The best rods for tench fishing

Our pick of the best tools on the market for hunting down a new personal-best tinca this spring


by Angling Times |

THE pursuit of tench is the ultimate angling idyll. Imagine an early-morning walk to the lake through dew-laden meadows painted with shafts of sunlight.

But which bait and method should you choose and, more importantly, which rod deserves to accompany you in your quest for a very special prize this golden morning?

Traditional float, specialist leger or feeder – there’s a rod in our ultimate guide to suit every style, venue and budget.

ADVANTA DISCOVERY 12ft RVS TWIN TIP 1.6lb TEST CURVE

THIS rod offers tactical flexibility on the bank. The Avon-style top section is ideal for taking on weedy venues or swims, while the quivertip carrier section comes with 1oz, 2oz and 3oz push-in quivers for more normal feeder
and straight lead work.

Power feeds progressively through the rod’s carbon blank, plus the Discovery comes with lightweight LTS guides and a super-secure reel seat with an eye-catching 3k carbon barrel insert.

WHY WE WOULD BUY ONE: Multi-rod versatility at a stunning price, you get loads of options in a single package.

Price: £59.99, www.anglingdirect.co.uk

DAIWA TWIN TIP SPECIALIST POWERMESH 1.25lb TC

A STUNNING twin-tipped rod. You get a gorgeously thin and responsive blank with ultra-lightweight skeletal Seaguides and a fantastic forgiving action. Suitable for leger work with either top, the Avon-style tip lends itself beautifully to powerful floatfishing on clear and weedy venues. It’s fitted with a Carbon Pipe reel seat with Fuji Hoods and full cork handle with Armlock for comfort and a touch of class.

WHY WE WOULD BUY ONE: You’ll struggle to find a better all-round tench rod.

Price: £170, www.daiwasports.co.uk

SHAKESPEARE SKP SOLITUDE LS, MS & HS 11ft

THREE specialist designed rods in LS (1lb), MS (1.25lb) and HS (1.5lb) test curves.

Perfect for small, intimate waters where they can be used for float or leger work when every part of the fight is to be enjoyed. An old-school feel is further emphasised by the full cork handles.

WHY WE WOULD BUY ONE: A traditional rod for a traditional approach. We’d love to hit into a lift bite or cast out a link leger with one of these!

Price: £79.99, www.shakespeare-fishing.co.uk

MIDDY 5G TRINITY FEEDER

A Three-piece, 12ft, 80g tip rod that’s the very definition of ‘medium’ in terms of action and casting range. Ideal for rivers or gravel pits, where it happily handles feeders up to 60g and casts around 30m-50m. A tippy action suits it to natural water work, but with enough grunt lower down to handle hard-fighting fish. Supplied with three tips and fitted out with quality K-style guides and an A-Nomic handle grip.

WHY WE WOULD BUY ONE: A pure-bred feeder rod that works exceptionally well, not just for tench, but bream too.

Price: £174.99, www.middytackle.com

DRENNAN SPECIALIST X-TENSION 13ft COMPACT FLOAT

THE Specialist X-Tension is a big fish all-rounder with a semi-through action. The 13ft model features a clever retracting telescopic butt section. This allows it to break down into two equal lengths, making it easy to carry to the bank ready made-up.

WHY WE WOULD BUY ONE: Hugely popular with the specialist angler, it will cope with heavier reel lines and bigger fish when using float tackle.

Price: £119, www.drennantackle.com

FREE SPIRIT TENCH SEEKER

DESIGNED and built to the specifications of top tench anglers, the Tench Seeker is a 12ft two-piece rod with a
1lb 6oz test curve. Its semi-progressive action is suited to casting feeders and leads and handling big tench in weedy swims. The sensitive tip can also be used for floatfishing. It comes with a full cork handle, Clone 3K reel seat, stainless steel collars and ‘S’ Lite guides.

WHY WE WOULD BUY ONE: If you want the very best and can justify the spend, why not? A spectacular performer, and a beautifully crafted and exquisite-looking rod.

Price: £317.99, www.freespiritfishing.com

KORUM ALL-ROUNDER RODS 

KORUM’S 11ft and 12ft All-Rounders are so keenly priced that you can afford multiple set-ups.

As good for legering as they are for floatfishing for tench and other specimen-sized fish, key features include a slim, full cork handle with compact reel seat. Korum’s K-Flex carbon technology delivers a dynamic parabolic action free of flat spots.

WHY WE WOULD BUY ONE: These can be used all year round on loads of different venues.

Price: From £49.99, www.korum.co.uk

SHAKESPEARE 11ft SUPERTEAM FLOAT

A SHORTER rod with a softer action, perfect for floatfishing at close range without suffering hook-pulls.

The Superteam’s convenient two-piece design makes it ideal for keeping made up and ready to fish. Smartly presented with a cork and EVA handle, and dressed with hard-wearing SiC guides, it’s built to last and capable of handling a range of species.

WHY WE WOULD BUY ONE: The perfect medium action for handling bigger fish on lighter float tackle – a worthy companion on an early morning tenching mission.

Price: £54.99, www.shakespeare-fishing.co.uk

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