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Carp Rods 2013

Introduction to Harrison Carp rods

We make carp rods in a variety of lengths and test curves for fishing from close range to extreme distance. we have been making top end carp rods for more than twenty years and we have the widest range on offer. All our carp rods are available as factory built rods through distributors, custom built through specialist shops and rod builders, or as blanks to build yourself. Because we make the rods here in Liverpool we either have in stock or can offer to make spares for any rod we ever made.Ther are several ranges to choose from. Ballista, Chimera, Ballista Slim, Multi Carp. Torrix, Cerbera, Trebuchet and Acurix. This page will help you choose the right one for you. Below is a list of these models with a general description of the range.

Ballista
A huge range of options.
Ballista is the rod that started it all in 1990. A legend amongst carp anglers and still selling well today. A pioneer in the use of 40 ton carbon and over fit joints that led onto nearly every other carp rod from every manufacturer being made that way. The action is by todays standards, parabolic. By that we mean that the actionc continues well down into the butt section making these ideal rods for playing big fish. Available in a wide rnage of test curves and lengths. 11';12';13'; 2.5 through to 4lb test curve. The 13' 3.5lb rod may not be fast in action, but is a very capable distance rod and was used previously by Kurt Grabmyer to win the world Carp Chanpionship at long range.
Ballista Slim
Slim close range rod
Ballist Slim is a dedicated close to medium range rod with a very slim blank and more through action. Two test curves at 12' only. 2 3/4 and 3lb.
Chimera
3k woven butt and 1k woven tip
Chimera was a revolution when it was introduced. Two different plain weave fabrics made this rod strong and good to look at. The action is similar to Ballista in the lower test curves, 2.5 and 3lb, but much faster in the higher test curves. The 3 1/2lb 12' rod is a popular bagging rod.
Multi Carp
Crossover between specialist and Carp
Multi Carp is a crossover rod. It bridges the gap between barbel and specialist rods and carp rods. Available in lower test curves only, 1 3/4 to 2 1/2, it will not cast big leads, but it will land big fish when you are casting smaller wieghts and fishing closer range. And because of it slender lightweight blank will be more pleasurable to use in those situations.
Torrix
Our flagship range
Torrix is our flag ship range. The top of the tree in carp rod evolution. In the opinion of many the best carp rod available. Technically advanced, incredibly capable and our most reliable rod ever. For 2013 the Torrix has been fine tuned with a matt finsih and new minamilist build, but like all our rods, you can have it any way you want it through our custom build partners. Test curves from 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 plus spods and markers.
Trebuchet
Focussed on distance
Our specialist distance rods. They will not guarantee you 200yds, but in the right hands that is possible. One test curve in each 12' and 13' 4lb plus, and now the Trebuchet Light which bridges the gap between the most powerful Torrix and the Trebuchet. This has a modified blank that is easier to cast by the average angler and will get you almost as far as the standard Trebuchet.
Acurix
Ultra slim medium range
Acurix is our slimmest rod ever. It is is for close to medium range. It is available in lower test curves only. 2 1/2 2 3/4 and 3lb. At upto 90yds, this rod is a pleasure to use, as if it is doing the work for you. And because you do not have to push too hard, the accuracy of the cast improves. It will cast further than 90 yds, but if that is what you want, go for Torrix. Acurix now lays claim to the biggest Common ever caught in the world! Mary, 91lb 6oz.
Cerbera
Unprecedented value
Cerbera is new. It offers great performance at a lower price point. Cerbera is a hand made British rod and we although we have squeezed some cost out of it, the quality matches our most expensive rods with the best Kigan and Fuji componnts and 1k carbon finish.


Torrix winch and logo
Torrix 12' TE

Torrix

The Torrix Story

A few years ago we found a new way blending different carbons to make a better rod blank. Carbon comes in many forms, and by combining four different carbon materials, high modulus, high strenght and woven fabric, in specific orientations, we were able to maker a better slimmer rod blank. We called it Torrix.

Torrix has grown from a few carp rod blanks into a range of the best rods and blanks you can buy. They have received great critical acclaim and represent some of the best rods and blanks you can buy, and have become the benchmark in top end rods. And they are all made here in Liverpool England.

The butt and tip utilise two different carbon fibres in the zero axis to achieve low down casting power with forgiving no lock-up characteristics in the middle and tip. At ninety degrees is a ribcage of super lightweight carbon which controls the rod in compression. How the carbon performs in compression is as important in a bending rod as the way the fibres perform in tension. We aim for a design which balances the compression and tension performance to optimise the balance between casting and playing fish. The butt of the rod is given a surface ply of  1k carbon fabric which strengthens the rod, improves hoop strength and reduces torque. It looks pretty good too!

Most popular model is the 12 3 which will cast distance effortlessly in real world conditions and has produced close to 200yds on a casting field. New out is the 12 TE which can achieve those extra few yards yet is still a very slim and light rod. Its also the most reliable rod series we have ever made. The standard rod is fitted with double leg Fuji  40 Sic ring set, Fuji DNPS 20 and slim shrink rubber abbreviated butt. Whilst the TE models have size 50 ring sets. We designed this as the ultimate carp rod with the best blank and the best fittings. People who have bought the rod tell us we achieved our aim. The rod and blank are made here in the UK, so why settle for less?

A customer writes:

 

In response to your e-mail about torrix rods, I visited Planet Carp and tried every rod from every manufacturer that they stock.  The first rod I picked up was a 12ft 3 1/4 tc torrix 50mm butt and 16mm tip.  I was very impressed with the rods and I bought 3.
 
After using these rods I am blown away by their action, weight, tip recovery and overall looks and performance and people talk to me with one eye on my rods.  I sold my xxxxxxx rods  because I knew I would never use them again after handling a torrix.  I have already taken 2 fish on the new rods from around 135 yards and hopefully more to come.
 
Best wishes,
 
Jon Taylor

More on Torrrix here

 

 

 

 

 

Chimera

 

Chimera has been our best selling Harrison range for some time. It introduced the two weave concept to the carp market, which both aids performance and looks. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, this rod has been seriously flattered as it has been copied time and time by other companies. The looks are not so hard to copy but the action is a bit trickier. The Chimera is a forgiving rod compared to some on the market yet it casts as well as many stiffer rods, but has the elasticity to soak up any last lunges of a big fish close in. If there is such a thing as a good all round carp rod, then the 12 3lb Chimera is it. The 12 3 is an awesome distance machine that is not for everyone but the 3 offers the best of both worlds, a distance rod that anyone can enjoy using. Chimera rods are fitted with Kigan  Zirconium rings as standard, with Fuji Sic or size 50 rings an option. Other options include full handle.  Full custom builds are offered by our Custom Shop partners.

 

 

Made In The UK

 

Fuji Low Rider Option

 

Illustrated are the standard Chimera build (top) and a low rider build with full handle (Extra).

 

Chimera is also available in 13 and lower test curves down to 12 2 ..

 

Test have proved tha Fuji Low Rider rings (see left)  make for smoother and more consistant casting. An optional extra on all our rods.
 

 

Chimera is available in the following sizes:

 

Chimera

12

2.50lb

Chimera

12

2.75lb

Chimera

12

3.00lb

Chimera

12

3.25lb

Chimera

12

3.50lb

Chimera

13

3.00lb

Chimera

13

3.25lb

Chimera

13

3.50lb

 

 

   

Made In The UK

 

Trebuchet

 

We thought it was time we produced a rod that would outcast all-comers. Trebuchet is what we came up with. This is a rod that in the right hands will cast over 200yds without wind assistance. Available during 2006 in 12 and 13. Average casters will produce greater distance with Chimera and Torrix, but Trebuchet rewards the best casters with the ultimate distance.

More on Trebuchet

 

 

   

Made In The UK

 

Ballista

 

Ballista is our most famous carp rod and small changes over the years have kept it in the frame. Very slim with more action in the butt than our other rods the Ballista remains a very firm favourite for medium range fishing, though the wide range of tests curves include the legendary 13 4lb model which produces awesome distance. Available with a rugged unground finish or with custom colours for a little extra.

 

Ballista Classic 12

2.50lb

Ballista Classic

13

3.00lb

Ballista Classic 12

2.75lb

Ballista Classic

13

3.50lb

Ballista Classic 12

3.00lb

Ballista Classic

13

4.00lb

Ballista Classic 12

3.50lb

Baby Ballista

11

2.50lb

Ballista Classic 126

3.25lb

BabyBallista

11

3.00lb

Ballista Classic 126

3.50lb

 

 

 

 More Ballista information Kurt Grabmyer on Ballistas

 

   

Made In The UK

 

Ballista Slim

 

If you want a highly technical ultra slim rod for smaller waters this is the rod. The feel and action of slims is more traditional, bordering on  parabolic, but this action is known to give you more power to play a fish. At 12 the ideal alternative if you fishing is 80yds or less and you use smaller leads.  For greater distance there is a 13 version to special order.