Guru Aventus Distance Feeder 13 ft or Free Spirit Hi-S Power Feeder Distance 13ft

Reginald

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If one were to spend this kind of money, which rod would you choose? As a carp angler, i used to use several different Hi-S carp rods over the time, and all were excellent. So i would be inclined to buy a Hi-S feeder rod. Never saw or tested an Aventus Distance Feeder, but i noticed that these are even more costly than the Hi-S ones. So i just want to know, what is so special about the Aventus feeders, i mean you pay a bit more money than for Hi-S, and some 200 quid more in comparison to top feeder rods from Preston, Matrix or Shimano.
 

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In short, the Orange tax that comes with anything Guru.

To make it more complicated, if you're feeder fishing for Carp, the Tournament SLR is definitely worth considering 👌
 

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Th problem is with distance rods you sacrifice fish playing action for power. In reality how often are you going to fish 100yds and is it sufficient to justify the purchase of a premium rod. For me, I'm happy using a Daiwa Castizm 14ft 2ins as it doubles up for heavy barbel feeder fishing on the Wye where it will chuck a 5-6oz feeder and is equally up to casting a distance/method feeder 100 yds on a carp lake. It has exactly the same tips as the top of the range Tournament Distance rod which is more than equal to any distance rod Daiwa make for Guru. You can also pick up the 13ft 6in model almost half price on ebay. For me it's a wise mans buy and a steal at the price.

There's also the Drennan Acolyte distance to consider another rod that is significantly cheaper than the Aventis which is very likely every bit as capable.
 

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So Guru maybe generally overpriced. Unfortunately, the rods suggested like the Daiwa SLR and the Drennan Acolyte distance are hardly available in my country (Germany). I could have them imported from the UK, but then i would have to accept the local VAT also because of the brexit. Same applies for FS rods now, of course. According to a local tackle dealer, imported UK gear will rise some 30% in price.
 

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So Guru maybe generally overpriced. Unfortunately, the rods suggested like the Daiwa SLR and the Drennan Acolyte distance are hardly available in my country (Germany). I could have them imported from the UK, but then i would have to accept the local VAT also because of the brexit. Same applies for FS rods now, of course. According to a local tackle dealer, imported UK gear will rise some 30% in price.
hi reginald,if you looking for free spirit rods,i bought my free spirits in holland.hareco is the name off the shop.
 

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Hi Frank, do you know a shop in Holland which offers Daiwa SLR feeder rods also? Cannot get them in Germany.
 

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hi reginald,if you looking for free spirit rods,i bought my free spirits in holland.hareco is the name off the shop.
Hi Frank, i'm currently looking for a FreeSpirit feeder rod. Can You say Your impressions about Free Spirit feeder rods? I don't have possibility to see them in real, only internet information, personal impressions and characteristic will be great! Thanks!
 

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Most of the lads who fish the Boddington League where in winter you are chucking a feeder upto 140 meters have changed from SLars to the freespirit Hi S. They all say its a better rod
 

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Hi Frank, i'm currently looking for a FreeSpirit feeder rod. Can You say Your impressions about Free Spirit feeder rods? I don't have possibility to see them in real, only internet information, personal impressions and characteristic will be great! Thanks!
Hi i have two free spirit hs power special the 11 and 12 foot witch covers all my feeder fishing here in belgium.Appearance is very beautiful and light.Casting is a dream,allrounders i would name these rods.They have added more rods to these range,Best take a good look for what its best or fits for you.If you have more questions do not hesitate to ask.
 

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Looking forward a suitable ready rod bag long enough to house a 13ft 2 piece free spirit !!? Any recommends welcome
 

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Good luck with that. 13', two piece rods are a complete PITA to transport and find luggage for. I can't recall ever seeing suitable luggage from a match/general coarse fishing brand. The only sensible solution I ever found was to use specimen type 3/4 length sleeves which allow just enough leeway in the reel pouch for the extra 6". The budget alternative seems to be to allow the best part of 6" of rod to stick out of the top of a 6' ready rod holdall. The expensive way would be to buy an expensive dedicated 13' sleeve from one of the carp brands. However, since I gave up looking, I believe that a couple of brands have brought out adjustable length rod sleeves. I seem to recall seeing an example from Sonik. The problem will be whether they are only adjustable for 12' rods and shorter.
 

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I have the Free Spirit Hi-S two piece 13ft power special. Have given up trying to find a hold-all for it - could go down the carp hold-all route but decided to just use my old quiver. Apart from that it is a superb rod.
 

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Good luck with that. 13', two piece rods are a complete PITA to transport and find luggage for. I can't recall ever seeing suitable luggage from a match/general coarse fishing brand. The only sensible solution I ever found was to use specimen type 3/4 length sleeves which allow just enough leeway in the reel pouch for the extra 6". The budget alternative seems to be to allow the best part of 6" of rod to stick out of the top of a 6' ready rod holdall. The expensive way would be to buy an expensive dedicated 13' sleeve from one of the carp brands. However, since I gave up looking, I believe that a couple of brands have brought out adjustable length rod sleeves. I seem to recall seeing an example from Sonik. The problem will be whether they are only adjustable for 12' rods and shorter.
Sam is right, you probably need to look at the specialist market.

There are heavyweight ‘holdall s’ available that hold multiple rods and also single lightweight sleeves.

I bought a simple Shimano 2 rod ready rod holdall last Christmas (recommended by ’Nejohn’) and a 13ft version of that was available at the time. Mine was cheap in the Bobco sale.

Hope this helps.
 

Reginald

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I have the Free Spirit Hi-S two piece 13ft power special. Have given up trying to find a hold-all for it - could go down the carp hold-all route but decided to just use my old quiver. Apart from that it is a superb rod.
Used to use a pair of HiS ive 13ft carp rods, and carried them in 13ft Nash single padded sleeves, no problems, why not use something like that?
Btw. what ist the optimal casting weight for your 13ft power special and how far can you cast this rod?
 

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Not sure what the optimal casting weight is because I use mine for bream and skimmer fishing on the lower Severn - so no power casting needed. I love the playing action on what is a powerful feeder rod - perfect for the bream and skimmers.
 
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