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    Default Feeder Reel Advice

    Hi all,

    I have just recently got into fishing in the last year or so and currently really enjoy the Feeder set up. I've not stepped up to Specimen lakes yet, but it is something I would like to try at some point in the near future and if appropriate while sticking to a feeder set-up.

    My current rod of choice is a Drennan Red Range Feeder with a Middy 4000 reel and 8lb line. All serve me really well on the current lakes I visit and I love using them. I have now just ordered a new Drennan Specialist Twin Tip, 11ft, 1.5 oz. Which I'm hoping is a step up in the right direction and will serve me well now and on future lakes (if I ever do step up to bigger challenges).

    I've not decided on a reel for this rod yet and that is where I am after some advice from the seasoned pros?? I'm completely confused by all the different choices out there and the different reel sizes available to me. I don't fully understand how you work out what reel / reel size is best for certain styles or even size of fish you are targeting. If possible, I'd love one that can be duel purpose (like the rod) and cater for both Feeder and Float fishing. I also like the idea of the baitrunner system after reading a bit about it. and mainly I'd like something that will serve me we well now on the intermediate lakes, but also be capable of handling speci lakes in the future - If that is possible?

    Any help or advice will be greatly received! Thank you

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    Default Re: Feeder Reel Advice

    I'd say 4000 size is right for the rod set up you are using will give a nice balance . I'm not familiar with the Middy reel but if it's working fine then stick with it. Shimano and Diawa reels in that size would also do the job.

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    As above, 40 size seems about right. When feeder fishing I do use baitrunners (Shimanos) which I only click on when reaching down for the flask or whatever and then not as a full runner, just an insurance setting to avoid loosing the rod. Not absolutely necessary if you are more able to concentrate more than I am.

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    I really like the X Aero baitrunner in 4000 size and use it as intended or as John does. The Aero 4000 feeder reel( now discontinued) is another lovely reel! The Daiwa Emcast in 3500 is another very reliable bait runner. A nice touch on the Emcast is a luminous symbol to tell you the clutch is engaged!

    Remember you cannot have too many rods and reels. To deprive yourself is just not fishing!
    Last edited by mikench; 30-05-2019 at 17:26.

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    Thanks for all the advice from everyone so far. So looks like a good 4000 option is the way to go. If I do feel confident enough to move up to bigger fish next year will the 4000 cope? I kind of have it my head that to target bigger fish you need a much bigger or stronger reel. But, is that not the case as long as you have strong enough line on the reel?

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    Default Re: Feeder Reel Advice

    A baitrunner or rear clutch both work the same way 4000 size reel will cope with most fish up to 20lbs with 6-8lbs main line and 4 -6lbs hook length it is all down to setting the clutch and playing the fish.

    When you start going up to the 2.5lb to 3.5 lb T.C rods then look for a bigger reel

    A 4000 shimano bait runner or the shimano 4000 super GT will balance you Drennan 1.5 T.C nicely don’t load your reel with line that exceeds your rod recommendation

    When you are ready to buy the reel of your choice, take your rod with you and try the reel on it to see if it balances the rod, and how it feels to you

    Im not knocking other makes of reel but I am probably more biased towards shimano that because I lived and fished many countries’ and could get spares and easily repaired.
    Trust me I’m an Engineer

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    Default Re: Feeder Reel Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by FeederHatch View Post
    Thanks for all the advice from everyone so far. So looks like a good 4000 option is the way to go. If I do feel confident enough to move up to bigger fish next year will the 4000 cope? I kind of have it my head that to target bigger fish you need a much bigger or stronger reel. But, is that not the case as long as you have strong enough line on the reel?
    A 4000 reel will cope with most things size wise. Dont run before learning to walk. If you decide to target big carp then learning how to control, handle safely and return the smaller ones first is the way to go. Big fish (carp) does mean lashing out on much more gear. Fisheries insist on a landing net of a certain size, ditto unhooking mats, weigh slings and all that sort of paraphernalia. Not forgetting the fishing charges.

    See how you get on for a season or two as you are doing now?? Bigger fish will not necessarily mean more enjoyment of course.

    There are waters where bigger fish are targeted which usually mean a longer wait for a run, size 6000 t0 10000 size reels 12/15 line and a rod to match. Nowadays that a 3lb TC or so. With the longer waits for a run you will probably want to double up the cost of having 2 or even 3 rods for a session?

    Not trying to put you off but those things need to be considered if you want to visit some of those speci lakes.
    Last edited by john step; 31-05-2019 at 00:07.

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    I don't know if a big pit reel has beefed up components but I doubt it. So a big spool reel is intended for 300m of heavy line for casting to infinity. The reel then needs a beefier rod to handle it and the line! To get the hookbait to infinity and beyond you need a heavy weight of feeder. If that is what you fancy doing you need a carp rod. If you are like me and you go down this road and catch a large carp at distance you will haul it in and think what fun was to be had doing so and go back to a feeder rod.

    I have 2 which I no longer use and probably never will. Remember too that an Avon rod which can be used to both float and feeder fish is a compromise. Well worth having but not at the expense of a quality light float rod and a sensitive feeder rod.

    In my experience catching a nice roach, tench or crucian, even a carp to double figures is far more enjoyable and requires more skill than the pursuit of large carp with heavy gear. You may have to try it though to discover this yourself.

    This brings me back to my earlier comment that you need more gear.

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    Thanks again everyone - You have all been a great help! I’ll definitely stick to a 4000 reel and match it up with my new Drennan Twin Tip.
    More than happy to stick to the beginner/intermediate lakes for another season or two anyway, as I know I still need to build my confidence and learn a lot more before trying anything else. It was more a case future proofing my gear to a certain extent. Sounds like more gear in the future is the way to go tho

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikench View Post
    I really like the X Aero baitrunner in 4000 size and use it as intended or as John does. The Aero 4000 feeder reel( now discontinued) is another lovely reel! The Daiwa Emcast in 3500 is another very reliable bait runner. A nice touch on the Emcast is a luminous symbol to tell you the clutch is engaged!

    Remember you cannot have too many rods and reels. To deprive yourself is just not fishing!
    I’m also a big shimano fan! The first day I decided to get into fishing I naively went to Go Outdoors (thinking I would save myself some money in case I don’t like it and buy budget). I was lucky in a way as I still use some of the stuff today and one thing I still really like using is my Shimano 4000 hyperloop - think it was less than £20, but still my favourite reel to use today!

    I’ve never heard of the Daiwa Emcast before, but having just looked it up it does look and sound damn good... under £70 as well seems a bit of a bargain for what you get. Can’t find many 3500 in stock, but a few places does have the 4000 in stock! Definitely considering... Thank you

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