Academy Q & A – Choosing The Right Rod

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This month we gave you the opportunity to ask members of the academy your fishing questions. This month Neil from London asked, “When choosing a new set of rods, what sort of attributes do you look for? Is it really about its casting ability of does the playing action, styling and reliability come into consideration?”

Check out Rich and Ed’s response…

Crop cast

Rich says…

Rods are something very personal to the user and in my eyes you have to fully understand the situation in which you will be using them. There is no rod which will do everything so you need to look at what will best suit your needs. My main rods are 12ft 3lb test curve Greys Isoflex and I have been using these since joining the academy.

“So currently in my fishing I have a few waters that I’m targeting and the largest is probably 40 acres in size so nothing huge. If I’m honest with myself I am not into real long range fishing if I can help it – it’s not one of my strengths and I would much prefer to be fishing within 80-90 yards range which makes everything a lot more comfortable. Saying this when needed you can wind these up a bit and with a 3oz lead I have measured casts with a hook bait of 120 yards which is more than enough for my needs, obviously if I find myself on an inland sea type water where I need to be casting to the horizon I will need to look at another set but for now these are perfect.

“A lot of people would say that they are soft rods but I do like something more forgiving when playing fish and as a result I can’t remember the last time that I lost a carp… even though they have a soft tip I’m not afraid to really bend into them when needed if a fish is weeded as there is plenty of power in reserve.

New rods

All in all they suit my fishing down to the ground and unless I need something for real long range I can’t see myself changing in the near future.” Rich

Ed says….

“For me it all depends on which waters I am fishing at the time. I have done campaigns on smallish water in the past where I haven’t put a lead over 80 yards all year and on waters like this I like a nice playing rod of around 3lb test. I find that a 3tc rod has enough back bone to punch out large PVA bags and control a heavily weeded fish, yet they still retain a nice action for playing fish, especially when I step down to small hooks or light line. In the past I have had two set up -, one for coping with the distance casting that Stoneacre (a large pit) required and a 2 rod set up with heavy line for fishing a local water were every cast was an underarm flick. 

IMG_5595“At the minute I’m fishing a couple of large waters and although I’m not fishing at long range all of the time, it is important that the kit I’m using can do the extreme distances that I need, so long distance casting is the first thing on my check list for a rod, so I’m currently using a set of 13ft 3.5tc Greys AirCurves. I must admit I haven’t used another rod since I first trialled them a year ago. They tick all boxes because the playing action is quite nice for a long range rod, admittedly they are a little over gunned for floater and zig work, but they seem to cope well with the light line situations, I just have to be a bit more mindful when playing the fish. So to that end I have used them on 90 acre pits and 2 acre pools alike without the need for a 2nd set up. They are also light, very strong and I have to say I love the look of the cork handles!” Ed

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2 Responses to Academy Q & A – Choosing The Right Rod

  1. Russell Croft says:

    What is the reason that so many carp waters ban the use of `leadcore` leaders these days, it never seemed to be a problem in the past.

  2. Atanas Dimitrov says:

    Dear All,
    Interesting question…according to me both are very important. Every fisherman will be happy if handles rood, that can cast to the desired fishing spot, and every one will be really happy if pulling out the fish brings him more pleasure. If there is a rood can combine both every fisherman will be the happiest man in the world. In depends on the mans choice. I have two hardy match roods and I am really happy with them. For me I have both!
    Wish the same to all people that practice the greatest sport in the world!


    Atanas Dimitrov

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