Point 2: in the hand and potential gliding problems
One of the first questions people ask me about carbon grips is: "Does this slip when into fishing conditions?"
PM: no problem gliding even in wet conditions
MA: the grip offers a very good grip thanks to the epoxy coating, no feeling of sliding even with wet hands. The grip is very pleasant. Even with intensive activity at launch no risk of blisters or burns on the hands
CM: Its shape allows a perfect grip. No slips felt in several years of use
CF: very pleasant to the touch, the carbon handle gives a lot of sensation in fishing action especially during nymph drifts. No slips even when fighting fishes.
Point 3: Casting
From my first tests, I found that the carbon grips change the action of a fly fishing rod.
PM: the carbon grip is stiffer; it gives more responsiveness and speed on the rod’s butt section for more precise cast and a quicker rod action
JFH: compared to a standard grip, the carbon grip brings some weight gain and more rigidity, which provides a better responsiveness and speed of execution.
MA: the grip accelerates the action of the rod thanks to its rigidity. The feeling of loading the rod with the fly line is felt in the hand. The precision of the casting is remarkable and thanks to the created feeling in the hand one can dose the casting easily.
CM: The carbon handle brings weight gain which allows to cast with less effort. It also allows for a better feel of the energy created by the blank and the fly line, and thus to improve the quality of my casts
CF: very responsive, it adapts equally well for fast fishing as for light long-distance fishing
Point 4: strike detection and hooking
The classic grips are made of cork, an insulating material. In contrast, carbon grips are very conductive and increase the resonance of the blank in the hand.
PM: the resonance of the blank into the grip transmits the takes well in advance of a classic cork grip, which allows anticipated striking and better hooked fish.
JFH: the transmission of the resonance, vibrations is increased and is more direct, and consequently this better sensitivity optimizes the detection of the takes. Moreover, it also makes it possible to better manage the horizontal oscillations during some animations (combo) with dry or light nymphs ...
MA: the sensitivity of the grip is formidable for nymph fishing, it is the osmosis between the progressiveness of the blank and the sensitivity of the grip that allows for effective striking and fighting the fish
CM: the vibrations received by the blank are reflected in the carbon grip. This makes it possible to detect the most subtle takes and to hook faster.
CF: we really feel the nymph on the river pebbles .. every little knock resonates in the grip and so, even the most discrete takes are detected. The hooking can be very fast
Point 5: In the fight
The carbon grips have always given me more ease when fighting a fish and an unequaled pleasure in sensations.
PM: the sensations are multiplied thanks to the resonance of the carbon grip, it gives a more rigid fly rod’s butt section of the cane gives a sensation to be directly linked with the fish.
JFH: carbon grip offers innovative grip and an excellent feel
MA: during the fight I feel the movements and nose kicks of the fish, it is easy to anticipate their trajectories to better fight and loose lesser fishes.
CM: the carbon grip transmits into the fisherman's hand every kick and dives of the fish. This makes it possible to exploit all the qualities of the fly blank and to take a lot more pleasure during the fight.
CF: it feels like being in direct contact with fish …very pleasant sensations while keeping the advantage during the fight ..
Conclusion: a little more clarity on our carbon grips and this based on many years in various fishing conditions. You can without further contact the members of my ProStaff to ask for their advice "in live" or make an appointment to test one of my fly rod equipped with such a grip at the water's edge to realize for yourself the benefits that my carbon grips bring to our passion: precision, efficiency and more hooked fishes