Quite how three carbon carp rods can be bought for under £100 is beyond me, but Chapmans Angling have managed it with their Stillwater BPX range.
These rods cost a mere £39.99 each, with a three-rod bundle costing just £99.99. And that’s with a £29.99 three-rod holdall thrown in! For that price you don’t expect a premier built rod, but you’ll be impressed. The BPX rods have the looks of a high-end rod, along with the current fashion for minimal livery and fuss.
The slim, high modulus blank, coupled with a stylish matt black finish and abbreviated handle, also goes some ways to making you think that you are handling something costing a lot more, helped along by a laser etched butt cap and quality SiC guides.
A progressive through action offers suitable casting abilities, combined with the fish playing action that will minimise the chances of hook pulls at close-quarters. There are two 12ft models to choose from, a 2.75lb for general carping applications and a 3lb design for heavier loads.
Matt Sparkes, Anglers Mail.
First Impressions: 10/10