And it’s on those extra big fish that this last function ensures that you can really pile on the pressure.In my opinion this is where the Saxon rods simply blow other rods clean out the water.The power of this rod is immense, like nothing I have ever handled before.

The rod is extremely light, which is important for USA waters where we have to play lots and lots of big fish in a day, and for UK stocked runs waters like Drayton reservoir, where 50 double figure fish a day are not uncommon.

The cork butt (which might initially put some people off, me included) is actually genius.

It does not scratch, allows you to fix it into a butt rest when fishing locked up and best of all sits very comfortably in the groin region when playing fish.

This type of low resin blank is rarely found in sub $400 rods since the recession blew up the price of carbon.

For me a weave always looks so much nicer than a plain or coated blank plus you can see what you are getting for your money.

However, you can put lipstick on a pig and it’s still a pig, so what about the meat and gravy that makes a good looking rod a great performing rod? Being an academic I like theory, evidence and critical thinking to have a place in most of my life.

I never thought that so much thought would go into a rod, but Iain gave me an in depth explanation not only of the rods features, but more importantly why they were there and the purpose they served.

Saxon 3.25 Hexalite Carp Rods Review with Dynamite field consultant and top British and now USA based carper Craig Parkes On the way back to New Jersey from a convention in Boston I’d arranged to meet up with Saxon Tackle owner and fellow Brit, Iain Sorrell.

Over a cup of tea we chatted about all things carpy and I said that I would like to have play with the Hexalite carp rods that he manufactures.