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    Default Through Action Rod ?

    What would be your main criteria on choosing a Through Action Rod over a Tip/Middle Action one ?

    The forums search seems to suggest the size/type of fish
    and venue conditions, casting distance is also mentioned.

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    Default Re: Through Action Rod ?

    Sam vimes will be best to speak to. He's our forum tackle guru.
    As far as I know, the term now for through action is parabolix, I wouldn't be surprised if I wrong, I normally am.
    The parabolix rods action is right through to the butt, the first choice for me. Giving me the opportunity to use lighter lines.
    They cast well for pellet waggler and fish well for smaller fish. Very versatile for me.

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    Size and type of fish would play little part in my thinking. Method and casting distance (with respect to lead/feeder size) are more important considerations.

    I wouldn't choose a full through actioned rod for any type of float fishing, I can think of little worse than any genuinely through actioned float rod I've ever encountered. I also can't stand using a through actioned Avon rod for float fishing. However, don't necessarily confuse faster, more tippy actions with greater power.

    When it comes to carp and barbel rods I do tend to prefer more of a through action than is currently fashionable. However, I don't tend to use huge leads (or bags) and I'm not particularly concerned with casting well in excess of 100 yards. My casting style is such that I can actually cast a smaller lead further with a through actioned rod further than I can manage with a broom handle and a big lead.

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    Through action rods the idea was when a load is applied to the rod the bend or load will be applied to the rod will be equally distributed down the whole length of the blank. The whole of the rod becomes a shock absorber protecting the line from sudden impact. More suited these days to heavy duty fishing , although we see less and less full through action rods these days. A rod with a more progressive action is often confused with a true through action rod. A parabolic action rod is deliberately made so the tip, mid are strong and the butt flexes. Once made famous by by pezon Michel fly rods.

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    "Through", like "fast", is not tightly defined, so people can have different ideas of what it means.

    Personally, I associate "tippier" rods with smaller, fast-biting fish, and more "through" with fishing for bigger species when playing them is more the issue. Of course there are some excellent rods that contrive to combine fast striking and forgiving tips with non-locking playing actions.

    The only rods I've had that were really "through" weren't so good in practice. I had a Berkely Tri-tip Barbel rod (tackleshop bargain) that looked nice but was hopeless at playing barbel. You'd find yourself with the handle pointing behind you and the fish still doing what it liked. Another through action disappointment was a Shimano float rod I bought from someone who imported it. Made for the US market, it was a beautiful, slim, cork-handled classic design with a line rating of 6-12lb and I fancied it as a barbel float rod. But when I tried it out in the close season on ordinary commercial carp of 5-8lb, it just wasn't powerful enough in the butt, and you had to splint the rod well up the blank with your reel hand to pull a fish up. The high line rating proved very questionable.

    More positively, I've had great value from a couple of Carbonactive Asaki float rods that have proved tippy enough for roach and elastic enough for small to medium size tench.

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    Default Re: Through Action Rod ?

    Quote Originally Posted by nottskev View Post
    Another through action disappointment was a Shimano float rod I bought from someone who imported it. Made for the US market, it was a beautiful, slim, cork-handled classic design with a line rating of 6-12lb and I fancied it as a barbel float rod.
    Is that the rod I tried to buy from the US unsuccessfully Kev? I thought you liked it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikench View Post
    Is that the rod I tried to buy from the US unsuccessfully Kev? I thought you liked it.
    It's a lovely rod in many respects - but the action is not really up to what I was hoping to do with it.

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    It must have its uses though? Perhaps for silver fish.

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    Sure. I think, from what Aknib says about needing to be careful not to pull the hook out of a big perch, it could be ideal for perch fishing, if I ever try fishing specifically for them.

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    Default Re: Through Action Rod ?

    In the stricter sense my criteria for choice of an 'Avon' style action would have to be dictated by method and distance although I do like playing fish on through action rods which will occasionally see me use them when there are better suited options.

    I do love the 1lb t/c Ultralite Avons for their feel when heavy trotting, they feel crisp in the hand and fast on the strike although at only 11' they should but they retain a wonderful action when called upon.
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