Preston Innovations Original Slip Elastic 

The Preston Innovations Original Slip elastic has been in my pole tips for as long as I can remember - so that's quite some time now :-)

I use the elastic through the № 1 tip section of my 13 metre Preston Innovations Competition 3000 EURO II pole – which is a very long section at 1.55m. I have 10 tip sections fitted with the following elastics: 2 x № 4, 2 x № 5, 3 x № 6, 2 x № 8 and soon 1 x Dura Slip № 9 or 11. When fitted this equates to about 1.4 m of elastic, and this gives me the softness and power combination that I prefer for my fishing.

The Orange № 4 is great for smaller fish and light rigs with fine 0.07 mm Akku Power hook-lengths. The № 5 is perfect for Roach on the Caster or Hemp, and I usually use a 0.08/0.09 mm Akku Power hook-length with this elastic.

Yellow № 6 is a bit more powerful and can cope with bigger fish like Perch and Skimmers up to about 1 kg. I use 0.09/0.10 mm Akku Power hook-lengths with this elastic.

When I’m after bigger fish like Tench and bigger Bream, or when fishing floats over 2 grams on the deeper canals and rivers, I up the game to the black № 8 elastic, and use either 0.11/0.12 mm Akku Power or Reflo Power 0.13/0.15 mm hook-lengths.

As you can see, it is important to balance the hook-length with the elastic size you are using. When the fish turns its head, the elastic gives and the hook-length should be able to cope. If the elastic is too strong you could break off when the fish quickly turns away.

 Preston Innovations Dura Slip Elastic 

This is a new elastic from Preston Innovations and it has been receiving some excellent reviews. 

I am going to fit one tip section with this new Dura Slip in either size 9 or 11. This is for when I am bagging on Bream and Tench and I need to get them out as quickly as possible – I can bully them out with this stuff. First I need to find out which one is best suited to this task. 

I will use 0.13/0.15 mm Reflo Power hook-lengths on these rigs. The Dura Slip 9 has a diameter of 1.6 mm and the Dura Slip 11 has a diameter of 1.8 mm, so both should fit in the tip section just fine. 

I don’t use the blue Slip № 10 (1.4 mm) elastic because it reacts badly with the slip lubricant and leaves the pole tip bunged up with cr#p. If Preston solve this problem I'll definitely put the Original Slip number 10 back in my pole. 

Apart from on the Dura Slip elastic where I'll use a Dacron connector, I always use a standard connector on my elastics. I’m not a fan of the Dacron connectors for the smaller original slip solid elastics.