’t filmed, and it was disappointing because that was the only one that day, the rest were high 130’s. It’s funny, once you hit a milestone in distance, you always want more. I’m actually quite disappointed with a low 130’ cast with a #5 or #7 now!
Anyway, I need to keep working on those loop shapes with the ST27, get the right amount of overhang, and aim much higher. I think I’m rushing to hit a good cast when the winds blowing. It’s all great fun though.