Have you considered using a closed face reel, I fish with a closed face virtually all the time, my latest closed face is the Abu 706, the clutch control on it is superb, it comes with 4 spools.
I use it for all fish from small Rudd through to Carp.
I see you are in Lincolnshire, where about, I'm between Spalding and Boston.
I use a shimano catana 2500 for light to medium float and feeder work and shimano nexave in 3000 and 4000 for everything from light float to method feeder and they are all great value with great clutches and line lay[:T]
Team man I live in Grantham, I would love some advice about the fishing your way. I've been a big fish hunter all my life, but have just found out how enjoyable it can be to catch smaller fish on light tackle. I will look at the ABU you suggested, thanks.
I'm thinking about the Grantham canal for Tench and Rudd, anyone fish it?
I live in Gosberton and I fish a little lake 2 mile from me at Donington, I don't know anything about the Grantham canal so can't help you with that.
Ours is only a small lake but the fishing is good, Roach, Rudd, Crucian, Tench, Carp, including Ghost, Mirror, common, Grass.
We lost a few fish in the summer and we thought we had lost our Bream but someone caught two the other day of different weights so we know at least we have two left, there is also a Sturgeon in there but no one has had it out yet.
It's 5 a day, or you can pay 50 in march for a year and you can fish it as much as you like.
It's behind a locked enclosure so we don't get any poachers.