I knew that I’d like the Fladen Maxximus
Solid-C Boat Rod even before it arrived. Not because I’d read the
reviews, or seen the adverts for it, but because a couple of friends
that I know and trust had already raved about it to me. These were the
sort of friends that see a lot of rods, so I believed the hype for once
when I eventually did read what other people had written about
had received some ‘seconds’ of the Fladen Maxximus Solid-C
Boat Rod. Because Fladen have such high standards of production, it
appears that one batch had a few rods in that had a slight knock at the
joint, so TackleBargains appear to have purchased them and are selling
them at a ridiculously cheap price. I just had to have one, so ordered
the 10-20lb rod.
It did, indeed, have a very
slight knock where the spigot was a bit loose in the joint. It was
firmly in there and I could have fished with it without any bother, but
decided to buy a tin of graphite from a local tackle shop (as well as
about Â£20 worth of other stuff I didn’t actually need ï¿½” how do tackle
shops do that?!!!) and applied two thin coats. That was it, job
The Solid-C boat rods are 8ft 2-piece
rods, the reel section being very short and the main section being an
extremely thin and sexy looking blank. It really does look the part,
albeit a lot thinner than most boat rods, which often means that other
anglers give it dubious looks when they first see it!
The build process of the Solid-C rods is what makes them so
exceptional. This rod looks like a spinning rod, yet delivers power way
beyond its looks. It’s like they’ve squeezed Mike Tyson into Barry
McGuigan’s frame and delivered a rod that punches way beyond its
I’ve used the Fladen
Maxximus Solid-C Boat Rod quite a bit now, for all sorts of fish. My
fishing buddy was keen to see me get stuck into a smoothound with it
and I think he was surprised at how easy it dealt with it in a strong
tide. I knew it wouldn’t be a problem ï¿½” one of my friends had had
conger on his!
Lately, I’ve been using the rod
when drifting for bass, where the fact that it is so light and
sensitive comes into its element. It really is a joy to use and
standing there with it all day poses no problems, with every tiny
nibble registering on the tip. It gives me good sport with the smaller
fish, yet has the power there if that big one does come along. On top
of that, it’s got to be one of the best looking boat rods ever made.
For those of you who like to use braid, you’ll be pleased to know that
it uses SIC guides, too.
The RRP for a brand new rod is
Â£119.95-Â£129.95. However, at the time of writing, TackleBargains had a
few of the slight seconds mentioned above for just Â£50.
Click here for further details. With a can of graphite spray costing
less than a fiver, that’s a whole lot of rod for less than half
Of course, any Fladen
stockist will also be able to sell you a perfect example, complete with
very good looking blank
butt section is exactly what it says it is!