What A Corker! With cork handles and 50mm butt rings bang on trend, Karl Jenkinson explores the multitude of features on the WYCHWOOD C-301 rods.

The Wychwood brand has been on the carp scene since 1989, producing countless rods along the way. The latest and greatest to come from its stable is the C-301 Classic, and is available in 2.75lb, 3lb and 3.25lb-test-curve options, all at 12 feet in length. With the likes of Wychwood-sponsored angler Jon McAllister currently using them, they have to be a great contender in the market, especially with the retail price coming in well under the £200 barrier.

A 50mm butt ring on the stronger two models will instantly tick boxes for a lot of anglers, and the sea guide rings have been custom spaced, which, grouped together with the thin blank and Wychwood’s multi-layer technology (MLT), make for a strong rod that’s capable of achieving great distances. The blank is a high-quality Japanese-sourced carbon construction and the tip is still noticeably soft to cater for playing fish in close. The whole rod is light in the hands and a genuine all-rounder, with reserve power in the butt and a carbon-finished line clip to aid bite indication.

Finished in a 1K-carbon weave, the rods are completed to a very high standard. The small, gold and white, minimal graphics sit just above the Fuji reel seat, blending in subtly and the long high-grade cork handle tapers out towards the deep grey of the metal engraved butt cap.

An extensive manufacturer’s warranty on all Wychwood rods extends to the high-end C-301 models, should you need to utilise it, and they are supplied housed in a standard cloth rod bag. A set of three, stylish and subtle, cork-handled rods that will set you back around £500 – certainly an option to consider.

THE VERDICT
A stylish, cork-handled rod that will look great on the bank.

THE NUMBERS
Price: £169.99

Web: www.wychwood-carp.co.uk