Stick float rod recommendations in £50 - £100 price range

minkyandbear

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As the title says I am considering buying a 13' rod suitable for stick float fishing for under £100.

Just to set the scene I have owned some beautiful rods in the past, Normarks, Drennan IM8's and currently have three 13' rods; a Drennan Matchpro Ultralight, a Preston Carbonactive and a Cadence 13''#3

What I am looking for is a 13' rod with an action somewhere between the Matchpro and the Cadence. Part of the reason I am considering a lower cost rod is I will be using it on some pretty awkward to access swins and wouldn't want to risk the more expensive rods, especially the Drennan.

Because I am rather a Cadence fan then either of their #1 or #2 would fit the bill but is just above my self imposed budget.

I was thinking something along the lines of a Shakespeare Suoerteam?

Any suggestions/recommendations would be appreciated.

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Paul
 

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Be a struggle to get something suitable under £100, only new rods I can think of that would do the the job are the Shakespeare agility or agility lite that bobco are knocking out for £60 something which were formerly £100 plus rods. My dads got a Preston Tyson that was about £65 and for it’s price it’s not got a bad action so is just about workable for rivers.

Tbh as the rest of this river season is probably a washout/corona’d out if I were you I’d wait and see if cadence do a Easter sale as you may well be able to get a #1 for very little over the £100 mark then and it will be in a different league to anything cheaper.
 

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As the title says I am considering buying a 13' rod suitable for stick float fishing for under £100.

Just to set the scene I have owned some beautiful rods in the past, Normarks, Drennan IM8's and currently have three 13' rods; a Drennan Matchpro Ultralight, a Preston Carbonactive and a Cadence 13''#3

What I am looking for is a 13' rod with an action somewhere between the Matchpro and the Cadence. Part of the reason I am considering a lower cost rod is I will be using it on some pretty awkward to access swins and wouldn't want to risk the more expensive rods, especially the Drennan.

Because I am rather a Cadence fan then either of their #1 or #2 would fit the bill but is just above my self imposed budget.

I was thinking something along the lines of a Shakespeare Suoerteam?

Any suggestions/recommendations would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Paul
You are going to struggle to find something new, have you considered something secondhand?.
 

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You are going to struggle to find something new, have you considered something secondhand?.
Yes I'd certain consider s/h, in fact I do rather regret selling my IM8 stick rod..

Be a struggle to get something suitable under £100, only new rods I can think of that would do the the job are the Shakespeare agility or agility lite that bobco are knocking out for £60 something which were formerly £100 plus rods. My dads got a Preston Tyson that was about £65 and for it’s price it’s not got a bad action so is just about workable for rivers.

Tbh as the rest of this river season is probably a washout/corona’d out if I were you I’d wait and see if cadence do a Easter sale as you may well be able to get a #1 for very little over the £100 mark then and it will be in a different league to anything cheaper.
Again a very sensible option and am certainly in no rush with the potentially limited opportunities on the river this season.
 

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Another vote for the Cadence #1 even if you have to pay list price the quality ( in my experience ) and reviews are totally justified and it’s bound to compliment your #3 and will be far less risky than buying an used rod ‘ blind ‘
 

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Another vote for the Cadence #1 even if you have to pay list price the quality ( in my experience ) and reviews are totally justified and it’s bound to compliment your #3 and will be far less risky than buying an used rod ‘ blind ‘
Thanks David. Do you have both the 13' #1 and 2? If so how would you rate each for stick float work?

(Btw, I have a few Cadence rods now and have always bought them having tried them at a Cadence roadshow or have met James bankside)
 

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Cards on the table

Bought the 15 #1 on James's advice as I’ve never felt happy with my Titan 2000 at 15 ft ( using the 2 ft extension ) and for general float fishing the 15 #1 is spot on for the deeper rivers up here ( no non ‘ stick float ‘ labelled rod is going to be as crisp as a designated stick float rod but good luck finding one ! )

At 13 ft I’d still use the Titan ( but I’m seriously considering selling it on to someone who will use it week in week out as it’s wasted sitting doing diddle squat ) but I’ve been using the 13 #2 on the smaller rivers up here ( loads of snags and decent chub so got a bit more lower down grunt than the Titan ) and the #2 is lovely on still waters where there’s a chance of carp muscling in

As you already have the #3 I’d go for the #1 you can always go a tad heavier on one or lighter on the other ( if I sell my Titan 2000 I’d be happy with the #2 as a replacement but I can’t lie I’d miss the feel of the Normark )
 

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I tend to use my acolyte ultra for trotting as its both lighter in weight and action than my #1 and it has a quicker more precise action but I have trotted with the #1 a few times and it's certainly still up to the job just not quite as refined which you'd expect given its a fair bit cheaper.
 

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There are usually a few on ebay, had a quick look just now and there are a couple of Drennan ones, and a few others, but a few are usually listed with broken tips, and don't believe the "won't affect usage " as they didn't manufacture the rod at 12' 10" for a reason.
 

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There are usually a few on ebay, had a quick look just now and there are a couple of Drennan ones, and a few others, but a few are usually listed with broken tips, and don't believe the "won't affect usage " as they didn't manufacture the rod at 12' 10" for a reason.
Exactly what I was referring too when buying blind 12 ft 10” usually means a slight tip loss but many rods still measure 13 ft to essentially the seller “ hasn’t mis sold “ according to eBay !!
many ‘ stick float ‘ rods from yesterday year also have older style sliding reel fittings which aren’t to everyone’s taste either
 

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Exactly what I was referring too when buying blind 12 ft 10” usually means a slight tip loss but many rods still measure 13 ft to essentially the seller “ hasn’t mis sold “ according to eBay !!
many ‘ stick float ‘ rods from yesterday year also have older style sliding reel fittings which aren’t to everyone’s taste either
Having a few inches trimmed off the handle wouldn't put me off, some handles can be too long to start with. I know what you mean about sliding reel fittings, I had my Shimano twin power splice tipped rod changed from a cork handle to just a Fuji screw reel fitting and bare carbon on the rest of the handle. Still use it, had a couple of outings with it last autumn.
 

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If only it was the handle that was missing 2 inches... Unfortunately in most cases the handle is fully intact unlike the tip section which is missing the top 2 inches hence where the 12'10'' comes from. Many good stick float rods from a few years ago had a spliced tip which although I have not broken one myself are prone to breakages if not treated with care
 

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If you don't wish to go second hand and I can't blame you TBH. The cadence for only little bit more cash is a good choice. Nothing wrong with them and represent excellent value for money.
 

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If the Shakespeare Superteam is the old Mach 3 blank and I believe it may be, it's a great rod for the money. I've caught a lot of fish on the old Superteam LXL's and the Mach 3 which were the same blanks, (the LXL's had an extension, i.e. 12/16ft, 13/17ft and 14/18ft). The LXL 12/16 was the pick of the LXL and I still use mine and the Mach 3 13ft. Fine for the waggler and stick and I wouldn't be surprised if the Cadence No 2 is very similar as James designed both rods.
 

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I think your biggest problem at the moment will be finding stock of anything. I spoke with a tackle shop today and he thinks 2021 is potentially going to be a tough year for supply of major items like rods and poles. Shops seem to have very little available.
 

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If the Shakespeare Superteam is the old Mach 3 blank and I believe it may be, it's a great rod for the money. I've caught a lot of fish on the old Superteam LXL's and the Mach 3 which were the same blanks, (the LXL's had an extension, i.e. 12/16ft, 13/17ft and 14/18ft). The LXL 12/16 was the pick of the LXL and I still use mine and the Mach 3 13ft. Fine for the waggler and stick and I wouldn't be surprised if the Cadence No 2 is very similar as James designed both rods.

LXL 13/17' was a great rod for me I managed to get for a bargain price from someone kindly off here. I'm looking to replace the broken tip section of it at the moment and have heard it's interchangeable I think with a Mach 3. I have heard good things about Mach 3 rods too but I had a Mach 1 and this was the budget rod at the time and nowhere near Mach 3 standard.
 

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Glasgow angling are doing the tfgear nantec Classic for £50 at the moment. Pretty sure it was over £100 when it came out so should be decent plus most the early tfgear rods were fairly well rated for their price point.
 

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I found the Mach 3xt normal float rod a little sloppy. Well compared to my frenzee precision which is quite tippy. The mach 3 also weighs around 230g with thing longer butt.
 
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