Nash 9ft Scope Rods
I had my first set of Scope 9ft rods back in 2014 and they have since become the rods I use the most in my angling. I was sold on the idea of small compact gear as soon as Alan Blair showed me the Scope range. Carp anglers have a habit of getting stuck in their ways, especially when it comes to rods. Everyone uses either a 12ft or 13ft size, but if you ask yourself why, can you give an answer that suits the kind of fishing you do?
A lot of the venues I fish in the north of England are no bigger than 10acres, and whenever I fish overseas I generally fish from boats. Most of the casting I do therefore is under 100yards, so there is no sense in carrying 13ft rods with me if I can get away with using a much more compact design. Don’t get me wrong, I love 13ft rods but they take up a lot of room in the car and on the barrow.
One question I get asked a lot about 9ft Scope rods is, are they good at casting? I had the same thoughts when I first saw them as I wasn’t sure if a three-piece rod could handle loading up. Of course you’ve not got the ‘oomph’ with a three-piece rod as you have with a traditional two-piece, but so long as I don’t load up on the weight of the lead I can still really lean into my Scopes. I’ll happily risk a 3oz with them and I bet I’m not far short of the 100 yard mark with 12lb mono and a short leader. I have lobbed out 4oz leads much shorter than this, but I daren’t go heavier than 3oz for the longer chucks as they aren’t designed for it.
I’ve used various different reel types on my 9fts, including old Shimano baitrunners and Fox 5000s, but these days I’ve settled on the BP10s. They may be a budget reel but they are lightweight and really do balance well on these rods. They also have a good spool capacity which suits the range I usually fish at.
As for Scopes handling big fish, well I think I’ve given them lots of good tests since I first used them. I caught my personal best UK carp on a 9ft Scope in the shape of the Four-by-Four at 56lb 12oz from Church Lake. I also caught the much sought-after Kitch from Northey Park on one, as well as many other good UK carp. The ultimate test was when I took them to Rainbow Lake in France where they performed brilliantly, fitting perfectly in the boat with no overhanging tip which is great when placing your rigs out. I’ve caught some colossal overseas carp on Scopes too, including a massive 83lb common from Echo Pool and a 50-pounder from the mighty Foret d’Orient in Central France.
I honestly can’t fault these rods in any way shape or form when it comes to performance. Cosmetically they look good too, and I think they are very well priced for what they are. The only thing I would improve on them is to add a backstop to aid fishing locked-up, but the guys at Nash know about this and we can expect one in the future. To summarize, if you’re wondering about converting to Scopes this season, then take my word for it, you really have nothing to be worried about. Unless you’re going to be casting to the horizon, a drop down from traditional sized rods to a set of Scopes will not affect your fishing one bit. It will, however, make your fishing a lot easier.