Short rods – okay for carp?
IS AN 8ft feeder rod too short for catching carp?
Tom Brant, Leeds
THIS depends on the size of feeder you are using and how far you want to cast it. You’ll not be able to reach 50 yards or so with a 30g feeder using a short rod, but for a 20-yard throw with small pellet or Method feeder, this short rod will be ideal – in fact, this type of job is just what it was made for.
A shorter rod also allows you to tuck it out of the way of the wind and helps no end in tighter swims that may be enclosed by trees or rushes that would get in the way if using a longer rod.
An 8ft rod will also put a fish ready to be netted closer to the bank, a bonus when you’re catching quickly and want to get back out as soon as possible. Don’t worry about them lacking power – short rods have incredible strength built into their blanks and they’ll handle doublefigure carp with ease.