If you lost your current rods which would you miss most?

ATTICUS FINCH

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Shakespeare 9ft wand ,
Cracking rid that just keeps bending until you can touch the tip to the butt end . Great fun for playing lumps from down the edge.
 

mickthechippy

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my go to beachcaster, an original Zziplex 2500

had it built for me better part of 25-30 years ago, its been like triggers broom, rebuilt with new eyes and whips probably 4 times, best beachcaster ever made, proper fishermans rod that can belt a lead right out yet retains enough sensativity to feel every pull that a fish makes and shows tiny bites

coarse fishing, it would be a tie between my early Normark Avengers and NCQT rods and my tom pickering daiwa whiskers, both float and feeders
 

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For me it would be my Shimano Speedmaster feeder rod with a 70g c/w . It has been a superb rod for commercials!
After that my Browning Sphere Bomb Rod, and then for open waters, the Cast'izm feeder, then The Browning Sphere and Black Viper feeders - Dang it! I'd miss the lot of them, but replacement, although not the same, would be much easier considering the flexibility of new rods with their add on/take off sections
 

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My John Wilson Avon quiver, I use it for so many situations. Barbel and Chub, method on still waters, maggot/open ended feeder fishing on both river and lakes. I’ve even used it with the Avon tip for surface floater fishing for carp. It’s a really good all rounder and it’s saved me having to buy multiple rods.
 

Sam Vimes

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There's no way that I could get it down to a single rod. The best I could manage would be a single range, the Browning Sphere float rods. That would still leave me with some gaps that I'd struggle to do without.
 

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All me cane... I fish pretty much exclusively with it nowadays... I'd be heartbroken if it got lifted and the perp would need to be looking over his shoulder for the rest of his life
 

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My Shakespeare President Super Match 13ft rod. It's one of the finest match rods ever made, and mine is in very condition. I went through a lot to get it back in 1984, and it's probably my most cherished posession, as well as my favourite rod.
 

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As a relative newbie I don't feel hugely qualified to comment, but I would really miss my 8' Middy White Knuckle feeder rod.
 

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Normark Microlight.
Agree- had mymotor nicked with most of my tackle. Amongst of which a microlite and a 9 ft carbon active. Still got my 13 ft Titan though, bought another two carbon actives- great little rods - the original that is. Microlite great on the stick float - black with red whipping.
 

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My first Drennan Tench Float rod. It was the first good rod I owned as a teenager. Was a huge improvement on the rods I had owned previously, caught many a PB on it.
 

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I don't have any 'classic' rods and so nothing with significant value except one rod which has sentimental value as it has caught me so many fish from small to big and in so many different situations whether river or lake. It's a Shakespeare Tetra Avon Specialist. The float top is useless but as a feeder rod it is very versatile. I feel a bit silly saying this as it was probably only a budget rod 20+ years ago when I won it in a match, but I still use it now and again.
 

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TFG Compact Allrounder, used it for everything from feeder fishing, carp fishing and float fishing. Not great for silverfish on the float but other than that it does absolutely everything. Had carp up to mid double figures on it and feel like it could handle bigger fish than that really easily.
 

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I haven't had my rods long enough or used them often enough to get attached to them. Of the rods I own and have used it would be Cadence 13' #2 Float rod and abosolute joy to casr with for me. Think I would be most gutted if my Korum 12' Barbel Rods were nicked at they are brand new and I haven't had a chance to use them. :cry:
 

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I haven't had my rods long enough or used them often enough to get attached to them. Of the rods I own and have used it would be Cadence 13' #2 Float rod and abosolute joy to casr with for me. Think I would be most gutted if my Korum 12' Barbel Rods were nicked at they are brand new and I haven't had a chance to use them. :cry:
A good point. A lot of my rods have been born in the last few years, and there's only a couple that I've used that often to form any kind of attachment at all! The old ones I do have a sentimental attachment to but they are now in storage- Those are irreplaceable!
 

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My 1970's 13' Hardy Matchmaker 'clone' ....
Made by a moonlighting Hardy's man with the identical materials (rings, blanks, whipping cord) used in the manufacture of the actual rod, the only thing missing is the Hardy's logo and name....

I have however since changed the stand-off rings (too susceptible to damage in carriage) with low level rings without making one iota of difference in use (casting, playing, etc) and one unmeant change has been the loss of 3"-4" of the tip due to catching in a door.

No other float rod I have used ever since I acquired the Matchmaker has, I felt, come within a mile of it in feel, action, etc and all others I've ever acquired just sit in the garage unused and gathering dust these days.
 

david white

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Rod 1 Normark microlight 2000 12 ft ( well 11 ft 11inch got the usual tip lose but very much part of its character )
Rod 2 Daiwa 12ft Tom Pickering whisker ( was my dad’s rod bought for him by me lord knows how long ago, I still use it every year on or around his birthday, with a lump in my throat and I’m not ashamed to admit it )
 

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I have a Shakespeare Excelsior ( Green Blank / Silver edged whippings) 13ft Float rod. Its superb thin blank that is superb for waggler / silvers. I hardly ever use it , but occaisoinally just set it up in the garden to look at :)
I know very little about it but think it was a decent mid / top end rod back in the day.
I actually really like a Garbo carp picker too - Not expensive but very robust and caught me a lot of fish over the years.

Think I'd live with losing others.

Welcome any thoughts / details on the Shakespeare - Never seen another on the bank - lovely dark green blank.
 

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I had an excelsior in a different livery (red just above the handle and then grey). I’ve seen both come up on EBay, but the red one more frequently. I don’t know if the spec is different or if it was just a rebrand. The version I had was late 90s and a very good river rod, although it didn’t quite suit me.
 

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13' Tricast Aristocrat (hollow tip). Luckily I have two although the other one is 12' 11'' :cry:
 
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