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Afternoon all
Quick question relating to test curves on specialist rod. Would like peoples thoughts on using a 1.25 tc specialist rod for feeder fishing when targeting silvers? Looking for something that would be equally at home on both still waters and rivers.
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I use a Greys TXL 1.25lb Twin Tip on both rivers and still waters. I use it for Tenching on still waters where there are shoals of Roach and don't find it as overgunned as one might expect. And on rivers for maggot feeder fishing and as long as the silvers are a reasonable stamp, it's fine. But what I would say is that if I was specifically targeting silvers and not just catching them alongside other bigger fish, I would be looking at a much lighter rod.
 

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I use a Greys TXL 1.25lb Twin Tip on both rivers and still waters. I use it for Tenching on still waters where there are shoals of Roach and don't find it as overgunned as one might expect. And on rivers for maggot feeder fishing and as long as the silvers are a reasonable stamp, it's fine. But what I would say is that if I was specifically targeting silvers and not just catching them alongside other bigger fish, I would be looking at a much lighter rod.
Cheers, kind of what I was thinking. Maybe a dedicated feeder rod with a couple of tips might be better.
 

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As like any rod for any application it will work to a degree but will certainly have some limitations, I have the same rod that Zerkalo above has mentioned and I use it on the Wye if I think the chances of larger Barbel are high or if I am in a particularly snaggy peg and yes I have caught Dace, Roach and Chublets on it but I wouldn't say it worked well and I would probably have hit more of the shy bites and been able to use finer tackle that could have induced more bites if I had used a lighter feeder rod, so the short answer is yes it will work for both large and small fish but you will have to compromise a little with the small fish, which will be maybe not being able to use end tackle that will optimise your catching potential and maybe not getting the enjoyment that a day catching smaller fish can bring on light tackle
 

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Are you fishing for big Silvers ie 2lb Roach or just silvers in general?
2lb Roach? I can only dream😀I prefer fishing for silvers however the river I fish has some big trout and chub in it. I have an old Drennan ultralight matchpro quiver but unfortunately I only have the 1oz tip left. This is perfect for Stillwater but don’t think it would be robust enough for the river.
 

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2lb Roach? I can only dream😀I prefer fishing for silvers however the river I fish has some big trout and chub in it. I have an old Drennan ultralight matchpro quiver but unfortunately I only have the 1oz tip left. This is perfect for Stillwater but don’t think it would be robust enough for the river.
Maybe you could source some spare tips for it? If not I'd go for a standard feeder rod.
 

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Take the carrier section to your tackle shop and see if they have a tip to fit that is suitable, it does not need to be Drennan.
 

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I use a 1.25 twin tip when I need more weight than my acolyte ultra can cast and tbh unless it’s a decent sized silver with some flow behind it there isn’t much pleasure in it. I’d just use a normal feeder rod if specifically targeting silvers.
 

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I use a fox kevlex with 0.5 or 0.75lb top

Tackle box do light specialist rods too

My mate has 1.25lb drennan specialist in 11ft, nice rods but better for crucian and tench
 

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Cheers all for the comments, really helpful. Am now looking at the new Shakey solitude light quivers with.75 and 1.25 tips. These seem to have enough power should I come across any big trout or chub and should be fine for silvers as well. Decent price at just under £80.
 

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Cheers all for the comments, really helpful. Am now looking at the new Shakey solitude light quivers with.75 and 1.25 tips. These seem to have enough power should I come across any big trout or chub and should be fine for silvers as well. Decent price at just under £80.
What's the pace of the river you fish? I fish the middle Severn and use around 2oz tips due to needing 50g to hold bottom.
 

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Cheers all for the comments, really helpful. Am now looking at the new Shakey solitude light quivers with.75 and 1.25 tips. These seem to have enough power should I come across any big trout or chub and should be fine for silvers as well. Decent price at just under £80.
Before you buy the shakey have a look at Bobco they are doing Greys Torean 11'10 feeder rods for £75 these are very nice rods, I bought one last year as a back up rod and am finding that I am using it quite a lot as it is quite versatile as they come with 5 tips that all seem to blend well with the blank. the blank itself is not to powerful but has enough grunt to deal with bonus fish, I have had Chub to around 4lb and Carp to around 8lb and had no issues but it is still light actioned enough to be enjoyable with smaller fish. I know the Torean float rods are a bit on the numb side but the feeder rods are much better. Bobco are also doing a deal for £100 they will do the 11'10 and the 8'1 rod
 

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Before you buy the shakey have a look at Bobco they are doing Greys Torean 11'10 feeder rods for £75 these are very nice rods, I bought one last year as a back up rod and am finding that I am using it quite a lot as it is quite versatile as they come with 5 tips that all seem to blend well with the blank. the blank itself is not to powerful but has enough grunt to deal with bonus fish, I have had Chub to around 4lb and Carp to around 8lb and had no issues but it is still light actioned enough to be enjoyable with smaller fish. I know the Torean float rods are a bit on the numb side but the feeder rods are much better. Bobco are also doing a deal for £100 they will do the 11'10 and the 8'1 rod
I have the 12ft6” version and would echo this. I use mine mainly for River fishing and have managed to hit bites from gudgeon, small and small Roach without any problems. I’ve also used it for method feeder fishing and it has a bit of grunt for dealing with aggressive carp in the 5-6lb carp region.
 
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