BUYER’S GUIDE TO THE BEST FLOATER FISHING RODS FOR CARP

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by Angling Times |

During the warm summer months there isn’t a better way to fish for carp than on the surface. Watching your floating hookbait disappear into the mouth of a carp followed shortly by the tightening of your line and the tip of your carp rod bending round can’t fail to get your heart beating that little bit faster. The other great thing about the tactic is that you have a realistic chance of catching a few fish in a short period of time. A few hours after work are all you need to put a fish on the bank.

When it comes to surface fishing, there is no place for beefy 3lb-plus test curve rods. Using too strong a rod with the small hooks and light lines required will leave you pulling your hair out with hook-pulls.

A rod with a test curve between 1.75lb and 2.5lb is much more suitable and will enable you to be much more accurate when flicking out light controller floats. A progressive action will help to absorb any last minute lunges at the net and reduce hook-pulls.

A hook-keeper ring is also a useful feature to look out for when purchasing a floater rod. When moving swims it is much easier to have your long 6ft hooklength fixed in place as opposed to it flapping around and catching on every bush you walk past! Numerous manufacturers now produce dedicated floater fishing rods which have been designed specifically for the tactic. Here’s our pick of some of the best...

KODEX SPECIMEN SF

RRP: £84.99

This quality all-round specimen fishing rod lends itself perfectly towards a spot of floater fishing. It is beautifully balanced and the soft tip is ideal for teasing light controllers into the path of a surface feeding carp. The slim cork handle is lovely to hold and the minimal graphics and laser-etched butt cap, gives the rod a classy look and feel.

Length: 11ft 8in

Test curve: 1.75lb-2.25lb

Guides: Satin black SC

Reel seat: Gunsmoke

Handle: Cork

Keeper ring: Yes

E-S-P MK2 FLOATER ROD

BUYER'S GUIDE TO THE BEST FLOATER FISHING RODS FOR CARP

RRP: £99.95

Lightweight and beautifully balanced, this rod’s soft tip and through-action acts as an excellent shock absorber enabling the use of light hooklinks and small hooks. The extra reserves of power in the butt section can be relied on to control bigger fish and prevent them reaching snags. The rod will handle everything from the smallest controllers up to 50g distance-casting floats.

Length: 12ft

Test curve: 2.5lb

Guides: Full SiC

Reel seat: Fuji dps 18

Handle: Full duplon

Keeper ring: Yes

GREYS SURFACE STALKING

GREYS SURFACE STALKING

RRP: £109.99

Built on a lightweight high modulus carbon blank, the Surface Stalking rod has been designed with a medium fast action and a soft tip to help you flick out light controllers with long hooklinks. You’ll find a careful progression of power through the blank when you need to put on the pressure. It balances perfectly with a small carp reel.

Length: 12ft

Test curve: 2.5lb

Guides: Double leg SiC

Reel seat: DNPS

Handle: Full cork

Keeper ring: Yes

WYCHWOOD EXTRICATOR MLT FLOATER

WYCHWOOD EXTRICATOR MLT FLOATER

RRP: £79.99

This dedicated floater fishing rod has been designed to offer unrivalled balance, power and performance. It is built using Wychwood’s exclusive Multi-Layer Technology to create a stronger, more resilient rod. The result is a sensitive tip while enabling the rod to be super strong with reserve power in the butt.

Length: 12ft

Test curve: 2.25lb

Guides: LS braid friendly TS rings

Reel seat: Uplocking screw lock

Handle: Full cork

Keeper ring: Yes

Avid Carp Traction 2.5lb

Avid Carp Traction 2.5lb

RRP: £79.99

The lightest rod in the popular Traction range is perfect for floater fishing work and can accurately flick out the lightest of controllers. It utilises a new Reactive carbon fibre technology, wrapped in matt 3K weave which offers a unique take on a traditional parabolic action.

Length: 12ft

Test curve: 2.5lb

Guides: Matt black

Reel seat: 18mm Supa-lite

Handle: Full Japanese shrink wrap

Keeper ring: No

JRC COCOON FLOAT ROD

JRC COCOON FLOAT ROD

RRP: £59.99

The Cocoon Float rod is the longest and lightest of all the rods in this guide. But don’t be fooled by it’s light test curve, it still has more than enough backbone to handle carp to well over 20lb and the semi-parabolic action provides the ideal buffer for close- range angling situations. The rod is well balanced and is comfortable to hold for longer periods.

Length: 13ft

Test curve: 1.5lb

Guides: Double leg SiC

Reel seat: DPS

Handle: Full cork

Keeper ring: Yes

NASH SCOPE 10FT 2.25LB

NASH SCOPE 10FT 2.25LB

RRP: £175.99

Featuring a unique retractable butt section, this 10ft rod packs down to a mere 50in and will fit in the boot of any car. The shorter length also makes it easier to use in confined ‘parrot cage’ swims. The 2.25lb model is a brilliant tool for floater work and its classic progressive action makes it an absolute joy on which to play fish.

Length: 12ft

Test curve: 2.25lb

Guides: LS braid friendly TS rings

Reel seat: Uplocking screw lock

Handle: Full cork

Keeper ring: Yes

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