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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"Be sure in casting, that your fly fall first into the water, for if the line fall first, it scares or frightens the fish..." Col. Robert Venables 1662
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.
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