Nissin Pro Spec 2 Way 7:3
by Dave Southall
(Easy Yorkshire, UK)
I've just bought the Pro Spec 2 Way 7:3 rod to fish small, well wooded streams for wild brown trout & grayling up to 16 inches.
The zoom facility is great when coping with the varied tree cover. Before I used a 12 foot Iwana but found that I could not fish certain overgrown stretches. I bought the 11 foot Handle for it but found it was too fussy having to take the rod apart & re setup just for one swim. The Pro Spec solves this problem.
On its first day out I had 13 brown trout up to 11" & 7 grayling up to 13", all on size 18 dry flies (CdC Shuttlecocks). The rod handled them well. Casting with an 11 foot level line of 0.35 mm copolymer plus 3 foot of 6x tippet was no problem despite a downstream breeze of 8 miles per hour. I prefer the light copolymer level line because although it is harder to cast with than fluorocarbon it is much easier to hold off the water when using small dry flies & in situations with low trees, where it is impossible to hold line off the water, well greased copolymer floats so does not impede striking or snag on underwater debris & rocks.
This rod feels incredibly light in the hand & responds to a short, crisp casting stroke (more like casting with a conventional rod than the much slower stroke required with a slower rod such as the original Ayu or Ito that I own).
The finish is good although there is a bit of filling in the cork handle & I'd prefer a matt finish to reduce the risk of spooking fish in low, clear water.
I'm very impressed with the rod as is my fishing buddy Steve who now lusts for one.
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