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Old 02-12-2011, 17:32
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Hi, I have been dithering for a while now regards the purchase of a trotting rod, i haven't done any river float fishing for many years so have lost touch with it all. the two rods i have been looking at are the shimano purist tench 12'6 and the drennan floatmaster combo 13/15ft, the purist appeals as it has a bit of grunt and i would also like to use it on still water for tench/bream and it can be left setup! but im worried about it being to short on the rivers? this is why i have also considered the drennan combo as it would seem to cover both situations... does anyone have experience of these rods? or any advice?
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Old 02-12-2011, 18:54
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Get both because a lot will depend on the rivers you are fishing. I prefer long rods on most rivers as I usually fish with a pin and the longer rods give me better control of the tackle. But on small overgrown streams the long rods can be a right pain and a shorter rod - even a 10ft rod - would sometimes be better.
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At the risk of going down a road well travelled already. I'd not be using a specimen float rod for trotting unless I was targeting big chub or barbel. They don't usually have the tip action or finesse that I'd be looking for in a trotting rod.
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Get both because a lot will depend on the rivers you are fishing. .
I may well end up doing just that but i will have to sneek one into the garage just want to make sure these are up to the job before i do so.
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At the risk of going down a road well travelled already. I'd not be using a specimen float rod for trotting unless I was targeting big chub or barbel. They don't usually have the tip action or finesse that I'd be looking for in a trotting rod.
Second that. In my experience its rare to find a rod that will do two jobs well...adequately maybe,but not well. The exception is as Sam says maybe "heavy" trotting.I used to use a Tench Float for chubbing where the extra oomph certainly helped but it was way too beefy for light work.

I'll happily use budget end rods on stillwaters but for trotting I would always opt for the best I could afford.

And I dont personally like rods over 13 ft for anything for a variety of reasons...not least being that I think float rods tend to be 13 ft for a very good reason ie it is the optimum length taking into account weight/balance/action/tip recovery etc etc. Other people get on fine with longer rods and good luck to them but I dont & wont even contemplate one.

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I tried to Wallis cast with a 13ft Diawa Spectron and found the cast difficult, however the centrepin experts who I watched and spoke to told me to get a through/compound action rod to enable me to master the cast correctly.

I now use a Hardy Marksman specialist float 13ft and can Wallis cast prefectly, however if your not using a 'pin my experiences are irrelevant.

I agree that 13ft is the best all-round length for the majority of situations.

IMO its better to buy the best you can afford then add some, than have a stack of rods that do not do the job you brought them to do.

Most of us fish all our lives and money spent on good kit is never wasted.
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And I dont personally like rods over 13 ft for anything for a variety of reasons...not least being that I think float rods tend to be 13 ft for a very good reason ie it is the optimum length taking into account weight/balance/action/tip recovery etc etc. Other people get on fine with longer rods and good luck to them but I dont & wont even contemplate one.

I have a 13 to 15ft titan 2000 but very rarely use it at 15ft. I also have a 14ft drennan im9 which is excellent but my preferance is for a 13ft rod even when fishing large rivers.
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I tried to Wallis cast with a 13ft Diawa Spectron and found the cast difficult, however the centrepin experts who I watched and spoke to told me to get a through/compound action rod to enable me to master the cast correctly.

I now use a Hardy Marksman specialist float 13ft and can Wallis cast prefectly, however if your not using a 'pin my experiences are irrelevant.

I agree that 13ft is the best all-round length for the majority of situations.

IMO its better to buy the best you can afford then add some, than have a stack of rods that do not do the job you brought them to do.

Most of us fish all our lives and money spent on good kit is never wasted.
I notice that Hardy have a new range coming on stream (XT) which seems a bit more reasonably priced, plus if you shop around some of the original Marksman rods are being heavily discounted to clear stock. I'm thinking of treating myself to one.

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I notice that Hardy have a new range coming on stream (XT) which seems a bit more reasonably priced, plus if you shop around some of the original Marksman rods are being heavily discounted to clear stock. I'm thinking of treating myself to one.

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Do it...they are lovely rods to use and own.
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I have the preston carbon active rods in 13, 14 and 17ft and they are superb river rods, yes they are a little on the pricy side, but they are of a superior quality and unlike most cheaper rods the blanks are made in japan from top end carbon cloth.
they are a dream to use and are so light, I can hold my 17ft all day without fatigue!
Go and have a waggle in your tackle shop, you will not be disappointed, honest!

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PS: forgot to say, they are a lot cheaper than the hardy rods, with them you are just paying for the name...before anyone pulls me up on this I would just like to say that when I was fly fishing (15yrs) I owned a couple of very expensive hardy rods (and reels) bought because I thought paying a bit more bought me a better class of fly rod, I was wrong, I cast better and a lot further with cheaper rods (a lot cheaper!) leave these rods for the wealthy folk out there.

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