Rod-and-reel bundle: JRC Cocoon 2G Combo

Rod-and-reel bundle: JRC Cocoon 2G Combo


Hello, I’m Thom from carpfeed.com and today we’re not looking at a single item of kit but a bundle. This is the JRC Cocoon
2G Combo, and what you get is a rod, a reel and a proper rod sleeve to keep it
all in for a very competitive price. Now, this is the ideal bit of kit for an
angler who’s looking to feel their way into carp fishing from another branch of
the sport or a carper who’s looking to dip their toe into new equipment without
splashing out on a full three-rod-and-reel setup. There are three versions of
this combo available and it all depends which JRC Cocoon rod you choose. I’ve got
the 12ft two-piece 3lb-test-curve version here but there’s also a 13ft 3.5lb-test-curve version that also splits into two pieces. Finally, there’s a more compact option another 12-footer with a 3lb
test curve, but that one breaks down into three pieces. All the rods feature a high-modulus 30-ton carbon blank, a progressive through action and all of
them are adorned with SIC guides, black whipping with nice little green
detailing inside and black anodised butt caps and collars. The full Duplon handles
look great with a flared end and the 3lb-test-curve version we’ve got here
has performed really well on the bank. Both the two-piece rods come bundled
with this reel, it’s the Mitchell Avocast 7000 FD and it’s a great-looking
reel. It’s got a really slim body and that big spool up front, it has echoes of
those classic Mitchell reels of old. The winding mechanism feels smooth and
strong with four internal ball bearings and an extra one in the line roller, and
the push-button folding handle, which is so important to so many carp anglers, is
simple to use and a handy feature when stowing your gear. The anti-reverse
switch is nice and big, almost oversized, so you won’t miss it in those panicked
fish-playing moments, while my favourite feature is the front drag. It clicks with
reassuring precision and goes from locked up to free running in just over a
turn, but what I really like is the three-pronged drag cap – it makes it so
easy to get a grip of it no matter where the bail arm is or how quickly a fish is
trying to take line. If you opt for the three-piece rod the reel supplied is the sister model, the 7000 FS which is a freespool version that’s just as tough
and as good to use. The problem with some bundle kits is that one item can often feel like a cheap afterthought, and to be honest I suspected the rod sleeve
would prove to be the weak link here. Surprisingly, it’s a proper rod sleeve
with masses of space, more than enough padding and a strong zip. You’d be more
than happy to put a high-end rod and reel in here knowing it would be kept
safe. There’s a cushioned grab handle in the middle and a smaller handle at the
tip end which can also act as a handy hanging point when storing your rods in
the garage. So there you have the JRC Cocoon 2G combo. Retailing at £129.99, they offer value for money without scrimping or cutting corners. As anglers,
we all know that one rod in the right place is better than four in the wrong, so
if you’re looking for an off-the-shelf single-rod combo this is well worth
checking out.

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