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   Old Thread  #43 12 Apr 2017 at 1.50am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Looks to me like I've opened a can of worms.

Sorry if I've missed it but has anyone stated any actual benefit of 9/10 foot Rods over 12 other than transportation?

The reason I think it's all a bit gimmicky is that go back 5 years when I used to circulate these forums and not one thread would be found enquiringly about them other than for stalking.....

Then Nash comes along with a massive marketing scheme and everyone's deciding to change?

I think noj pointed out that shorter Rods have been available forever......how comes these guys that feel they should use 10ft Rods now didn't do so before?

I dont hate fashion, but I don't like fashion for the sake of fashion.....

Oh how modern marketing casts a shadow over so many people 🙈🙈😂
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   Old Thread  #42 11 Apr 2017 at 8.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
In terms of being able to move/relocate more easily with shorter rods - something I hear touted as a great benefit by guys in my clubs - I've never found the weight of an extra 2 foot of carbon particularly difficult to cart around. Unless you were leaving the rods set up and negotiating tight passageways or lots of vegetation I can't really see that the additional few feet of normal length rods is too difficult to manage either.

I'd personally rather have the extra few feet to be able to reach around/over marginal snags and hold my line above weed.

The short rods have always seemed a bit gimmicky to me for carping, but only because I've only had 12 footers. Used 10ft float and 6 foot lure rods before and not had any issues with these.
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   Old Thread  #41 11 Apr 2017 at 7.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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45 years lol. Your about 15 up on me

Enjoy your fishing and drinking pal
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   Old Thread  #40 11 Apr 2017 at 7.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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No boats , or bait boats.
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   Old Thread  #39 11 Apr 2017 at 7.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Under arm cast?
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   Old Thread  #38 11 Apr 2017 at 6.46pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I look back to over 50 years of fishing and 45 years of drinking beer

Could have been retired and fishing loads if i hadn't wasted all that money on beer
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   Old Thread  #37 11 Apr 2017 at 5.42pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Use what you want, ain't no rules

Times change, fishing moves on and so does the methods. My carp first rod was a 11 footer, my second a 12 foot 2 1/4 test casting tool.

For me a good allround carp rod these days is a 12 foot 3 1/4 test (depending on action etc). This will cover most modern carping requirements and situations. Start with PVA bags, extra distance reaching fish or features and different venues etc. you will be left wanting

Sold my HiS 10 footers, fish a variety of waters, couldn't justify them sat in my garage

Wish I could have all the money back I have wasted on gear over the years
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   Old Thread  #36 11 Apr 2017 at 5.17pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If I was fishing a lake that size I wouldn't use 6foot rods
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   Old Thread  #35 11 Apr 2017 at 5.14pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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cast sideways and play fish with rod tip just above surface water.
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   Old Thread  #34 11 Apr 2017 at 4.57pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I use my 10 ft rods when using a boat ,much less cumbersome than my 13ft rods which are my preferred rods if casting and playing from the bank.
You don't always have to play fish with the rod above your head ,use side strain or even underwater if that's the only place you can get the space
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   Old Thread  #33 11 Apr 2017 at 4.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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if you have enough headroom to cast then surely you have enough to play a fish?
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   Old Thread  #32 11 Apr 2017 at 3.51pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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but if your playing a fish would the last few feet of the rod not be bent over ? eliminating the need to kneel / have shorter rods ?!
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   Old Thread  #31 11 Apr 2017 at 3.45pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I only have a saxo and have owned it near on 20 years. Still using 12ft rods altho at times would be nice to have shorter rods due to lack of space etc.
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   Old Thread  #30 11 Apr 2017 at 3.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You cant just kneel down if the cover is too low to hold a 12ft rod up to play the fish though.
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   Old Thread  #29 11 Apr 2017 at 1.57pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I am the same, being a big lad, 6ft 4 handling a 13 or 14ft rod is relatively easy. However, when fishing for pike in Scotland I got 2 Dave Lumb loch tamers 10ft 3.5lb. Needed these to wade out under trees to cast, and no you can't kneel down to cast when water is up to your armpits !

However, loved playing fish on the shorter rods and have used them at Rainbow where they are ideal in my option. Have also got 2 9ft Scopes and again, love them also for fish playing and good from a boat. I think that in a lot of instances we use long rods where short ones could be better, certainly when fishing short-medium range, but as always some will like them and others will not.
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