bolo rod advice wanted

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kevhall

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does anyone else use the preston bolo rods? these look like they may suit what i need and ere easiest to obtain. may even have some spare change

but then there are these to confuse me even more http://www.acquariopescasport.it/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.browse&category_id=38&keyword=&manufacturer_id=0&Itemid=1&orderby=product_name&limitstart=0
 

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My advice would be the Tubertini level 8ct,fishingtackleandbait have this advertised on there website at 150.I own one & its a joy to fish with-light,slim,responsive(fast pick up)yet a lovely through action.Its designed for 0-10g floats.
One thing to check out with italian catalogues regarding weight before ordering,its not uncommon for them to list bolo rods as with & without rings,not saying thats the case with the diawa,but check-it does seem very light.
The 8ct weighs about 200g & is by far the best balance/weight ive tried.I dont have barbel to fish for on the rivers i fish,so cant comment in that regard,but it handles hard fighting hybrids very well & i doubt the odd barbel would trouble it,if you took your time playing it.You would'nt go targeting them with it mind.Colmic do really nice bolos too,these are the two companys that i would look at tbh,they both seem to have found the ideal mix between balance/slimness/strength & line pick up on the strike.
I only seen shimano bolo rods once (abroad) & in fairness,they felt superb,but cost a lot
compared to the more common italian brands.Whichever you go for,enjoy!
 

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I cannot compare a bolo rod to a long match rod, since I've never used a match rod longer than 15 feet.

Based on my experience, the bolos do their job and thats enough for me
 

jayson69

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Same answer as Rik.J for me.
A famous canal in Germany (the silo canal) has seen the likes of Alan Scotthorne, Didier Delannoy, Jean Desque, tamas Walter and Bod Nudd. All of which have used Bolo,s on the canal. Never seen any of them with a long match rod.
But end of the day, every one should used what that are comfortable with!
 

dave brittain 1

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Kev

You need to look at where you are fishing and what you need the rod to do. Over the years I've probably done more long rod fishing than most and the advice I would give you is that if you are going to be fishing venues primarily 10-14ft deep look at a 17ft rod but be aware you will need a long landing net handle especially for for bigger fish.

If you are going to do a lot of fishing on venues 12-16ft get a 7m bolo and if the venues are 16-20 ft learn to fish the slider as it will compete with the bolo.

In fact if the venue is slow to medium paced learn to fish the slider anyway as there are days when it will beat the bolo and it's a much more comfortable and rewarding way of fishing.

Float wise I've rarely used anything above 6 grams because if you need much more it's normally pushing through too fast and the same applies to slider floats. 4 grams gives the best of both worlds in terms of sensitivity, presentation and control in normal conditions.

Line wise I use Berkley XWR in 0.16 dia, it's not cheap but it is a superb float mainline being very soft and supple.

There are a lot of rods on the market but long rods are very specialised. Many people buy them use them a few times and then they go in a cupboard. Keep an eye out second hand and look for a bargain. I have seen the Shakespeare Superteam LXL 13/17ft rods go for 60 second hand, it's a good rod and will do what you want, however if you want the best go for the John Allerton Tricast 17ft.

Personally I'd forget using rods over 17ft as this is where bolo's come into their own. Look at the Shimano's as these would be my first choice. Tubertini also make some good models but don't buy blind as you need to have a look at the rod to see if it will meet your requirements.
 

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Here,s an old article I wrote a few years back, a bit of a laugh, but some good information on there...

http://www.matchangler.com/freeview/gbtechniques/290-ct-bolo-challenge.html
 

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I have a Preston Sentient Carbonactive 15-17ft for sale if you are interested pm me via maggotdrowners
 

dave brittain 1

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Nice article Jay, I spent a few years in the late 80's fishing the river Maas system in Holland and Belgium when match fishing was essentially banned by the green party in Germany.

For the UK particularly on the north east circuit fishing the River Tees and Yorkshire Ouse, both big, wide rivers you had to refine your approach however on the Wye although shallower you can get away with heavier tackle and a heavy groundbait approach. On the Wye I had no qualms starting on a size 14 B611 and triple maggot to 0.14 hook length especially if there was colour in however on the Tees and Ouse you were fishing for bites, so a size 20/22 to 0.08/0.10 was a more standard approach hence the reason why so many UK anglers prefer rods.

Modern Bolo's are a much more refined weapon that the early models we used in those days and often have a set of intermediate sliding rings to stop line stick in the wet. We also used to stand up and lock the rod butt into the hip to make the days fishing easier as it's hard work using a 20ft rod/bolo for 5 hrs,
 

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dave. i use the slider on my 15t rod. the control offered by a a top and bottom float is one of the main reasons i am looking at longer
bolo rods. i also own a 4.4m tricast landing net. thanks.

jayson. thanks again for the advice and article. i have sent you a PM.

thanks for all the advice. this is just what i wanted.
 

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Originally posted by kevhall

these look rather nice http://rotapesca.it/bolognese-c-25_32/canna-daiwa-tournament-vip-p-1287.html
There is the google translation!!

Top of the range Daiwa Bolognese made with carbon HM80, assembled with a Fuji reel seat manufactured by Daiwa exclusive design. The series is developed only in the sizes of five and six meters, as the crude is so thin that a seven-meter would be impossible to balance if not inserting an additional weight in its calcium! Prompt and responsive action spinning rod as a "Fast Action"! Truly unique, a cane VIP. To allow the user to create a fitting "custom", the series is distributed without rings
 
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