For over 10 years I used a Greys GRXi fly rod and I actually liked it. On a visit to Rutland a couple of years in the past it received trashed in a ship and I had to purchase a brand new rod from the deal with store so I might stick with it fishing. I purchased one other Greys rod, the GR30, which did okay for the remainder of the day nevertheless it felt very gentle. I don’t get on with gentle rods as a result of my casting fashion is kind of heavy (too a few years of unhealthy habits!) and so I used to be looking out for one thing else. Greys couldn’t do me a tip alternative on the previous GRXi in order that they provided me a GR50 at half value. The GR50 is a good all spherical rod with a stiffer motion which suited me very nicely and has been my go to rod up until now.
A couple of months in the past I received the possibility to get my palms on a customized constructed Atomsix Elemental fly rod. I spoke to Steve at Atomsix about my casting fashion and the way I fish and we determined the 10″ Elemental could be a great match. And it was!
The rod within the image is my rod and likewise options on the Atomsix website and it’s an absolute magnificence! I’ve by no means owned an costly rod earlier than, not to mention one hand constructed to me personal specs, so it was a giant change. The construct high quality is improbable and the eye to element makes the rod a factor of magnificence. It is available in a really sturdy steel tube and an quaint material bag. I’m not a fan of those massive tubes with padded inners since you’re left carrying it round once you’re fishing and when you’re on the transfer quite a bit they simply get in the way in which. Having a rod bag means its straightforward to hold to the lake and the bag will be put away simply. Generally its the little issues that make a distinction!
On my first attempt with the rod it felt very totally different to what I used to be used to with the Greys. It’s received a really tight motion however can be used delicately nevertheless it takes a little bit of follow. The 10″ was a bit longer than the conventional 9″6′ rods I’n used to and even that additional little bit of size makes a distinction. It felt a bit heavier that the Greys which I used to be fearful about on full day classes however really the alternative turned out to be true. Now I’ve received used to the rod (and had some casting classes!) it really easy to get a great line out that you simply really find yourself doing far much less to solid and so fatigue isn’t actually a difficulty.
These rods are utilized by a few of the high distance casters within the UK and its a real competitors fly rod, and it appears like one once you use it. I learnt to haul correctly a couple of months in the past and ironed out some unhealthy casting habits and utilizing the Atomsix now feels very totally different. It’s not a really forgiving rod however when you’ve mastered it it’s a pleasure to make use of. For those who work it laborious you may get an enormous quantity of line out on the water however its simply as pleased peeling dry flies off the floor at shut vary and rapidly overlaying fish and a long way. With a fast haul and just one or 2 false cats you’ll be able to simply get loads of line out precisely.
It’s not a rod for everybody, it takes some work, however when you’ve develop into at one with it it’s laborious to return.I took out the GR50 the opposite week as a little bit of a take a look at nevertheless it didn’t take lengthy earlier than I used to be again on the AtomSix. It’s a improbable rod and each time I solid it appears like I’m utilizing one thing particular, one thing that I’ll be utilizing for a lot of a few years to come back.
For those who’re available in the market for a high finish customized constructed fly rod then get in contact with Steve at AtomSix. He’s an awesome bloke and can assist information you on whats greatest. He’ll even ship you a rod within the put up to have a go along with!