Dren­nan com­mer­cial rods

The lat­est ad­di­tions to Dren­nan’s hugely pop­u­lar Red Range are per­fect for tar­get­ing com­mer­cial carp with Method feeder or pel­let wag­gler tac­tics

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DREN­NAN’S Red Range of tackle has made quite an im­pact over re­cent years, of­fer­ing func­tional no-non­sense kit at af­ford­able prices with lash­ings of Dren­nan qual­ity, so much so that some top open an­glers hap­pily use the kit in pref­er­ence to more ex­pen­sive ranges, which tells you all you need to know about how good the gear is. Some­thing that was miss­ing from this ex­haus­tive se­lec­tion, though, were shorter punchier rods for tak­ing on an av­er­age com­mer­cial fish­ery and more in­ti­mate pegs where an 11ft or 12ft rod was sim­ply too long. Fol­low­ing ex­ten­sive de­vel­op­ment and test­ing, Dren­nan have cracked it with this lovely lit­tle pair of 10ft rods to cover pel­let wag­gler and Method feeder fish­ing. At 10ft you’re not go­ing be blast­ing floats and feed­ers into the wild blue yon­der but think about how many times you ac­tu­ally have to go long dis­tance on com­mer­cials and you’ll only need the one hand to count them on. The vogue is for short chucks to is­lands or far banks and that’s where the new Red Range rods come into their own. Built around crisp full car­bon blanks, the pel­let wag rod will chuck a float to around 25m, nearer 40m for the feeder rod, and those dis­tances are meat and drink on carp wa­ters. How­ever, what the rods do have in their favour over longer mod­els is that when it comes to net­ting time, the shorter length means that the fish will come closer to the bank – no more full-length stretch­ing to bun­dle a fish into the net. In short, you’re al­ways go­ing to be in con­trol! Both rods have slim blanks with cork and Du­plon han­dles, screw-down reel seats and a hook-keeper rings, and the two-piece de­sign means they can be as­sem­bled and folded away in ready-rod bags in sec­onds. What’s per­haps of more im­por­tance is the ac­tion of the blanks and Dren­nan has made them with a ‘through’ ac­tion. This makes them bend some­what alarm­ingly when a big fish is on but there’s power in re­serve and the soft­ness will ul­ti­mately cut down on fish lost un­der the rod tip or to hook-pulls. But it’s the price that re­ally is the star of the show. Qual­ity tackle has never been more af­ford­able and the days of hav­ing to lob out £150 for a de­cent rod are long gone. Now, £50 will get you a rod that’s more than a match for the job in hand. At just £49.95 for the pel­let wag­gler and £54.95 for the Method feeder rod, the wal­let can breathe a sigh of re­lief. Those fig­ures are re­mark­able as I can re­mem­ber gaz­ing long­ingly at Dren­nan leg­ends such as the Su­per Feeder or DRX range and only dream about own­ing one. Now, you can get Dren­nan’s un­beat­able qual­ity and per­for­mance at a crazy price. So how do they match up with a fish on the end? The carp of Stretton Lakes in Lin­colnshire were about to find out - the new Carp Lake on Stretton Lakes in Lin­colnshire is home to plenty of hard-fight­ing com­mons and mir­rors, a per­fect test­ing ground. Pick­ing a peg with to is­lands to go at, a clipped up 15g flatbed Method was launched to an is­lands at 30m, armed with banded 6mm pel­let. There were no wor­ries with the cast­ing – the feeder flew true and straight, the rod didn’t have that spongy wob­ble that many low-priced rods have but nor was it like a scaf­fold­ing pole. I’ve seen Method feeder rods

back in the day that may have been use­ful for bass fish­ing off the North Nor­folk Coast such was their fear­some stiff­ness but the Red Range Method felt just like a stan­dard feeder rod; light, re­spon­sive with the per­fect ac­tion to land the feeder up against the is­land mud. The carp took all of two min­utes to find the bait and when the tip zapped round, I re­ally put the shoul­der into the fight. Dren­nan’s through ac­tion soaks up ev­ery lunge and shud­der with ease and it doesn’t take long to get the fish un­der the rod tip. It’s not un­der­gunned by any stretch of the imag­i­na­tion but nor is it too strong – the bal­ance is right on the money. Even when a carp ripped off and hit the clip, there was enough soft­ness in the blank to pre­vent a busted hook link or a pulled hook. With four carp safely in the net, it was time to pick up the pel­let wag­gler rod. The sec­ond is­land was a more sen­si­ble 20m chuck and, hav­ing loose fed pel­lets from the word go, un­mis­tak­able swirls and tail pat­terns were erupt­ing right where I’d been feed­ing. Out went a 6g pel­let wag­gler fol­lowed by a pouch of 6mm pel­lets and un­der went the float! The float rod packs the same bril­liant through ac­tion as its feeder brother en­abling you to wind right down and pull fish to safety. It’s also very crisp and you don’t need a full­blooded strike to set the hook pro­vided that you keep a tight line to the float. Dren­nan is right about the shorter length en­abling you to net fish closer – my only trou­ble was that they kept try­ing to get be­hind the keep­net! The Red Range duo im­pressed me greatly and I won­dered if there is any­thing that would im­prove them. Hon­estly, there isn’t a thing. Both are strong yet soft enough, will reach the re­quired cast­ing dis­tance with the min­i­mum of fuss and telling ac­cu­racy, and are a plea­sure to han­dle. The Dren­nan Red Range, I think, is now com­plete!

Richard’s ver­dict

For the money you’re not go­ing to go wrong with this pair, made with com­mer­cial carp venues in mind and with the at­ten­tion to de­tail and that you’d ex­pect from Dren­nan. They’re not as lux­u­ri­ous as Dren­nan’s Acolyte range but, for plea­sure ses­sions and even open matches, they’re bang on, eas­ily ca­pa­ble of land­ing mas­sive carp. You’ll not re­gret pack­ing a cou­ple in your rod bag.

Both Method and Pel­let Wag­gler rods boast the same bri­iliant through ac­tion – strong but sup­ple

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