Actually, the WFT Penzill Nano has already made a good name for itself, but I have nevertheless tested the popular spinning rod extensively over the last three weeks and also brought it to its limits. The rod I tested is the Nano Cork in 2,4 m with a casting weight of 4-18g. The rod is also available in other lighter and heavier models see links.
My first impression is relatively good, as expected the rod is extremely fast and quite stiff especially for such a light rod with 4-18g casting weight. The design is rather classic and the blank is in black, only in front of the grip a carbon pattern is worked in. The workmanship looks mostly very good except for the grip where the plastic parts don’t connect so well to the cork. In the first moment the handle reminds me a little bit of the Okuma Alaris with its recesses, where you can touch the blank. But this one is much higher quality. With these indentations you can save weight, but they also allow you to have your fingers on the blank to see every bite. A further weight saving is made with the small rod rings, these start quite big with the guide ring and then quickly turn into microguides.
I miss a hook eye a little bit on the rod, otherwise everything looks quite good at first and I am on the water right after unpacking.
As already mentioned I had the rod with me for three weeks on various spinning trips and so the rod came with me on the boat but was also used for spinning with and without waders for trout and chub. At first I noticed that the casting weight still has some play to the top. 5 gram spinners are still thrown very well and far. Here you can also notice the length of 2,4 m, which casts much further than shorter models and is ideal for my river. When fishing with braided monofilaments over 0,12 mm (corresponding to 0,24`er Monofiler) the casting distance suffers because of the small rings. So I mostly fished a 0,08` braided one with fluorocarbon leader.
On the first tour on the boat mainly small chubs (20-30 cm) were on the line, they fought great because of the high temperatures, but could be caught up quite easily. But here I already noticed how in combination with braided line I could feel every little nudge and grab right into the hand part.
On one of the next spinning tours with the waders I got a rubber crab but once a challenge for the rod: a 62 cm long barbel got my rubber crab on sight – the
was pure adrenalin and gave a really great drill. Barbels use the current with their body very skilfully and so it was not easy to catch the hard fighting fish at the fast flowing part. Shortly after on a creature bait a nice rainbow trout came from the same gutter to the line, this one had a proud 47 cm and also fought well. So far I could still pump the fish well and despite wild head shaking and even jumping I did not lose any fish. Back on rubber crayfish I unfortunately caught a barbel on the dorsal fin, the fish, which was also about 60 cm long, fought accordingly and – he couldn’t help it – stood crosswise in the current. The rod bent until I heard a soft crack, but that seemed to come from the varnish or something else “unimportant”, because I haven’t noticed any weak spot or crack so far. The fish came off and I was glad because that was not fair. But here the rod was clearly at its load limit, because getting the fish close against the current was hardly possible. So roughly estimated the rod will take a good hooked fish but up to 70 – 80 cm as long as you are not fishing in the strong current of big rivers like the Rhine.
Also on the next trips I could catch some trout up to 53 cm and many chubs from 20 to 40 cm. So far I only caught one trout the day before yesterday, but this one was also a nice brown trout and I fished with single hooks. After the bite the fish raved off immediately.
By the way I fished with all kinds of lures from spinner to plugs and rubber fish. But the rod is clearly made for rubber fish and jigging or lounging.
Top rod mainly for perch fishing with rubber fish or light zander jigs. I have misused the rod for all kinds of fishing – see practical part and that’s what made it nice – the drop out rate was actually extremely low, but you just get every bite and don’t miss anything. The overall workmanship is good, but could be a bit better. You can also load the rod properly. The rod is absolutely recommendable and I would buy it again anytime.
The rod is still being fished and I will use it on the lake for perch and zander. As always I bought the rod myself and the test corresponds 100% to my opinion without influence of the manufacturer.