Is the Drennan Acolyte plus 15ft float rod up to trotting for barbel??. I've heard people say they use them but I own one and I'm not sure. You could say go and try it but it's an expensive way to find if its not.
Yeah I bet they are lovely rods for that job.Have a look at the new 2022 Daiwa connoisseur pro 15 foot power float ....have just ordered one so hopefully will handle the odd barbel now and again bit cheaper than the acolytes too
I don’t disagree that you don’t need a specific rod type to catch fish on your desired method but it makes a massive difference if you can tick important boxes.I noticed the guy that presents the Korum LOTB series advocated the Glide, but he didn't have that rod recently and made do with a standard barbel rod...the Allrounder as a makeshift float rod, and it worked well.
I wonder if we get a bit sniffy over what rod for a type of fishing?
Torrix actually wouldn’t be a bad shout Neil as it is tippier than most typical barbel rods.I agree with all of that Rich, and especially with trotting where you need a fast tip and line pick up. But if we don't always have the ideal tool to hand no need to fret we normally have something to use. Probably my old Fox twin tip would do a reasonable job rather than say a Torrix.
Perhaps if you have a spare 5 minutes today you could knock up a
prototype dual float / barbel feeder rod.
My float rods consist of Drennan 14ft ultralight Daiwa match, Drennan Tench, and a few bits I have used the Tench, and its ok albeit on the short side. Just worried about explaining to Maria why we need to shell out 400 quid on a faster tip action. Plus she is aware that anything I buy with Barbel on it is a total waste of money.Torrix actually wouldn’t be a bad shout Neil as it is tippier than most typical barbel rods.
Your foxs with the quiver spliced tips would be better still but the rings would be a nightmare being so close to the blank.
You are absolutely right though, not having the dedicated rod certainly shouldn’t stop anyone. I used to do it as a kid on the swale with a donated 11ft solid fiber glass rod. I think it was an old pike rod. Bright yellow with orange whippings solid steel guides it weighed a metric ton.
Used to catch afew too. Don’t think I could go back to that rod now mind. My back and arms simply wouldn’t cope