Six of the best power float rods

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Six of the best power float rods

by Angling Times |

FLOATFISHING could be termed the bedrock technique of our great sport.

Lots of big-fish venues respond really well to float tactics. But to get the best out of them, your rod will need a little bit of oomph.

Chances are that at some point you’ll need to push the pedal to the metal, be that to cast a decent distance or simply to cope with a furious hooked chunk of a fish.

In this article, the spotlight falls on six of the meanest and grittiest float rods currently on the market...

ADVANTA X5 POWER FLOAT RODS

WHAT THEY SAY:

These two-piece 10ft, 11ft and 12ft Advanta X5 Power Float rods can be used for any type of stillwater waggler work, or long trotting on rivers.

Perfect for targeting big, hard scrappers such as carp, tench, chub or barbel, they have a good-looking gloss black finish with quality fittings all round. The slim carbon blanks feel responsive in the hand, and all have a steely yet progressive action.

WHAT WE SAY:

If you’re looking for a lightweight, two-piece rod for trotting or stillwater work, any one of these well-presented and sensibly priced Advanta X5 Power Float rods would be ideal for the task.

Price: From £39.99 to £44.99,

www.anglingdirect.co.uk

ADVANTA X5 POWER FLOAT ROD
ADVANTA X5 POWER FLOAT ROD

KORUM GLIDE FLOAT RODS

WHAT THEY SAY:

Fans of floatfishing for big fish will be queuing round the block to get their hands on these latest Korum Glide rods.

They’re built to deliver a soft, parabolic action through their middle and butt sections, but still have super-fast line pick-up speeds and lightning tip reactions you need.

Glide rods are ringed for both fixed-spool and centrepin reels, so the purist who enjoys using vintage tackle will be sure to admire their classy construction.

WHAT WE SAY:

These two rods are designed and built for serious big-fish anglers, primarily on rivers. They’re powerful enough to handle pretty much anything that’s thrown at them.

Price: 13ft £69.99, 12ft-14ft £79.99,

www.korum.co.uk

KORUM GLIDE FLOAT ROD
KORUM GLIDE FLOAT ROD

FREE SPIRIT HI-S CARP WAGGLER S 12FT

WHAT THEY SAY:

This two-piece beauty has it all – top-end fittings and furnishings, a slim, light, non-scratch blank for a progressive action, rapid line pick-up and a casting performance that will chuck a 20g pellet waggler over the tree line.

WHAT WE SAY:

I can vouch for this rod’s credentials as I spent the day pulling carp out of Boddington with one. If you can afford it, I promise you won’t be disappointed with its performance.

Price: £275 (but shop around),

www.freespiritmatch.co.uk

FREE SPIRIT HI-S CARP WAGGLER S 12FT
FREE SPIRIT HI-S CARP WAGGLER S 12FT

MATRIX SUPER AQUOS ULTRA-C 11FT WAGGLER ROD

WHAT THEY SAY:

A relatively short, powerful tool for tackling big commercial carp on the float. The slim, lightweight blank will cast the largest pellet wagglers.

You get a quality carbon build, cork and EVA handle and a progressive action.

WHAT WE SAY:

For small to medium-sized commercials holding big fish, this is the rod for you, especially if you’re on a budget.

Price: £49.99,

www.fishmatrix.co.uk

MATRIX SUPER AQUOS ULTRA-C 11FT WAGGLER ROD
MATRIX SUPER AQUOS ULTRA-C 11FT WAGGLER ROD

DRENNAN SPECIALIST X-TENSION 13FT COMPACT FLOAT

WHAT THEY SAY:

Superb for everything from summer floatfishing for tench and bream on lakes, to trotting maggots down a river in winter. The 13-footer has a retracting telescopic butt section that can be broken down into two equal lengths to carry to the bank.

WHAT WE SAY:

An ideal all-purpose rod, its progressive through action is ideal for tackling the largest stillwater tench and bream out there.

Price: £119.99,

www.drennantackle.co.uk

DRENNAN SPECIALIST X-TENSION 13FT COMPACT FLOAT
DRENNAN SPECIALIST X-TENSION 13FT COMPACT FLOAT

FREE SPIRIT 12FT CTX PELLET WAGGLER S

WHAT THEY SAY:

For handling the largest of carp, the 12ft CTX has a Bi-Axis carbon tape system resulting in a slimline blank with a cushioned, soft tip – ideal for lighter lines and smaller hooks, but still with plenty of power through its middle to butt sections.

WHAT WE SAY:

Like its pricier Hi-S stablemate, this is an out-and-out commercial carp rod. Its nice turn of power kicks in quickly when it’s under stress.

Price: £119.99 (but shop around),

www.freespiritmatch.co.uk

FREE SPIRIT 12FT CTX PELLET WAGGLER S
FREE SPIRIT 12FT CTX PELLET WAGGLER S
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