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Bought the 10ft 2.25lb version. Practically got it for nothing, as bulking up on terminal bits and bobs and an online retailer was offering a discount code. Whilst it’s probably too heavy for any Barbel ‘situations’ on the Hants Avon or Dorset Stour (my two book rivers), my thinking was 1) Ideal river piking rod and 2) Baitdropper rod attached to an old shimano loaded with braid. I’ve got one of those big ones of evilBay that deposits what must be almost a pint of hemp/caster per drop. I’ll try to remember to report back on the latter in the new season.
I’ve just sold the 8ft ones on here great little rods for small waters. I’ve got the 10ft ones aswell they might seem to powerful for barbel fishing but trust me once you bend into one the action on the 10ft ones are nice and will stop any barbel swimming whilst still having a decent feel to them