DLST started out most of my pike fishing revolved around
livebaiting, the P-1 was naturally the first rod I had a
personal need for. All the pike rods I have subsequently
added to the DLST range have come about through my own fishing.
Shorter rods for boat fishing, beefier rods for casting
bigger baits or leads, various lure rods. So it is with
I'm not piking on drains these days I'm on larger stillwaters
fishing three rods with deadbaits. For various reasons this
seems to be the way a lot more pikers are fishing today.
Restrictions on numbers of rods and the use of livebaits
(and the convenience of pre-packed deadbaits) are seeing
to that. Back in the days when I was fishing four rods life
was simple. Two P-1s and two BB350s had me covered from
under the rod tip to as far as I could cast. The P-1 is
perfect for livebaiting purposes and close range deadbaiting.
The BB350 is brilliant for blasting deadbaits out.
days I usually use three rods for bank fishing, so I have
to decide which rod to double up on. A rod in between the
two would mean I could have three different rods with the
middle one being able to fish a livey close in or a heavier
deadbait than a P-1 would like to chuck. If I feel like
being a tackle tart fishing three matched rods then an inbetweeny
would be perfect! Hence the X-1.
the P-1 blank as the starting point the X-1 shares the same
action but with a beefed up test curve in a lighter and
slightly slimmer blank. Although this rod will probably
see most use with deadbaits I have used it to cast livebaits
of around 8oz with no worries and found the progressive
curve suits playing fish on braid or mono.
Reinforcing weave on tip section.
butt incorporates the same tried and trusted woven carbon
as used in Harrison's Chimeras. This is also used to reinforce
the overfit of the tip section and overlays a finer weave
which blends to a plain carbon towards the tip. The blank
has the scratch resistant, and good-looking, Ultra Matt
finish. The rings are my standard Fuji BSVOG pattern with
a 40mm butt ring and five intermediates tapering to a 12mm
tip guide. All whippings are black as standard with a few
turns of metallic aquamarine at the handle. Lettering is
in white ink and kept to the barest minimum. The handle
is my standard Fuji DNPS-B with stainless front collar and
rear Duplon cone with stainless butt cap and slim Duplon
butt grip. Many other handle options can be fitted.
Custom X-1 with Alconite rings and shrink