A MEDIUM feeder rod isn’t determined by its length. Rather it’s a tool that will cast modest distances for average-sized fish, with middle-sized feeders. It’s the rod that’s first out of the bag when bream, skimmers or smallish match-sized carp are the target.
Typically it’s anything from 10ft-12ft long, and made to cast 40g-60g. It’s best suited to a running rig or a helicopter paternoster, teamed with a groundbait, cage or blockend maggot feeder, but medium feeder rods can also be used for Method fishing, especially for bream.
Fish won’t usually hook themselves with a traditional feeder set-up, so you’ll need to watch the tip to spot and hit bites. A 1oz rated tip is great for calm conditions, while 2oz-3oz might be used in wind, tow, or on a river. The more tips the rod comes with, the more versatile it’ll be.
The taper of the tips is important too. Soft tips which bend right through offer little resistance to shy-biting fish, but faster taper tips show up tiny tentative bites better and allow you to cast harder and further.
Here’s our pick of the best medium feeder rods out there, at prices to suit everyone from novices to top-flight match anglers...
PRESTON INNOVATIONS MONSTER X 11FT CARP FEEDER
WHAT THEY SAY: Advances in technology have allowed the original Monster range to be improved, while retaining excellent value. This 50g rated rod has a forgiving top but a more powerful bottom end which enables it to achieve longer casts.
WHAT WE SAY: Don’t be fooled by the name, this rod is a perfect bream-catching tool and about as typical a medium feeder rod as you’ll ever see. It comes with smooth-actioned and sensitive 1oz, 1.5oz and 2oz tips and is a joy to play fish on.
Price: £94.99, www.prestoninnovations.com
PRESTON INNOVATIONS 12FT 6INS 50G SUPERA
WHAT THEY SAY: A tip-actioned rod designed for long casts. A comfy contoured cork and EVA handle gives grip in the right places when casting and playing fish.
WHAT WE SAY: The rod’s longer than expected length improves its casting capacity, making it ideal for fishing at distances from 35m up to nearly 60m. It comes with 1oz, 1.5oz and 2oz tips, and even lighter 0.5oz and 0.75oz ones are available too, making this rod a true jack of all trades.
Price: £199.99, www.prestoninnovations.com
MAP DUAL 11FT FEEDER
WHAT THEY SAY: A true all-round rod capable of tackling a natural water for bream or carp on the Method. Fitted with premium guides and a hook keeper ring, it comes with 0.5oz, 1oz and 1.5oz carbon tips and two neoprene wraps for storage.
**WHAT WE SAY:**This smooth-actioned rod is a joy to play fish with and won’t break the bank. The sensitive tips are not only superb for summer bream fishing but also for lighter duty winter use for skimmers and silvers.
Suggested casting weight is 25g-50g.
Price: £134.99, www.mapfishing.co.uk
LEEDA CONCEPT GT 11FT FEEDER
WHAT THEY SAY: For its modest price tag this rod offers a quality carbon blank, screw-down reel seat with a cork/EVA handle, and a progressive through action – the ideal all-rounder.
WHAT WE SAY: It chucks a feeder well, has a pleasing action and comes with sensible 1oz and 1.5oz tips – what’s not to like? Although it lacks the feel of a top-end rod, it does a more than adequate job and at this price we can’t fault it. It’s perfect for a beginner or the angler on a tight budget.
Price: £39.99, www.leeda.co.uk
DAIWA N’ZON S 12FT 2-PIECE 60G
WHAT THEY SAY: With their fast taper CQ 1.5oz and 2oz tips, these are probably the best feeder rods we have designed at this price point. They are built from high volume carbon fibre, with LS ceramic rings, DPS reel seats and EVA and cork handles.
WHAT WE SAY: Not long ago a rod of this capability and gloriously crisp action would have cost over £150. This one is probably the most versatile of the N’zon range, perfect for feeders from 30g-50g and mid-range casts up to 50m. The three-piece version is almost identical, but less easy to pack into a ready rod bag.
Price: £105, www.daiwasports.co.uk
MIDDY 5G BAGGIN’ 11FT FEEDER
WHAT THEY SAY: Liquid Carbon has allowed Middy to update and improve its award-winning 4G and 4GS rods. Silky smooth with a flawless action, they lack flat spots, no matter whether the light, medium or heavy tip is in use.
WHAT WE SAY: Originally designed for commercial fishery work, this happens to be a fantastic medium feeder rod for natural waters. Quality guides and a comfortably crafted reel seat make it appear far more upmarket than its price suggests. It will handle casting weights from 20g-60g.
Price: £139.99, www.middytackle.com
BROWNING JENS KOSCHNICK WORLD CHAMPION FEEDER ROD
WHAT THEY SAY: A soft and slender rod with an incredibly soft parabolic blank. Designed for catching roach and skimmers at short to mid-range, the super-soft tips will show up the most subtle of bites. Available in 11ft or 12ft.
**WHAT WE SAY:**Designed by German world champion feeder angler Jens Koschnick, these rods deliver something a little different. The action is light rather than medium, but they have snuck into our selection due to their surprising strength and casting capabilities. Best suited to 20g-30g feeders, they are perfect for bream and skimmers at ranges up to 35m.
The recommended casting weight is 50g and they come with 0.75oz and 1oz tips.
Price: 11ft £127.99, 12ft £137.99, www.browning-fishing.com
MAVER REALITY PLUS XS 12FT FEEDER
WHAT THEY SAY: This rod’s sensitive, parabolic action will never lock up on you. An EVA twist grip morphs into a combined cork and EVA handle, while the lightweight blank is fitted out with SiC lined guides and a folding keeper ring.
WHAT WE SAY: A lightweight and crisp rod with a little punch in the lower regions. We’d class it as being at the slightly lower end of the medium spectrum. Handling up to 40g, with 1.5oz and 2oz carbon tips, it’s ideal for shorter casts, lighter feeders or shallower waters.
Price: £94.99, www.mavermatch.co.uk
DRENNAN VERTEX MEDIUM FEEDER
WHAT THEY SAY: In 11ft and 12ft versions, this classic medium feeder rod will handle stillwater bream and skimmers or chub and bream on rivers with equal aplomb. The 11-footer will launch feeders up to around 45g to 40m, while 50m is achievable with the 12ft rod.
WHAT WE SAY: Drennan has upheld its reputation for fine medium feeder rods with this Vertex pair. The 1.5oz glass tip has a slow taper to show that classic bream wrap-round bite, while the rods are transformed with the fast-taper 2.5oz tip in place, making them great river rods too! A host of spare tips will fit all Drennan’s standard rods. No suggested casting weight is given, but we’d rate these at 50g-60g.
Price: 11ft £109.99, 12ft £119.99, www.drennantackle.com
MAVER REALITY 2-PIECE 11FT
WHAT THEY SAY: This two-piece rod is designed for commercial match fishing, where a balance of casting power and fish-playing performance is required. It has an EVA twist grip, cork/EVA handle, lined guides and light and medium tips.
WHAT WE SAY: Lighter than its 80g action suggests, we feel this rod has the classic tippy action that makes it ideal for bream and skimmers. Soft enough in the top end to prevent hook pulls, yet with plenty of power lower down, this modestly priced offering from Maver is a superb choice for anglers who need to watch the pennies.
Price: £56.99, www.mavermatch.co.uk