11’ float rod for centrepin choices

Twiddler

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Hello,
I have access this year to a couple of small still waters that contain a lot of small silvers but also some lovely Crucians and Tench and a few larger residents, anyway I would like to fish using a float rod and centrepi, I have chose 11’ because of the size of the ponds but don’t know what test curve.
So my question is which rod would you go for ?

Thanks for looking.
 

Sam Vimes

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The vast majority of float rods aren't given test curve ratings. The few that are tend to come from manufacturers that tend to produce carp and specialist rods. When trying to work out what rod to buy, it's best to establish the average size of the fish you are going to encounter regularly and the line strengths you intend to use.
 

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Hi Sam,
as I mentioned in my original post these waters have a lot of Silvers, Crucians to 1.5lbs, quite a few Stockies to 3lb but then you have the odd Carp to 10lb and Tench to 4lb’ish. Line strengths that I have been using on the pole are Summer = 0.15 to 0.11/0.13 hook lengths and now in Winter I am using
0.11 with 0.08 hook lengths.

cheers.
 

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I fish a pin with a 13’ match waggler rod and I’ve used it on my local lake which is carp only.

Used both my Leeda 7000 series rod and Daiwa Team-X rod - both are through action rods and using 4lb Drennan float fish on the pin are equally comfortable dealing with carp to 8.5lb (to date) as they are taking dinky silvers out of my local river.

Don't know what the equivalent new rods are but I certainly wouldn’t rule out a 12’ or 13’ rod, a good quality light/medium through action waggler rod will do the job nicely.
 

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I'd certainly go 12 or 13 foot unless you literally can't fit anything longer than 11 foot in as they are simply more versatile and generally make things easier. Impossible to recommend anything without a budget though.
 

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As Silverfisher mentioned above, I'd suggest considering 13 ft unless you're going to be dealing with overhanging trees and so on. There is a lot more choice than at 11ft, which seems to be either budget rods or higher end and not too much in the middle with the exception of some beefier options for pellet fishing. I looked into 11ft options for smaller river fishing earlier this year, the Cadence 11ft comes in a few options. The Shakespeare superteam float rod (rather than the pellet version) is also a nice rod for the money. Higher end, there is an 11ft version of the Drennan Acolyte Ultra, but finding stock might be a challenge).
 

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Thanks for the replies, without being blazes I don’t mind what it costs so long as I can get it right that’s why I asked on here. Don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t want to buy the top of the range Daiwa when you can have something custom made.
In the past I have made choices without expert advice and ended up buying twice so it costs more in the long run anyway. And being Newley retired I want to get my spending right.
As for length choice as I mentioned above about how small these waters are and I already own a 14’ Drennan Acolyte Matchpro Ultralight so that was the reason for choosing 11’.
 

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I would think the rod you have would be perfect. Its easy to follow trends, I do so myself, but longer rods are far more versatile. You could look for an 11' in the Acolyte range, but you will struggle more in deeper waters. Example, one water I fish is over 10' deep, an 11' rod would simply not work for me. I'v just received a 13' Preston Carbonactive Spectra, not had a chance to use it to be honest, but it does feel nice with a fast tapered but soft tip?
 

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I bought an 11ft Cadence No 1 float rod earlier this year and it is an excellent rod.

Light, quick enough action to hit delicate bites and not too expensive.

only downside for you is that it isn’t designed to deal with 15 lb carp !

They do make a heavier version (no 2) but I’ve not tried that one.
 

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The Darent Valley specialist 0.75 11ft might fit the criteria. Looking at these myself for commy carp.
 

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A very good question - however, I’ve not seen any negative reviews of the rod. A lot of tackle is over priced based on brand. If the rod had a big name brand on it it would be double the price. Don’t be put off & read the reviews on here & on the web - just Google it.
 

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The Darent Valley us not a float rod.

As said you will have fewer choices at 11ft than 12 or 13ft

You mentioned custom build well a Harrison GTI would be excellent for where you are looking to fish
 

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Over the last 2 days I have narrowed my choices down in my head
if I was to choose off the shelf so to speak it would be Drennan Acolyte Matchpro Ultralight if I could find one.
Seeing as I already have 2 sets of Harrison carp rods (soon to be one)
Then Harrison would be my next choice (I just didn’t know if they did anything light until the above recommendation)
and lastly a Perigrine which is a Harrison blank anyway.
 

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I think the acolyte ultra and cadence #1 are the only proper float rods that go as short as 11ft, both good rods but if they’re in practice anything like the 13ft versions the former is a fair bit better than the latter although you’d expect that with that price difference. The garbolino essential ultralight goes to 12ft which unless you are fishing a heavily wooded puddle should be ok. As has been said most 11ft rods will more more powerful as they’re generally designed for carp on small waters whereas more typical lengthen float rods tend to be designed to be more smaller fishing leaning and generally more versatile.
 

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Over the last 2 days I have narrowed my choices down in my head
if I was to choose off the shelf so to speak it would be Drennan Acolyte Matchpro Ultralight if I could find one.
Seeing as I already have 2 sets of Harrison carp rods (soon to be one)
Then Harrison would be my next choice (I just didn’t know if they did anything light until the above recommendation)
and lastly a Perigrine which is a Harrison blank anyway.
I have an 12ft Harrison float rod that came with a 3–5lb line rating. It is three piece, but I bought it second hand and rebuilt it and don’t know for certain what exact model it is but think it’s a GTi. I use it for float fishing mostly on small still waters for roach and Tench, which it does very well. It is very thru actioned but has a bit of low down power, so is a good all round float rod.
 

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Just been looking/searching and Harrison don’t do a 11’ GTI, so I have left myself with 2 choices unless any others come up.
 

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I use an Acolyte 11ft carp waggler for close range tench and crucians, but it is versatile enough to allow me to fish purely for smaller silvers and for margin carp on the commercials I used to fish, in fact I prefer using it in the margins to the pole

Used to use it with pellet waggler tactics at one time and still use it on tight river swims when grayling fishing

Brilliant rod and I wouldn’t be without it
My only gripe is that is carries the word “Carp”... would prefer it to be rebranded as Acolyte Plus
 

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The Darent Valley us not a float rod.

As said you will have fewer choices at 11ft than 12 or 13ft

You mentioned custom build well a Harrison GTI would be excellent for where you are looking to fish
Who says it’s not a float rod apart from yourself? Plenty of reviews on this rod using a float. I’ll be using it for float fishing.
 
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