Hello I am new to your forum, so thank you for letting me join. I am a ex match angler in the days before poles were a big part of an anglers armoury. I haven't match fished for nearly 30yrs and now just a pleasure angler. The last pole I purchased is now about 15yrs old and cost £150, so looking to replace it, it is 13m but would like to go a bit longer, but do I need to go to 16m? I don't want to spend a fortune and was looking at a maximum of £1000. I have looked at some comparisons and Preston X410 looks about what I was looking for, I fish canals and lakes, the main lake I fish is in Hereford and not an out and out commercial lake it has carp to 21lb and a very good head of silvers. So while targeting silver's I may hook into a large carp. The canal I fish is the Kennet and Avon around Pewsey and Devizes so again always a chance of a carp. So with this background information I would like to hear from anyone who might have experience of the type of pole that would suit my situation. Angling shops just want to sell you what they have in stock or what makes them the biggest profit, so it would be great to hear from real anglers I know I am going to get a lot of different opinions about which make is best but that is ok, it will give me chance to shift though them. Thank you in advance for your answers.