There are several things to consider. What is the average depth you are likely to fish. It gets difficult casting if the depth is near the length of the rod. A longer rod will respond to the strike slightly faster and would mend line better if on a river.
To me a 12ft rod is ok but would lend itself more to canals and small pools. No doubt others will put foreward their ideas. To help us all itwould be a good idea to state where and what you intend to use this rod.
I would go for a 13' 'waggler' rod - ie a rod without a spliced tip, so you've got sufficient power to handle the tench.
As regards the type of rod it all depends how much money you've got to spend - both Shakespeare and Daiwa do some excellent waggler rods for around the 60 mark. (I think there was one reveiwed in this weeks AT)
If you've got a bit more money to spend, check out the Drennan DRX range, I've got one of their 'Power Waggler' rods and for fish up to four or five pounds they're ideal.
The only real way to make a decision is to try plenty of different models - I can't really explain it but sometimes when you pick up a new rod it just feels 'right'.
Used Tackle 28 Baker St Hucknall Nottingham NG15 7AS Tel 01159631683 As far as the milo avons are concerned with this description it means most likely that they are intended first and foremost for legering. there is a 12ft rod on offer at 19.99 with a free reel it statesits a carp match rod though. I suggest that if yopur local to them give them a ring.
Both myself and ziptrev have dealt with them and they are a decent firm to deal with.
hi darren, another good idea is to scan through the classified ads in the monthly match fishing magazines. many retailers offer last seasons model at low cost prices. it is posible to pick up float rods which retail at around 70 - 80 quid for 30 quid! the best thing to do is spend a bit of time bargain hunting!
Good luck with the rod, I have just started fishing again after many years and I am well and truly hooked again! I have bought a couple of good second hand rods from ads in the AT one was a Drennan tench float rod in superb condition fo 50 a bit above the price range your at.
I used to teach at the school next to the Bestwood lakes, Big Wood School but the less about that the better!!
I was going to ask the same question as Darren. Till I found this artical, I was lucky, my mates got the Diawa Z match rod and yes its a good rod, went to Bennits site and they looking for 41.99 value, Im going to go for that one.
I keep saying it, cracking site guys, and well done because the only thing that keeps a site as good as this are the people who use it.
I picked up a 14ft Map Waggler rod 6 months ago and have to say it's brilliant for trotting the Trent or fishing any lakes. I've landed some big fish Carp/Tench/Barbel/Chub/Perch/Bream, and never had a problem. It cost me 39-00p from Nathan's of Derby.