Old school Preston carbonactive rods

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I’m sure lots of people are familiar with these rods but I’ve only been fishing for the last 3 years so looking for a bit of info.....

I’ve recently been given an 11,6 carbonactive feeder rod and a 13/15 ft carbonactive float rod. Both completely brand new and look to be decent rods with Asaki blanks.

A few questions...

-Were these Preston’s flagship rods back in the day?
-What did they cost new?
-Do they have any second hand value?
-what kind of action do they have? Through, tippy etc?
-The tips on the feeder are marked “2”,”3” and “4”. Is this oz’s?
-What’s the max casting weight of the feeder using the heaviest tip?
-would the feeder rod with the lightest tip be any good for silvers fishing?
-would the float rod be up to catching 8-12lb barbel on the river (Wye)?
-would the float rod be any good for dishing rhe pellet wag for big carp?

Any info welcome. Pros, cons etc..

TIA chaps
 

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The Asaki blanks are very much sought after. So much so that advertisers make sure to mention that they are Asaki when putting them up for sale. I have two of the 13ft feeders so I can’t really comment on your two but I’m sure they are both held in high regard. Especially the float rod. I probably got mine close to 15 years ago now and wouldn’t part with them for love nor money. I doubt the feeder would be up to Barbel fishing, you’d want a longer rod for the Wye anyway.

I’ll give you a fiver each for them😉😉
 
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Are these the ones Andy Findlay used for many years, and used to rave about them?

If so I did own one briefly, a 12ft feeder rod. It had a weird design where it wouldn't break down into 2 equal pieces, so you couldn't leave it set up (unless you removed the tip)

It was like a 5ft butt section and a 7ft top section with tip in place.

 

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I‘d never use mine for this type of fishing. There’s better tools out there for this. The action of the rod is what long range Bream anglers want. They’re a bit of a holy grail in that they will chuck a feeder miles but are forgiving at the net.
 

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They were good rods when they came out as they were one of the early parabolic actioned rods. The 11ft 6in feeder if I remember rightly, like the 12ft 6in feeder had 3 hollow quiver tip sections, nice forgiving rods but not overly accurate for casting.

Value wise I've seen both sell for as little as £30. I've still got got a brand new Sentinent which replaced the Carbonactive however if I sold it I doubt it would fetch much more than £50 however its still a good rod so there's no point in selling it.
 

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They're like most rods, some people rate them some don't, I have an Asaki barbel rod which some will pay stupid money for, I like the rod a lot but it could do with better rings on it in my opinion, one was replaced due to being cracked, I'd like to get the whole rod rerung but it's not really cost effective.
 

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The 12ft 6” 3 tip section version is sought after as a chub rod by specialist anglers.
 

Chris Calder

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I have two of the Aski 12ft 6 feeder rods, comes with 3 tips each, the whole of the last section is the tip, They are my favorite rods for Bream fishing up to 60 meters, Think I paid about £120 for each many years ago.
 
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