The wondrous Cane rod in question, with traditional trout on the menu.
I had a plan to catch a few carp on the fly rod again this year. It's been a while since I had the 5# cane Marshall out. It felt good when I threaded the Cortland Sylk line through the rings at a little local venue I know where, floaters are allowed.
This rod from Gary is simply the best 5# I've ever tried, and over the years I've been lucky to try a few dozen. It has a quick action for a cane rod, more like a soft actioned Carbon. When I first tried it in Gary's little garden, I was amazed at just how much line I could pick up and lay down in one simple stroke.
People forget at times, you buy a rod to fish with, having the ability to lift off the water, drop a fly on a rising fish some distance away without countless false casts is priceless in a fly fishing rod. Many just don't have the spine to achieve it. It worth several fish a season, in the instant cast it gives you.
At 8' it's ideal for both medium to large rivers, as well as lakes and reservoirs. With 20'' to 30'' of line out its possible to false cast a whole 28 yard fly line with just one pick up and back-cast, something I cannot do with any of my existing Orvis rods.
Anyway to the day. Feeding small dog mixer biscuits, fish started to rise within minutes, with this method now is the time to sit and wait. Continue feeding, getting the competition going among the carp. You can then spot the better fish, and hopefully pick one out.
Many use a real mixer Super-glued to the hook, but I prefer a loosely tied brown deer hair fly, as when it takes on water it will sit lower in the surface film, so you get more solid hook ups, and less refusals. It's also a fly, rather than bait!
Luck was with me, and I took six modest fish to just under 10lb. All fighting like demons on the light cane.
Cane and carp, a good combination.
Gary is still making this model and in my layman's view, it's his best work. It will cost you the best part of a Grand to own one, you'll have to wait 18 months minimum, for it to be made. I did see one for sale recently, but when I inquired it was gone. ( £800 with just one tip ) Are they worth it, well you only ever buy one. I fell on this rod buy luck as Gary had made this for a client, that didn't come up with the cash. Now that really was my lucky day.
See you on the bank.