Earlier this year was very special for me. After hours of pacing I finally got my hands on my first baby. Oh what a beauty she was. She had everything, the looks, the action and all the quality you could hope for. I was now the proud owner of a very nice Graphiteleader Corto ex 7’6″ and I couldn’t have been happier. Thanks to The Art of Fishing for all the advice.
10mins later I was setup and casting a lure. Now this proved to be in vain with no fish landed. However I got a really good chance to try casting with different weights. I was expecting this rod being rated 0.6-8g to cast 1.5-5g well and be a bit ropey at the extremes of its casting weight. This simply wasn’t the case and it coped really well under a gram as it did at 7g.
Over the next few weeks I barely touched another rod and I started to fall deeply in love. I had now caught a stack of fish on this rod from 7cm smelt to 2lb plus pollock. The tip on this rod is so sensitive you can detect the smallest of bites, whether you are fishing on the drop techniques or in various retrieves. In fact playing the smaller fish was good fun putting a nice curve into the upper two thirds of the rod. I started to worry if I hooked something that just wanted to run I might struggle to stop it.
My first ever Turbot and LRF style…
It wasn’t long before I hooked a wrasse that just wanted to run on 5lb leader. I decided to see what the rod could do. I tightened the drag and really leant into this fish and hay presto the fish turned and the rod took it in its stride still feeling like there was power left in the lower third of the rod. A couple of controlled runs later and a nice 2.5lb wrasse was on the rocks.
Not exactly a wrasse but 24cm of scorpion fish and thought it woulld fill the gap as I didn’t take a photo of the wrasse
I was now starting to get some real confidence in this rod and got a feel this rod was protecting the light line. Recently I decided to target a bass on the rod after fellow LRF’r Josh Fletcher had hooked one just moments before. I switched to a decoy 3.5g weedless jighead and a 3 inch sand eel imitation. I started to work this in the flow of the river and it wasn’t long before I felt a bite shudder up through the rod. Moments later “fish on” the reel began to sing and the smile on my face grew. After a good scrap I caught site of the fish and it was a lovely wrasse pushing 3lb. I believe Josh’s words were “Did you see how that rod handled that?” and handled it, it did.
A short while later on the same night I hooked a nice 2.5lb plus mullet and this fish was played gently due to the tiny and light hook I was using. Again the rod just performed superbly. I’m sad to say that as with all good things they have to come to an end the Corto has fled the nest all grown up and off to a new home.
I would still say anyone looking at buying a rod around the £150 mark should definately have a look at these. You get a lot of rod for your money and a very versitile casting weight range. Ideal for most LRF applications including mini plugs.
With space available here and a trip to have a look at Lure Heaven UK’s new stock. I just couldn’t resist and I was give the opportunity to be the first person to own the new Graphiteleader Finezza Nvovo 76-842UL-T-AL Initial tests with this rod have blown me away. I will be doing my best to put this rod through its paces in both the 7’6″ and 8’4″ length and then I’ll write a little more about it by which time these should be on sale.
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