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Old 25-03-2013, 08:03
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Default Drennan light, medium and heavy feeder rods

Morning. Just wanted to know people's opinions on these classics. Are they as good as modern day equivalents, or is there a bit of drennan nostalgia concerned?

Would owning the three rods cover most river coarse fish feeder situations (I suppose, I.e would the heavy feeder cope with barbel?)


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Default Re: Drennan light, medium and heavy feeder rods

Nostalgia yes.

There may well be "better" rods out now, I have the Drennan big Feeder this at the time was highly praised by Peter Stone, it is capable of dealing with Barbel and although it has a rated line of 3-6lb you can go quite a bit higher.

It has a nice action, not too stiff but with plenty of power, at the time I think it was a £140.00 rod.

The blank is a I.M.6.Carbon woven graphite overwrap, Fuji rings etc high spec, made in the UK.

You can pick these up on ebay for around £40-£50 delivered, if it is in excellent condition maybe a little more, for that sort of money it is well worth the "risk".

I have bought and sold lots of rods since and two are still with me after a good few years the Drennan Big Feeder and the Tench Float MK1, would I sell them no chance.
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I have one of the drennan light feeders and the slightly higher priced im8 super feeder rods and as you say they are super rods.
Imo the series of rods drennan made from that era are the best they've ever made...the rods they produce today just don't feel the same quality.

I forgot to say the im8 super feeder is perfect for barbel and copes with them easily.

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Default Drennan light, medium and heavy feeder rods

Thanks for the info. They also have things like the im8 bomb rod, drx river feeder etc. all seem to get rave reviews.

They don't appear to do a modern equivalent of a light bomb rod interestingly. Matchpro Medium feeder is the lowest they go to?

Has anyone tried the matchpro medium and super feeders as a comparison?


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I have a matchpro medium feeder, it's a nice rod. The suggest mainline range is 4-7lb with hooklinks a lb lighter. I regularly use 6lb mainline with 5lb hooklinks, which it handles beautifully and I would feel happy going heavier. It's got a forgiving tip so hook pulls aren't common but it's a powerful rod.

I'm looking for a slightly lighter feeder rod. I was looking at the im6 medium feeder which apparently has a suggested 5lb mainline rating along with a casting weight of 1oz, a whole oz less than the matchpro feeder. I'm sure somebody who has one will be able to confirm or set me right. If correct it looks like drennan have followed the trend of moving all the categories up as their rods have gone slightly heavier.

It is a shame that drennan don't make lighter feeder rods anymore, I can only guess that in the world of commericals and specialist there just isn't the demand. Most feeder rods and float rods seem to be in the 3-6lb line rating range and upwards these days.

Watching ebay, the last im8 bomb rod without shortened tips sold for £110 +delivery. Medium feeders, in good condition and with tips seem to be selling for £60-70 + delivery.
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. Most feeder rods and float rods seem to be in the 3-6lb line rating range and upwards these days.

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I have a drennan floatmaster which will hold hooklengths of 12oz with ease, and is an incredible rod. I'm told the im9 finesse is a corker, and perfect for very light lines.




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I have a drennan floatmaster which will hold hooklengths of 12oz with ease, and is an incredible rod. I'm told the im9 finesse is a corker, and perfect for very light lines.




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Imo these where in another league to the modern im9's. I have one in 13 and one in 14ft and I wouldn't swap them for the latest equivalent.


Here's one of the older im9's...i'd be surprised if it sells for any more than a run of the mill average modern rod in a shop today.
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Great rods in their day but unless I was a dyed in the wool feeder angler I wouldn't bother buying them now. Some of the twin tip offers around are better built and more versatile.
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