Garbolino Super G Distance Feeder

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nrayner

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I've had this rod since the back end of 2009 but only used it three times.

I am not impressed

On first use the lightest fibreglass tip snapped with just a sniff of a cast.

Today the " very special" hollow tip snapped at the joint when playing a 2lb carp.

The blank itself is not very good in my opinion. Granted it's a "!distance" feeder rod, but there is absolutely no give whatsover up to a point far too far up the blank toward the tip when under pressure. I lost loads of fish today because of this - probably cost me the match as I came third!

A waste of 100.

I don't want this rod any more so if anyone wants it minus two tips, for a song keep an eye open in the Classifieds[:(]
 
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SteveH

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I use a Shimano Nexave M/H feeder, can cast from 10 yds to over 50 yds with ease, beautiful progressive action, well balance rod, light to handle, comfortable to use. doesn't bump smaller fish as the top third is quite soft, handles bigger fish with ease ( witness the 11lb plus mirror caught at Lindholme with it). It has a 1oz, 2oz and 3oz tip, and it can handle heavy feeders and still cast accurately and to distance. I love this rod.
 

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I have a super g 13ft, and apart from the hopelessly inadequate glass tip, I think the rod is very good. Used it a few times now and nor had any hook pulls and feels very nice when playing fish.
 

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Couldn't disagree more. Yes the fine tip snaps on nearly every one but I just trimmed mine down a bit and it was fine. I've used mine to cast some huge distances and find it a joy to use.
 

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Well I have to say that I can't agree with the positive comments here. it's the worst modern rod I've handled and I was a mug to buy it. Not a patch for example on Shakespeare rods.
 
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nrayner

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Exactly what I'm doing. Looks like I've got a buyer already - someone off here! May get the Shakespeare 12ft to 14ft Distance feeder as the replacement.[;)]
 
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funnily enough Neil l have had no problems with my super g at all, just hope l havent put the kiss of death on it now for saying so.
 

nrayner

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I was shocked when the hollow tip snapped as it had hardly been used and certainly not abused. On top of the glass tip snapping and the poker action it was the final straw! Another example of glossy form but poor substance.
 

dave brittain 1

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Neil I have the Shakespeare Distance Feeder and it is quite a powerful rod designed for big distances and big feeders. It is substantially more poweful than the 11/12/13 Superteam and IMO best suited for river work on venues like the Wye or the big Dutch and German venues where big chucks are required. If you want to cast to the moon or you intend to use it for river work it's a rod you'll not want to be without but it is a very specialist rod.

If you want a compromise between a big chuck rod and something slightly more powerful than the 11/12/13 Superteam look at the Mach 2 12ft commercial feeder. It's more powerful than the 11/12/13 but not as powerful as the Distance Feeder and it's rated very highly by Neil McKinnon who uses one for all his method work

If the rod is specifically for stillwater work look at the new 12-14ft Abu Suveran which is an excellent distance rod for stillwater work.
 

nrayner

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Thanks Dave . I do want something more powerful than the 11/12/13, which I have anyway, but not something that locks up like the Garbolino so clearly does. The 12ft Mach 2 is too short and if it were 13ft, or a dual length like the Superteam then I'd consider it. I'm hoping to see a 12ft to 14ft Superteam in the flesh soon, so I'll wait until then before deciding. My impression of the Suveran is that it's even heavier in action than the Shakespeare - is that not the case?
 
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dave brittain 1

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Neil I had the original 12-14 ft Suveran and as a long distance stillwater method or bream rod there weren't many rods to touch it as it was soft enough for silvers and had enough back bone for big carp however if you had to fish a river using 3oz of lead it was undergunned as the tips were to fine and the tip section was not stiff enough. My only dislike of the rod was the dia of the blank which was typical of some of the first carbon feeder rods.

I belive the new rod has a slimmer and crisper blank which in short means it will be a superb rod providing it has the action of the original blank and tips.

When we designed the Superteam Distance Feeder I gave James Robbins my Suveran to give an idea of the action and type of tips we needed however I asked for a slimmer blank with slightly more back bone so that the rod could be used on both rivers and commercials, giving the best of both worlds. When we received the first prototype Neil McKinnon thought the rod was too powerful for stillwater work, however I thought it fit the bill perfectly as the blank was one of the best river blanks I'd picked up and was also ideal for launching a method feeder to the horizon so James decided to go with it as it also suited the Dutch and German market where big feeder rods are in great demand.

The problem is if you are going to chuck a feeder 70 yds + you need a rod with a lot of back bone and a powerful action. Soft tips reduce the ability of the rod to cast long distances which is why many anglers only use 3 and 4oz tips. It is a compromise however out of all the heavier feeder rods I've picked up the Distance Feeder is one of the best
 

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Cheers. I've searched around and can't find anywhere that actually sells the latest version of the Suveran!
 
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