With me spending more time on the rivers, unsuccessfully hunting down salmon. I decided that if I was lucky enough to hook one of these glorious fish, I wanted a rod that would handle the close quarter battle and not let me down. This got me looking into all sorts of rods and after a quick chat with John at Lure Heaven UK I had a rod winging it's way to me ready to do battle.
My private delivery driver arrived one Saturday evening with the rod is in his hand. As you can imagine I was keen to have a look. On removing the butt section from the bag the first thing that caught my eye was the blank's colour itself. Now before I begin, I make no apologies on my inability to describe the colour. I would say it's orange... ish. What ever shade or terracotta, mustard or burgundy it is, I do understand it's not going to be to everyone's liking.
I'll leave you all to make your own minds up. Mine however is made up and with the combo of a cork handle, rosewood reel seat and well finished whippings makes this one good looking rod. This nice modern rod with a traditional twist wouldn't look out of place anywhere. I am of course talking about the Palms Egeria ERNS-74MH 5-16g rod in 7'4" length.
Right now down to the nitty gritty. How did this rod cope with taming the wild salmon of Cornwall? To be 100% honest I didn't catch one. I did however get a good feel for how this rod casts, from lures weighing just 3.5g up to 11.5g. This rod took all the effort out of those accurate flicks to the far bank and sunken trees. It really was a dream to use. The only fish I did manage to catch were small hand size brownies with a voracious appetite. Even these hungry little blighter's bites were transferred down the rod to my hand crisply and sharply even though I had this rod teamed up with my Caldia 2508 loaded with mono.
After my complete lack of success on the salmon I started to think about what other situations this rod would be handy for and work well in. It wasn't long and I was on my way to Exeter Canal for a spot of pike fishing. The fast action and smooth progressive curve of this rod would be ideal for close quarter work you often experience when fighting pike in a narrow water like this.
It was tough work and with high levels of weed in the canal we had to walk some distance just to find some clear enough water to work a lure. It wasn't too long though and I managed to find a pike who took a shining to a red Bait Breath BeTanCo curly tail 3" rigged on a 3.5g spro jig head and teamed up with a savage gear spinner blade in orange.
Not exactly a 30lb monster but still a welcome sight on a tough day. The rod was perfect and as suspected cushioned the pike's runs superbly. This rod is one I feel a few will overlook due to it's colour but I beg you to reconsider. I'm still yet to try this on the bass etc but feel it will make a nice estuary rod for working soft plastics and small hard lure.
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