Rods are a subjective thing, we all have our views. I heard of one guy that simply would not buy a certain rod because it would not match another, honest? Surly you should buy a rod be for a specific job, like a feeder rod to cope with big leads and flows on strong rivers, where a normal feeder rod would not have the muscle. If you want two and they don’t match, do the fish know? So it comes down to what the angler wants to look like to others, not particularly how the rods work or fish! I’ve brought matching rods in the past, bream fishing, tench fishing where you sit and wait. But its been a long time since my fishing has been on those lines.
For a number of years I’ve fished with just the one rod and never found it a disadvantage to the fishing I’m doing. I’ve gotten into pole fishing recently and that too only needs a one rod set up. In fact I honestly believe using just one rods is more beneficial to catching because it makes you look at what going on all the time. My stalking at A1 pits showed me how watching whats going on is more important than anything when angling. Two rods for me is a distraction but others just don’t see it as I do? Neither is wrong, it just an opinion and you don’t have to agree with me, I’ll not be offended at all.
I watched anglers last week barbel fishing out to the back of the car, carbarbeling I call it now. Two rods and no anglers near, tell me how do you know if you have any fish in the swim if you don’t watch the rods tips. Watch the clip below to see how a good angler fishes the Trent with a tip.
Now I know what the barbel anglers will say after watching this, but he didn’t catch any barbel only silver fish. We’ll it’s the guys application, and if barbel were prolific in the area, he would catch them, and in numbers too. I’m sure some anglers are not really bothered, they cannot be, because they simply don’t want to do any work to catch the fish. Just cast out any old spot and wait, cast again different spot and wait. I think the carp fishing scene has ruined the barbel fishing for many, they simply don’t know how to fish rivers.
Example of the above; How many know the depth or where the ledges, rocks, snags are. Most match-anglers will plumb the peg when deciding to fish, as not all fish the tip like the old days. Knowing exactly what the peg is like underwater gives you a mental picture of the best places to cast to. I’m as guilty as anyone doing exactly the same in the past, but you have to learn if you want to become a better angler. It just depends what you want, to catch fish consistently or every now and again when you get lucky?
Anyway I really wanted an out and out stick float rod for the Trent. The two Acolytes I own are the Ultra and Plus, someone wrote recently they thought the Plus was more like a normal match rod, ideal for lines 2lb to 4lb. And the Ultra more like a very light match rod, better for silvers and still water, canals. I agree with this 100% and found the Drennan Acolyte Ultra too soft for my stick float fishing on the Trent, the action was all wrong for me. So I wanted an out and out stick float rod and after a full years research only one was on my mind. The John Allerton Premier range, by Tri-cast with sliced tips, built specifically for the mighty River Trent.
Part 2 to follow.