For the short seat or as “always in the car rod” Tele rods are my first choice. Since it was time for a new one, I chose a classic series, the Balzer Diabolo Neo Tele. I am writing the test here after a good ten runs, where there was also some fish. You can read here how exactly my experiences with the rod were in the test and what I have to criticize.
Unpacked and set up the rod is of course fast, the buffing test shows a semi-parabolic action. The workmanship looks good and I have nothing to complain about. Visually the rod is dominated by a
carbon pattern. The extendable parts are completely black, almost boring. Very nice is the small hook eye and the very small packing size even for a tele rod. The latter makes the rod also interesting as a travel rod.
The Balzer Diabolo Neo Tele is also available in different versions. The rod I bought and tested has a casting weight of 20-70g and is 3m long. With it I cover quite universally the bottom and pose fishing for pike, zander, carp, eel and tench. The rod has an IM 7 carbon fiber blank and titanium SIC rings. The rod is also available as Mini Spin with a very short pack or Transoport size.
Here are the models in the table
I had this rod 20 times on the water so I can say a lot about it. But the rod has seen tench in particular and its fast flights in the close range have been well cushioned. But the backbone of the rod has so far
“only” felt a few stronger eels that I had to pull out of the reeds. The rod has managed this quite well, so the blank is quite robust and builds up pressure.
I’ve had the rod snap and tensioned it a bit with the odd hanger. It has gone through this quite well, unfortunately many tele rods break very quickly here. I also improved the end cap, which came off quite easily on the old Neo Tele. The new one is screwable and more robust. A real improvement. So I am satisfied with the performance of the rod in the crucial practical part.
Good Tele rod for quick use or ideal for occasional anglers. All in all I am quite satisfied with the rod. I still don’t like to give top marks, because I was not really blown away by the rod. Nevertheless the rod is very solid, robust and I couldn’t find any real defects. If you are looking for a good all-round telerute for the raised hide, you are certainly not wrong with this rod. For spin fishing I find the rod a bit too soft and they also give too little feedback.