Fox Warrior Plus – Rod, Spod & Marker, Net Review

Rod’s aren’t something I’ve written about on the blog before. I’ve covered barrows, bait, line and bite alarms but somehow, haven’t got around to covering rods.

When Tackle Fanatics got in touch to see if I was interested in trying out their Warrior Plus range, it was the prompt I needed so I jumped at the chance.

As an avid fan of the budget Fox Warrior range, a ‘pimped up’ version using the same blank but with full cork handles and a 50mm butt ring sounded like a big plus (no pun intended of course…) I also had the chance to try the 4.5lb TC Spod & Marker rod and the Warrior+ net which are both part of the same range.

Here’s a quick video I put together highlighting some of the features of the fishing rod:

 

My old Warrior S rods are 3lb TC. At the time of buying them I was debating whether to go for the 2.75lb or the 3lb TC. I soon found that heavier leads and PVA bags were becoming more prominent in my fishing and I was glad I didn’t go for the 2.75lb version as I’d have felt rather undergunned.

The 3lb rods just about managed to deliver what I was asking of them but I did consider buying a new set of 3.5lb TC rods. In the end I didn’t bother as the Warrior S 3.5lb rods only came in a 13′ version which for a start wouldn’t have fit in my rod bag! My other issue with a 3.5lb TC rod is the feel when playing a fish, I worried that I wouldn’t feel in contact and the rod would be too stiff.

When I received The Warrior Plus rods, I was really pleased to see that they were 12′ long with a test curve of 3.25lb. For me, this is absolutely perfect and ticks multiple boxes for my fishing.

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Being a fly fisherman before I got into carp fishing, I was used to rods with cork handles. I found it strange that cork seemed to be a luxury on carp rods as opposed to a standard feature. It never caused me any issues with my Warrior S rods but the feel of cork on a rod is much nicer and the quality of cork used on the Warrior+ rods is good.

Yes, some filler seems to have been used but this is pretty standard practise and a lot of my fly rods (I have far too many of course) are the same – you only really find limited use of filler on really expensive rods. I think for the money, the guys at Fox and Tackle Fanatics have done a fantastic job of the handles, they feel great.

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Another difference with the Plus rods is the 50mm butt ring. For those big caster’s (unfortunately I’m not in that club…), a 50mm ring will give you a bit more distance everything else being equal. They do look nice too. I’m not a big caster but I am a tackle tart!

Some of the other features of the rod:

  • Fox Warrior S blank
  • 12′ long
  • 3.25lb TC
  • Low rein carbon composition matt black blank with gloss whippings
  • Anti frap tip ring
  • 50mm butt ring
  • Full cork handles
  • Butt cap with fox logo
  • Line friendly line clip

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So, how did the rod perform out in the wild? Remarkably. I mentioned above that I’m not a big caster but was able to use the powerful backbone of this rod to punch my leads a pleasing distance. The recovery of the blank was good and there was still plenty of feel when playing fish.

For the price (£209.99 for a set of 3 at the time of writing), these rods are amazing value. They are exclusive to Tackle Fanatics and you can buy from their website.

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I mentioned above that I also had the chance to test out what Tackle Fanatics have called the Spod & Marker Duo or S&M rod. I think this is good idea to combine the two – although I own both a spod and a marker rod, the marker rod is barely used as I do everything with my spod rod.

The S&M rod performed well with good vibration transmission through the blank for feature finding and an action perfectly suited to casting out a loaded Spomb or Impact Spod.

The rod is 12′ in length with a 4.5lb TC blank. It features a 50mm butt ring and a full shrink wrap handle. The only addition I’d like to have seen is a 12″ mark on the blank for measuring water depth but if I really felt like I needed one, I’d add my own mark to it and as mentioned above, I do all my marker work with my spod rod anyway which doesn’t have a 12″ mark and I get on fine so I really am nit picking here!

Like the fishing rods, this is a fantastic tool and represents great value for money at £74.99 at the time of writing. You can buy one here.

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The last item I tried out was the Warrior+ net.

The first thing I tend to look at when assessing the usability of a net is the weight of the handle. When I first started carp fishing, I made the mistake of buying a cheap net and the handle was so heavy that it made the process of playing a netting a fish a complete nightmare.

The handle of the Warrior+ net weighs in at just 274g. That’s nice and light which meant picking up and using the net whilst playing a fish nice and straight forward.

The net its self is soft and fish friendly which is really important and it’s 95cm deep which is reassuring for when a fish is in it.

The arms are 42″ long which is a really nice balance between fitting in decent sized fish and fitting in your peg! The spreader block is made from a plastic moulding which feels really solid but as the same time light weight which is a big win.

Other features of the net include carbon fibre arms with metal connectors and mesh-saving angled ends and a stink bag to store it in.

Like the rest of the Warrior+ range, the net is a solid people of tackle and represents fantastic value for money. At the time of writing, one can be yours for only £39.99 – click here to buy.

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To read more about the Warrior+ range, visit the Tackle Fanatics website.

Until next time, tight lines…

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