Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Choosing a New Fly Rod? Pick up the Syndicate Pipeline and Join the family

I get asked a lot over the last year or so about Syndicate Fly Fishing and their rods so I just decided to give you the story behind why I choose to use these rods above all others now and why you should consider them as the best rod for value and performance 
It’s been just over a year now when I first put one of these sticks into my hand. I had been researching rods for a few months before and I was keen on moving over to 10 foot 2 weights for my competition fishing but I didn’t want or have the mad bucks some company’s wanted for this rod type. The name Syndicate had been mentioned in a few forums I was looking at. I read through some reviews and after checking them out a bit online I decided to buy one as they were affordable and with many good reviews, how bad could they be for the price. I never looked back sense and it was one of the best decisions I have made in purchasing fly fishing gear for a while.
As most of you know I am a keen competition angler travelling throughout Europe for competitions all of the year, so I take them pretty serious. Finding the right rods that I can trust in performance wise is crucial for me. I like to have all the same rods so when I set up on a river session no matter what rod I pick up I know it inside out and I don’t have to adjust casting, striking or how I am playing fish because of having different type rods set up on one session. Also it is fantastic to have a rod that I can use for all my methods of fishing, be it dry fly, nymphing or dry dropper. The Syndicate rod is a medium to fast action rod with a very sensitive tip that detects the slightest of bumps on the rig. While the Syndicate pipeline is an out and out nymphing rod it has the ability to do so much more as I find out every day I hit the water with it, and again I can afford to have a couple of them on the bank of the river. When casting with them though it did take a little practice and adjustment in waiting time on the back cast but once you get it they are superb. 
When the rod arrived initially and once I had fished the Syndicate 10 foot 2 weight I had just bought; I did something that I had not done before with any rod company, and that was to email them to bow my hat to the rod they built, I was very excited. Not only did the rod look and feel magnificent but after reading through the ethos of the Syndicate rod company where they really focus on the customer and there experience rather than their wallet I knew this was the rod for me. 
The pipeline range of river rods offer superb tippet protection that is crucial for only for comp anglers but all fly fishers so when you hit that big fish not only dose the rod have the backbone to land the fish but the soft tip section will give you the required protection with even the finest of tippets. Marius form the West of Ireland was thankful of that with this lovely fish he landed on the 11 foot 2 weight on 0.12 tippet. When I can fish super fine tippets and not crack off it gives me great confidence in the rod I am using and the rest of my set up, tippet and leaders. 
 I have found the rods are very responsive to my requests in casting and accuracy while they are also outstanding in the sensitivity department, you feel everything with that fine tip. Be it micro beading, French nymphing or deep bugging the contact I have with my nymphs throughout the cast and drift is nothing like I have felt before with any other rod; and for setting the hook, well its more than able. They are very light in the hand also, here is some stats on the range for you to consider:
10 feet
10 feet
10 feet
11 feet
11 feet
Line Weight
2 weight
3 weight
4 weight
2 weight
3 weight
Rod Weight
84 grams
87.5 grams
91 grams
92 grams
96 grams
Half Wells
Half Wells
Half Wells
Half Wells
Half Wells with Fighting Butt
I fish with a good group of guys and we have a good bit of experience between us all, sense the discovery of the Syndicate range we have all switched over to them. I now only fish the Syndicate range and over the last year I have had some great results on them. It is also a comfort to know the fantastic guarantee offered with them, if we break one it will be fix within days and we are not waiting around for new tips running up to a major competition for weeks or months. The Syndicate boys have hit the nail on the head here and there customer service is unlike any other rod brand I have encountered. 
Sense my first contact with Eric and Mark from Syndicate I have joined the family that is Syndicate Fly Fishing and you couldn’t meet two more genuine guys that have the angler at the center of their business and product objective. Even though I am now helping the guys into Europe, I bought my first Syndicate rod retail and it was the best few bucks I have spent in a long time in Fly Fishing. I have no doubt that they have improved my catch rate through the confidence I have in the rods. Between the 10 foot 2 weight and the 11 foot 2 weight pipeline they are a must for any angler that wants to take his nymphing to the top level, and the one of the best parts is that they are affordable. Here is the price range 
Part Number
Pipeline Pro Series

4 Piece 10 FT 2 WT Comp Rod
€ 370.00
4 Piece 10 FT 3 WT Comp Rod
€ 370.00
4 Piece 10 FT 4 WT Comp Rod
€ 370.00
4 Piece 11 FT 2 WT Comp Rod
€ 395.00
4 Piece 11 FT 3 WT Comp Rod
€ 395.00
Aquos Series

4 Piece 10 FT 6 WT Rod
€ 485.00
4 Piece 10 FT 7 WT Rod
€ 485.00
4 Piece 10 FT 8 WT Rod
€ 485.00
There is not to many bad rods on the market these days and the vast majority of rods are well able to do there jobs. However there is something about the Syndicates that sets them apart for, the customer service, the affordable price range, or maybe its just the good old Tennessee touch the boys have with there company. But, make sure and check out the range when you are considering a new stick, not only do they do a river range but also a still water range that is slat water compatible. 
There website is https://syndicateff.com/ and you can also find the range of rods in Ireland at www.piscari-fly.com https://www.flyfishingireland.com/ and https://southsideangling.ie/
Please feel free to give me a shout if you would like any other advice on the range and if you wish to purchase one you wont be disappointed. Make sure and check by the syndicate website now and again or contact them on facebook  https://www.facebook.com/syndicateff/ to see about the new and exciting developments they have in store. Thanks for reading my blog and I hope you find this information some what useful when you are considering a new fly rod in the future,  make sure and check out my website just follow the links to the right.  

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