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Post  Lefty on Sun Mar 06, 2011 12:05 pm

Just to follow on from the questions I asked in the "particle" thread about suitable rods, a nine foot rod would give me more control over a hooked fish when stalking and a full blown carp rod may be too heavy for floater fishing.

If I were to get a 9ft stalking rod, would this be suitable for the floater fishing as well, or would I need a 12ft rod for line pick up and more control?

I have a watch on a JRC 9ft stalking rod on fleabay but can't seem to find much info about it Neutral
Does anybody know if they are any good?

I also have a watch on a Chub 9ft stalker and apparently they are an excellent rod from what I've heard.

I've had a look at the Wychwood Extricator rods in my local tackle shop and like what I see with them. Lightweight, comfortable to hold and they seem to have plenty of power in them. (Tackle shop owner was tugging at the tip to try and simulate having a fish on Very Happy )
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Post  Andy Macfarlane on Sun Mar 06, 2011 5:10 pm

I'd think a lot of it depends on the range and the amount of line you actually have to pick up. If it's within stalking range, then a stalking rod should do. If it's beyond stalking range, then a stalking rod is the wrong rod for the job.
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Post  tackle tart on Sun Mar 06, 2011 5:37 pm

there are quite a few stalking rods on the market but you might want to take a look at the free spirit range (THE E CLAss range )

Surface Creeper 'E' 11' 109.99
Bank Creeper 'E' 10' 109.99
Bank Creeper 'E' 10' S.U. 119.99
Margin Creeper 'E' 8'6" 99.99
Tree Creeper 'E' 6' 79.99

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Post  tootall on Sun Mar 06, 2011 6:48 pm

Lefty the extricator is a fab rod for the money. Like you say though, line pick up could be an issue on bigger waters. I have one and it doubles up as a great medium weight lure rod / boat rod Wink
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Post  Lefty on Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:04 am

Andy Macfarlane wrote:I'd think a lot of it depends on the range and the amount of line you actually have to pick up. If it's within stalking range, then a stalking rod should do. If it's beyond stalking range, then a stalking rod is the wrong rod for the job.

The majority of waters I fish are small to medium sized but I do sometimes (maybe 5 times a year) visit the odd larger venue.

tackle tart wrote:Surface Creeper 'E' 11' 109.99
Bank Creeper 'E' 10' 109.99
Bank Creeper 'E' 10' S.U. 119.99
Margin Creeper 'E' 8'6" 99.99
Tree Creeper 'E' 6' 79.99

Thanks for the info, but I can't really afford them prices.

Tootall wrote:Lefty the extricator is a fab rod for the money. Like you say though, line pick up could be an issue on bigger waters. I have one and it doubles up as a great medium weight lure rod / boat rod Wink

Now that does sound like my kind of rod. Cool
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Post  Andy Macfarlane on Tue Mar 08, 2011 9:34 am

Good innit when you come across a multi-purpose rod. The funny thing is, there was once a time when spinning rods did a bit of everything.

I've also picked up some stalking rods and barbel rods and thought, "This is a spinning rod with a funny sticker on it"
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Post  Lefty on Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:40 pm

Funny you should mention that Andy.

I have read in quite a few magazines and on different websites that it is perfectly ok to use a spinning rod for stalking. My own spinning rod is probably too light for that purpose as it is rated at 12-32grm otherwise I would be tempted Very Happy
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Post  Lefty on Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:46 pm

Funny you should mention that Andy.

I have read in quite a few magazines and on different websites that it is perfectly ok to use a spinning rod for stalking. My own spinning rod is probably too light for that purpose as it is rated at 12-32grm otherwise I would be tempted Very Happy
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Post  noodle on Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:13 am

ive had custom built stalking rods from north western blanks and played with a few others over the years from century fox harrison etc

and one of the best ive used so good in fact i sold the others and bought two of these

drennan esox spinflex 9 ft 2.5 lb fantastic through actioned rod with a nice length handle and the only downside are the eyes being single legged affairs however in the years ive had mine (6-7 now) ive only had to replace one eye and that was the tip one affter smashing it on a the harbour wall at jon o groats

its handled carp and pike throwing lures in freshwater and the sea boat fishing with baits for pike

i think they are so versatile ive bought one (7ft) for my little lad should he ever want to come fishing and i had to buy a reel and some lures of course...
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Post  Andy Macfarlane on Thu Mar 10, 2011 6:51 am

Well let's face it, what is a spinning rod other than a stalking rod anyway? As long as it's capable of handling the surging run of the target fish at short distance and casting out the bait of choice, then it'll do.

There isn't much in UK waters that can steam off faster than a Salmon in a spate water. Carp and cats don't get a look in. If spinning rods can handle them, they can handle any old carp you like.

Seems to me that many of the barbel rods and stalking rods are little more than re-branded spinning rods and that's all they are. They come in the same lengths, same casting weights, handle the same surging runs....the difference is what?

I learned how to fish with a spinning rod and there isn't a lot I can't do with them, apart from a few very specialised techniques so if I had to pick one rod to use for the rest of my days, it would be the spinning rod. I can even fish a fly with one.

Not much cop for beachcasting mind you...lol
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