Tribal is Shimano’s dedicated carp fishing rod range, although it is also suitable for specimen fishing too. The TX9 is the figurehead rod in the range and is for the dedicated carp and specimen angler. There are four different rods in the TX9 series, all of which are 12ft in length making them the ultimate versatile carp fishing tools. With test curves of 2.75lb, 3lb, 3.25lb, and an ‘Intensity’ rod with a test curve of 3.5lb+ there is a Tribal TX9 rod for all styles of carp fishing.
The blank itself is constructed from a blend of HPC300 and Biofibre, and features Toray Nano Alloy. HPC stands for high pressure carbon and is the name for the manufacturing process which creates exceptionally strong and durable rod blanks. Pressure is applied to the carbon fibres during the curing process which ensures the even distribute of the resin through the carbon fibre matrix. When this is combined with Biofibre, Shimano’s reinforcement material, and Toray Nano Alloy, you are left with a rod blank with all-round durability without weak points – ensuring performance excellence with each cast, catch, and retrieve. In short, the Tribal TX9 features of the slimmest and most powerful blanks that Shimano has ever created. Offering fantastic carp playing action through the tip and middle section of the rod the Tribal TX9 has an improved casting performance, too.
The guides on this rod are Fuji SiC K-type, which Shimano has customised to match the gun metal grey aesthetics of this rod. The butt ring is an understated 40mm but it performs like a 50mm ring would – without the additional bulk! The handle on the rod is in EVA for enhanced grip during those hard fights.
You’ll notice the 3k carbon weave on the reel seat, as well as the milled isotope holder for low light situations, and this weave effect continues up the rod well into the tip section for a stylish and classic finish.