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    Default Vision Onki 10'0" #6 & 9'0" #4 user review

    5th January 2018 I took the plunge and ordered an Onki 10'0" #6. It arrived today (9th January) and initial impression is good. Nice slim blank and handle, decent quality fittings and finish for a rod of this price. Only thing that I would have liked on it is line up marks and a keeper ring.

    Tried it in the limited confines of my garden and was impressed with the distance and especially the accuracy achieved. It seems to be a fairly fast action with a softish tip, the power coming from further down the blank. It's certainly not a poker. Being a 10 footer it isn't suited to the very lightweight reels but balances very well with my Hardy ASR 5000 (I am now using a Vision Rulla 2 on it). The colour is not as 'in your face' as the promotional photo's would indicate. I actually find it quite nice, if a bit unusual, reminds me of some of the old glass or cane rods.

    I am going to give it a fish tomorrow so will update after.

    10th January. Got to use the rod on a day that was more reminiscent of Spring and all I can say is WOW. I would say that this is probably the best rod that I have ever used bar none. And this is bearing in mind that I normally fish with Hardy and Sage rods.

    It casts well and is the most accurate rod that I have ever used at all distances. It roll casts brilliantly and will cast over 20 yards with one false cast and no hauling. It is great with long leaders and droppers, I only had 1 slight tangle today in 6 hours of fishing.

    I was fortunate enough to catch a nice Brownie of around 3 lb which fought really hard. The rod bent well in to the blank protecting the hook hold but was stiff enough in the butt section to control the fish with no problems. I had a couple of decent sized Rainbows which the rod also handled well.

    The colour of the rod attracted a lot of interest as did the way that it cast. Based on my feedback it is highly likely that Garry Evan's will be stocking these rods in the near future.

    This is a proper fishing rod that appears to take everything in it's stride. I have been asked by Garry Evan's to try it out with # 5 & #7 lines to see how it handles them.

    Back to the 10'0" #6 Onki, one of the questions that Garry Evan's asked me when we discussed this rod was 'would it cast a #7 weight line?'

    The straight answer is yes it will. I tried it with an old Hardy WF7 Floater which I know casts well. It put out a long line with very little effort, the only thing that I did notice was that the accuracy suffered, possibly as a result of the heavier line making the tip 'wobble' a bit. It wasn't terrible, just noticeable.

    I then went the other way and tried it with a Rio Gold WF #5 Floater. What a difference!! At short range it cast the line in a dead straight line and maintained this as I increased the distance. The spot on accuracy returned also. The line didn't quite fly through the rings as the #6 weight did but it was still hitting the 20 yard mark with very little effort.

    This really is an outstanding rod .

    17th January. I used the Onki yesterday on a day that couldn't have been more different than last week. Yesterday we had 20+ mile per hour winds that were squally and very unpredictable. I wondered how the rod would cope but I was still able to cast in to the wind most of the time and the rod still remained accurate and in control except for in the worst of the gusts. I don't know if there's anything that this rod can't do but if there is I haven't found it yet!

    15th February. I have now used the rod on 5 occasions in various weather conditions catching a total of 12 fish and I am still as impressed as the first time that I used it. In that time I have not received one detrimental comment regarding its colour .

    As some of you are aware following my observations regarding my 10’0” #6 some Forum members asked if it would be possible for me to also test the 9’0” #4. At the time Vision didn’t make a rod to that spec, however Pete Tyjas informed me that they were bringing one out for 2018. David at Garry Evans arranged through Jim at Vision for one to be made available to me as soon as they arrived in this country.

    The rod was delivered to me on Wednesday the 14th February just in time for me to use the following day.

    The initial impression was of a very nice delicate lightweight rod befitting it’s length and line rating. It felt a bit tippier than the #6 weight. I tried it out in my back garden initially and with a 45 mph wind blowing towards me at a 135 degree angle was amazed that it cast at all, however it did and cast a good accurate line.

    15th February. Managed to use the #4 weight, unfortunately didn’t manage to catch anything on it but did manage the 2 Rainbows in the photo on the #6. I tried casting with various flies from weighted Nomads through nymphs to dries both large and small all of which it handled well. I used a Vison Rulla 1.5 reel on it and it handled impeccably. I found that it was very easy to double haul this little rod and although retaining its delicacy it was reaching similar distances to those achieved with the #6 weight. However it is not just a distance tool but casts equally well at all distances.Vision Onki 10'0" #6 & 9'0" #4  user review-coltsford-002-jpg

    Having now tried both of these rods I personally believe that they represent the best value for money in their price range. One of the main things that I have noticed however is that they work best with a very smooth and relaxed casting style. The optimum number of false casts is no more than 3 with 1 or 2 working best, these rods really do shoot line well with minimum effort required.

    My thanks to Garry Evan’s and Jim at Vision for making these trials possible.
    Last edited by roger h 10; 17-02-2018 at 12:34 PM.

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    Default Re: Vision Onki 10'0" #6 & 9'0" #4 user review

    Further to my previous post it has been noted that the handle looks rather fat on the Onki rods. I don't feel that it is but it is difficult to judge without something to compare against. I have quite small hands so don't like thick grips as they are uncomfortable.
    Any way here are some pics that will help.
    Vision Onki 10'0" #6 & 9'0" #4  user review-rod-handles-001-jpg

    1.Vision Onki 9'0" #4
    2.Hardy Shadow 8'0" #4
    3.Hardy Jet Sintrix 10'0" #4
    4.Snowbee Prestige 9'6" #4
    5.Hardy Marksman1 10'0" #5
    6.Hardy Zephrus 9'0" #5

    Vision Onki 10'0" #6 & 9'0" #4  user review-rod-handles-003-jpg

    1.Vision Onki 10'0" #6
    2.Hardy Jet Sintrix 9'6" #6
    3.Hardy Zephrus 9'0" #6
    4.Guideline Lpxe 9'0" #6
    5.Hardy Jet Sintrix 9'0" #5

    Hope this helps.
    Last edited by roger h 10; 18-02-2018 at 03:34 PM.

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    Default Re: Vision Onki 10'0" #6 & 9'0" #4 user review

    Nice review,thanks.

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    Default Re: Vision Onki 10'0" #6 & 9'0" #4 user review

    Hi, nice review. Just wondered which floating line you used on the 6 weight?

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    Default Re: Vision Onki 10'0" #6 & 9'0" #4 user review

    Quote Originally Posted by spade01 View Post
    Hi, nice review. Just wondered which floating line you used on the 6 weight?
    I normally use Rio Gold's on all of my Onki's and SISU's. I was so impressed by these rods that I now have 5 Onki's, the original 2 plus a 9'0" #5 and 9'0" and 9'6" #6's. I have also recently bought a 9'0" #6 Tane and SISU's in 9'0" #5 & #6 weights.

    The SISU's are superb, probably the nicest rods that I have ever owned. I have also bought an XLV 5/6 reel which is fantastic.

    I am so pleased that I discovered the Vision brand, in my opinion the most under rated rods in this country.

    I've still got several Hardy's including 2 Zephrus's which are very nice but I find the Vision's far better to use when fishing droppers.

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    Default Re: Vision Onki 10'0" #6 & 9'0" #4 user review

    Love Vision gear. My favourite from their back catalogue is the cult. I have two in 9’ 5wt and a 7’6” 3wt which are sublime! If you can get your hands on one to try I’d recommend it.

    Sean

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    Default Re: Vision Onki 10'0" #6 & 9'0" #4 user review

    Quote Originally Posted by spade01 View Post
    Hi, nice review. Just wondered which floating line you used on the 6 weight?
    I have also now used one of the new Hardy Horizon's on the SISU. Absolutely brilliant as long as there's enough room for a long backcast, I haven't tried it on an ONKI yet but can't see why it wouldn't perform equally well and a lot less money than the Gold.

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