When speaking to the master, ANDY BENNETT, he gave us a very clear and precise set of qualities, specifications and actions required for Feeder Rods used on Commercial Fisheries, Still Waters and Lakes.
Firstly we needed to produce rods at 3 lengths which will cover all situations and venues. A 9ft, 10ft and an 11ft model would be required. So that is the easy part sorted. All rods are in two equal lengths with the tip fitted so that they could be carried already set up in your Hard Case holdall. Each of these rods comes supplied with 3 interchangeable Carbon Push In tips. A Light, Medium and Heavy Tip. Which equates to a 1oz, 1.5oz and a 2oz Tip.
Then the hard part is to get the correct action, because to make these rods perfect they require to have 2 actions built into one blank. The Butt section needs to be just stiff enough to give the rod backbone and excess power when required, but most importantly to give the rod great casting action and abilities to cast very accurately. In todays modern methods of fishing it is vital to be able to cast your feeder into the same spot time after time and concentrate your feed and therefore your fish into a small area. Distance is no problem because you can easily clip up so that your distance is the same every time. But you also need to be accurate in direction. If the blank is too soft it will wobble when you cast and therefore your direction could be out. We needed to make it just stiff enough to allow for a straight cast. Then you need to move onto the tip carrier section and the interchangeable Carbon put in tips. These have to be softer and in a perfect curve to allow the tip to set the hook each time and allow for the runs and lunges of hard fighting fish. You need to be in control of the fish and not the other way round. The tip action and Butt section action need to blend into one another with a seamless balance and that is where our skill and expertise came into play.
Altering the Carbon mixtures, the position of certain Guides etc all made vital alterations until finally Andy came back to us and said they are the most perfect Feeder Rods he has ever fished with. Coming from an Angler of his stature means so much to us.
9ft - upto 6lb
10ft - upto 6lb
11ft - upto 8lb
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