Two new carp rods and blanks from Harrisons.How could we improve on Torrix? It is almost impossible, but we could give more choice. If the Torrix 12' 3 ¼ is the "Go to" rod in our carp range, we decided to focus our attention on the customers who wanted something different. Maybe a just little more casting power, maybe just a little more playing action, maybe a slimmer blank or maybe carbon weave to the tip. We ended up with two rods – the Aviator range. On the journey we introduced a few subtle changes in the way we make our blanks, changes that have come from our work on thin ply construction using the best lightweight carbon prepreg . These two new rods extend the choice we offer in response to our customer feedback. For most of you, Torrix 12 3 1/4 will remain the rod of choice, but if you want either a little more power or a little more action, then one of the Aviators will appeal to you.
12' 3lb 6oz Aviator Plus for 3 ½ to 4oz.Starting with the tip. A faster action allows for a smaller diameter tip building to more power in the area above the joint, all skinned in premium 1k woven carbon fibre.The butt is a fraction more powerful than the benchmark Torrix 3 ¼, without any increase in diameter, in fact it is a fraction of a mm slimmer at the handle. Again covered in 1k carbon fabric, though it is what is on the inside that you cannot see which gives our rods their unique performance.Load this rod up with 3 ½ oz and the lead will fly with accuracy. That little extra power makes it feel particularly comfortable when you have to push hard into a wind. We called it Aviator because of the way the leads fly.Finished with superior Kigan 3D ring sets (50mm – 16T) and Fuji reels seat. This is a rod for maximising your distance without going to a dedicated distance rod. A rod that captures the best of the 3 ¼ Torrix and adds just a little pinch more power.
12' 3lb 2oz Aviator Flex for 3 to 3 ½ ozThis rod starts at the Torrix 12 3 ¼ but heads the opposite way to the Aviator Plus. The tip design is very similar to the Plus, fast taper with woven fabric to the tip, but it ends there. The butt is something very different. A slower taper mandrel nearer to the Acurix medium range rods is used, but unlike the Acurix this then has a power zone added to the bottom of the handle. This hybrid construction makes for a rod that will load up easily and really zing a lead out with very little effort, and is just a little more forgiving in action with a fish. This rod bridges the gap between the most powerful 12 3lb Acurix and our best selling Torrix 3 ¼, closer to the Torrix in effective power, but closer to the Acurix on diameter – less than 14mm above the handle!We are offering a choice of builds on this rod. You can have it with a super grade cork handle and a 40mm ring set for a traditional approach, or our normal abbreviated handle and 50mm ring set. It is your choice.
A Few words from terry Edmonds
After using the aviator plus for a few months now, I feel the optimum lead is 3.5 ounce but will also handle 4 ounce leads easily. Distances on 0.30mm mono and leader have been consistently 190 yards + with some further. But realistically fishing up to around 150 yards with Rig and Bait. For me the rod itself is a lot more user friendly than the trebuchet, or trebuchet lights as its a genuine all rounder. The Butt is a bit more powerful than a standard 3.25 torrix so enables good casting potential and the backbone to move fish out of weed when required. The lightness and slimness of the blank compared to a torrix, also adds to the speed of recovery, which when casting reduces snap offs, it also feels great in the hands. Taking the genuine 1k weave throughout the blank, means cosmetically it looks stunning. Where I have found this rod comes into its own is level line casting. By that I mean fishing at reasonable casting distances without a leader. As the tip and mid section blend so well into a powerful, but not over stiff butt. The rod can absorb the shock of a cast well, without being to harsh on the mono so reducing snap offs. Stiffer rods take the stretch out the mono to quick and cause crack offs. To prove this I have cast 0.32mm mono straight through and a 3.5 ounce lead over 165 yards regularly. To sum up its a very thin, light, balanced blank, that can be used for most situations in carp angling. Enjoy.Terry Edmonds
Aviator Plus 50mm Full Shrink £329.00
Aviator Flex 40mm Full Shrink £329.00
Aviator Flex 40mm Full Cork £345.00
Aviator Plus 50mm Full Shrink 13' £349.00