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Old 14-04-2017, 11:20 PM
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Default Advice on buying a coarse rod

I took my two grandchildren down to a local pond this week to introduce them to fishing. We had a great time and had a mixed bag of Rudd, Roach and Carp. The Carp went to about 5lb but there are a few Carp to low doubles in this water.
I realise that all of my coarse fishing gear is well past it's sell by date and so want to buy some more up to date kit.
Any advice on a suitable all round rod / reel for silver fish as well as the odd Carp or two would be appreciated. I was wondering if a John Wilson Avon rod would fit the bill but wonder if this might be too meaty a rod?

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Old 15-04-2017, 06:17 AM
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Avon rods are designed primarily for rivers though I'm not sure what the difference is. You'd be better off with a pellet waggler as these are designed specifically for pulling out carp in commercials like what you describe, but are not too heavy for silvers. Plus you can pick them up pretty cheap and at shorter lengths, say 9-10ft, which might be easier for them to use.
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Old 15-04-2017, 07:11 AM
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I have a couple of the John Wilson Avons, they have a test curve of 1 1/4 lb there is also heavier Barbel versions which have test curve of 1 3/4 lb.

As a general purpose rod they do provide quite a bit a flexibility in a single rod for both float fishing and ledgering. I had the original 2 piece versions and replaced them with the 5 piece versions which are easier to transport and perform just as well.

I primarily float fish in Stillwater and for just over 50 (ebay) they are quite good value for money.

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Old 15-04-2017, 08:11 AM
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Old 15-04-2017, 06:45 PM
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Maver Genesis Black Ice float 10' (or 11') - cheap and cheerful for that kind of work - but great little rods - I bought my son one and liked it so much I went back and got one for me! (mind you they were half price at the time so silly not to!) Mainly for our fun fishing on a local farm pond, mixed fish with carp up to 10, but I have landed a 20lber on it as well.
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Thanks everyone for your input. I've a much clearer idea about what to buy rod-wise now.
Jeff the farm pond you describe sounds very similar to my 'farm pond'

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Old 15-04-2017, 09:16 PM
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Thanks everyone for your input. I've a much clearer idea about what to buy rod-wise now.
Jeff the farm pond you describe sounds very similar to my 'farm pond'

Cheers,

Paul
The rod I mentioned remind me a bit of a classic 10' Mk IV Avon type rod, nice forgiving action capable of absorbing lunges from bigger fish and coaxing them out of weedbeds. Can be used for float and light leger, good all-rounder. Probably why I took a fondness to it as its the sort of rod I grew up using.
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The kids and I all got the 10ft versions of black ice......great little rods. ...
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Trago Mills have a good selection of fairly cheap rods.

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The kids and I all got the 10ft versions of black ice......great little rods. ...
Fun aren't they? 😀 Also, forgot to mention but they're 2 piece so can be left made up in the garage to grab a couple of hours fishing on a summer evening .
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