Budget Pike Fly rod?

beetlebum

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Morning everyone, as the title suggests I am after a cheapish pike rod. Due to having to buy a new car recently I need to keep it under £100, less would be preferable. Is there realistically anything nice to use in this price range or am I better off going down the used route? I have been looking at the Shakespeare XPS but they are only available in an 8 or 10 weight, preferably I'd like a nine weight as my line is a 9. Any info as always is much appreciated.
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Simon
 

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Agility 2 XPS would be my vote - go for the 8 weight and overline with a 9 weight line.
Thanks for that, I was thinking exactly the same thing. I'd mainly be fishing the Leeds Liverpool canal for small fish so an 8 should be fine anyway.
















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The other option is to go for a Maxcatch Premier rod .. 9foot 9 weight at less than 40 pounds.

 

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I use a Shakespeare XPS #10 (version 1)with a DI8 for deep work at Rutland and it works fine.
Airflow Delta Classic 9ft #8/9 at £69.99 (GAC) might suit smaller waters
 

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Not most peoples first choice but I bought one of these for sinking line trout work recently. It's great for the money and is very stiff - really good standard of finish and very powerful. I have been casting some fairly big flies for bass with it and an 8wt line but it has power to spare. I am certainly going to use it for Pike when I get the chance. I am sure it would be fine with a 9wt line.
I have a Ron Thompson lure rod that was cheap as chips and is my go to soft plastic rod - it's great.
Just another option for you.
Rich
 

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Not most peoples first choice but I bought one of these for sinking line trout work recently. It's great for the money and is very stiff - really good standard of finish and very powerful. I have been casting some fairly big flies for bass with it and an 8wt line but it has power to spare. I am certainly going to use it for Pike when I get the chance. I am sure it would be fine with a 9wt line.
I have a Ron Thompson lure rod that was cheap as chips and is my go to soft plastic rod - it's great.
Just another option for you.
Rich
Cheers Rich, I'll check it out. I've had RT stuff in the past that has been incredible for the price (had a 9ft IM8 light spin rod that was my favourite but as you can guess it snapped😞).
 

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Cheers Rich, I'll check it out. I've had RT stuff in the past that has been incredible for the price (had a 9ft IM8 light spin rod that was my favourite but as you can guess it snapped😞).
It has saltwater rated fittings as well.....
The handle cork is just ok, and not overly long, if I had to criticise.......
 

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It’s one area of fishing where the cheaper rods may be actually better than high end (non specialist Pike fly) rods. Chucking really big pike flies is easier with medium action rods, or over lining fast action until they load slow and prevent bouncing. Casting can prevent that on fast action too, but unless you’re an expert, use something slower, which within reason usually means something cheaper.
i frequently use a 6 piece diawa wilderness 9’ #9 when travelling, or if out lure fishing in the boat. Think it cost me bout 50 quid, and overloaded with an airflo 40+ #9 (which is probably a 10 and a half). It will throw a 9” pike fly 35 yards.
 

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It’s one area of fishing where the cheaper rods may be actually better than high end (non specialist Pike fly) rods. Chucking really big pike flies is easier with medium action rods, or over lining fast action until they load slow and prevent bouncing. Casting can prevent that on fast action too, but unless you’re an expert, use something slower, which within reason usually means something cheaper.
i frequently use a 6 piece diawa wilderness 9’ #9 when travelling, or if out lure fishing in the boat. Think it cost me bout 50 quid, and overloaded with an airflo 40+ #9 (which is probably a 10 and a half). It will throw a 9” pike fly 35 yards.
Thanks for the info, it's good to hear from folks who are familiar with this kind of fishing. I've lure fished for pike for years, usually using heavy jerkbait tackle. I'm looking forward to catching some on the fly too.
 

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Hi,

There´s a Wychwood PDR on ebay at the moment, it´s only just come out and is getting good reviews.

Cheers,

Damian f
 

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Thanks for the info, it's good to hear from folks who are familiar with this kind of fishing. I've lure fished for pike for years, usually using heavy jerkbait tackle. I'm looking forward to catching some on the fly too.
I haven’t fished jerk baits for years, I just don’t enjoy it, I have caught beasties on them but it must be 15 years since I have had the jerk rods out.
I much prefer fly fishing, and if the flies aren’t doing it, the. surface stick baits, poppers, lucky 13s etc that are all comfortable on lighter spinning tackle. All fishing in quiet shallower bays. I leave the deeper open water ‘hot spots’ and the heavy stuff to the 20 somethings!
Once you get a 20 chasing a fly through the lilies, or when you drop a short ‘delicate’ cast into the reeds and find a lively teen, you’ll not go back.
Stick with it if it’s slow to start. 2 weeks post spawning, anywhere from end Feb to end March/mid April depending on weather and location is the best time to start the fly as it’ll give you the confidence as the fish are at their most likely to chase.
 

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I haven’t fished jerk baits for years, I just don’t enjoy it, I have caught beasties on them but it must be 15 years since I have had the jerk rods out.
I much prefer fly fishing, and if the flies aren’t doing it, the. surface stick baits, poppers, lucky 13s etc that are all comfortable on lighter spinning tackle. All fishing in quiet shallower bays. I leave the deeper open water ‘hot spots’ and the heavy stuff to the 20 somethings!
Once you get a 20 chasing a fly through the lilies, or when you drop a short ‘delicate’ cast into the reeds and find a lively teen, you’ll not go back.
Stick with it if it’s slow to start. 2 weeks post spawning, anywhere from end Feb to end March/mid April depending on weather and location is the best time to start the fly as it’ll give you the confidence as the fish are at their most likely to chase.
Thank you for the tips, I know what you mean about the heavier tackle, when you're catching good sized jacks and it's barely even putting a bend in the rod then you start to wonder what the point of it all is. Plus I get to tie up some new flies which is fun in itself.
 

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I took advantage of the recent %10 off code for John Norris and bought a Shakespeare Agility XPS #10. It arrived today and I've just been having a proper look at it, it's a nice looking rod and is finished really well... especially for £55! I'm hoping to get out with it at weekend. Thanks again for all of the advice.
 

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Had my first outing for pike yesterday. The XPS is a nice rod, really nice for the small amount paid. I had to work at it though as I'm using a 9 line on it (going to get a 10wt intermediate soon), my wrist was feeling it by the end of the afternoon. I had two takes but unfortunately didn't connect with either, still very exciting though and proof that my fly patterns work.
 
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