Nash Dot Spod Rod Review

Last Updated on 8 December 2023 by James Bevan

How It Scores

8.6

OVERALL RATING

Build Quality9.0
Casting Ability9.0
Weight & Balance8.5
Value For Money8.0
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Quick Summary:

The Nash Dot spod rod scored an overall rating of 8.6 in testing which is a good score and not too far away with some of the best on the market.

The rod is best suited for carp anglers looking for a premium spod rod that doesn’t come with a higher-end price tag.

The rod’s biggest strength is its build quality and casting ability being really good for its price bracket.

The rod’s biggest weakness is that it falls a little short in weight and balance compared to some of the pricier alternatives.

Read on to find out more information on all you need to know


Features & Specifications Summary:

Lengths available in 12 & 13ft lengths
Test Curve of 5lb
Abbreviated hi-grip Japanese shrink butt
Gloss black whippings, reinforced at the spigots
Fast recovery 1k finish carbon blank
12 and 24 (30 and 60cm) depth measures at the butt for marker rod work
Casting weight up to 180grm (approx. 6.5 oz)
Matt black Fuji reel seat
50mm butt and 16mm anti frap tip for snag free leader knots
American Tackle Vortex Air reversed guides

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How This Rod Compares Against Its Competition:

NameOverall RatingPrice
Shimano TX A Spod Rod8.8from £79.99
Nash Dot Spod Rod8.6from £169.99
Harrison Torrix Spod Rod9.1from £369.00
Daiwa Infinity X45 Spod Rod9.3from £324.99
Daiwa Black Widow XT Spod Rod8from £54.99
Sonik Xtractor Spod Rod7.6from £53.00
Trakker Propel Spod Rod8.9from £167.99
Onyx Quickdraw Spod Rod7.3from £49.99
Fox EOS Pro Spod Rod7.4from £69.99
Fox Horizon X3 Spod & Marker Rod8.1from £89.99
Daiwa Emcast Spod Rod8.3from £59.00
Century Stealth Graphene Spod Rod9from £498.99

How The Rod Compares To The Averages:

Nash Dot Spod Rod8.6
All Spod Rods8.4
All Premium Spod Rods9.0

The Rods Features Up Close:

The handle

Nash Dot Spod Rod Handle

The handle on the Nash Dot is abbreviated hi-grip Japanese shrink. It does offer a firm and comfortable grip and the addition of the flared butt shows that it is well thought out in its design for distance casting heavy weights.

The reel seat

Nash Dot Spod Rod Reel Seat

The matt black Fuji reel seat compliments the rest of the rods aesthetics nicely. In testing it held my reel rock solid through 3 or 4 intense 30-minute spod sessions.

The eyes/guides

Nash Dot Spod Rod Guide

Again, Nash has really thought about the design of the guides on the Dot spod rod.

I found the American Tackle Vortex Air reversed guides allowed my braid to travel smoothly through with no friction.

The whole casting experience was absolutely made better by the 50mm butt ring and 16mm anti-frap tip.

The blank

Nash Dot Spod Rod Blank

The heart of this rod, the fast recovery 1k finish carbon blank, is real quality.

Its got this incredible strength-to-weight ratio and, combined with that fast recovery, I found I was able to reach 140 yards with a loaded spod with a high degree of accuracy.


The Pros & Cons Of The Product

Pros

  • The handle has a flared butt, which is ideal for distance casting
  • The 1k weave blank makes the rod a quality build that aids in casting accuracy and distance
  • The reel seat is sold and blends in really nicely with the overall aesthetics of the rod
  • The guides are super-lightweight and are, again, well-designed for distance casting
  • It’s available in both 12 and 13-foot lengths which is unique against some of the rods competition
  • Doubles up as a marker rod if needed and, as such, has markings on the blank
  • The rod is competitively priced against the other premium spod rods on the market

Cons

  • The rod, albeit very good, loses some points against the top rods on its overall balance
  • The blank is ever so slightly thicker than the top premium rods on the market

ETackle’s Thoughts & Opinions:

After putting the Nash Dot Spod Rod through its paces, I can say that this is one seriously decent bit of kit for the mid-range budget. I gave it a pretty strong 8.6 out of 10, which, believe me, it earns every bit of.

Particularly, I was impressed by the solid build and surprisingly good casting ability. You can tell a lot of thought has gone into the construction, especially with the fast recovery 1k finish carbon blank. Trust me, this gives the rod an impressive strength-to-weight balance and helps in achieving longer casting distances.

But, as with anything, it’s not perfect. I did find the rod slightly lagging behind some of its pricier counterparts in terms of weight and balance. However, let me be clear, it wasn’t a huge deal, and it didn’t really effect massively its spodding ability. It’s just that it might not match up to the balance and overall luxury feel you’d find in some high-end models.

Another nitpick, and this is me being really picky, is that the blank of the rod is a touch thicker than some other top-class rods I’ve used. This doesnt really effect performance its more of a tackle tart moment!

Yet, it’s hard not to be impressed by what the Nash Dot Spod Rod brings to the table. Value-wise, it’s a bargain compared to other premium spod rods I’ve reviewed.

I’ve got to give kudos to some of the design touches on the rod. The handle with its Japanese shrink butt with the flared end is a nice touch for distance casting. The sturdy reel seat didn’t give an inch during my testing, holding my reel like a vice.

And let’s not forget about the guides. They’re super slick, allowing the braid to sail through without a snag. Plus, it doubles as a marker rod with depth measures on the blank – handy, right?

In a nutshell, if you’re a carp angler on the lookout for a robust, premium yet slightly more affordable spod rod, give the Nash Dot Spod Rod a whirl. Yes, it’s got a couple of minor setbacks, but these are far outweighed by its perks. I have no doubt it’ll give even the pickiest angler a run for their money.
James Bevan

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