Daiwa Hydrolastic, The complete users Guide Part 1
Tue 08 May 12
The History of a Tackle Revolution
In 1998 a small Berkshire based company called Simons 2000 revolutionised pole fishing by releasing the first ever hollow pole elastic. This totally new and fully patented pole elastic system, designed and developed by Mick Hughes, Jack Harness and Simon Gould instantly made the traditional old style solid elastics redundant over night and at the same time pretty much changed the future of pole elastication as we knew it.
Over the next three to four years, the team at Simons 2000 handed out samples of the Hydrolastic at the big festivals, finding favour amongst some of the top names in the sport and became a sort after accessory that was only available to those “in the know”. Then in 2002 Daiwa Sports decided that Hydrolastic was a must have tackle accessory and took on the sole rights and the national distribution of the product range, making it readily available to the masses for the First time.
The range has grown since its origins and blossomed into a complete elastication system that has something to offer all anglers. From latest member of the Hydrolastic team the Pink, designed for situations when smaller fish are the order of the day, right through to the Heavy duty Brown that is rated at 20+ and is designed to stop anything that swims (within reason). There is definitely elastic in the range to deal with any style or type of angling situation you are likely to encounter.
What makes Diawa Hydrolastic so unique?
There were two major differences that made Hydrolastic totally unique to any other product that was available at that time. Firstly it was the first ever hollow elastic available on the market and offered the user a multi phase performance that had the potential to deliver a wide scale of ratings within one set up which soon became immensely popular amongst the armies of anglers who regularly fished mixed fisheries and high catch rate venues.
Secondly, this revolutionary elastics hollow internal core is pressure filled with a secret high performance fluid. This allowing the elastic to stretch first, then, when compressed, the internal walls close in and are held apart by the fluid. The control generated by the pressure of the external walls on the fluid give the elastic a totally unique structure that makes it possible to land fish that solid elastics of a similar rating simply couldn’t previously handle.
The release of the Daiwa Hydrolastic meant the pole angler now had the chance to elasticate his top kits and make each top kit multi task and perform numerous duties. Unlike before, when you would have had one kit for a number 10 solid, another one for a number 12 solid and so on and so forth. For the angler on a stricter budget, this unrivalled versatility meant for the first time you no longer had to carry enough top kits to create your own carbon foot print.
Over what is nearly a decade in the angling spotlight, the Daiwa Hydrolastics huge popularity amongst pole anglers of all abilities has not diminished in the slightest. This could be down to the superb reputation the Hydrolastic has developed over the years for long term reliability. Unlike conventional Latex or non-lubricated hollow elastics currently used that perish after only a few months, the Daiwa Hydrolastic can last for up to 18 months, even after heavy usage. (I know because I have been using it since 2003)
The team at UKMA have had a lengthy chat and accumulated all of our experiences and knowledge gained after using the Daiwa Hydrolastic for near a decade in virtually all colours. We have tried to answer all questions you should ever need to know the answers to when it comes down to how to connect, use and get the very best all round performance out of this exceptionally hard working pole elastic, So here it is, Part One of the Daiwa Hydrolastic first complete users guide.
Daiwa Hydrolastic Product Range
There are currently eight different Elastics in the Daiwa Hydrolastic range, with each being capable of handling a wide variety of different angling situations. Using the right elastic in any given angling situation can be as important as selecting your rig or bait, get it wrong and you will definitely pay the price. A well balanced set up that is capable of handling your chosen quarry is critical and hopefully our description and usage guide will help you head in the right direction.
First up is the newest and lightest member of the Hydrolastic range, Pink. This elastic was developed to offer anglers who fished mixed fisheries, where smaller silver fish from 1oz up to 1lb have to be targeted to build your weight up. Ideal when fishing on canals, rivers, drains and commercial fisheries when light rigs, small hooks and small baits like pinkies and maggot are the order. Also comes into its own when fishing caster up in the water for small F1 carp.
One of my favourite all round elastics over the past 8 years is the Blue Hydrolastic. I have spent many years fishing a mixed venue that had roach to over a pound and a half, plus huge shoals of bream, with the occasional tench and carp as a bonus and this versatile elastic comfortably handled them all. By fishing a 2.6lbs (0.10) straight through I was able to comfortably handle fish of all sizes and up to double figures on hooks as small as size 20 and never felt under gunned.
Next up is the white, this is a big favourite with the angler who fishes up in the water using the new puller system top kits which enable the angler to tighten and tension there elastic according to the size of fish they are playing. This is the best option on venues where F1 carp to 2lbs plus and stock carp in access of 4lbs may be on the cards. The White Hydrolastic has also proven to be a very popular choice for anglers who target big shoals of rudd to the pound mark on the drop.
Will Raison has previously described the Daiwa Grey Hydrolastic as being “the perfect chopped worm elastic” It has also proven very popular as a perfect all round winter elastic on commercial fisheries where your target species are carp from 3lbs and above. A very useful elastic when fishing big rivers with heavy lollypop style floats for chub bream and small barbell, this is one of those elastics that will make light work of most big fish presentations on all types of waters.
This is the ultimate all round elastic for commercial fisheries during the warmer months. It has the capabilities of landing fish of 5lbs and above all day long yet it is still subtle enough to allow the angler to use hooks as small as size 18 with total confidence when required. I have personally landed numerous big fish on the Black Hydrolastic including carp up to 25lbs and at no point during the battle did I feel that I wasn’t in charge, a must have during the summer months.
There was a gap in the range that seriously needed filling and in 2007 Daiwa Sports released the Purple Hydrolastic to critical acclaim. This found great favour amongst commercial fishery anglers looking for elastic suitable for crunching down the shelf at short range (4 – 8m) I first used the Purple in a short 5 foot long power kit on my Yank and Bank Margin Pole and comfortably managed to land 7 carp for 59lbs and was able to stop all fish from entering the Lilly pads they were determined to visit.
The best carp crunching elastic ever released in our opinion, The Red Hydrolastic can comfortably handle anything I have ever caught including small double figure catfish. When fishing down the edge and big fish are on the cards you can’t go wrong, it can be used in conjunction with big hooks and lines in access of eight pounds with total confidence. This is without question the elastic for the experienced pole anglers who know how to play a fish and wants to land them quickly.
If you have a bored out broom handle of a margin pole that can handle anything you through at it, and zoo creatures are the order of the day on your local commercial fishery, then the Daiwa Brown Hydrolastic is the elastic for you. This tremendously powerful elastic will scare the poo out of you until you get used to it. Before elasticating your pole with Brown Hydrolastic, you should check the manufacturer’s specifications to ensure your pole can handle elastics of 20+ otherwise you could end up with a very big repair bill, very strong stuff!!
Getting The Balance Right
When gauging the terminal tackle to use with what Hydrolastic there are to very simple rules. First rule when using lighter elastics (Pink, Blue and white) if the rig is too strong for the elastic and you hit a big fish, then the elastic could potentially break costing you a fish and leaving the fish with your elastic and a rig tethered to its mouth. Secondly, if the rig is too light when fishing with hi powered elastics (Black, Purple and Red) then you will undoubtedly end up loosing the fish and your rig.
By taking time to establish what breaking strain line to use with each Hydrolastic, you can create a well balanced set up that has the potential of landing every fish you connect with. To make your job that little bit easier, UKMA have put together a guide to what Hydrolastic works with what breaking strain of rig line and we have even given you a hook size guide just to get you heading in the right direction and to help prevent you making the same mistakes as we did many moons ago.
Note – the rig line diameters and breaking strains are to enable the first time or new comer to using Hydrolastic to establish a balance of the right rig to the right Daiwa elastic. These breaking strains are purely a guide that I personally work to and that have been based around the specifications of the Silstar MatchTeam Rig line which is the one I’ve personally used for many years now. Please remember the above is only a guide and you can adjust your line and hook sizes to suit your personal angling requirements.
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