Heads up! For 2016, HTO has collaborated with premium rod manufacturer Hearty Rise, bringing in a range of high-end rods from their ‘Rock n Force’ range. Read more
Thought I’d give a little update on what I’ve been up to of late. I’ve actually been really busy. Since joining Tronix / HTO almost a month today I’ve already done three magazine features on the Perch side. One on ultralight jigging for a tackle pull-out, one on Dropshot for the Angling Times and another for AT that’s yet to be published – again on the lighter side of luring. It’s been interesting as I’ve had to very quickly adapt my tackle choices, trying to replicate the winning formula with a new range of gear. Read more
In summary, a rod that surprised me. Not a common choice of actions for a European LRF rod, but a tool that will pay dividends if you are willing to spend time with it and adapt to its action. Extremely well designed for a rod retailing at around 70 quid. Freshwater heritage shines through.
My understanding of rod design and rod performance has accelerated since I started fishing for Perch in my local canal. Unlike the sea, conditions are more often than not suitable for throwing the tiniest lures. We’re often talking 1-inch plastics and jigheads under a gram. To me, it’s this style of fishing that has amplified the importance of using a balanced outfit. I thought I’d share where my head is at currently. Subject to change.Read more
The Illex Pepper was the first modern UL rod we fell in love with when we saw the original model back in 2011. For some reason neither of us has ever bought one. I can’t tell you why. It’s been like a scratch that needed to be itched. And then last year Chris, a good friend of ours did the deed.
So four years on, Illex have reworked the Pepper. Read more