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   Old Thread  #203 23 Oct 2020 at 11.51am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I hear you. There is alot of pressure nowadays to think you need multiple types of rods and of course, perfect state, these maybe useful. When I first started carp fishing in the late 80’s my first set of ‘matched rods’ that I still use to this day, were 12’ 2lb tc Armalites. I actually caught some fairly large fish (for the time!) from both UK and French waters on these and fished from under the rod top to 80/90yds. The rods people were using for bigger waters were 2.75-3lb t.c with occasional 3.25, whereas this seems to be the starting point today! Whilst undoubtedly carp are bigger now and longer range fishing seems to be a prequisite, you can probably do the majority of your fishing with a decent set of 3lb t.c rods. Yes on bigger waters or challenging winds you are sometimes going to get caught out but from in the margins to 100 yds plus these should be fine. Personally I now use Free Sprit Hi-S but they have plenty of cheaper models that would be suitable, if you found yourself in a position to upgrade. And obviously, if everyones fishing in the middle, chuck at least one in the edge!!
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   Old Thread  #202 22 Oct 2020 at 9.21am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I prefer 3 with a snide
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   Old Thread  #201 22 Oct 2020 at 8.21am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Man up and fish two rods😂
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   Old Thread  #200 20 Oct 2020 at 10.54am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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With identical line on the 3 reels and no spare spools, cause they've done all the money on the matching outfits. Rocky spot to the left, clear for 140 yards down the middle and a massive weed bed to the right
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   Old Thread  #199 19 Oct 2020 at 9.10pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Perfect scenario for the four rod option, use the lighter ones with a heavier one ready or on a spot further out just incase.
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   Old Thread  #198 19 Oct 2020 at 8.57pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yes. Diminishing returns. All my kit is long lasting well reviewed but definitely mid price. Over the years ive seen regular joes on here dropping silly money for rods and reels.

Even saw a youngster on here asking about a cheaper reel for spodding. He was looking at my reels lol.
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   Old Thread  #197 19 Oct 2020 at 7.05pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The trouble is you can turn up to a 160 acre res with long range kit and find the fish in a bay where any cast is centrepin range.

I've got a choice of rods but I don't take them all with me
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   Old Thread  #196 19 Oct 2020 at 6.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Completely missed the point, that set of rods you use on a 160 acre reservoir and 2 acre pond? Most will have all matching high tc, maybe would be better with four rods, two for the big water and two lower tc, possibly the same model if they must match cosmetically and have the option to mix them up.
How many claim to only be able to afford one set of rods and when you look they have a high end set costing well over a grand when they could have bought two sets of mid priced rods and been better equipped for different venues. Must admit I've done it myself and owned too many high end and custom rods but fact is some of the mid priced stuff is 95% as good as the perceived best.
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   Old Thread  #195 19 Oct 2020 at 10.18am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Save £1 a day for 2 years. You can then afford new rods
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   Old Thread  #194 18 Oct 2020 at 11.05pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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But can you afford to buy different sets of rods for different waters?

For years I have used the same rods on 2acre pond as on a 60acre lake, or 160acre reservoir. I simply can't afford to have more than one set of rods.

Same with my pike fishing, it is one set of rods for rivers or lakes.


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   Old Thread  #193 17 Oct 2020 at 4.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Actually that sounds like a damn good idea , as I'm getting older setting up and packing away is getting more of a chore .
So sending a man servant ahead to sort the spots , set the bivvy up and pass me a beer when required wouldn't go amiss .
Damn you lack of winning the lottery
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   Old Thread  #192 17 Oct 2020 at 7.04am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Now there's a thought🤔

I remember using mismatched rods, it always seemed that the rod least suited for the cast to the showing fish was the one I was willing to move. I do often carry a lighter rod when I take my heavier set tho, even though my heavy rods are actually pretty decent in close.
There's an overlap between my short rods and my light rods in that they should both be suited to smaller waters, but the light 12s are so much nicer to use, more accurate with a broader range of leads, cast further and are better to play fish on.
it has to be said though, the 10ft avids were a fifth of the cost of my 12s
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   Old Thread  #191 17 Oct 2020 at 6.50am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That sounds a lot like my experience with the avid exodus rods, dead feeling planks
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   Old Thread  #190 16 Oct 2020 at 11.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I’ve had worse ideas
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   Old Thread  #189 16 Oct 2020 at 10.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I’m coming to this thread a little late but... I bought 3 x Sonik xtractor 9’ 2 3/4 lb tc ‘retractable’ rods for a water I fished over the summer which demanded a mobile and ‘discreet’ approach. All I can say is that they really are awful in terms of fish playing & casting capability - no control, no sensitivity, poor recovery.... I do understand though that these are the very cheapest you could purchase so maybe that’s why they are so bloody awful! I felt I was using a boat rod and tbh I’ve used a few of those over the year’s which would have been more enjoyable to use. My advice would be to stay away from this particular brand!!

They were, however, very useful in that the pack size and discretion was maximised (or minimised) but in terms of enjoyment to use they scored a big fat zero. Shorter rods definitely have a place in the market for stalking in tight areas, travel purposes or maybe boat work but I really can’t see any other reason to use them. And if you do decide to purchase some maybe it’s worth investing in something a little more high end than the set of rods that are currently residing in my greenhouse...
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