If you’re looking for a set of rods for under £100, then these JRC Contacts offer incredible value for money.
With decent rings, a compact reel seat and silky finish, they look like rods more than twice their price.
JRC has been on the carping scene for years and knows how to eke out the most performance from a budget product, and these rods are no exception.
We tested the 2.75lb test curve version and found it great for playing fish, with enough backbone to cast adequate distances. If PVA bags and longer chucks are your thing, then the beefier 3lb version is probably a wiser choice.
All in all, you would really struggle to find anything better for this money and they would be an ideal first set of carp rods.