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Carp Rods

Carp Angling has become the most sought-after segment of the fishing business in the United Kingdom and Continental Europe. Anglers have switched to wanting the thrill of catching huge carp, of which many have never been seen, and some only come out rarely - every few years.

In the United Kingdom, carp waters can be found across the country. The carp fishing equipment, i.e. the carp fishing rod and reel, the angler uses. However, this is also based on how the angler is fishing regarding distance, size, and location. In carp angling, anglers typically fish by using three-four rods at one time to target different areas of their swim with other methods.

With carp angling being inactive, you often cast your carp fishing rods and wait hours for a fish. It would help if you sat in your bivvy, day fishing or night fishing, waiting for your bite alarm to go off on your rod rests.

The quality of your carp fishing rods directly affects how far you can cast and at what accuracy. This also affects how a rod plays a carp when playing a fish to the net.

Different rods for carp fishing cover all types, ranging from £40 to over £500 each, with other blanks and fittings to excite a carp angler. However, most anglers opt for a "Middle-Market Rod" between £50 and £350, perfect for most angling situations. This means carp rods are available to suit all budgets and abilities, as carp fishing can be a costly sport to those who take it very seriously.

What Carp Fishing Rod Suits Your Needs?

The first part of choosing what carp rod suits you as an angler is assessing whether you are a beginner, intermediate or experienced. You can buy the most expensive fishing rod for carp, although if you are a beginner, you may have to grow into using them to their fullest potential.

Tackle is not just about price - it's what gives you the excitement to go out fishing and enjoy yourself.

Carp Rods can be bought in several lengths. 10ft carp rods are the newest fashion in carp fishing, not just in the United Kingdom but also in demand across Europe. However, carp rods of 12ft are the standard length most anglers have used for the last forty years. It allows long-distance fishing and has the perfect playing action for carp.

When fishing with a rod, you must consider the other thing: do you have total confidence? For example, another carp angler who is an experienced fisherman might prefer a 13ft rod that allows them to cast further as they fish at extreme distances rather than a 10ft carp rod. 13ft rods have become much more popular over the last few years, when zig rig fishing has become a more regular style of carp fishing.

The critical feature difference between 12ft and 13ft carp rods in today's market is the measurement of butt rings that are commonly bigger. As standard, 13ft rods have 50mm butt rings. However, on average most 12ft rods have 40mm butt rings that are ideal for this rod length by companies.

Anglers are moving to 50 mm butt rings because there is much less friction on the line coming off the reel, running through the rings, leading to increased casting distances and, therefore, getting to further spots that other anglers might not be able to fish. This, by most anglers, is perception, as all anglers dream of casting at long distances. This has led to the latest carp fishing trend of many 12ft rods being implemented with large 50mm butt designs and guides.

The critical problem with 13ft rods is you need a new rod holdall to fit the rods! The other problem is that 50mm guides require the right carp reels to complement. These are generally big pit reels that need more space. Finally, most anglers moving from 12ft to 13ft rods typically have lots of different carp fishing equipment.

What Is The Difference In Test Curves?

The best way of establishing a test curve is the amount of pressure required to be bowing the rod tip over to a 90-degree angle towards the butt of the rod. Most carp rods test curves range from 2.75lbs - 3.5lbs. However, with the changes in carp fishing and extreme carp fishing rods, it is not uncommon to find rods outside these boundaries. As discussed earlier, the test curve is generally affected by the dimension or size of the carp you are fishing for with the equipment in question. One wants rods typically with a higher test curve on big reservoirs or rivers with fast-moving waters.

What Different Types of Actions Do You Find In Carp Fishing Rods?

There are three types of different movements used in carp fishing rods. The first is a fast-moving action that uses 1k carbon throughout all or part of the fishing rod blank. In addition, some carp rods use carbons in the tip arrangement, although each supplier makes rods differently.

Rods with parabolic action are best defined as mixing continuous and fast action throughout the blank. Many Carp Anglers prefer a Parabolic Actioned Rod (PAR), as they offer both a sensitive tip action and a substantial butt section.

This wide range of actions and test curves is created by the mix of carbons used in the manufacturing processes of the blanks. Most top-end carp rods use 1K carbon fibre. A modulus is defined as a rigidity or firmness rating. If carbon fibre has a higher modulus rating, it is generally stiffer and recovers quicker under load. Rods on the cheaper end of the market use a carbon compound instead of actual, genuine carbon fibre to create the same action in the fishing rod.

Generally, three types of handle options are available in fishing rods; full Japanese shrink tube handles, abbreviated handles that show carbon in the handle and commonly, cork handles - the list goes on and on… Cork is the substance of preference used by custom rod builders for customers that want specialist custom rods entirely suited to their needs. Anglers like the material it has, as it feels lovely in hand and has padding for a while an angler is playing a fish. In conjunction with this, on the negative side, anglers complain that if the grade of cork used in the row is low-grade, it changes colour and wears easier.

EVA grips are the second most attractive for custom rods. This is a plastic element that is very light to handle. The rod builder can precision manipulate the material to create a comfortable hold on the handle. This material, such as cork, is ideal in different weather circumstances. Its main advantage is that it lasts significantly longer than cork and looks better for longer. Finally, most rod handles have a stainless butt cap at the end. This generally is used by manufacturers such as Daiwa, Fox, Nash and other brands to showcase their logos for brand recognition.

The rod's final embellishes considered the fixtures, such as the reel position and the line guidings. Most fishing rod line guides from the 1st guide nearest the reel seat are one foot each to the rod's tip. Each guide gets smaller the further you move up the rod.

Guides are manufactured from different materials, some with inserts and some with ceramic or pure metal inserts. This allows either monofilament or braided lines to flow through more efficiently.

Reel seats have been designed to hold your reel to your rod. Most carp rods are manufactured with a DPS-style reel seat, although various makers have different types of reel seats on the market. Many rods use Fuji guides and, in some cases, reel seats, as they are famous for their quality. Additional features can include line clips and isotope options that give you a better vision of your rod tips within darker light conditions.

spod rods or marker rods have become particularly popular over the last few years. They are sold as a separate product alongside a setup for three-carp rods. The big difference is that the action is between 4lb and 5lb test curve for spodding and marker rods due to the distances anglers cast with a heavier lead. Marker and spod rods give increased casting precision so that you can fish the water accurately. Most fishing rod brands that manufacture carp rods have spodding and marker rods within their selection.