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   Old Thread  #10 10 Feb 2021 at 12.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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FWIW, I took delivery of a Korum 11ft 1.75 TC barbel rod yesterday, haven't used it yet obviously but after a close inspection and a wiggle it seems pretty decent for fifty quid. I'm going to use it for some smaller local rivers where a roving/1 rod approach is the order of the day so we'll see how we get on. A hook loop would have been nice but I can live without it.
Teaming it up with a Daiwa GS 4000 BR LT which I'm hoping will be about the right size.

They must bash these rods out in china for a tenner which is incredible if you think about it.
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   Old Thread  #9 30 Jan 2021 at 10.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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. . .I've just bought a pair of the cheapy Korum Barbel rods in 12ft 2lb tc . . .ordered from Johnson Ross and delivered the very next day!

Haven't used them in anger yet (still using old-skool silstar tench rods) but they are well made albeit a bit stiff / hefty!
Def more powerful than my handmade Greys 2.5lb tc (carp rods for surface / stalking etc) which are positively floppy in comparison. . .should be able to chuck big feeders with the Korums . . .and if they snap then no worries for the £!
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   Old Thread  #8 19 Oct 2020 at 12.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I had the previous version of the Korum barbel rods (before they were updated for 2020).

I bought the 12' 2lb TC versions and used these for all the barbel fishing I did, from small intimate rivers right through to the Trent. They seemed to cope with pretty much everything I threw at them including fishing some of the larger rivers in flood.

Only weakness I experienced was a couple of bent rings, but they bent back into shape and were fine. To be honest for a £50 rod I couldn't complain about them.

Currently using Free Spirit Hi-S barbel rods that are simply delightful rods to use and play barbel on, but full up you're looking at £330 per rod. The Free Spirit Tamer range seem well spoken about over on the barbel forum.

I also bought a pair of the Tackle Box Darent Valley 11' 1.75lb rods for lighter work and can't really grumble at those for the cost of them too!

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   Old Thread  #7 12 Oct 2020 at 9.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Cheers Karlos, think Iím gonna treat myself to a pair of the korums
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   Old Thread  #6 11 Oct 2020 at 2.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I've just purchased 2 x Korum Neoteric 11' 6" in 1.25lb t/c to do some Perch fishing. £75 each. I've not used them yet but they look like a nice rod.
https://www.korum.co.uk/products/rods/neoteric-fs-rods

I was actually going to get the 1.25lb t/c AllRounder as they were cheaper (£50) but nowhere had stock :(
https://www.korum.co.uk/products/rods/allrounder-rods
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   Old Thread  #5 11 Oct 2020 at 8.44am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Thanks for the reply lads, I havenít seen a bad word against the korum ones yet either.
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   Old Thread  #4 11 Oct 2020 at 2.36am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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At the upper end of your budget, but take a look at the Fox X4 Barbel/Specialist rods. High spec pieces of kit that also double up for great surface rods for carp. K series style guides as standard as well.
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   Old Thread  #3 10 Oct 2020 at 11.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Sonik make some lovely barbel rods for not much money at all
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   Old Thread  #2 10 Oct 2020 at 5.39pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The korum rods for £50 are incredible rods.

Drennan make great rods too for around £100 for an Avon style.
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   Old Thread  #1 10 Oct 2020 at 12.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Afternoon folks,

Iím currently in the market for a pair of decent barbel/specialist rods. Now Iím drawn to free spirits Barbel tamers but Iím sure thereís a rod out there that does exactly the same job but costs lest that £130. Was looking at 1.75lb tc, any help would be greatly appreciated.
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