Commercial fisheries and rivers are jam-packed with sizeable roach, skimmers and bream that can be targeted on float and light feeder tactics.
Here, we present a broad church of silverfish rods to cover many different venues and suit every depth of pocket...
PRESTON CARBONACTIVE SUPERA 12FT 6INS FEEDER
BILLED by Preston as a true distance feeder rod, this top-shelf Supera has more going for it than mere chucking power. Its 12ft 6ins length helps you to keep a bit more line out of the water, making it ideal for fast-moving rivers such as the Yare.
Its seamless non-locking parabolic action is as good at dealing with skimmers as it is chub or carp. It’s nicely presented, too, with quality fittings, a flat handle base and graded 1oz, 1.5oz and 2oz carbon tips.
MAVER REALITY MATCH 12FT
THE two-piece Maver Reality Match rod is as much at home on natural lakes and ponds as it is on your local commercial carp fishery.
This entry-level model has plenty of features such as a full-length cork handle, quality graphite screw-down reel seat and folding keeper ring. It’s easy to use and well suited to the newbie angler.
The through-type action is though, in my opinion, better suited to floatfishing on stillwaters rather than rivers.
MIDDY REACTACORE XZ ULTRA CONTROL WAGGLER 14FT
CRISPER than a freshly fridged lettuce, Middy’s flagship Reactacore XZ Ultra Control waggler rod blends a lightning-fast tip response with a fast-taper build that picks up line very quickly, making it ideal for long trotting tactics.
The 14ft length also makes mending the line much easier, as little more than a quick flick of the wrist is all that’s needed to make sure the reel line doesn’t drag the float out of position.
Price: £249.99 (but shop around),
DAIWA CONNOISSEUR MATCH ROD
FOR fans of wild waters, Daiwa’s Connoisseur Match rods are just the ticket. Manufactured from some of the best carbon cloths available, they’ll perform at the highest level on any still or running water.
Nicely light and comfy in the hand, they’re crisp on the cast with quite a tippy action that will cast the lightest of stick floats through to the heaviest of sliders.
Price: From £150 (but shop around),
DRENNAN ACOLYTE FLOAT RODS
DRENNAN Acolytes need little introduction, as the multi-award-winning range is a household name among anglers. Models run from 11ft up to 17ft.
Those looking for that a bit more fish playing and casting power should look towards the stepped-up Plus versions, while those who fish with gossamer hooklengths and small hooks should have a waggle with an Acolyte Ultra, as they really are ridiculously light in the hand.
Price: From £107.99 (but shop around),
MAP DUAL COMPETITION FEEDER ROD 12FT
THIS true all-rounder is as much at home casting a 30g flatbed Method feeder for carp as it is bagging bream and skimmers on natural venues.
The high-modulus carbon blank will chuck payloads from 45g to a hefty 85g, giving plenty of scope for big river tactics too.
You get carbon tips of 1.5oz, 2oz and 2.5oz and pair of rod wraps.