Rod and reel recommendations

Sevenoaks Waggler

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Good morning all,

After a 30 year absence I've just started fishing regularly again and am looking to buy some new rods and reels. On local tackle shop advice (or his need to sell them!) I already have a Drennan red range 11ft carp waggler and Shakespeare sigma 35FD reel which have worked well for me on match lakes at local commercial fisheries full of carp from 2-10lb.

Would like to now buy a couple of new rods/reels.
1. A 13ft match rod and reel suitable for general float fishing on club lakes and slow flowing rivers. Not targeting any specific fish but would be mainly silvers and the odd bigger fish up to 5-6lb.
2, A quiver tip rod and reel suitable for ledgering (as called in my day!) or maybe feeder fishing (if one rod does both). Again not targeting anything specific but capable of general use on lakes/rivers and handling fish up to 5-6lb.

Budget - £100-120 per rod and £40-50 per reel

Have seen a lot of recommendations for Daiwa match rod and ninja reels but they don't seem to be available anywhere. Have also seen recommendations for cadence reels (BOGOF deal) but not sure what models would best suit my needs.

Any advice/recommendations much appreciated especially if you know they are actually available and in stock somewhere!
 

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Daiwa Ninja match or feeder rods and reels would seem to suit (a) your budget and (b) a nice way to ease yourself into course fishing after a long sabbatical.
Angling Direct have both items in stock now,

I haven't used the Daiwa ninja rods, but the reels are good value. Drennan's Red range rods will do the same thing for around the same price, but I wouldn't be as enthusiastic over their reels. I have used Drennan's RR rods and reels and found the rods a lot of fun to use and easily capable of handling the weight range you specify, but I switched to Daiwa's ninja reels to use with those pretty quickly
 

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There is a fresh supply of the Daiwa Ninja reels coming before the end of the month so supply issues might ease a bit on them as they are still the best in that price range.
The 13' Drennan Vertex float rod is an excellent allround float rod for just over £100.
All the better companies do feeder/quivertip rods in the £50 to £60 range but you might want to consider a twin tip rod which will give you a stronger float rod top combined with a feeder/quivertip top which would tick a lot of boxes for a lot of people, these will usually be 11 or 12 foot long often called avon rods and will cope with the mid to light end of river fishing and the general commercial fishery type of fishing.
 

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If you decide to go the Avon route for £95 (or so) Drennan did do a 7 series specialist rod at various test curves to around 1.75lb. I have the 1.5 tc version which has three Qtips at 2, 3 and 4 ounces, and a float rod end section. I mostly used this for river work but it will handle pretty much anything a commercial can throw at you. There are still a few around (mostly I think on ebay) My rod is a 2 piece (+tip) 12 footer which is the longest that drennan do of this type
 
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At the moment I believe cadence are still discounting their stuff so you could get the CR10 float rod and feeder rod each for not more than £100, I’d probably get the #1 power rating for what you want it for. I have the float rod and it’s pretty good for the money. Way better than the ninja which I have and the vertex which I’ve handled. I’d then take advantage of the bogof on reels and get a pair of 3000 CS5s which are about £50. I have a 4000 CS7 which seems pretty good so I doubt the former are much different.

Tbh you probably don’t need to spend that much on a feeder rod so if you shaved a little off that side of things you could add a little more onto the float rod budget. For about £140 you could get the new shimano aero which feels a good rod and has a slightly nicer finish than the cadence. You could then pair it with shimano Sahara 2500 RD at about £50. I have one of these and whilst it’s not the lightest reel in the world it is incredibly smooth and well engineered for its price point.
 

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If you are looking for a traditional type 13ft match rod I would steer well clear of any Avon rod as they are absolutely awful for light float fishing, by all means buy one as a feeder rod and a back up heavy float rod. For a 13ft float rod for less than £120 is not as easy as it seems, bobco have some shakespeare agility 13ft lite rods for around £70 but a better bet would be a maver 13ft mvr off ebay for £90 this is a much nicer rod than the shaky and head and shoulders above the Drennan Vertex (these are heavy, tip heavy and just a bit clumsy) definitely worth the extra £20 over the shaky
It is the 13ft 3 piece that you would need
A bit of a curve ball could be a 14ft Rive R elite from future fishing for £95 these are very good and as light as most 13ft rods for the same sort of cash (160-170 grams) and are well balanced with a nice action
As for a feeder rod there are lots to choose from but you could do a lot worse than a maver mvr from Bristol angling Centre for £70, these like the float rods are nice rods and not that long ago were selling for £140.
There are obviously other such as the guru n gauge and for something a little different you could take a look at the sensas black arrow range, even the bottom of the range 200 series are quite nice.
As for reels the daiwa ninja would be good choice in 3012 size
Other people will recommend Cadence products but I can't possibly recommend sonething I have never even seen let alone fished with and given the marketing model probably never will.
Best advice though is take the recommendations on board the do your own research and get out and try some if possible
 
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