Major Craft N-One NSS-902ML 9’ 10-30g lure rod review (around £225)
I don’t know what on earth they’ve done to this rod, but crumbs it’s one of the easiest to fish with lure rods I’ve come across - and I mean that as a huge compliment. If you are looking for an out and out powerhouse of a lure rod to spend all day hammering big lures into big seas, then this Major Craft N-One NSS-902ML 9’ 10-30g lure rod isn’t really for you. If though you are finding yourself increasingly adopting all manner of lure fishing techniques for our bass and need a rod that can fish nice and subtly but also cope with a bit of the rough stuff when needs be, then I have found a rod that should at least be on your shortlist, and whilst I would never call over £200 a “budget” priced lure rod, this N-One is one hell of a lot of serious rod for the dosh.
If you do one day end up owning this rod, I wonder if you will come to the same conclusion as me - that there is just no need to cast as hard as you can with this new Major Craft N-One lure rod, indeed to me it’s performing so sweetly when you back off a little and just let the rod do most of the work. Get your casting going nice and smoothly, load this bit of modern carbon up, and just let your lures fly - don’t lash into it, and I wonder if a smile then spreads right across your face? As I said, I don’t know what they’ve done to this rod, but there seems to be something going in the mid-section especially when you cast that just makes this the most ridiculously smooth and easy fishing rod.
As seems to be the case with most of these Major Craft rods I am lucky to get to play with, the build quality seems to be good and the length of the handle is around that 30cms measurement that works really well for how I cast and fish. I can’t praise the slightly cheaper Skyroad 9’ lure rod enough (review here), and I was interested to put this N-One up against it and see if it was a similar kind of rod - which it isn’t I am pleased to say. Would I buy this N-One if I already owned the 9’ Skyroad? Nope, because you’ve already got one hell of a lure rod. Looking for a new 9’ lure rod though? Make sure you try and see this N-One. If the Skyroad is perhaps a fairly powerful through sort of action, this N-One is in my mind your regular-fast kind of rod (Regular Fast is indeed how Major Craft describe it). The N-One has got a tip on it - I don’t mean it’s remotely soft, rather it’s not some poker that kills your cast if you get things wrong - and it then blends into that amazing mid-section and down into a powerful butt. And of course it’s very light. To me it’s a step up from the already pretty damn amazing 9’ Skyroad.
A rod like the somewhat more expensive Major Craft 9’ Truzer (review here) is a machine, but it’s that fast you kinda need to be on the money with your casting to get the best out of it. This cheaper N-One is a different animal. I have lure fished a lot with this rod, indeed it was the only lure rod I used on my most recent trip to Ireland (see here) - over there we are constantly changing locations, lure and techniques, and although at first I wondered if this N-One could do with a slightly pokier tip for surface work, over time I forgot all about this and just had a blast fishing with it.
Please do not mistake my calling this 9’ 10-30g N-One “easy” for it being some floppy stick of a lure rod, because it couldn’t be further from this. It’s a different rod to the slightly cheaper Skyroad (as indeed it should be), but in all honesty I don’t think you could go wrong with either. Skimmers, SF125, Hound Glides, Black Minnows, Crazy Sandeels etc., they all seem to fish well with this N-One, but I happen to think that it then excels with the soft plastics that we might rig weedless and mostly weightless - senkos, DoLive sticks etc. Standing on a beach in the middle of the night and whacking white senkos out into a gentle surf is just something else on this N-One, and I can’t wait to see how the longer 9’6’’ 10-30g version might stack up when compared to this 9’ version. Without doubt one of the most easily likable 9’ lure rods I have ever fished with, and yet again I must take my hat off to Major Craft and then Nice Fish for getting a rod like this out there at what to me is a very sensible price. One class bit of kit that I will find very hard to let go of………
So if you want to buy one of these lure rods, where can you do so? Please believe me that I don’t earn any money by recommending places where you might buy fishing gear, rather I feel why the hell can’t I give you a few links and then you can make your own mind up what to do. The two places that I know either are or will be selling these 9’ N-One rods are Absolute Fishing over in Ireland, The Art of Fishing, and Chesil Bait’n’Tackle in Dorset.
I am off to Ireland first thing tomorrow for my last co-guiding trip of the year with John Quinlan of the rather special Thatch Cottage Fishing Lodge, and I can’t bloody wait. OK, so I don’t get to fish, but holy cow I am excited to be spending nearly a couple of weeks in Kerry in October. I know that one of John’s clients landed a 10lb plus bass the other day down there, but as always we will take the conditions we get and work on putting our clients on the best fishing possible. It’s some hectic stuff and as such my blog posts might be a little sporadic over the next couple of weeks, but I will do my best to keep you updated. Bring it frigging on…….