Rods, Fishing, Carbon-Fibre, angling for the use of.

Those rods made of the substance of the devil, as a Fundamental Traditional Fishermen might say. Carbon-fibre itself is a remarkable material, stronger and lighter than glass-fibre. This doesn't stop many terrible rods being made from the stuff, with poor actions or so thin walled they have almost none of the benefits and all of the downsides.

Having said that there are some fabulous rods about and a couple of them are listed below, along with a surprising number of dogs. I'm still mystified as to why someone hasn't made a thick-walled, well designed carbo-fibre rod which would allow me to fish for almost anything in the UK. If you want something doing properly...

Anyhow...if you care how many carbon-fibre rods there are on this page, you can see the summary at the bottom of the pageGuess where this link takes you?.

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Carbon-Fibre Fishing RodThe Old Carp Rod.

This was my first carbon-fibre rod which was pretty exciting in 1984. It's a two-piece 11 foot through action rod 2¼lb Test Curve (built myself in 1981 when carbon fibre was really exciting and new), which has great power, if not at the longest ranges. It's still one of my favourite rods, although it has special place in my fishing-heart, as it got me feral carping on the 'Pike Pit'.

I gave it a re-furnish in June 2008, new handle, moving it towards the butt-end, as it used to have a double hand "horizon cast" thing going on. A new set of rings and it's whipped 'camo'. C'et un blague. My Harrisons was a test bed for thread colours and the tip sports several, plus the whole rod has 1ft market intermediates. It was dubbed a camo-whipped Avon by a friend, so on the old rod I went the whole hog and mixed colours and spacing for odd intermediates along the entire length. None of the rings have two whippings the same colour. Good fun. I look forward to my first 'bite' on it...

There are a few bits and bobs appended detailing fettles, various .

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Carbon-Fibre Fishing Rod1984. At last a Proper Rod. I'd got a bee in my bonnet about having a proper fishing rod, despite going fishing less often. A (new) tackle shop on Desborough road in Wycombe offered me a blank which met my description, soft action, about a 1½lb t/c, 11 feet long. It was mostly carbon, but I wonder now if there isn't some glass in the mix. This cost me £40, a lot in 1984, it had a duplon handle and reel seat fitted. I went into Newbury and bought 'Fuji BNHG' rings (the sort with the luminous insert, I just liked the colour) and thread. The thread was thicker than grade 'D' (they must have seen me coming) and I whipped the rings on top of a thin coat of araldite and then smeared a little more into the whipping surface. Sounds awful, but the rings were was still going strong in 2004.

I took it down to show 'Old Bob' and he couldn't believe how light it was.

Carbon-Fibre Fishing Rod1984. Hove and the Milward 'Black Spider'.

I visited a cousin in Hove Actually HA"So, you live in Brighton?" "No! Hove actually..."  and rambled on the next day, found a tackle shop where I got a spool of Milward 'Black Spider' braided terylene in 11lb b/s. This was thinner than the 8lb I was using, so was much chuffed as it seem bang-on the same diameter as 8lb 'Perlon' and so perfect for a varnished four-turn water knot. I bought a mackerel, parked up the coast and fished lightly in the gentle surf, sitting on the pebbles between two groynes and enjoying the sun. After a drifting hour, I noted subtle swirls on the edge of the waves and once or twice a fin poked through...I tried for some time to keep a bait on the edge of the water but never got so much as a nibble. Hey ho.

The 'Black Spider' went on the carp fishing for the next three years, and you can see it in the blurry picture and I still have the spool...

Rockin' All over the '80sThe right hand orange circle is the 'Black Spider'. The two left hand ones are thread, carp rod for the building of, and some bottle of fish-oil for pike fishing. I'm faintly embarrassed by some of the rest of the room's contents. I was young.

Carbon-Fibre Fishing RodJuly 2008. The Old Carp Rod. Operation Camo. I gave the rod a re-furnish a new handle, moving it towards the butt-end, as it used to have a double hand "horizon cast" thing going on. A new set of rings and it's whipped 'camo'. C'et un blague. My Harrisons was a test bed for thread colours and the tip sports several, plus the whole rod has 1ft market intermediates. It was dubbed a camo-whipped Avon by a friend, so on the old rod I went the whole hog and mixed colours and spacing for odd intermediates along the entire length. None of the rings have two whippings the same colour. Good fun. I look forward to my first 'bite' on it...

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Carbon-Fibre Fishing RodDAM Quickfire Match.

This 13' 'match rod' was found in a Thatcham junk-shop in 1989 or so. I didn't use it much, but for general river fishing with a 'pin it was 'OK'. It badly needed re-ringing as it had those tiny eyes that were once the fashion but make casting hard work. In 2011 when I used it again, I remembered why I'd stopped using it. I gave it to the postman for his son to use. Not 'sold' as such. Sold to the bloke at the back

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Carbon-Fibre Fishing RodHarrisons Four-Piece Avon.

Harrisons' Avon, 11' four-piece 1lb 10oz t/c, built myself on an unground Harrison's blank in March 2005, which I then used for most fishing. A light and versatile rod with all the doubles (carp) taken on it so far comfortably within it's capabilities. Amazing rod, if a little stiff for some things. In 2010, I stripped it and rebuilt in scarlet, with bottle green reinforcing whipping and a spiral green thread the length of the rod.

I made a 'light' tip section from an old JW Avon found in a pawn shop which makes it handier still. I have a a stiffer tip section roughed out from a piece of a good quality carp waggler rod found bank-side. The plan is to make a short dolly section to fish it as an 8'6" rod in small streams.

There are a few other entries about the Four-Piece Avon.

Carbon-Fibre Fishing Rod7th February 2007. Harrison's Four Piece Avon Review.

Why would you buy a four-piece rod? Historically, they've had a bad press, but having travelled extensively and missed some great fishing opportunities, the need for a compact rod with the ability to cover various sorts of fishing had become crystallised in my mind. A two-piece rod is fine, but tends to be used as a footrest by smaller passengers in the back of the car and as a javelin by baggage handlers.

After some interwebbing, I came across Harrison and after some email communications decided I'd try the four-piece Avon. I ordered my blank in January via a distributor and after a delay it turned up. I built it in a frenzy using double legged ceramic rings and more or less followed the instructions and advice on Harrisons' website about spacing and placing. I've nothing against buying rods built and Harrison rods are nicely built. I just like to do it myself for the fun of it. I finally got to the water in May 2005. Phew. Improbably, I had an 11lb carp not 15 minutes in and finished the day with seven tench and another 6lb common. Good omens...so onto the rod itself;

At 10oz it's light in the hand, 11' long when assembled and 3'3" packed, which fits crossways on the Driving Technology's parcel shelf. When in use it has nothing about it that signals the four-piece construction. The joints are well made, a good fit and are overlapping joints which I am more comfortable with (as opposed to spigot-ferrules). It has a true Avon action through to the butt and I've felt that bend under strain. It's light enough to fish for small stuff, but has the power to stop a decent carp in its tracks. I've had to do this a few times on 12-15lb carp at about 15' (curse those overhanging tree branches).

I've used it on the Frome trotting for grayling and dace, mullet fishing in Ireland, some light piking, plus carp and tench fishing in weedy and snaggy waters and have no complaints. It has flexibility, but there is loads of power in reserve. I suspect I've not tapped that to its fullest extent yet.

I typically use it with 6lb/8lb line, depending on the water and fish, but go as light as 4lb, for trotting on the Frome and as high as 10lb for double figure carp in weedy water. 8lb seems around the optimum line strength for the rod. I would be chary of using it on purpose for really big carp (20lb+) especially in snaggy water; it might be a bit light for that. For everything between tiddler-snatching and really big carp/pike, it does an excellent job. I wish I'd had it a year earlier for a trip to a warm place with a chance of Barracuda, or as the bother put it, "A chance of watching one strip off 200 yards of line in 30 seconds and then smash you up...", but you know what I mean.

This is all unrelentingly positive, but I have a couple of niggles. The first one, is that I ordered in January, got a blank in March with a cork handle, when I'd ordered Duplon, so back it went, four weeks to turn that around. Slow and wrong, although the dealer was very helpful in the circumstances. The second niggle, is that the screw down reel seat doesn't look the best quality. Having said that it works fine.

If you wanted to spend all your time on grayling or smaller fish, then a lighter t/c Avon of around a 1lb might be more suited, but for me, with a limited budget (and limited time to fish), the rod performs perfectly for 90% of my fishing and is easy to pack and carry.

Verdict: To sum up, if it broke I'd buy another tomorrow.

Carbon-Fibre Fishing Rod26th September 2016. The Handle Repair of Insanity. As I noted previously, a 6" section of the corks behind the reel-seat were loose. I thought perhaps the PVA glue I'd used hadn't set properly. I cut this section out, discovering that where I'd used thread to pack the blank to the cork I/D, the top layer was free of layer beneath as the glue hadn't penetrated the thread.

I cut a 6" section of cork in half length-wise, glued thin strips of bamboo inside and shaved them down so that the corks fitted perfectly on the handle. A whole lot of 'cascamite' was applied, then the whole caboodle was bound with string. When set, the handle was reshaped using the 'half-32mm pipe" method. It needs a light 'P180' polish, but can you see the join?

The Handle Repair of InsanityThe cork sections with splints. The Handle Repair of InsanityOne cork section in place The Handle Repair of InsanityThe finished handle, not unlike the old one. The Handle Repair of InsanityCan you see the join?

With hindsight, lazy really, and I know in my heart it'll all have to come off and be re-done properly.

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Carbon-Fibre Fishing RodCormoran Telescopic Spinning Rod.

I bought this in 2004 or so for travelling angling and it was both of reasonable quality and a surprisingly good rod. I'd perhaps used it only half-a-dozen times, when, while I was putting it up in Cork, I pulled the line through the rings and the top section snapped like a matchstick. I wasn't amused, but can repair most things. However, Cormoran themselves told me "They didn't carry spares and anyway I wouldn't be able to fix it myself". So, never buying anything from them ever. Rude people. Not 'sold', so much as scrapped. Sold to the bloke at the back

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Carbon-Fibre Fishing RodFox Trek

I bought this as it was five-piece and I wanted to be able to take several rods to cover all eventualities in a small roll-up bag. The 'Trek' was 2½lb t/c carp rod with a middle action. It was beautifully made and finished if a little tip heavy, even with a reel attached. On its first outing it easily dealt with a 15lb fish. Having said that I used it less than half-a-dozen times in 2006, once in February 2017 and not at all until 2009, when it was de-bagged for some serious snag-adjacent floater fishing. Sold to the bloke at the back in early 2010 for £70, as I'd stopped using it, but a good rod.

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Carbon-Fibre Fishing RodFox Floater Special

This was 12' with a nominal test-curve of 2lb. This was the third part of my 'have-three-rods-in-one-short-bag-will- travel' project. Sadly, this rod didn't work for me, much too much like a long quiver tip stuck on a stick, so I swapped it for a Cardinal 66. Then I bought another brand new for £70 which I used occasionally for it's intended purpose. Then I Sold to the bloke at the back it on for £70 as it still wasn't a very good rod - the tip was fine for casting light floating baits aided by the sensibly wide ring diameters on the tip, but the transition to the rest of the rod was sharp and unforgiving.

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Carbon-Fibre Fishing RodFour-Piece Spinning Rod.

I bought this 'no-name' rod for one of the LittleAnglers to use. In the even it was much stiffer than it's quoted casting weight suggested and really not a good rod at all. I Sold to the bloke at the back it on but I'm damned if I can recall where and who to.

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Carbon-Fibre Fishing RodUgly Specimen Avon.

Eleven foot and a 1½lb t/c but an absolute dog of a rod. I bid £18 on Fleabay to see what it did. It sold for £18. Wasn't sure what I'd do with it, but thought it might be a useful floater rod. Sold to the bloke at the back it for £20, I didn't need that and the Harrisons' Avon. Plus, it was as stiff as an Starchy McStarch the actor on opening-night.

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Carbon-Fibre Fishing RodFox Duo-lite Specialist Float 13'.

Bought to replace the Dam Q float-rod, it was pushed at me by a 'helpful mate', it turned out to be a dog of a rod, another feeble bendy bit stuck on a broom handle. Yuck. Sold to the bloke at the back it at Romsey.

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Carbon-Fibre Fishing RodESP Floater Rod.

Bought in 2009 for £45 second-hand. It's 12ft, has a 2½lb t/c, and I rebuilt it so the ring pattern followed the tapers - unlike some previous rods the change in taper from the tip to the body of the rod was gradual and progressive. This is in part why I bought one after checking a few out. I've caught scores of carp on this, it's a very good rod, although it is slightly peeving to pay £100 for a rod and see the ringing so half-arsed - it's sensible in a rod built entirely for casting 2-3oz weights prodigious distances, but make no sense for floater or float-fishing - which is why I refused on principle to buy a new one.

Although a grand rod for float-fishing for carp it has enough backbone to land two 30lbL'Orange Daze and a 40lb carpTangerine Days.

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Carbon-Fibre Fishing RodFladen 8ft 'Solid-C' Boat Rod.

I bought this in 2010 as a 'second', it's as a 10-20lb line rod, so my thinking was that it might make a good stalking/pier type type rod, plus, I was curious. There were, befitting a 'second', two problems with the rod. The first was that the 'counter' was a little under-sized, which was fixed by applying a thin coat of araldite (btw, regular araldite is now sold as "araldite precision" as great a marketing wheeze as I've heard) and polished back to a 'working fit'. The second issue was that five of the eight rings had rust spots and one was bent, so I replaced them all from those in the 'odd rings box' (Fuji T-NSG's) and bought in two new ones. The new rings were all whipped on with tan 'D' grade thread, with bottle-green reinforcing whippings, along with a new 10mm tip-ring. All the silver decals and writing were stripped off as they were horrible.

It's a cracking little rod and I had a 15lb fish with it first time out.

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Carbon-Fibre Fishing RodHarrisons GTI 15' Float Rod.

In 2011 I did some research into a float rod which was predominantly tip-action, but had a decent progressive action and some power in the middle, so 'surprise' fish could be managed, a necessity these days. There were several votes for the GTI, so I bought a 15' blank and built the rod myself. It works well for grayling and light float fishing, but with its progressive action through the tip to the middle, can handle double figure carp OK. I've evne used it for long range floater fishing with 6lb line. I tried adding a counterweight to the butt-end to 'balance' it, this didn't help. It felt great for a while, but was terrible for hook-setting and was just heavier at the end of the day. So much for 'balance'.

In 2016 I bought and built a solid tip section for use with lighter lines (with crucians in mind).

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Carbon-Fibre Fishing RodJohn Wilson Specialist Avon 11'.

One of the earliest models, which a nice 'GOSGloucester Old Spot' sold to me for £20. At 11' and with a 1¼lb t/c, it's a cracking rod. It has a nice crisp action but is flexible all the way down. In comparison with (say) the Harrsions', the top halves are almost the same, but the JW is slimmer in the lower section. I needed to do something with the handle, it was 'over-slender' and the plastic reel bands were a little loose and I don't like those anyway....perhaps needs re-corking. But it's a joy to use anyway.

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Carbon-Fibre Fishing RodShakespeare 8-9aftm 9' Fly-Rod.

A princely gift, which I've re-built with a fine new reel-seat, a foundling, and lined titanium eyes. I've added a 3/8th" BSF thread to the end of the handle and plan to make an extension to the butt. It casts very nicely, even for a neophyte flinger like myself.

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Carbon-Fibre Fishing RodThe Light Salmon Rod Experiment.

The LRSELight Salmon Rod Experiment was an attempt to make a strong through-action rod without spending a fortune. I 'internet auctioned' a 14 foot 8-10 aftm Bruce & Walker Spey Rod and did a cut-and-shunt on it. It didn't really work, the taper on the top section was so slight it's battle curve was a near quarter-circle. Ah well. It might yet be used to provide parts to the "Great Vaguely Imagined Portmanteau All-Purpose Rod". The 'GVIPAPRClearly I need a much better acronym for this.'.

There are a few other entries on the LRSELight Salmon Rod Experiment.

Carbon-Fibre Fishing Rod11th December 2013. LSRE. The Lighter Salmon Rod Experiment #1 - the plan being to make a light through action rod of about 11' from an 8-10 aftm fly rod - almost fell at the first hurdle really. The 9/10 weight 14 footer was stiffer than my #10-12 Hex. ...which didn't seem right. I sought the maker's opinion for sanity, then, despite being re-assured it was a softer rod, tied both rods to a step ladder - I used a string bag and braid threaded through to the top ring on the bottom section of both rods - where they were tied across the steps. I plotted the displacement from horizontal (both rods bang on 140cm from the floor in this set up) and here is a small graph. I'm bu88ered if can make Excel display it how I want...weight in 'oz' and the deflection is in 'cm' from horizontal(no load position). So lighter the 8-10aftm really is...

The Hex wins by 10%... The Hexagraph wins by 10%...

I planned to set to work with the thread and rings - I'd bought some Pacbay Minima's and a nice tip ring, plus a 'match cork'. I have a reel seat and although the thread ordered was NOT the colour in the picture...no matter, I have a large reel of red grade 'D' so will use that. 'W'. Ring spacing, 'as is'. Now, before I desecrate a perfectly good (if going for a song) salmon rod, I've opted to tape on a reel and take it to play with some simple-in-the-head carpusules...OK it looked mad, but I wanted to know and if it was too stiff, then it would have returned to evilbay whence it came and I'd look for #7-9 13 footer. Lead on McFluffchuckerclick to the second part of the experiment.

Carbon-Fibre Fishing Rod19th December 2013. LSRE. The Lighter Salmon Rod Experiment #2. I thought the taped up 14' rod a 'bit boingy', but with 20/20 hindsight you would expect that - hold a 14' rod 5' from the thick end and wobble it about, you'll see my point. So, there was only one way to find out if the rod would 'work' so... to the worrying bit (try saying that in the same way you might say "...to the batcave!"). I used the handle on the GHSRE as a guide and marked up the butt section...and added an inch. I swallowed hard and got out the junior hacksaw...I debated leaving a few inches cork-less for the B&W logo, for 'tis nice looking...zoopah, zoopah, zoopah, zoopah...very thick walled this blank...zoopah, zoo-click. And breath in.

OK then, mops sweat from brow, my plan was have a fore-grip of about 2-3" (for the look of the thing), so sliced the cork handle in two 'as required'. That worked out, Now, several streaks of inspiration all struck at once. The first, was to hacksaw off the section of the butt with the Bruce & Walker crossed salmon logo as it would fit exactly over the 'new' rod handle, just before the grip, which would look nice (and brace it better than whipping). The second, was the thought that the cork butt-end on the salmon rod handle remnant was the right size for the new rod - I wondered if I cut around the cork joint between the rings done to the blank and twisted it hard - and away it came clean. Hah! Then thirdly, I recalled some large copper washers I got from a builder - was one just the right size to sit between the crossed salmon and the cork...? By golly yes it was.

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So, I removed the two rings on the butt section. Using cheap fly backing to build the blank (while leaving glue spaces) I hot melted the handle end in place - having previously 'bunged' the bottom of the handle section with a champagne cork (the thin end) and sealed the inside of the old cork end piece with cellulose dope to waterproof it from the inside. I spend a few minutes with a countersink bit manually countersinking the cork fore grip so the screw end of the reel seat was under the cork then put all to one side for the morning. As an afterthought I whipped a small snake-eye ring on, as a keeper ring. So much easier to use that the tiny bits of wire sold for that purpose...

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I whipped a length of cheap fly backing along the blank, under the top half of the cork section, doubled it back about half way and tied it off. Doped it and let it dry. Wood glued and placed the larger of the cork sections, so tight a fit, it didn't need anything holding it in place while the glue set...overnight. I hot melted the tip ring on while the glue-gun was on and whipped over the tang.

I used thin strips of gaffer taped to space the reel seat off the blank, three such 'spacers' at intervals. The idea is the tape is temporary while the hot melt in the gaps does the actual job...so I hot melted it on...get the glue gun good and hot and move very fast. I should mention I'd already checked the orientation required and marked it up - oddly not the direction of the rings on the butt section - lastly, I carefully undercut (at about 45°) the fore-grip cork and with the same wood-glue (plus doped fly backing whipping), slid this down over the reel seat. I glued the copper washer over the end of the cork (having first shone it up with a wire brush and then degreased it thoroughly), epoxy'd the B&W logo section on and held it hard against the cork until the epoxy went off. Added a short whipping in front of the logo section. Spot on.

The ringing was a doddle (and if I'm honest was done first), reusing the spacing of the existing rings. I used a B&W pink ceramic butt ring left over from a rebuild of a MKIV G and then put three double legged Pacbay Minima rings on that section, one more on the top section and then single legged all up to the tip ring. Having removed a double whipping I replaced the missing whipping with a dummy. It looks neater that way.

So more or less done. I've sealed the whippings with thinned yacht varnish and given them two coats of full strength. That's it, all done. To the lake! (Should be said in the same way one says "To the castle!")

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Carbon-Fibre Fishing RodThe 'SkyLiner' Carp Rod.

This 12' 2¾lb test curve rod was 'found' by the ToSThane of Sussex during a misty day's fishing last year. He's already found a broken waggler-rod tip-section of some kind and while my request for "A complete rod next time." was tongue-in-cheek, he returned some time later with this. It appeared to have been launched javelin-like into a reed bed and barring one broken ring, the first one on the top section, is sound if not a top-of -the range rod. One can only assume the original owner had a bad day. It will, with a new ring out of the box, do me very well for casual piking or sea-fishing.

I fitted a double-leg ring that more-or-less matches the broken single-leg ring. I whipped this on with a green 'D' grade thread, because it needed some colour and then for fun put another green whipping on the 'counter' end of the tip section. I then painted the top two inches of the tip-section white and whipped bands of orange and yellow thread over it, to make the tip easy to see. From 50 yards. I also noticed the real seat is floating at the top end, in fact there's a 0.5mm gap between the winding check and the seat. So I bored several 3mm holes in the seat and then injected hot-melt glue into the holes and cut back the excess. OK so that's all fixed then. Nearly. I'll probably buy some garish shrink-wrap handle stuff for the bottom end.

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In Summary

The observant and numerate reader can work out that I've owned, for at least a short period, 16 carbon-fibre rods, although I've sold or parted with seven of them.

The ones I really like are:

10:09pm on 2018-06-23 JAA