Guide to... Floater rods

Each month our team of ex­perts at IYCF HQ take a look at some of the best tackle items on the mar­ket. This month we fo­cus on floater rods...

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DUR­ING the warm sum­mer months there isn’t a bet­ter way to fish for carp than on the sur­face. Watch­ing your float­ing hook­bait dis­ap­pear into the mouth of a carp fol­lowed shortly by the tight­en­ing of your line can’t fail to get your heart beat­ing that lit­tle bit faster. The other great thing about the tac­tic is that you have a re­al­is­tic chance of catch­ing a few fish in a short pe­riod of time. A few hours af­ter work are all you need to put a fish on the bank. When it comes to sur­face fish­ing, there is no place for beefy 3lb-plus test curve rods. Us­ing too strong a rod with the small hooks and light lines re­quired will leave you pulling your hair out with hook-pulls. A rod with a test curve be­tween 1.75lb and 2.5lb is much more suit­able and will en­able you to be much more ac­cu­rate when flick­ing out light con­troller floats. A pro­gres­sive ac­tion will help to ab­sorb any last minute lunges at the net and re­duce hook-pulls. A hook-keeper ring is also a use­ful fea­ture to look out for when pur­chas­ing a floater rod. When mov­ing swims it is much eas­ier to have your long 6ft hook­length fixed in place as op­posed to it flap­ping around and catch­ing on ev­ery bush you walk past! Nu­mer­ous man­u­fac­tur­ers now pro­duce ded­i­cated floater fish­ing rods which have been de­signed specif­i­cally for the tac­tic. Here’s our pick of some of the best...

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