BOLO ROD

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thefishingbear

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i need some info on what is known as a bolo rod..
not very up on these at all.

i understand they use a reel and line and can be all sorts of lengths, up to i was told 8 mtrs...

i would like to get a second hand one of these, say up to 7 mtrs long.
are they suitable for rivers, lake, carping, or just smaller fish to say 5 or 6 lbs.
are they telescopic???
are they good to use????
are they strong??

someone out there must know of these rods,
go ahead pal, make my day
 

gibby

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I bought one on impulse when on holiday in Italy last year.

Perhaps it was because it was relatively cheap (around 70 Euros) but to be frank I was not that impressed.

I bought it primarily for trotting but it was really too heavy to hold for much more than a few hours. Also because its a tele rod, it has relatively few rings and in wet and windy weather the line sticks to the rod making it difficult to trot smoothly.

For still water float fishing where the rod is more often in the rest than not, it performed better, but not as good as a purpose built longer length match rod.

Not trying to put you off, but if its a long rod you want, you are better off buying a conventional one.
 

jayson69

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theres an article in the November 2009 issue of "match fishing" fishing the bolo with Mr. Scotthorne, if you can get your hands on a copy!
I use the Bolo regularly. I have the speedmaster 7 meter rods. But Im here in Germany, where Rivers / Canals tend to be a little Deeper than in the UK. In deeper waters the Bolo is in my view much better than your convention rods!
 

matchstickman25

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Bolo rods are popular on deep rivers, where, with standard rods, you would literally be out of your depth. They allow you to fish lighter floats further out in deeper swims. They are generally telescopic and quite expensive. Being telescopic they dont tend to have as many eyes as traditional trotting rods but recent advances in technology have enabled more eyes to be fitted without increasing the number of telescopic sections and compromising rod action. Obviously you get what you pay for, like everything else....
 
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jacko the wacko

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Hi mate ,as matchstick man says bolo rods were originaly from italy and are telescopic, but over the years tackle companys have developed long float rods that have normal take apart sections.Map, milo, garbolino to name but a few make 20 ft long float rods for this job , they can be expensive so make sure you will realy need one they are heavy at this length i have a milo one that i have wrapped a lead strip round the butt to counter balance it, using one all day on a large river etc will give you arms like popeye lol.
but they are a great tool for the job in line control and line pick up on the strike when fishing the float . [:T]
 
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Depends on which telescopic Bolo Rod you buy, some really good products available, same as a long rod price wise the better ones are expensive.
 

greentura

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couldn't get on with the telescopic rods, not enough eyes and heavy. got a proper long rod five sections 20' Jerry Smith 'Scandinavian'. bit of a rare or collectors item now but still a great tool on its day can be fished at 18' and 16' too as it comes with 3 but sections all with brass counter weights so you can hold it for hours with the balance perfect and no arm ache [:T] don't know if there's anything on the market to match it but the trycast 20' is a good rod and easier to find. all depends where and what your going to use it for, but generally deeper rivers with slow to medium flow for silvers to bigger bream, but hats just the way i do it[;)]
 

wokkie

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I got one of those 15,18 and 20' rod.Apart from trotting,I use it a lot in still waters,ideal to fish under the rod tip,close or among the lily pads or under the over hanging trees[:T]Fish it like a short pole but with running lines,giss me better change to land the lumps[:T]
 

tee.bee

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i got a 20ft maver which i use on the Dee and weaver and margin fishing can be a strain on the arms after a days trotting but it catches me fish in deep swims
 

andy phelps

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i prefer long match rods of upto 20 foot, more flexible, lighter and with more rings are better in the rain and for casting.
 

dave brittain 1

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A good quality Bolo will always be lighter than an equivelent length rod, however the disadvantage is line sticking but if you're fishing deep venues you can off set this with a heavier float which will help to keep the line off the blank.

In the early 90's many anglers invested in Bolo's and long rods as they were very fasionable at the time especially if you fished some of the big deep rivers such as the Tees at Yarm or the Yorkshire Ouse.

Most of the Early 20ft rods were a hand full and many of the early Bolo's were a little bit harsh or to tippy for the light line tactics in the UK. After a couple of years there were some better rods available such as the Dam Quickstick 18/20, the Shakespeare Annex Excell 18/20, the Milo 18/20 and the Tricast Finnesse 17ft and Bolo's started to lose their popularity.

in the last ten years 13-15ft rods as well as dedicated 15ft, 16ft and 17ft rods have become more popular as these were more versatile, lighter and crisper than the longer rods and I use these in preference to the longer rods for the majority of my fishing.

On very deep swims you don't have as many options however if you can fish the slider it can be equally as effective in the right hands.

You can use long rods for carp and there are dedicated carp bolo rods available on the continent however it's not something I'd recommend as you need a very long landing net handle, (the fish will generally surface 12-15ft from the bank due to the length of the rod) and you have to be 100% confident in your gear, (long rods bend a lot with big fish which puts an awful lot of pressue on the 2nd section).

Basically you need to look at your fishing as long rods are very specialised and many people buy them only to find they use them once in a blue moon and then end up selling them.
 

andyjh

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As topdog says, I've being using a silstar 17' for about 10yrs, and I have to say I wouldn't be without it for some of the deeper swims and for trotting a stick or waggler the extra length gives you a much better control however, the downside is the amount of places you can't get in and use it because of trees or general cramped positions. Given that for every foot you restrict the places you can use it, secondly as he said you lose a little ability of control if you are hitting run of the mill stuff fine but try controlling a large chub or a small barbel with it and you realise how sloppy the action is because of the length. Its a tool one of many you'll collect and worth having one but like any rod it has its limitations.
 

carlo

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hi bear ive been reading your blobby, and top dogs reply. and top dog is bob on. i have a MITCHELL bologne 6mtr and a 17ft shakespeare annexe excell, i have not seen them for years, so this morning i dug them out of the shed and put them up together.and like top dog says the weight difference is minimal i bought these rods years ago when i fished for stainforth, a stick float struggles to pull 2lb line off on the bolo. but i have had a look at prestons long rods they feel awesome but are very expensive. but if i were fishing matches weekley that required this sort of rod i would buy one. i have used the bolo for the early years for carp on commercials for margin fish that go mental and a few years ago at drayton on paste i had two fish for 28lb so the bolo can cope with big fish i dont use the bolo now on commercials and i think thats because modern elastic, HYDRO, ect takes care of business. if you want to try fishing the bolo bear. i will give you my mitchell if you can find a way of picking it up at no cost to me. TIGHT LINES
 
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