Feeder rod for small river

Zerkalo

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Had a double whammo moment this morning. Got to the river and thought it's too high to fish after the rain (was right. too fast, too muddy) but decided to set up for a few casts anyway. Then I realised I've lost the quiver tip sections to my John Wilson Debut Masterline rod. I think I must have left them by the bank yesterday and they've been swept away. I'd only used that rod a few times after I won it in a competition years ago.

Now I need to buy a new rod. Will only be used primarily on the little weirpool I fish for medium sized chub and barbel. Not looking to break the bank either. Any suggestions?
 

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Depends on budget really mate. Give us a ceiling price...

Plenty of good stuff out there though.
 

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You've got a broad spectrum to go at then.

If you're targeting mid sized chub and barbel on occasion then I'd personally look at something like one of the Drennan Avon Specialist rods. I have the 1.25lb version with float and quiver tips, very nice rod for all round river fishing, enough power for large fish but still plenty of finesse for smaller stuff.

I think they're around that sort of price.

I'm sure others will have plenty of other suggestions as your budget is more than enough to get something pretty nice really.
 

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Cheers. I've got a bit of time to shop around/see what's going as only just got back to work after a few months off. So budget will be higher eventually. I'm thinking in the meantime I might pick up something cheaper off ebay before my money starts coming through again.

The avon looks nice. The rod I just lost the tips to had three different tips which was nice.
 

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Take a look at the Daiwa Powermesh Twin Tip.
 

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I would suggest a twintip/Avon style rod as well given that for roving a small river potentially overgrown river they give you flexibility whilst only having to take one rod. The drennan one does indeed seem nice, Greys and korum do some nice ones as well although never had more than a waggle with them myself.
 

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If it is an Avon type rod you are looking for I would recommend having a look at the darent valley range marketed by 'tackle box' at dartford, I have the 0.75lb tc specialist rod and it is excellent bit of kit , great action, excellent fittings and finish and a lump cheaper than the competition and every bit as good
or if you didn't like the through action of the avon rod then I would look at something like a medium quiver tip rod which there are lots about, anything from a maver reality or daiwa ninja for less than £50 upto something like a team daiwa, maver mvr, drennan vertex, frenzee precision or even a cadence if you don't mind buying blind. I would also recommend 11ft unless you are really restricted by overhanging trees as that length would give greater versatility
 

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You've got a broad spectrum to go at then.

If you're targeting mid sized chub and barbel on occasion then I'd personally look at something like one of the Drennan Avon Specialist rods. I have the 1.25lb version with float and quiver tips, very nice rod for all round river fishing, enough power for large fish but still plenty of finesse for smaller stuff.

I think they're around that sort of price.

I'm sure others will have plenty of other suggestions as your budget is more than enough to get something pretty nice really.
I have the same rod for all round small river fishing and it's a great bit of kit.
 

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Thanks for all suggestions. My dad's just kindly picked up a John Wilson Mirage Twin Tip from a car boot sale this morning! We've got two feeder rods again now so can at least go fishing together again. When I start getting paid I will look into splashing out on something, but there's lots of stuff I want to buy so will see how we get by with this one for now.
 

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So much for that rod. It broke today as I was filling up my maggot feeder. Snapped on the section just before the quiver tips. Still managed to use it and going to try some sort of telescopic repair if it will fit and the fish didn't seem to mind.
 

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Yeh. It's still just about usable. Really I'm about a month away from payday so it will have to wait while I pull out an old Shakespeare Avon rod.
 

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Today I did a repair on the John Wilson with some shrink sleeving that seems to be ok, only lost a couple of inches at the end of one thin section. But I also found another feeder rod in the garage, a 11ft Browning Club Feeder 3300. Knew I must have had another one somewhere, so that's me sorted for a few weeks before something goes wrong with this one too!
 

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Is funny what you can find in the garage. I got my Shakespeare 10ft Mach Wand feeder rod as a present 4 or 5 years but wasn’t feeder fishing much at the time so it disappeared so deep into the garage that I started to doubt it’s existence. It then reappeared when we moved house back end of last year and it’s been my daily driver for silvers feeder fishing on the Thames ever since.
 

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Yep I have no idea where this Browning rod came from originally. Used it today and it's meant to be a three tip rod I think. One of them is missing so only got the lightest and heaviest tips. The lightest one is a bit on the light side for the river and the heavy one a bit too heavy I reckon. Did its job for now anyway.
 

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