Hello!... and help please...

CPOliver

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I'm new to the forum so hello everyone, I look forward to getting involved in conversations and sharing stories of luck and misfortune!... Sorry skill and misfortune!!!

I've not been float fishing for years having made the move to fly fishing so please excuse my ignorance! As I kid I spent hours fishing for pike and carp, however it's so long ago I've completely lost any knowledge that I might have had.

I have one major tackle related question... Which rod!?!?...

So I plan to fish primarily for Crucian Carp using a centre pin and float, Having done hours of research I've selected a reel. However I'm really struggling to choose a rod. The choice available to people these days makes my head spin! From trying to read through loads of forum posts and articles my feeling is I'm looking for a through action rod which has a 1lb to 1.5lb tc?! Please tell me if I'm completely wrong! I'm not fishing for giants, actually most of my fishing will be on a small private lake which has recently been stocked with 8" Crucians (yes tiddlers at the moment).

I've found a couple of rods which seem to hit the job description but to be honest I'd be glad of any recommendations! I'll save the embarrassment of telling you what I've been looking at and see if they crop up. Budget is anything from £50-£150 (for the right rod!). If you tell me the Darent Valley specialist rods are great it would be music to my ears, however keen to buy a good rod which will gives me some flexibility. It would be great to also use it on rivers and more diversely stocked lakes too.

Thanks in advance!

Oliver
 

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Welcome onboard Oliver

If you don't mind a 'used' rod, you wouldn't find much better than this for the money...



 

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I have the 0.75lb tc darent Valley specialist rod and it is a cracking little rod, great value for money and easily as good as rods costing considerably more. However given what you describe as your intended target fish it wouldn't be my 1st choice rod, for me it would be a little short and a bit on the soft side, I would be more inclined to go for a traditional match rod with a tip to middle action in 12 - 13ft, it would be faster action to hit the quick bites you often get from crucians but would still have enough grunt to tame the odd unexpected tench. Something like what Dave has recommended above would be good or if you would prefer to buy new something like a 13' daiwa Conniesuer or similar would be my choice, there are a few Maver 13ft MVR's kicking about on ebay and Bristol angling centre for £80-90 which are a good buy at the minute
 

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I'm new to the forum so hello everyone, I look forward to getting involved in conversations and sharing stories of luck and misfortune!... Sorry skill and misfortune!!!

I've not been float fishing for years having made the move to fly fishing so please excuse my ignorance! As I kid I spent hours fishing for pike and carp, however it's so long ago I've completely lost any knowledge that I might have had.

I have one major tackle related question... Which rod!?!?...

So I plan to fish primarily for Crucian Carp using a centre pin and float, Having done hours of research I've selected a reel. However I'm really struggling to choose a rod. The choice available to people these days makes my head spin! From trying to read through loads of forum posts and articles my feeling is I'm looking for a through action rod which has a 1lb to 1.5lb tc?! Please tell me if I'm completely wrong! I'm not fishing for giants, actually most of my fishing will be on a small private lake which has recently been stocked with 8" Crucians (yes tiddlers at the moment).

I've found a couple of rods which seem to hit the job description but to be honest I'd be glad of any recommendations! I'll save the embarrassment of telling you what I've been looking at and see if they crop up. Budget is anything from £50-£150 (for the right rod!). If you tell me the Darent Valley specialist rods are great it would be music to my ears, however keen to buy a good rod which will gives me some flexibility. It would be great to also use it on rivers and more diversely stocked lakes too.

Thanks in advance!

Oliver
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CPOliver

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Thank you all for being so welcoming and forthcoming with advice. I’ll take a look based on your advice and come back with a shortlist so you can let me know if I’m choosing a dud!
 

CPOliver

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Welcome onboard Oliver

If you don't mind a 'used' rod, you wouldn't find much better than this for the money...




Thanks so much for the advice Dave, it was a bargain! Looks like someone has beaten me to it! Although I’ve missed the used rod you recommended I have been looking at this rod - Acolyte Ultra 12ft Float | Drennan International

Presumably a very similar rod? And only just over the top end of my budget.

Oliver
 

CPOliver

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I have the 0.75lb tc darent Valley specialist rod and it is a cracking little rod, great value for money and easily as good as rods costing considerably more. However given what you describe as your intended target fish it wouldn't be my 1st choice rod, for me it would be a little short and a bit on the soft side, I would be more inclined to go for a traditional match rod with a tip to middle action in 12 - 13ft, it would be faster action to hit the quick bites you often get from crucians but would still have enough grunt to tame the odd unexpected tench. Something like what Dave has recommended above would be good or if you would prefer to buy new something like a 13' daiwa Conniesuer or similar would be my choice, there are a few Maver 13ft MVR's kicking about on ebay and Bristol angling centre for £80-90 which are a good buy at the minute

Thanks so much. Are you talking about this Daiwa rod? Daiwa Connoisseur Float Rods

Cheers,

Oliver
 

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Yes that is the one, it is a good alrounder, there are lighter rods with lighter actions out there, but this is a bit of a jack of all trades, not the best stick float rod, light waggler rod or power rod.... But it is very capable of covering all of those disciplines quite adequately, I have the 14ft version and I always put it in my bag when I don't know what to expect... It's just a good old fashioned match rod that will cover most general float fishing. I would shop around as you could probably find it a little cheaper than £140
 

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Welcome Oliver, a proper fisherman on here at last ! :) I would say that for your described quarry and maximum sport it's a no-brainer, a Drennan Matchpro Ultralite. Comes in 11/12/13/14 and 15ft ( you choose ). If you want something with a little more backbone then they do the regulat Matchpro in 13ft and 14ft versions. Couple with a light Greys Bewick pin it will take you back to your fluff flinging days :)

Oops, Just seen Dave's earlier post re. the above
 

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If you can afford an Acolyte ultra I would definitely go for that. It is consistently voted best light match rod on maggotdrowning over and over again. People who’ve got them really love them. It’s a bit out of my price range considering I hardly fish the waggler. I’ve played around with one though and I thought it was superb. Really light and beautifully balanced.
 

CPOliver

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Great to have so many positive posts. I've had a really good search for the Matchpro Ultralight, however it hasn't been a fruitful one! I really can't find one for love nor money. And I was too slow on the used rod Dave suggested.

I have to confess I've bitten the bullet and gone for the Acolyte Ultra but in the 13ft float variant. I'd have loved the Compact, but just couldn't stretch! This was on the back of your advice, so thank you all so much for sharing your thoughts and opinions. I got it from Tackle UK with a discount voucher and it was much cheaper than every other online shop I could find! I'll let you know how I get on...

Regarding the reel... I'm opening myself up to some abuse now but I went for the J.W Young Purist II. Again I chose it having done lots on online research, but completely missed the very damning forum posts. That said it seems like there are some really conflicting views from people who absolutely love them to others who've had nothing but issues. All that said I got it new at a price so good it was impossible to turn it down, so I hope it's a good investment. I was shopping for a Okuma Sheffield, but again it was hard to find one in stock. It's yet to arrive, but I'll give you my verdict when it does. I hate the sound of damaged screws and poor engineering. So I'm just praying for a good one!

I'll update you when they both arrive...

Now all I need to do is find a really good hiding spot or a very good excuse for my better half... I've got a feeling she isn't going to be happy.

Cheers again!
 
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