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    I am just about to go down the 'pole' route and was wondering if anyone could offer me some advice.

    I don't know what pole to purchase !! I have a budget of a bout 130 ish and have been looking at a couple of Browning poles.

    1st pole is 11m and the elastic rating is to 14 = 100

    2nd pole is 10m and the elastic rating is to 20 = 130

    Both are the same weight can you give me the pros and cons or just recommend which pole I should go for.

    I target silver fish but am looking for a good alround pole that will cope with the bigger fish as well.

    Thanking you in advance.

    Cheers

    Stuart Graham


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    Stuart, I would go for the longest and lightest pole I could afford. No 14 elastic is plenty when you are landing carp from commercial fisheries, if that's where you fish. I had 6lb carp no problem on that strength elastic.

    What extras do the poles come with? This is something else you may want to consider. For example, how many top kits are provided, does it come with a free extension and so on.

    See if the tackle shop would elasticate the top kits for you as part of the price as well.

    Go haggle and good luck.

    For what it's worth, I had a Maver Reality 13m pole with 2 top 3 kits. Now retails for under 200 I think, but was nicely balanced.

    Hope this helps.

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    I've just had a look in the classifieds on this site and there is an unused Maver Grim Reaper pole up for sale at 100. These are very good poles and will be more than adequate for your needs I think. Definitely worth a look Stuart.

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    Rasmus Keis Guest

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    Just remember that balance are more important than weight - always try holding the pole in full lenght making sure it "feels right" before bying anything.

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    Stuart,

    Despite all the manufacturer's claims, there is no such thing as a "good all round" pole!
    Poles designed solely for silver fish will not handle Carp from a commercial puddle, and Carp poles are useless for silver fish.

    For silver fish I think that weight and balance are the main criteria for a good pole, and it need not cost a fortune.

    The advice above if good, test the pole out, at its' full length in the shop and get the "feel" of the balance particularly.

    Extra top 3 or 4 kits are invaluable, make sure the pole you chose has at least 2 spares. Whenever you can get an extra one or two. Again, despite the claims of the manufacturers (and retail shops) they will not keep a stock of spare sections for very long. Accordingly, check out and keep a note, of the cost of replacement sections.

    Look for good fitting sections preferrably with tapered ends.

    Finally, when you have bought your pole, make sure you keep it clean, inside and out and it should last you for a long time.

    Hope this helps.




    Scholars have long known that fishing eventually turns men into philosophers.

    Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to buy decent tackle on a philosopher's salary. ~

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    Thanks for the tips lads........

    I'll let you know how I get on.

    Cheers

    Stuart

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    I can recommend the Grim Reaper, excellent value for money... as is the Shimano Technium 12.5m.

    I've got a 12.5m Maver Strongarm for sale if you want it. Must be one of the best-selling poles ever. It's good for beginners (I bought it as a spare and for teaching the kids with). It is pretty light and rated up to 16s elastic
    It comes with 3 top 3s (pre-elasticated with No3s, No8s and No12s)
    I'll accept 90 for it (Cost 240 brand new with the 3 tops). I've not used it much because it is my spare pole.
    email me if you are interested.
    juniors@warrington-anglers.org.uk

    Martin

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    Nick King 2 Guest

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    middy do a reasonable pole called"the works"
    i`m sure the package middy offers comes with a host of extras and i think the price is only 120.....it might be worth a look at!!!ive seen them advertised in various fishing mags so you shouldnt have trouble finding one or give wednesbury angling cenytre a ring,they are middy dealers and a very friendly bunch they are too.i visited there last year with a friend and the quality and service was second to none....we even got a cup of tea before our journey home to northants.

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    STUART HI I HAVE POLE FISHED FOR ABOUT 6YEARS IWOULD GO FOR AROUND 100 MARK 11MTR TO SEE IF THAT IS WHAT YOU WANT TOO DO WITH ELASTIC RATING 16 GET YOUR POLE SORTED OUT THEN THINK ABOUT RIGS FOR SILVER FISH AND CARP RIGS EMAIL ME WHEN YOU WANT MORE INFO TONYNIXON66@HOTMAIL.COM

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    Climax Fishing Tackle are doing the Leeda Assasin 11m Pole for 63.99p and the 12.5m for 93.99. I would go for the 11m as at 12.5m it is a bit heavy. Although you do get an extra to 4 kit Hit and Hold margin top with the 12.5m which might be worth getting.
    Tel: 0870 499 0195.

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