Test Curves (1.25lb/1.75lb)

Zerkalo

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Anyone have and use any 'nice' rods with a test curve of around 1.25lb?

The reason I ask is I was thinking about my Greys TXL Twin Tip rod today and comparing it to the 1.75 Korum Barbel rods I have.

It took getting a few fish on it for it to grow on me, but now I really like it as a rod. It makes a fun rod to play Barbel on though it's not quite as suitable for the Severn as it is smaller rivers mainly due to tip strengths and casting weight, even the 3.5oz tip is quite soft and it's not particularly geared up as a rod for casting big feeders.

Compared to a 1.75lb Korum rod it feels light actioned and is a perfect feeder rod for Chub, though I have not used it for float fishing yet, maybe for float fishing for Barbel or surface fishing for Carp in future the Avon top will find its use.

The other option I had when buying this rod was the Drennan Twin Tip Duo which I presume is around the same test curve. It seems to me this is a lovely test curve of rod in general for Tench, Chub and other fish with similar fighting strength. I actually bought it partly as a Tench rod but haven't got round to using it for that yet.
 

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I still use 1.25 tc rods....they are ideal for Chub and Tench and used to be standard for Barbel....mine are the old Daiwa Powermesh Avon’s

I remember the days when they were considered a short range Carp rod.

I think a lot of anglers are totally overgunned nowadays.
 

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I'd read about that for Barbel. I think it's because heavier feeders are used more these days that you need something beefier to chuck them?

That said, I find 1.25lb a canny TC for the fish you describe, that's what I'm getting at in a roundabout way in this thread I think!
 

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I have an 11ft Greys Prodigy TXL Specimen in 1lb tc and it's a fantastic rod to play Carp on, has a wonderful tip to butt through action.

ideal as a feeder or waggler rod, from chub to tench to carp.
 

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This one is more tippy I think, but I haven't tried the Avon top on it yet, just the feeder tops.
 

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1.25tc Avon tops are a bit naff for proper float fishing for typical float fishing type fish but are great for surface fishing for carp on the 10-15lb range and even decent for a bit of spinning and light sea fishing either float or bottom fishing. Very versatile rods for sure.
 

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1.25tc Avon tops are a bit naff for proper float fishing for typical float fishing type fish but are great for surface fishing for carp on the 10-15lb range and even decent for a bit of spinning and light sea fishing either float or bottom fishing. Very versatile rods for sure.

Are you going to buy the Drennan Twin Tip yourself? I think you mentioned it? Might be mistaken! :)

As I say I might use the float top of this rod next year for Speci Wag fishing for Barbel, although would prefer a 14' rod for that reckon I'll make do with 12'.
 

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One of the best 1.25 test rods out there is the old Tricast version. They were the best tench feeder rod available about 20years ago. I saw one on eBay recently.

I saw a nice twin tip 1.25rod custom built on eBay a couple of days ago. I think it was on a Sportex blank. It looked well worth the money (£140).

Ifyou look at the Harrison range of rods around those test curves, they do a great selection. Dave Lumb rod builder (DLST) describes what each blank will do on his website.

The old Graham Phillips rods (Paul Boote) are nice and pop up for sale now and then.....(built on Century blanks).
 

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Are you going to buy the Drennan Twin Tip yourself? I think you mentioned it? Might be mistaken! :)

As I say I might use the float top of this rod next year for Speci Wag fishing for Barbel, although would prefer a 14' rod for that reckon I'll make do with 12'.
Yep went to get one last week but my tackle shop was out of stock of them. Now got to shell out for a new car so don't think I'll be getting any fishing tackle of its sort of price for a while now ?

Cracking rod though brought one for my grandad for his birthday last month and he's used it last couple sessions as the rivers been really up and he's been really impressed. That's with the quiver tips though he hasn't used it with the Avon top yet.
 

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I have a couple of Harrison 1.25 Avon’s and love them. Have had Tench to 5 1/2; Bream to 9 and Carp to 14 on them. Good old fashioned all round fishing rods for 4-6lb mainline...
 

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I have a pair of Wychwood stillwater specialists 1.6lb TC, nice rods and have only used them a couple of times, tench & bream to 5lb and carp just shy of 10lb.
 

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I have a couple of Greys TXL's, and won't part with them. Lovely action rods. And if you think the tips are a bit floppy, I can put a 4oz feeder (filled) across to the other side of the Trent.
 

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The Drennan Duos are lovely in 1.25lb especially in 11ft versions

The Fox Kevlites are lovely too
 
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