HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT ROD
21 APRIL 2017
How do you know which rod to choose? It can be difficult to know which is best suited to you and the style of fishing you're doing, so here are some key aspects to consider when choosing a rod, courtesy of our resident experts…
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ACTION

Generally there are three types of action; through-action, fast-taper action and parabolic-action. For commercials, you will tend to need either a through-action (like on the Battlezone and White Knuckle CX rods) or a parabolic-action (as on the Nano-Core rods and most of the 4GS range). Both of these actions suit commercial carp work, because the tip of the rod remains soft and therefore able to subdue carp and take sudden-runs - a bit like how elastic works on the pole. A fast-taper action is more for traditional river float and feeder work and can be found on rods like the 4GS 360 Feeder and 4GS 390 Waggler.

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GUIDES

Look out for high-quality lined guides, as well as their size and the quantity of them along the rod. At Middy, we always ensure that our guides are lined, but the lining does come in different qualities; so on the Nano-Core rods you will find the ultimate SC Ultra-Flow guides, whereas on the Baggin' Machine rods you get a good F-Lined type. Simply, the higher the quality of the lining, the higher the price is! Higher quality allows the line to run even faster and more smoothly and can be better if using braid, as they will not become channeled/grooved so quickly. Higher quality guides are also lighter.

On feeder rods the general rule is that you will require slightly bigger guides at the butt and you do not need them to stand off the rod so much. On waggler/float rods, you will need more guides on the rod and for them to stand off the rod more, so that the line does not touch/stick on the blank when it is wet, which would make slight corrections of the line to the float more difficult. As a guide on float rods you should check that there is one guide per foot-length of rod, so on an 11ft Middy waggler rod you will usually find 11 guides. Some other brands only use 9 guides in this instance, to reduce the manufacturing cost of their rods.

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BALANCE

Fix a reel to any rod you are trying out so that you can then check for its balancing point, which should be right at the top of the handle and certainly not more than 6cm above the top of the handle. This slightly forward balance means you can feel the rod and keep control of the cast. The balance of Middy Nano-Core rods is the perfect example.

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HANDLE

Full-cork handles are usually more durable than EVA; but again as you would expect you tend to 'get what you pay for', ranging from our Battlezone with mostly EVA to the full-cork Nano-Core rods. Another important factor to check is the length of the handle! On commercials you really need to be able to pass the rod in front of your body to follow and control the fish - a long handle will not easily allow you to do this. In addition many other rod makers create a rod with a long handle to trick the fisherman into thinking the rod feels better balanced than it actually is. You might be buying an "11ft" rod that is effectively only 9ft! Look for around 50cm overall handle length, unless it is a long cast river feeder rod or a specimen rod.

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SECTIONS/FOLD-DOWN

Two section fold-down rods allow you to leave the rod set-up ready for the next trip. A more traditional three piece rod will not allow you to do this.

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CARBON & POWER

These two factors are quite heavily linked. Generally, the thicker diameter a rod is, the stronger it will be, but we do not of course want to be using rods as thick as a landing handle! The carbon used in rod building can be 'standard' (which is sometimes referred to as 20ton carbon), or up to super hi-modular 65ton carbon. Therefore, put simply, the better the carbon, the thinner and lighter the rod can be while retaining power. 20ton and 65ton describes the strength-load the carbon can withstand, not the weight of the carbon - 65ton carbon is lighter than 20ton carbon. The very best carbon costs much more money and is used in hi-tech applications like in military aerospace developments, where they want the lightest possible material but retention of strength. 'Supplex' carbon on the 4GS rods is in the 35ton category and on the Nano-Core XZ65's we are using nano 65ton - this is reflected in the price of the rods. We then add some secret technology with how the fibres are bonded.

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LENGTH

This is down to personal choice, but shorter rods will allow you to control carp at your feet on platform type swims more easily than a longer rod. Longer rods will, however, allow you to cast longer distances and, on river type float swims, control your float more easily. On the 4GS Distance feeder you get all options from 8ft to 12ft 7in, it is an amazing feeder rod.

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