Recommendation for an older Tench Float Rod ?

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Recommendation for an older Tench Float Rod ?

Post by royboy » Mon Jun 25 2018 21:58

As time goes by I`m becoming more nostalgic about my gear .
For my Tench fishing at the moment , I`m using both Alcock & Leeds Centrepins and a Mitchell 300s , depending on the distance I have to cast .
I`m looking for a float rods of a similar vintage to match the reels . Not cane rods , but something carbon from the early 80`s .

Any ideas ?

Rgds , Pat
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Re: Recommendation for a Vintage Tench Float Rod ?

Post by Nobby C » Tue Jun 26 2018 08:08

Terry Eustace Big Tench.
Abu 123.
North Western blanks, can't recall the name.
Conoflex did a blank called the Spiroflex I think, I had one in 11' 1.5tc,it would bend all the way into a semi circle. Leather strip hand grips and a Fuji snap lock reel seat
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Re: Recommendation for a Vintage Tench Float Rod ?

Post by John Milford » Tue Jun 26 2018 08:17

The B.James /Bruce & Walker 'CTM' rods might be worth looking out for Pat? They were the most modern, compound taper float rods around, just before glass started to be superseded by carbon. I believe the models suffixed 'A' (e.g. CTM12A) were slightly stiffer than the standard ones. They can be picked up for around £40-£60 (less if you're lucky). There doesn't seem to be much price difference between the 12' CTM12 and the 13' CTM13.

Then there's the Hardy 'Matchmaker'. Like the CTMs, they are in classy-looking brown glass but will probably be a bit more expensive.
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Re: Recommendation for a Vintage Tench Float Rod ?

Post by davyr » Tue Jun 26 2018 09:44

Another vote here for the Hardy Matchmaker (in 12' for preference) - it can handle anything from gudgeon to mid-doubles carp and is equally at home with float fishing or light ledgering.

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Re: Recommendation for a Vintage Tench Float Rod ?

Post by Mike J » Tue Jun 26 2018 09:54

Outside of the glass rods the best of the early carbons was without a doubt the Normark 144 rods, easily indentified by the metal reinforcing band around the female ferrules.
These rods were made from Diamura carbon and like all Normark rods of the same material still command high resale prices.

Another rod for slightly less money would be an early Wilson Avon.

And yes, I use both.

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Re: Recommendation for a Vintage Tench Float Rod ?

Post by royboy » Tue Jun 26 2018 12:10

It was a Leeds and Mitchell I had as a youngster , but the rods were carbon !
Don`t know the name or maker but they wouldn`t have been expensive .

My pike rods at the time were glass though ..........

Just like to match the reels with an older rod .


Thanks for the tips gents ....... Looks like its a troll of the carboot sales !

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Post by morph » Tue Jun 26 2018 13:58

https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_odkw ... d&_sacat=0

Some Bruce Walker rods here:

Some cheap as chips others a bit more ££££'s
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Re: Recommendation for a Vintage Tench Float Rod ?

Post by fergie68 » Tue Jun 26 2018 19:20

What about searching for a Milbro rod. ❓
I have a 12ft Milbro float rod I don't use it I just like looking at it. :grin:
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Re: Recommendation for a Vintage Tench Float Rod ?

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Re: Recommendation for a Vintage Tench Float Rod ?

Post by delboy » Tue Jun 26 2018 21:12

How about Edgar Sealey "Black Arrow"
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Re: Recommendation for a Vintage Tench Float Rod ?

Post by royboy » Tue Jun 26 2018 22:52

Thanks for the tips gents. .... Doesn`t have to be vintage or even collectable !
But preferably I`d like something carbon like from the 80`s , which is when I started out .

One of my rods at the moment is an ABU Endeavor 13` Float rod .
I took a foot from the tip of it to up the TC and its now a nice rod to play tench on .

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Re: Recommendation for a Vintage Tench Float Rod ?

Post by Mike J » Thu Jun 28 2018 09:11

royboy wrote:
Thanks for the tips gents. .... Doesn`t have to be vintage or even collectable !
But preferably I`d like something carbon like from the 80`s , which is when I started out .

One of my rods at the moment is an ABU Endeavor 13` Float rod .
I took a foot from the tip of it to up the TC and its now a nice rod to play tench on .


I seem to remember that many of the older ABU rods were built on Conoflex blanks?

Sealy Black Arrows, those with gold blanks (Sportex?) were very nice rods, my 8ft spinner has caught me thousands of fish from all over Northern Europe, even Achiga/Black Bass.

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Re: Recommendation for a Vintage Tench Float Rod ?

Post by Duncan Holmes » Thu Jun 28 2018 11:57

royboy wrote:
Thanks for the tips gents. .... Doesn`t have to be vintage or even collectable !
But preferably I`d like something carbon like from the 80`s , which is when I started out .

One of my rods at the moment is an ABU Endeavor 13` Float rod .
I took a foot from the tip of it to up the TC and its now a nice rod to play tench on .
Original Drennan Tench float if you can find one, the 3 piece with sliding reel fittings.

An iconic rod in its day.
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Re: Recommendation for a Vintage Tench Float Rod ?

Post by John Milford » Fri Jun 29 2018 22:24

davyr wrote:
Another vote here for the Hardy Matchmaker (in 12' for preference) - it can handle anything from gudgeon to mid-doubles carp and is equally at home with float fishing or light ledgering.
Just bought an immaculate 14' Hardy Matchmaker for £55, delivered. Clean cork, not so much as a hairline on the spiggots and the original bag.

There was another one listed for £129.99 + £13 postage!

That's my margin stillwater float fishing with a centrepin sorted :thumbs:
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Re: Recommendation for an older Tench Float Rod ?

Post by Tex » Sat Jun 30 2018 00:37

Old SS5 North Western glass blank with Fuji snap lock reel seat. Through action. 1.5tc

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Re: Recommendation for an older Tench Float Rod ?

Post by John Milford » Sat Jun 30 2018 09:01

Tex wrote:
Old SS5 North Western glass blank with Fuji snap lock reel seat. Through action. 1.5tc
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Re: Recommendation for an older Tench Float Rod ?

Post by Monts » Wed Jul 11 2018 16:48

John Milford wrote:
Tex wrote:
Old SS5 North Western glass blank with Fuji snap lock reel seat. Through action. 1.5tc
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Re: Recommendation for an older Tench Float Rod ?

Post by John Milford » Wed Jul 11 2018 17:05

Monts wrote:
John Milford wrote:
Tex wrote:
Old SS5 North Western glass blank with Fuji snap lock reel seat. Through action. 1.5tc
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Howdy Tex :wave:
It looks like you run him out of town John?

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Re: Recommendation for an older Tench Float Rod ?

Post by davelumb » Wed Jul 11 2018 19:31

SS5 was/is very through action 11ft 2lb tc.

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Re: Recommendation for an older Tench Float Rod ?

Post by John Milford » Thu Jul 12 2018 01:15

Ryobi John Wilson specialist 11', 1 1/4 lb t c. Green carbon blank. Pure hoops of joy, With just enough muscle for tench, pond carp and biggish bream. I must dig mine out and use them again. :thumbs:
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Re: Recommendation for an older Tench Float Rod ?

Post by royboy » Fri Jul 20 2018 11:19

I picked up a Sundridge Hooper HM60 13` Tench rod , Very nice looking rod , and feels good .
Haven`t had a chance to use use it yet , just wiggled it about a bit !
Think its from the early 90`s ......

Anyone know more about it ?
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Post by Creek Chub » Mon Sep 24 2018 09:08

royboy wrote:
I picked up a Sundridge Hooper HM60 13` Tench rod , Very nice looking rod , and feels good .
Haven`t had a chance to use use it yet , just wiggled it about a bit !
Think its from the early 90`s ......

Anyone know more about it ?
Pat
I think the term/name Hooper refers to Martin Hooper, a very successful Avon and Stour angler back in the early nineties. Pretty sure Sundridge made a couple of rods carrying his name. Wrote a book "Speciman Humting by Design" which I think is still obtainable. A bit of a "character" as they say, liked a fight and a girl, usually someone else's girl ? Disappeared from the fishing scene shortly after his book was published.

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Re: Recommendation for an older Tench Float Rod ?

Post by royboy » Mon Sep 24 2018 10:37

I was thinking it was Martin Hooper , cheers

What puzzled me was the fact that there is no chapter on tench in the book you are referring to ......

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Re: Recommendation for an older Tench Float Rod ?

Post by Creek Chub » Mon Sep 24 2018 11:18

The tench piece comes in the Delightful Diversions chapter Roy

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Re: Recommendation for an older Tench Float Rod ?

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