Our first experience of Wychwood’s new flagship fly rod, the RS, came early in 2017 with the 10ft 7wt model. A favourite workhorse of the reservoir angler, Rutland Water seemed the ideal place to try it. Within a couple of chucks I knew I liked it, there’s plenty of power to turn over a large fry pattern or long-leader for buzzer fishing with loads of feel in the handle. The tip bends nicely during the casting stroke so that the rod is not only accurate but also very pleasing to cast. The fixtures, fittings and finish on the RS are good too, I particularly like the fine wire matte black snake guides and low flash matte grey blank with silver whippings.
The new range of gear from Wychwood, rods, reels, lines, clothing and more has been extremely impressive. I suspect the expertise of top competition angler Steve Cullen has been quite heavily involved in the development. Wychwood kit still offers good value for money but it seems to me that the performance has been cranked up a couple of notches.
I have particularly enjoyed fishing with the 9ft 6in 6wt RS, paired up with the new Wychwood Truefly SLA Mk II cassette reel. One of my favourite ways to fish from the bank is with a lighter rod and floating line with crunchers, diawl bachs and buzzers. Targeting cruising rainbows close-in on the creeks and bays of Rutland or Eyebrook rewards stealth and patience. The RS is great fun to fish with, and that has to be one of the most important reasons to go in the first place.
The 6wt RS is well-suited to this style of fishing, with a floater or midge-tip line and making accurate casts at relatively close range. The rod bends beautifully with a fish on, protecting lighter tippets well and transmitting the fight through the cork. If you hook a really big fish it helps to use the lower two-thirds of the blank, where the real power is, to fight the fish.
The only thing I would have liked that the 6wt RS doesn’t offer is a fighting butt – the beefier 7wt has one, and I’m looking forward to breaking it out come fry time. Twitching a floating fry and watching the surface of the water erupt as a big brown or rainbow hits is one of those great autumn moments.
The Wychwood RS is available from £179.99 and if you’re looking for a new reservoir rod I recommend picking one up and having a cast.
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