I LIKE a 12ft rod, as it helps keep the line out of the flow ands hold the feeder in position.
A freespool reel, set correctly, eliminates the risk of a barbel pulling a rod into the water.
Most times I prefer a single rod but if bites are hard to come by I’ll fish a second on the same line, a few yards further downstream. I fish it with a straight lead rather than a feeder, as I don’t want spread bait around the swim, preferring to stick with one baited area.
Plenty of bait will be carried past this downstream rod and the hope is that it will pick up fish reluctant to move over the main baited area.
Deep rests help to avoid rods being pulled in!