16/17 foot match rod for stick floats

GGJD69

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Hi lads
I’m looking to get a 16or 17ft rod for stickfloat fishing. I know Shakey and Cadence do them. Can anyone recommend the best VFM one.
The difference in prices is amazing as
Shakey agility £80 but Daiwa Tourney are nearly £400, Drennan £200, Cadence £159
Who uses what and why?
Cheers boys
Gary
 

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One thing I will say is I have yet to see a good cheap long float rod that you can comfortably fish with all day long, I is certainly one rod that is worth paying a bit extra for. Accept that it is going to be a bit tip heavy as that is the nature of the beast but the good ones as well as having a good action and being relatively light will also be much better balanced, ones I would recommend would probably be tri-cast John allerton, maver signature Pro, browning sphere, drennan acolyte possibly the garbolino essential, non come cheap and all are good in their own way, certainly don't buy blind and take the reel that you intend to use with you when you buy and preferably thread a line through the rings as well to get a good feel for the action. These are specialised rods and you really should choose carefully because if you get it wrong the experience of fishing a long rod will be ruined for you. As any part of the rod that doesn't suit you seems to be magnified the longer the rod. I learnt from experience, many years ago I thought I would save money and buy the then current MAP offering as it was a good lump cheaper than the competitors, after an hour or so trotting a stick on the river Tees at Yarm I realised the error of my ways it was tip heavy and had an action like a stick of wet celary, only used it the once and I still had to pay the going rate for a Milo new era pro which I should have bought in the first place
 

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I will go along with nejohn don't go automatically for the cheapest option. The only rod I will use at that lenght is an acolyte 17ft ,visit a good tackle shop and get hold of a few before you decide mate.
 

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Cadence do two versions at 16ft, if Roach and Dace are your main target then the match #1 is absolutely perfect it will easily handle the odd big Chub as well and is the rod I go to when I need that length. The match #2 version is similar in that you’ll have no problem holding it all day but it’s a more powerful rod aimed at big powerful rivers and bigger fish.
Former world champion Dave Thomas uses the 16ft match #1 all the time because he can’t use a pole these days because of back problems so that speaks for itself really about how light and well balanced it is.
 

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I have a 15'- 17' spliced tip Shimano Aspire, brilliant rod, They are discontinued but you may be lucky and find one on the popular auction sites.
 

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I just bought a 17' Acolyte and it is so light at 17' it's as though you could be holding a much shorter rod, though I had no problem holding a heavier 17' Shakespeare LXL rod it was just a bit more cumbersome to cast with, can't wait to catch some fish on the Acolyte to see how it handles bigger Chub but I think it should be fine.
 

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I have a 17 ft Tricast John Allerton which is pretty easy to use but I use it mainly for fishing the deep fens.

I also have the 15 ft version which is easy to hold all day......nowadays I prefer to use a rod rest for the longer rod to give myself a break but it is not heavy.

I also have a 16/18 ft Abu suveran which is a much heavier and more powerful rod.
 

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I really like long rods and have far too many. The one thing I've learned is that, at 15'+, the weight and balance become hugely important, especially in a rod for trotting. Try to avoid buying a long rod without at least getting to hold it for a while, preferably with your reel of choice fitted. There are a fair few long rods get sold after barely being used. Sometimes the owner's situation unexpectedly changed. More often than not, they realised the rod they bought wasn't much fun to use.
 

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I really like long rods and have far too many. The one thing I've learned is that, at 15'+, the weight and balance become hugely important, especially in a rod for trotting. Try to avoid buying a long rod without at least getting to hold it for a while, preferably with your reel of choice fitted. There are a fair few long rods get sold after barely being used. Sometimes the owner's situation unexpectedly changed. More often than not, they realised the rod they bought wasn't much fun to use.
this is so true.
I bought several longer rods (and then sold them on) before finding one that I actually enjoyed using.
And in all bar one case it was down to action rather than weight or balance.

Anyway,personally, I don't really like long rods - and only use them to fish fixed floats in deeper water.
I find them worse for playing fish and not markedly better for float control.
I also fish rivers with a lot of bankside vegetation, where they are not helpful.
If I used them more I might change my view.
 

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I'm thinking about buing the Acolyte 17 ft. Not for floatfishing, but for freelining stillwater trout from an old wooden dinghy.
 
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