Richard "Dick" Walker is a fishing legend, not only carp fishing. As one of the first anglers, he introduced scientific thought to this beautiful hobby. He is considered to be the constructor of the first carp rod - The Walker Wizard Mk. I, which he constructed in 1947.
Although it was a reworked and appropriately shortened (by approx. 30 cm) version of Wallis Wizard 11ft, it was the starting point for the evolution of a carp rod. The consecutive projects of the ingenious Brit attracted more and more attention. He confirmed his competence on September 13, 1952, when he caught the famous Clarise, a carp weighing 20 kg in Redmire Pool, breaking the record for Great Britain by almost 6 kg (12.6 lbs)! For those times - one has to admit - he set the bar very high, because his record was not broken for the next 28 years!
Traditional fishing rods
were replaced by carp rods made of glass fibers, and these had to give way to carbon fiber carp rods that had been helped by none other than Dick Walker. At the moment, carp fishing rod
is a very broad concept, as it includes, among others, fishing rods for baiting the so-called Pod-rody, a wide range of carp rods, both two and three parts, with a different deflection curve and length.
Unlike classic ground rods or float rods, which are described by casting weight, carp rods are described by a deflection curve or a test curve expressed in pounds. This is the most accurate way to describe the action and power of a rod. In Great Britain since the 1950s.
What is a test curve? This is nothing but the weight required to produce a 90 degree deflection. And this way we know that the rod described as 2lbs will achieve such deflection after loading it with a weight of 0.9 kg. Due to the British pedigree of carp rods, very often their length is also expressed in feet.