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                                                                                                                                              tech spec
        Drennan                                                                                                                               Spares include:
                                                                                                                                              • 72cm half extension, which fits
                                                                                                                                                sections from 11.5m up to 16m

        Zircon 16m Pole                                                                                                                       • 77cm short No3 section
                                                                                                                                              • 3 x long top 3 kits with standard-
                                                                                                                                                diameter pre-bushed tip sections
                                                                                                                                              • 1 x long top 2 kit with standard-
        After all the development work that has gone into                                                                                       diameter pre-bushed tip section
        Drennan’s new Zircon pole, Dave Harrell takes one on                                                                                  • 4 x long top 2 kits with bungee-
                                                                                                                                                diameter pre-bushed tip sections
        test to find out how good it is…                                                                                                       • 1 x match top 3 kit with
                                                                                                                                                standard-diameter pre-bushed
             t never ceases to amaze me just         see how it coped with commercial carp        tip diameter for various thicknesses

        I    how much work the design team
             at Drennan does before it is totally
        happy to launch a new product. From
                                                     fishing at Manor Farm Leisure, a venue
                                                     stuffed with big F1s as well as some
                                                     bonus ‘proper’ mirror and common carp.
                                                                                                  of elastic, and they all come ready
                                                                                                  bushed. All you have to do is elasticate
                                                                                                  the sections and you’re up and running.
                                                                                                                                                tip section
                                                                                                                                              • 1 x match top 3 kit with XL-
                                                                                                                                                diameter pre-bushed tip section
                                                                                                                                              • Cupping kit comes inside the
        a swimfeeder or hooks to a rod or a          In every session I was impressed with        Even the cupping kit has an adaptor           pole
        pole the company standard is always          how well the pole performed, using a         already fitted.                              • Skid-bung set
        the same – nothing is launched until         variety of elastic and line combinations        I reckon the Zircon is going to find      • Pole-pot set
        it’s totally right. As a result you can be   from No3 and 0.07mm to No14 and              favour with a lot of match anglers. In      • Padded holdall
        sure that the end product in the shop is     0.18mm, to catch fish from small roach        experienced hands, which, let’s face it,
        perfect for the job it is intended to do.    up to 8lb carp.                              this price point puts it into, this pole    Tech Spec
            The eagerly awaited Zircon pole,            The Zircon is lighter, stiffer and        is a superb piece of kit for a variety of
                                                                                                                                              Weight
        which replaces the popular Icon, is          noticeably better balanced than the          situations, and the spares package
                                                                                                                                              13m: 770g
        already getting rave reviews and,            Icon, and while not quite as powerful        makes it great value for money. If
                                                                                                                                              14.5m: 990g
        having tried it for myself, I now know       as its forerunner it is definitely strong     the Zircon is within your budget, I’d
                                                                                                                                              16m: 1,240g
        why. Not only is it a fabulous pole to fish   enough for the majority of fishing styles,    recommend you check it out.
        with, you also get an incredible package     with the exception of strong-line, big-
                                                                                                                                              Downforce
        of spares to go with it.                     carp hauling.
                                                                                                                                              13m: 3.6kg
            Prototypes of this pole have been           There are 10 top kits included in the
                                                                                                                                              14.5m: 5.4kg
        tested thoroughly by anglers like            package, and all measure up to within
                                                                                                                                              16m: 7.5kg
        England international Steve Hemingray        a few centimetres of each other; even
        and river ace Dave Kirk, and they’ve         with the shortest one fitted you still
                                                                                                              Light and well balanced         RRP
        recorded some excellent results (and         end up with a full-length pole. All the        PROS                                      16m: £1,995
        landed some very big fish) with them.         big sections past the No4 have a very                    Great spares package
        I’ve had the chance to use the finished       smooth finish that doesn’t stick in your                  Pre-bushed top sections         14.5m: £1,725
        Zircon on three sessions.                    hands when it’s wet, and all the key                     Pre-fitted cupping
            First port of call was Peter Drennan’s   male and female joints have a special,                   section
        own lake, stuffed with hard-fighting,         non-stick, Kevlar coating which reduces
        quality tench, followed by a workout         wear and helps to prolong joint life.          CONS      None
        on the Warwickshire Avon, fishing long           The kits are virtually identical except
        and light for roach. Finally, I wanted to    for the No1 sections, which differ in the

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