I received a Volition 2 weight for my 40th when you first released them and I’ve coupled it with the monocore JL 2 weight or WC nymph lines. When we spoke on the phone way back in March (I think), you said to me that you’d give me a line if I didn’t catch more fish this year through using your gear. Well, your line is safe – but then I’m sure you knew that’d be the case anyway – it’s been a GREAT year. I’m still very much an ‘improver’, but I’ve caught more fish this season than my limited ability really should’ve allowed – and in tricky summer conditions too - when the Dove and Derwent were both on their backsides. I went on the Dee in July for a lads weekend and caught more fish (on dries, duo and nymphs) than the experienced guys around me because your kit helped me figure out a better way to fish. To me, the positive impact of your gear as a ‘system’ is best evidenced by my ‘fish of the summer’ – a 2lb brown caught from the Dove when the river was at its lowest and catch returns were way down. It fed on things I could barely see, but between the rod, the WC nymph line, a tapered leader tied to 7x Hybrid tippet tied and a 24 Humpy (note the strong influence of the blogs here regarding flies and tactics!), I was able to cast accurately to that fish and present my fly as I intended. The ‘as intended’ part for me is where the real pleasure came – your gear let me harness my ability and do what I needed to. In that one scenario, I realised that my approach really had changed and I’d actually improved. Clearly, I took the brown by surprise because the fight was brutal! But the rod cushioned the remarkably strong 7x tippet brilliantly and it is just so much fun to cast, use and play a fish on. I did promise you a review and I will translate my thoughts into something more succinct. But, thanks again for the brilliantly-designed gear and the fun it’s given me this year. !
Very happy to give an unreserved 5 stars to the Volition JL #2. The Volition came highly recommended to me by my long standing fishing friend Dave Southall and I can only agree with his judgement. I’m using it in conjunction with the mono core JL #1 line, this combination gives me the delicate presentation I have been looking for for a long time, a game changing step forward in my experience. It casts accurately even into a stiff breeze with ease, has a delicate tip ( my first impression was it was softer than I expected) but a surprising amount of steel in the mid section. On my second outing with the Volition on the river Eden I caught a 22” wild brown trout which was sipping midges, the Volition was a revelation at cushioning my light tippet yet had enough backbone to cope with a powerful fish. I’m very impressed.
Saved the penny’s for a while to buy this & it was worth the wait! I was looking a light Dry Fly rod for evenings on small still waters fishing small drys. I have used it’s for this purpose now a few times & had fish 3-4lb, get fun! Presentation is excellent & it protects x6 tippet with its soft tip section, this allows small flys light tippet & big fish!
Hi Tom I just wanted to write a few words about the JL2 10’ #2 I bought from you. I finally managed to use it this week, what a rod somehow it manages to cast a nymph line with a team on as it should! But somehow it manages to cast a single size 18 cdc on a floating line to rising fish 40-50’ away on the river Eden.. I’m just gutted I’d left my camera in the car. Vert very impressed well done mate. Cheers Colin.
My great love is fishing small rivers with dry flies, since receiving the Volition 10' 2# teamed up with the Monocore JL Dry Fly I've fished ten times using this rod. I can cast both short and long distance with much improved presentation, the length also allows opportunities to put the fly in previous impossible places.