Chub rod suggestions.

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I have 2 x 12ft Shimano Technium twin tip specialists, they're probably 25 years old. The tips are ace, being glass they nice and soft and go from 0.5oz glass through to 3oz. There are also 3 and 4oz carbon options which I also have.

The rods are a bit soft, and a bit dated now, also 12ft is too long for what I need, which is mainly small river fishing, so I may be looking for something better.

It must be 10ft to 11'6" must come in 2 equal sections, must have decent glass tips. It doesn't have to be this years model. I may consider a custom build (especially if it can incorporate the Shimano tips).

Any suggestions?
 

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I've got one of these Drennan 11ft Avon rods which will be suitable for chub fishing. In fact I also use it for barbel and carp fishing:


It comes in two equal lengths. There's two top sections - a quiver tip top section and an Avon top ( I use this for floater fishing or when legering with boilies). Most of the time I use the quiver tip top section

There's two glass quiver tips at 2 and 3 oz. I think they are rather stiff for the type of fishing I do, so I bought a Drennan 1.25 oz tip separately.
 

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I am not sure whether the 7 series version has been replaced with the Duo which is built on a bottle green blank I brought a couple of these in 1.25tc and I am pleased with them.
 

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I usually use a 1.25tc Drennan specialist Avon/quiver when I’m after Chub, however if I’m fishing a very overgrown stretch with over grown branches in most swims I’ll use one of my original 11ft John Wilson 1.25tc Avon/Quivers as they can take a lot of abuse; although I find that 1.25tc is still a bit too soft for controlling decent sized Barbel hooked at very close range but absolutely perfect for controlling a large Chub.

Keith
 
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Not what you want but a Darent Valley . 75 tc from The Tackle Box would be perfect at 11’. If you didn’t like it you could use it for anything save enormous carp or pike. At £43 or thereabouts it won’t break the bank either.
 

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Thanks everyone. The specialist duo from Drennan certainly has a few fans, I've never picked one up so may well have a looksee when/if the shops open again. Am loathe to buy something mail order without holding it and at least having a wiggle or putting line through it and comparing it directly to what I have, plus I'd like to buy direct from a local dealer.

Disappointingly it seems a lot of newer models from Preston, and I think the Acolytes, only come with carbon tips...

Close to 10 years ago, I had a 'specialist' built by Kev Baines, Anglers Workshop, he actually allowed me to take one away, try it for a fortnight and bring it back before I ordered, this being the first time I'd met him. I tried it, and ordered it, the finished rod, to my spec cost around £200. Am not sure if he's still operating as I've had no reply to a few calls this week, but how I'd love that sort of service now.
 

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From what I have heard the rods you already have will take some beating so you might want to hang on to them. The grass .............! :)
 

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From what I have heard the rods you already have will take some beating so you might want to hang on to them. The grass .............! :)
You're not wrong, hence I want to compare direct. I'm considering having one of the rods shortened at the butt, so it's roughly the same size as the quiver section minus the tip, the only fly in the ointment is Mr Baines not being available.
 

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I have an old specialist Drennan 1.25 Avon / quiver that's on borrowed time - not through its own fault but because of my own neglect. I use it so much it's amazing I haven't stood on it yet. When I do, I may have a look at the Free Spirit range, which (stillwater) fishing mates rave about. Not sure whether something like the Free Spirit CTX FeederLite Rods might fit the bill.
 

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Hi all,

Was about to start a new thread until I spotted this one. I'm on the verge of buying one of the Drennan Twin Tip Duos. That is if any retailer comes back into stock of the 11ft 1.25lb model... The reviews I've seen are mainly very good with the odd suggestion that they are too 'soft/floppy' which doesn't concern me too much. I will try to get hold of one first before buying if possible however. I currently use a Shimano Super Ultegra feeder rod that has been a superb rod for me for some years now but at 13ft it's simply too long for the very small, snaggy river I fish. I had a disaster the other day when striking into a bite the top ring got caught in an old hawthorn bush that caused no end of kerfuffle and a lost fish. It was of course bad angling on my part at fault but it was still the final straw - it has hampered me numerous times in the past and is doing the rod no favours either.

The alternative I've seen, and fits within what I'm looking to spend and considerably cheaper than the Drennan is the Tackle Box Darent Valley 1.25lb Avon.

Could anyone explain the difference of Stand off Guide set and Low Set Guide set to me in Layman's terms? Is it simply the depth of the ring away from the actual rod? Also - what are the benefits/features of each?

Any other suggestions for a rod that matches the above also gratefully received. Don't want to spend any/much more than the £110-120 of the Drennan Duo. Main reason for wanting an Avon type rod is I also fish for Tench in the spring/early summer. Rod predominantly will be used on a small snaggy river however targeting Chub.

Cheers.
 

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Might be worth making an offer on this, it will be a much better rod than the drennan....

 

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Could anyone explain the difference of Stand off Guide set and Low Set Guide set to me in Layman's terms? Is it simply the depth of the ring away from the actual rod? Also - what are the benefits/features of each?
Standoff rings/guides are what is usually fitted to a rod which is primarily designed for float fishing as it keeps the line away from the blank slightly more than low profile guides do; this feature helps to keep the line from sticking to the blank when it’s damp when casting light weights such as a light float.

Keith
 
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Hi all,

Was about to start a new thread until I spotted this one. I'm on the verge of buying one of the Drennan Twin Tip Duos. That is if any retailer comes back into stock of the 11ft 1.25lb model... The reviews I've seen are mainly very good with the odd suggestion that they are too 'soft/floppy' which doesn't concern me too much. I will try to get hold of one first before buying if possible however. I currently use a Shimano Super Ultegra feeder rod that has been a superb rod for me for some years now but at 13ft it's simply too long for the very small, snaggy river I fish. I had a disaster the other day when striking into a bite the top ring got caught in an old hawthorn bush that caused no end of kerfuffle and a lost fish. It was of course bad angling on my part at fault but it was still the final straw - it has hampered me numerous times in the past and is doing the rod no favours either.

The alternative I've seen, and fits within what I'm looking to spend and considerably cheaper than the Drennan is the Tackle Box Darent Valley 1.25lb Avon.

Could anyone explain the difference of Stand off Guide set and Low Set Guide set to me in Layman's terms? Is it simply the depth of the ring away from the actual rod? Also - what are the benefits/features of each?

Any other suggestions for a rod that matches the above also gratefully received. Don't want to spend any/much more than the £110-120 of the Drennan Duo. Main reason for wanting an Avon type rod is I also fish for Tench in the spring/early summer. Rod predominantly will be used on a small snaggy river however targeting Chub.

Cheers.
I think the 1.25tc Drennan Duo would make an excellent purchase in the £100 price point. You may consider the 1.50tc version I haven't seen one to be fair but I know a very good angler who really rates it for big chub in snaggy swims.
 

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Eddie, Kev Baines has closed his order book and retired when orders fulfilled. Save your money and get the Drennan 11ft Red Range carp feeder rod as this was my favourite Dane Chubing rod and added benefit of easy to get spare tips. Just get lighter tip for it if using bread. Rod was a little stiffer than other carp feeder rods and ideal for where you will be fishing, get a 10ft one from Dave's.
 

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Eddie, Kev Baines has closed his order book and retired when orders fulfilled. Save your money and get the Drennan 11ft Red Range carp feeder rod as this was my favourite Dane Chubing rod and added benefit of easy to get spare tips. Just get lighter tip for it if using bread. Rod was a little stiffer than other carp feeder rods and ideal for where you will be fishing, get a 10ft one from Dave's.
If it's no better than the rod I have Bob, I won't be buying.
 

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Just out of idle interest the red range method feeder in 10' and 11' came with 3 and 4 oz glass tips and was described as more powerful than the equivalent carp feeder which had 1.5 and 2 oz carbon tips. I don't have either. It appears both are readily available still so the choice is yours. I doubt either are a patch on your Shimano rods.
 

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Eddie, a friend of mine in Warrington ,fished for Englands,World champs and home international teams for a few years, and is a Drennan consultant uses the red range of rods, says they are brilliant value ,
As for shimano tips ,they do various sizes in bottom dia, depending on rod makes carrier section.
 
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