If you’ve followed my fishing for a while, you’ll know I like powerful rods. This is the main reason why I was drawn to the Extremity ahead of the Curvex rod when I joined Avid as a consultant.
The more carp you’ve caught, the better you get at playing fish. I’m not bragging now, but I firmly believe I could land a carp on a broomstick, so long as I’ve got a reel on there that has a smooth drag or some sort of backwind. Rod choice for me is more about casting the distance I want to achieve, or in the case of smaller rods how well something packs down in the car.
The Extremity rod, as its name suggests, is designed for long range fishing. It is fast tapered and as soon as I lay hands on one I knew it was for me. It feels really powerful even without casting it, mainly down to its stepped-up butt section, which is unique to the 3.5lb which I opted for. It also has a fast tapered tip which you notice once you’ve bent into it, as it recovers almost instantly after casting. For obvious reasons, this helps accuracy, as the tip isn’t waving about and pulling the line off target.