Barbel rod

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Hi, I’m considering having a go for barbel, the rod I’m currently using is a Drennan specialist 12ft 1,25 twin tip, the river I fish is quite small 15 ft across and slow running, I know there are fish to 15lb +, would this rod be ok?
 

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I would say your rod will be fine, in my experience barbel don't run very far in a small river, they just kinda go a few yards each way and hold bottom infront of you.
 

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I agree with Tigger, you shouldn’t have a problem with that rod. Then again, it could be a different story depending on which rivers you are fishing. If in doubt you can get decent barbel rods for not too much dollar these days.
 

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12ft might be a bit unwieldy for such a small river, especially if there are overhanging trees and other foliage.


Personally i'd probably go with an 8 or 9ft spinning rod for Pike, something like a 20-50g should chuck enough weight to hold bottom. Quiver tip not required. You'll know when you've hooked a Barbel.
 

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Foget the lure rod mate get the right tools for the job.. heres a couple
 

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Foget the lure rod mate get the right tools for the job.. heres a couple
I had one of those opportunist rods, sent it back asap! Those guides are awful !
The drennan rod the OP has is leagues above those korum rods.
 

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I had one of those opportunist rods, sent it back asap! Those guides are awful !
The drennan rod the OP has is leagues above those korum rods.
Lots of others out there, but hes still under gunned for barbel of 15lb plus with a 1.25 test curve rod imo.. regardless of the manufacturer.
 

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Agree with you there AT, better to give yourself a chance every time.
A 1.25 t/c might be okay on a larger river where you can let the fish run, but on a smaller I would prefer to have a bit more power in the rod.
 

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Fished the loddon and ouse at radwell for barbel, and in my experience small rivers tend to be a bit hit and hold because the fish are generally not to far from the snags..
 

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Fully agree with you as a lot of my past Barbel fishing was the Teme and Lugg.
You need to be able to stop the fish running into snags and a 1.25 may not be adequate.
 

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Lots of others out there, but hes still under gunned for barbel of 15lb plus with a 1.25 test curve rod imo.. regardless of the manufacturer.
They are up to 15lb not all 15lb

More importantly what is the average atamp if fish
 

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The above pretty much sums up the difference between specialists ( don t want to possibly lose fish and fish suitable for the biggest) rather than generalist fish for what you are fishing for and likely to catch, if you catch the biggie hope .
 

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The rod you have will work, but you might find it awkward when casting & during the fight. I agree with @rd115 on lure rods. I use a 9ft lure rod on narrow birdcage swims on the Wandle and it works great. The problem with longer rods on narrow rivers is you get to a point where the fish is in front of you and especially if there are trees, undercut far banks etc you can’t position the rod correctly to use its full length (power) in the fight. A shorter rod allows better positioning and leverage.
 

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Thanks for all the input guys, interesting comment about the spinning rod as I do happen to have a 15-45grm 9ft shimano spinning rod, may give that a try, I’ve never caught a barbel so I’ve no idea what they go like? But I’ve had hard fighting tuna on my spinning rod so I’m sure that’ll do the job, just don’t want to be over gunned but also don’t wanna get smashed up and loose my first barbel, also have my eye on a darent valley 11ft 1.75, maybe that would be halfway between the two?
 

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Solwood makes probably the best point in asking what size fish are you most likely to catch. If every fish was 12lb+ the I would say you are under gunned. However if the average size fish is less than 10lb and the very very occasional fish of 15lb then I would say your 1.25lb TC rod would be fine.
My go to rod on the Wye is a Shimano Stradic heavy feeder rod, but if I am in a particularly snaggy peg I will use a Greys 1.25lb TC 11ft rod and have not had any real problems as although there are some very large Barbel in the Wye, the majority of fish tend to be between 5 & 10lbs. So my view is I will set my stall out for the fish I am most likely to catch and if I hook one of the rarer 10lb+ fish I will deal with it when it comes along, it just takes a little more care and time.
As an aside if you are looking at the Darent valley rods then you have no worries as they are very good and every bit as good as similar rods from mainstream manufacturers
 

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It'll do the job fine. You might want a shorter or stiffer rod, but give it a go and maybe decide how (or if) it can be improved for the job in hand before you invest in a new rod.
 
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