Taking the rod out the bag instantly made me smile. Every aspect of this rod is built and finished to the highest standard. I could see it was built to impress, with its bright red blank and white tip this rod stood out and looked great. The finish was outstanding and the rod just oozed quality. Not only did it look good it was dressed to impress with top quality component, such as in Fuji K-Guides and a very comfortable Fuji reel seat.
The rod in question is the Graphiteleader Finezza Nvovo 76-842UL-T-AL. This is a two length 2 piece rod listed as a 3 piece), now work that one out.
The butt section has a 10inch telescopic section that pulls out of the handle meaning this rod can be used at both 7’6” and 8’4”. An interesting concept and one I think I will find useful. In order to extended the rod it is as simple as pulling the blank out of the butt section at which point a friction grip holds the rod in the full length of 8’4” and retrospectively the same grip holds the rod in the 7’6” length. There is no need to tackle down, making it very simple and usable.
On the initial test I’ve teamed the rod up with a Diawa Gekkabijin 2004 loaded with Toray Small Game 0.4PE. The rod balanced well with this reel in both lengths. With rod and reel coming in at just 303g this was a light setup that could be held over long periods, very important with small game fishing.
On the test I wanted to try the rod at the lowest and highest end of the casting range. I went down as low as 0.5g up to 7g + lure. Now the rod handles both ends extremely well. I expected at the extremes it may be a little too stiff or too sloppy but I did not experience this at all. Normally I would give an optimum weight to cast but it handles every weight I could throw at it. I must admit watching those 4 and 7 gram metals fly was good fun.
During the test I switch between the two rod lengths to see the difference. In the 8’4” length it again handled the entire weight range with ease the only difference being added distance. Towards the top of the casting weight, the rod added 10yrds plus. Great for when working mini plugs, metals and reaching those features on you casting limit.
During this test I found bite detection fantastic, even the smallest of plucks sent a shock wave down the blank into your hand. Even plucks from sand Gobies were easily detectable. This rod really is an extension of your arm, I’ve heard this said times before but its true, this rod almost feels alive.
Being a ultra light rod with a nice back bone, I wanted to catch some good size fish on the Finezza. In the initial test no fish over 2lb were caught but one thing I can say, not being classed as an ultra light rod didn’t make the mini species any less enjoyable. Even Tompots and Gobies put up a nice little fight on the rod when played gently. I decided to really put the rod through its paces with some big hard fighting fish.
I took a trip to a local carp water and within no time at all I had fooled a carp into taking my Power Isome and the reel started singing that oh so sweet tune. The rod absolutely loved it, nearly as much as me. I really put some stick into this 4lb puddle pig and the rod took it in its stride. A short while later and I had played a fair few carp up to 6lb and the rod handled it so well with room for bigger. The rod has a lovely action, although not a completely through action. I’d say two thirds of the rod take the brunt of the fight and protects the line with the last third containing all the power you could need.
I have found many uses for the split length. Dropping lures over submerged ledges or placing lures into particular holes are just some of the benefits. I’m quickly seeing that the obvious benefit of gaining distance is far from the only benefit, but for me the best thing is not having to carry two rods. Having the advantage of fishing under your feet, say on a harbour wall then within two seconds your fishing a longer rod at distance. With more manufactures releasing longer LRF rods this will certainly be a strong competitor in the market as you are literally getting two rods in one. I for one would not want to give up the 7’6″ rod (my favorite length), and with this rod I don’t have to. A real gem in the LRF and Graphiteleader range.
To say this rod was a joy to test would be an understatement. I have fallen head over heels for this rod and looking forward to spending a whole lot more time with it.
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