Harrison Advanced Rods Torrix 3lb TC
Sat 12 May 12
Harrison Advanced Rods have been involved in the manufacturing of high quality rod blanks for many years, and pride themselves in being able to design, produce and supply these high quality products directly from their premises on Merseyside. With less and less companies actually doing all the work in manufacturing a rod in England, Harrison Advanced Rods are amongst a handfull of these companies still doing so.
Dr Steve Harrison is regarded as one of the top rod designers in the business and his knowledge of carbon fibres is so in-depth that most of the information he could give is wasted on the average angler that simply wants a tool that can do the job they require, and do it with very few equals.
With product names such as Ballista and Chimera being almost household names to all but the newest of carp anglers, the rods that are spoken about the most since their inception back in 2005, are without any doubt – the Torrix. Recently UKMA were handed a set of the factory built 12’ 3lb test curve Torrix to put through their paces and to give our thoughts on.
Being a former owner of a set of Ballista’s and also a set of Chimera’s, it goes to say that I was looking forward to putting the Torrix through it’s paces.
On the bank tested
The first thing that is noticed when the Torrix rods are removed from the bags is the woven finish on the butt section. To create a stiffer butt section, high modulus 1K carbon is wrapped over the carbon used for the main blank itself. This gives the rod a faster tip recovery action than a rod simply built completely with one type of fibre. Another reason that the Torrix has not got the 1K finish all the way along the blank is that the higher the modulus of the carbon, the less strength and stretch than lower modulus materials, which can make the finished product very brittle and fail – which is something that both the angler and the manufacturer wants from the product. Using the wrap of 1K on the butt and leaving the majority of the tip section “naked”, the blank is easily compressed with a wider range of weights without locking up and also gives a nicer playing action that lowers the chance of hookpulls under the tip. Most anglers will also agree that 1K carbon looks the absolute business which is an additional bonus to the “fashion conscious” angler.
The action of the blank can be described as being of a semi-fast nature. This means that the tip can be compressed easily by the majority of anglers giving better casting accuracy and distance, whilst retain the stiffness further down the blank to handle heavier casting weights or pva bags. The 12’ 3lb Torrix that we were sent handled casting weights up to 4oz with no problems at all and we felt no worry in winding the rod up with this weight.
The reel seat used on the factory build is a genuine Fuji DNPS 20mm, which will handle all known reels from any manufacturer securely and feels very comfortable in the hand. The reelseat is finished off with stainless collars. The remainder of the handle is finished minimally with a slim line Duplon hand grip at the base of the section, plugged with a tastefull stainless button to match the reel seat collars.
Dr Steve Harrison is very in tune with ring sizes and spacings, and has undertaken many different scenarios and situations which can be found on the company’s website, and although the vogue presently is to have 50mm ring sets on the rods, Dr Harrison has stuck with the now standard 40mm Fuji SiC ring set on the factory builds.
A 50mm Kigan option is available through the network of select dealers and custom rod builders.
During the testing with both full size big pit reels and the vogue mini pit reels, we had no line slap or frap up’s around the butt ring with either mono or braid. We feel that with careful ring spacing, the size of the rings doesn’t play as big of a part in the distance anglers can cast as most have been brainwashed by the media and marketing hype.
The ringing runs through in graded steps down to a good sized tip ring (apologies for not obtaining exact measurement) which will allow shockleader knots to run smoothly on the cast, and also to return through when reeling in even if a small amount of debris is caught on the knot.
All rings are whipped to the blank using a plain black whipping thread and finished flawlessly.
The real Torrix is discovered upon hooking a fish as the rod takes on a different feel similar to how the Chimera felt in the same situation. The 3lb version easily handled size 10 hooks and light hooklinks with no worries under the tip. The rod bends smoothly through to the middle of the rod where the power then kicks in, but the rod does not lock and the butt section will still bend when a powerful fish is hooked.
In all it is a pleasure to play fish on the Torrix as it has the playing action that starts off being similar to the classic Ballista in the tip, but retains the power of the Chimera to stop fish from getting into snags without pulling hooks.
There is a Torrix blank in the range to suit every anglers need from small waters through to the biggest of pits requiring huge casts.
UKMA fully endorse the Torrix and will highly recommend any anglers looking at upgrading their current carbons to take a very good look at them as we are certain that any angler in his right mind wouldn’t be disappointed in them as a true all-round tool.
For more information on the Harrison Torrix or any other rods in the product range, please visit the company website by clicking on the link below.
Visit the Website: http://www.harrisonrods.co.uk/
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