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venerdì 23 dicembre 2016

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: GALAHAD 73/4 LONG FALL JIG ROD BY YAMAGA BLANKS

Una canna che mi aveva sempre incuriosito sulla carta, ne ho ordinate un paio su richiesta di clienti dello shop e mi ha impressionato al punto che ne ho voluta provare una anch'io, pur non essendo dedito allo slow jig molto spesso.

It is a rod I've always been curious about looking at paper catalogue, I odrered some for my shop customers and I was impressed, so I decided to try one myself, even if I don't slow jig so often.



La prima cosa che stupisce in una canna per uso verticale è la lunghezza insolita, 7 piedi e 3 pollici, con assemblaggio offset per ridurne l'ingombro nel trasporto, sembrano tanti, ma in realtà in pesca sono risultati molto maneggevoli e contribuiscono non poco al controllo dell'artificiale in corrente; la sigla "long fall" infatti indica una presentazione in slow jigging con cadute particolarmente prolungate, che quindi necessitano di lunghezza superiore alle classiche 6 piedi.

First thing that comes to attention is the unusual lenght for a vertical rod, 7 feet and 3 inches, even with offset construction for an easier packing, seems plenty, but on the fishing ground it felt very easy to handle and that added lenght contributes a lot to control the lure in current: "long fall" label indicate a rod that is designed for a slow jigging presentation with very long drops between jerks and so needing a longer rod to master.


L'azione sull'esca è un po' più fast, proprio in virtù della leva posteriore aumentata, ma ciò apre anche ad altri scenari d'uso. In particolare l'ho trovata perfetta per manovrare jig heads con soft plastic, tipo i classici Black Minnow o Sandeel, ma anche Inchiku e Kabura nelle versioni "muscled up" che mi piace usare per i predatori seri, ma della tecnica ne abbiamo già parlato qui in passato.

Action on the lure is somewhat faster, as backbone part of blank is longer, but this construction open the use also to other kind of jigging. I found it perfect to move big jigheads with soft plastic, like usual Black Minnow or Sand Eels, but also beefed up Inchikus and Kaburas that I like to use for serious predatory fishes, for a remind to the technique and lures just check here  ( only in Italian at that time. sorry about that )



Le prove pratiche mi hanno fatto catturare alcune Otholite, parenti africani delle nostre ombrine, tra cui una bellissima "snake" da 11 kg... sono pesci potenti e dalla mangiata rabbiosa, e sia in ferrata che in combattimento nessun problema per la canna, anzi una curva molto piacevole, elevata sensibilità e una grande riserva di potenza per un attrezzo del genere.

On the fishing grounds I caught some good otholites, including a nice "snake" of 11 kilos that put up quite a fight in the fast drift .... those are powerful fishes with angry hit, but no problem for the rod both on strike and during the fight, but a very pleasant curve, high sensibility and a lot of backbone for a tool in this class.



L'impressione è che le capacità della canna vadano oltre i dati, almeno per quanto riguarda la potenza e gestione delle prede.... ce la porteremo magari anche in altre destinazioni come Laccadive e Colombia per avere un quadro più completo, ma l'idea è quella di un attrezzo polivalente capace di passare dallo slow alla gomma al vertical più tradizionale senza battere ciglio... vedremo come si troverà coi long jigs a ricciole o con il long jerk a doggies, ma le aspettative sono alte.

I had the impression that rod capabilities go well beyond the label datas, at least concerning power and fight of preys... I will bring it in other destinations, maybe Lakshadweep and Colombia, to have a more complete impression, but the idea is of a versatile tool that can pass from slow pitch to soft plastic to classic vertical jigging without problems... I'll see how it will deal with AJs with long jigs or doggies on fast jerking, but expectations are high.



Come note tecniche, bello il montaggio a spirale e ottima la lunghezza del manico anche per uno alto come me... ne parleremo ancora.

As a technical note, very nice the spiral guides and perfect long lenght of the handle also for people tall like me ... I feel we'll talk again about this rod.



giovedì 22 dicembre 2016

QUICK VISIT TO THE CUSTOM LURES FAIR IN FERRARA

Like every year the guys at Project bait organize a boot at the Ferrara Fishing Fair to give space to some of the more talented lures builders in Italy.
It is a small show but with good public and growing importance.
Timing this year was a bit unlucky for me as I came back from Guinea Bissau fishing trip the exact day of beginning of the show, so I couldn't take part, anyway I made a quick visit the following days to meet friends and toappreciate their new creations...
Here, in random order, are some of the most noticeable ones by my fishing point of view...

First, the maxy mouse by my friend Mauro Borselli of X-Flies, a jointed floating rat imitator with interchangeable accessories ( lip, head weight, replacable tails and legs ) that can make it dive, pop or sink; it is made of hardened foam, covered with sintetic fur with obviously through wire, and even if thought for wels catfish and pikes I am sure it would work wonders for bass and maybe exotic predators like aimara or murray cod...


Remaining in freshwater, a selection of small swimbaits designed to fish for marbled trouts at night, pure wood, by Alessandro "spoonboy" Hoban:


Going toward the salt, Andrea Pedaci nice lures, selection of poppers, sticks and other models:



Enriko Piola's Project bait stickbait, big lure for tunas and gt, it completes a range of small stickbaits and poppers for all marine predators, resin made...


The "Nessie" by Macchia's Lead, by Giovanni de Francesco,... one of the best needlefish imitators around, resin made:


And last of the line, a dive in soft plastic with the spectacular goby imitator by Andrea Zovatto, it looks alive in water:


I surely missed other talented builders, but I was in hurry and concentrated on what caught my eye first... next year I will be there with more attention and time.