It depends on how much you want to spend Mick....on the Teme i use one of the small Daiwa emblems (not the big bucket type!) the clutch is superb...on a par with the old Abu54, but they are expensive, the Shimano range would be my next choice.
I also have a fox barbel plus. I use a shimano 5010 with. The nexus 5000 is the current model of course. The baitrunner facility is very handy for when you have to turn your back or put your jacket on, which, by sods law, is when the barbel are most likely to try and pull your nice new rod into the river.
Er, yeah. You do have make sure your line isn't wrapped round your rod rest even with the baitrunner on, don't you Skive? Otherwise it still arcs beautifully into the middle of the river doesn't it Skive? Takes your brand new nexus and a lovely Harrison rod with it doesn't it Skive? LOL.
I like to use a pin when freelining or fishing close in-its nice playing them and you have good control over letting the line go with that sudden surge.
but it is a tad difficult putting a feeder to the far bank of the Severn or Dove with a wallis cast....unless your name happens to be Alan Roe of course......
Coops, your fishing is not becoming desperate....just your choice of companions.....
Coops is quite correct, what ever you use make sure your line is not wrapped around the rest even with the baitrunner on. Yes he is also correct that I lost my favorite rod and a brand new baitrunner whilst my attention had been diverted. The last i saw of it was the whole lot doing a swan dive into the Teme. This is much to the ammusement of my fellow anglers who will not let me forget it. But I will have my day.
I use the 6 series batrunner which I find eaasy to use which is coupled to a Fox 1.75 barbel plus.
Fish it with the baitrunner on. You get a lovely run then!
Engage and play off the clutch.
All the top kiddies are on Baitrunners and Fox Barbel rods.
Soulless fixed spools?
How can you not own a float and condemn another practise as souless?
dear oh dear!
i use a shimano sedona gte4000, good clutch and fighting drag system ( had to call upon that once or twice this season! )
i got mine cheap - only 34 quid from index superstore place in northampton.
i use this with 10lb giant mainline and at the moment 1.25 tc rod, soon to be replaced by one of them stef horak gt ouse 1.75 tc rods.