Free Spirit S Range XS Rod Review

The Free Spirit 12ft XS rod is one of the most popular rods in the Free Spirit S Range. The XS has a lovely playing action and really is the perfect rod for those anglers who want to use a rod that has a lovely through action to absorb the lunges of the fish and allow lighter lines and smaller hooks to be used.

Last year I went talking on the iconic Wraysbury South Lake and took one of the Free Spirit 12ft XS rods with me. I hooked an angry upper double from underneath a marginal bush and the fight was awesome! It has been a long time since I used a rod with a progressive, through action like this and I immediately fell in love with it! Every lunge that the fish made was absorbed by the slimline
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If you are after a a stunning rod with awesome playing action, which is perfect for smaller waters and a more traditional approach to your carp fishing, then you should seriously look at the Free Spirit XS carp rod, this rod has stood the test of time.


The Free Spirit XS is made with the same carbon as the whole of the S Range family from Free Spirit. It uses a 36T Carbon which is wrapped in an attractive 3K weave. The 36T carbon contributes to the beautiful, smooth action of the rod.


The XS comes with a test curve of 3.25lb that could be a little misleading as the action of the Free Spirit XS is a lot different from other 3.25lb rods from the other ranges. With the action being a lovely smooth, progressive through action, the rod is best suited for smaller waters, lighter leads and a more traditional approach. This isn’t the rod for you if you want to fish 3.5 oz leads or punch solid bags into the distance! However if you are after a lovey rod to flick 2oz leads to fizzing
fish, want a rod that will soak up the lunges during the fight and be a joy to fish with, then the Free Spirit XS Carp Rod might well be the rod for you.

South Coast Rods are happy to chat through your rod requirements on the phone or in person.

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