Review: Roger Surgay Signature Series Rods

The retro style Roger Surgay Signature Series Rods are full of appeal

Roger Surgay Signature Series Rods
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These Roger Surgay Signature Series Rods were a late-season launch from The Tackle Exchange, but an interesting one.

You’ve only got to look on the web to see the demand for ‘old school’ tackle. There are likely to be a lot of anglers out there kicking themselves for getting rid of their ‘old’ gear.

Following his passion for angling heritage and inspired by rods like Richard Walker’s Classic Mk IV Carp rod leading fishing tackle businessman Roger Surgay released three new retro-style rods.

Their launch came not long after Roger revealed his personal return to the tackle scene, after leaving after a hugely successful spell with Sports Direct. 

The Trent Trotter, Old School Carp, and Warwickshire Avon have many of the original features found on rods 40 or 50 years ago.

The Trent Trotter is an 11 ft three-piece waggler rod, the Warwickshire Avon an 11 ft two-piece Avon-style design and the Old School Carp rod is a 12 ft two-piece.

They’ve all been built on glass blanks, with weighted cork handles to balance the tip and double leg eyes that have been specially treated so as not to groove. Complimented by light alloy reel rings and white spigots.

The interest in vintage kit is definitely growing, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see some more retro kit on its way. Check out

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