I promised I’d post regular updates as and when I could, and the latest is that Carpathia is out of the varnishing room and looking splendid. All that remains is to tickle up the ferrules and make the stopper. From what Andrew tells me it’s set to be a true stunner, but not only in looks, but the way it fishes too. A classic onion shape cork handle meets dark cane embellished by green whippings with crimson tips, ‘Carpathia’ is written in white.
Although this rod has an extra foot on most cane carp rods, Andrew tried his best to avoid an unwieldy beast, thick in the butt and heavy to hold. With a compound taper the rod has plenty of reserve power in the butt, but retains a slender feel throughout and has a tip that will be friendly to hook holds and cast soft baits without exploding them.
I’m hoping | can get my hands on Carpathia number 1 in time for the start of the new season. I have a date with some carp on a local pool, but more than that, I plan to put Carpathia through its paces, to find out just what it is capable of, to put it amongst various situations and see if what we’ve created here is indeed the ultimate cane carp rod.
More when I receive it from the workshop…