Feeder rod and reel help

icaughtafishonce

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I'm trying to find my way around rods again and as it's been quite a while since I last bought a coarse rod, it's a bit of a minefield really. Hence the post, I need a bit of help! So I'm fairly aware that I'll probably need two setups for the following aims. But if someone can recommend an all round rod, that'll cover both, then I'm all ears.
The first is barbel fishing on the Wye. One of my clubs has a few stretches and I'm keen to give them a bash. Never caught a barbel but l've always fancied catching one. Chub as well for that matter. Also for fishing a club lake for small (10-15lb) carp. I guess something with a 1.75/2lb test curve? I have seen a few barbel rods with 1.75 and 2lbs tips (eg Greys Prodigy PB Twin Tip), would that work?
The second is for general feeder fishing for smaller fish, roach, perch, bream etc on a local reservior. So a rod that can cast a reasonable distance (not stupid distances tho, 50m or so would be fine) and cope with a wide range of fish. Also it would get used on a random selection of lakes, as we camp a lot and often there's a coarse lake on site, so I could be using it anywhere. I liked the look of the Drennan Acolyte Plus Feeder in this weeks AT All Round feeder round up.
Definitely not sure about what reels I'd need with that. So I was thinking one 4000/5000 ish 'feeder' reel. And a baitrunner reel?
Budgetwise, I'm not looking to buy immediately, so there's no real need to come in super cheap. I'd like it to be decent quality, so if you can recommend an amazing rod for £300, that's fine. But at the same time, I guess that broadly, seeing as I've got to get two setups, then I'm probably more likely to be looking at rods/reels around the £100 mark. Can be flexible basically.
 

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For the first requirement a 1.5-1.75 tc Avon/quiver or barbel rod would do the job, I personally use a 1.25 tc but I do like my gear a bit sporty compared to some. The greys is definitely a good option whilst korum do a similar offering with their allrounder and drennan with their twin tip specialist.

The second requirement is pretty much my bread and butter species wise for feeder fishing and I use an 11ft acolyte ultra. It’s the best feeder rod I’ve ever used by a mile and second to only my 13ft float version as the best coarse rod I’ve ever used. There’s no need to go for the plus for the fish and ranges you mention. Another option that might be worth looking at is the new shimano aero x range as they do feel very nice as well. Well the X5 very decent and the rather expensive X7 exceptional. You could cover both rod options with £300 pretty easily if well planned.

As for reels a 4000 is a good size for general feeder fishing (it’s what I mostly use) although you could get away a 3000 then maybe a 5000 for the bigger fish set up although I get by with a 4000. The bait runner is not at a necessity for general feeder fishing but can be useful for bigger fish. I use reels more around the £40-60 mark so couldn’t really suggest anything up in the £100 range you mentioned.
 

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For feeder fishing upto 50mtrs for bream n silvers, I use the preston supera 80gram rod, with a preston centris 520 on it, if the winds not to bad, if the wind gets up, I step up to the preston distance master 80gram, with the same reel, if it’s really blowing a hoolie,, I use the preston distance 100gram, with a shimano 5500xtd on this, I used all these last Sunday, for 70lb of skimmers n roach, chucking feeders from 50 to 75 grams, all on braid direct.?
 

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Silverfisher - Thanks for that. Funnily enough I'm planning on getting a Acolyte Ultra float rod, so if the feeder rod is equally as well regarded, then that's great, I'll go for that, I like having the same make. Seems like it's hard to get an 11ft feeder, so I might go for 12ft. If the Wye is up, I might be thankful of the extra oomph. I'll look at the Korum stuff, it seems to be well regarded and again, I'm already planning on buying a ruckbag, chair and holdall from them, so I quite like having everything korum. Also one of my local shops sells Korum and it means I can support them.

Mike - I'll have a look at the preston reels, my panic buy float rod the other week has a preston reel and they seem nice. Thanks for the suggestions.
 

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2 rods would be the way to go.

For the Barbel a Greys twin top would be a cracking purchase. Reel wise look for a 5500 sort of size baitrunner with some cranking power, 4.7:1 ratio or there abouts, no more than 5:1.

For stillwater distance you can't go wrong with a Daiwa Cast'izm rod, 11'6 would get you your distance, quite a soft rod too so fine for silvers, pair with a 4012 size reel (Legalis Match & Feeder etc) or 5000 size if non-Daiwa.
 
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