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Unusual catch


Mega test for equipment

To begin with...

TołpygaAbsolutely YES! It is beautiful….. Modern design, slim merlon, divided hilt. These are the first features which I found during the first contact with the rod which I am describing.

Some time ago I decided to buy “something “ more concrete for spinning. The rod which I choosed is “ Dragon” model: Dragon Guide Select Gnom with the throwing weight 7-28 g and the length 260 cm. Despite not many internet opinions, without hesitation I decided that I must have this rod, even if it will not suit me. I fish with this rod mainly on the Wisla river and near Krakow ( Przylasek Rusiecki ).

Few facts

This what you can see immediately and may be considered by some people like a vice is the fact that this rod likes to be “ not balanced “( it should be mentioned that its weight is only 180g). It slightly goes down but everything is within normal limits. Generally it does not disturb me. On the contrary – when catching from descent I think that this is adventage. This matter should be considered by yourself. The rod’s action is extremely fast. During the moment of cutting it perfectly bends what creates perfect parabola. The merlon is fitted with the highest category Fuji grommets . What deserves our attention is the unusual trimming of the hilt and the butt. It is not covered with cork but with special, stiff graphite which should increase the sensitivity. The merlon is very sensitive itself, but when it is combined with this innovative solution and the resonance tube it gives incredible effect like so called “ kick”. When writing about Guide Select series the great power and the resistance of the rods should not be forgotten. They are really decent and neatly made rods, resistance against overloading and mechanical damage. It’s the matter of the fact that the merit has got thick sides. It is the secret of the power of that great and innovative series.

The real test

Words, words, words…….like Shakespeare said. Sometimes simple description may not be as clear as one concrete report from fishing, that’s why short and to the point! Not long ago, together with my pal Tadeusz I went to the river Wisla to “ flutter “ at the end of the fishing season ( to fish some zander ). It is well known that zander is capricious… . Even so we have been fishing “ not from yesterday “ that day we were not able to fish that “ cloudy eye robber “. Little disappointed when were supposed to come back home, suddenly on my “Guide Select” Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaach”!!!!!extremely strong hit and immediate departure up the river. In disbelief I am holding the rod. We are observing the whole situation. I can feel that it will be something really big. After about 30 seconds the fish is slowing down. Together with my friend we start to speculate: what can it be? We conclude that catfish….. Yes, it must be catfish, because what else? Our curiosity is raising from minute to minute. The rod bended in parabola… After about 10 minutes of intensive fight, the huge silver carp comes to our eyes. With little disbelief we land, we make short commemorative photo session and we set “ little monster” free. Without doubts it was test for me and for my equipment, which won the match!

Sum up

I pay a lot of attention when choosing my equipment. Even the smallest detail means something – I am sure that a given rod will not disappoint me and will meet my expectations. It was in the case of Dragon Guide Select rod. If I have a chance, I will buy another model from that series. This time slightly lighter. It will be TINY version. At the end commemorative photo and short film from towing the rope. On that film you can see how wonderful Guide Selection is :)


Traditionally with fishing greetings:
Mateusz Lasek (Niepołomice)