Carp Fishing Rod Guide

Choose your carp rods is an important moment in your life of fishes. This choice is not final but miss the choice of your carp rods can cost you!

Our comprehensive guide helps you answer the question you’re asking: ‘ how to choose my carp rods?

We list you the essential criteria on which you must be vigilant. We also help you ask the right questions before you buy your rods carp.

With our comprehensive guide, save time and money for good choose your carp rods!

Rods carp, the key principles to know before choosing

Before choosing your future carp rods, you know a few key principles listed on educationvv. These principles will help you avoid the most common mistakes of the most eager anglers.

Focus on the blank and the Rings: main elements of your carp rods

Your carp rods have main elements: the body of cane (blank), the rings and their fixation.

These main elements are going to have a huge impact on the performance of your rods and their behaviors at the edge of water.

To choose your carp rods, so you will have to compare the features of the blank, the rings and their attachments.

Choose your batch carp rods

Among the list of equipment of the carp, some tools choose batch. This is the case of detectors of keys, squirrels and also… your carp rods.

Choose your carp rods is delicate. The choice of rods is wide and the combinations of materials and elements are broad. So, every model has a behavior and own performance.

Choose your rods carp by lot (lot of 2, 3 or 4 rods) makes it easy. The choice by lot is sure to choose cannes who have behavior and identical performance.

You will learn more quickly to know your rods and use their full potential!

In addition, distributors give you commercial discounts for the purchase of cannes in batch. It would be a shame not to enjoy!

The influence of your hardware to choose your carp rods

To choose your fishing for carp gear, it is essential to think global. In addition to choosing your rods by batch, you have to make sure that all your material is homogeneous.

The choice of your carp rods will influence your choice of reel. And the choice of your reel carp, will influence the choice of your support for cannes (rod pod/rest cane).  The choice of your reel with your rods will also have an impact on the type of fishing line to use.

For example, a length of rod of 10 feet is not suitable with a reel that can store 300 m from fishing line. A rod of 10 feet is scheduled for fishing nearby like fishing on the prowl.

Suddenly, a reel of a storage capacity of 200 m of wire will be sufficient for a rod of 10 feet. In this type of fishing, all space saving is weight gain!

How to choose your carp rods?

To choose your carp rods, you will focus on 5 key points.

These 5 key points are first related to the behavior of your rods in motion. They are also related to the performance of your rods and the elements that compose your future carp rods.

These criteria will help you choose the CARP rods most suited to your fishing practice.

CARP rods and Rod action

The action of cane is one of the criteria most important to judge the overall behavior of your carp rods.

Rod action manifests itself by the way cane bends 90 ° under the effect of bending which distorts.

Simply put, the action of cane can be defined by the degree of flexibility of your carp rods.

To set this flexibility, carp rods are classified in 3 types of distinct actions: Tip, long-distance action and parabolic action.

The degree of flexibility of your cannes shows his behavior in action at the water’s edge.

You can find more details about the 3 types of cane in our article on the action of your fishing rods.

The resistance of your carp rods

In addition to being flexible, your carp rods must also be resistant. But what is that of the resistant cannes?

Well, resistant carp rods are rods able to oppose the effects of the flexion exercised by the carp. There are also rods capable of easily penetrating the air when your throws.

Today, most of the CARP rods meet these 2 definitions of resistance. Manufacturers use composite materials such as fiberglass or carbon.

For fishing carp, the most used material is carbon fiber.

The properties of carbon to deform important for long periods. It is a material that can produce strong and light carp rods.

Carbon comes in 2 categories: High Resistance (HR) carbon and carbon high Module (HM).

Carbon high Resistance (HR) is the most common material on the canes of averages ranges.

Carbon high Module (HM) is used on high-end cannes. Carbon HM is more resistant than the HR carbon and very light. But his greater lightness makes it also a more fragile than HM carbon material.

Carbon carp rods also have the advantage of spare your efforts during the phases of throws and combat with the carp.

You can find rods carp made of fiber glass.

Low range carp is the fiberglass poles. Fiberglass is less resistant and heavier than carbon. So it’s a less efficient material for your carp rods!

The power of your rods carp (in LBS)

The power of your future carp rods is a criterion that is just as important as the action of cane or its resistance.

The weight supported by your rods carp, 1st measure power

The maximum capacity of the weight supported by your carp rods is the 1st measure used to quantify the power (in LBS).

For each power of cane, there is a correspondence between the British pound (LBS) and the maximum load carried by your rods carp (expressed in kilograms).

For example, a cane with a power of 3 lbs can stand a strain with a weight of 1.3 kg in the end. While a cane with a power of 2 LBS can support a maximum of less than 1 kg.

This maximum load supported different between these 2 cannes implies performance and behavior that they own.

To be an expert on the notion of power, see our article to understand the power of your cane

You will find valuable information on tables of correspondences between the powers of the canes and the maximum loads supported.

The power to run it, the 2nd measure of the power of your rods carp

The power to launch is the 2nd measure used to quantify the power of your carp rods.

The power to launch indicates the maximum weight of the lead that you can add on your lines.

Just before, we saw a cane with a power of 3 LBS can support a weight in 1 voltage, 3kg.

Tables of correspondences of the powers of cane, you know that a 3 LBS rod can support a weight of about 100 g lead.

On the other hand, the cane to a power of 2 LBS can support a weight of 68g lead.

The difference in power between the 2 cannes meets the eye. The rod of 3 LBS will support fights with big carp. She can help you to further your lines as the rod of 2 LBS.

CARP rods and their length

The length of your rods is the 4th criterion on which you must be vigilant. It’s the most overlooked criterion among the criteria for selection.

Rods carp, length and morphology

The length of your cane full of cane and power action criteria.

In general, it is said that the length of a carp Rod allows to launch further. It is not the length but your morphology that will influence the distance of your shots.

It’s your body (with your center of gravity) a real influence on the distance of your shots. As a result, the length of your carp rods must be adapted to your morphology.

For example, if you measure roughly 1,70 m and that your figure is slim, a cane of 13 feet is not necessarily adapted.

A cane of 13 feet (3, 90 m) move your centre of gravity towards the upper part of your body.

You need to make more effort to use it and make your pitches.

On the other hand, a cane 12 feet (3, 65 m) may not be suitable if you measure 1, 90 m.

The rod will move your centre of gravity to the bottom of your body. The consequence is that it will hinder you to perform your throws.

Length, cannes to carp and practice for fishing carp

To choose the length of your carp rods, the morphology is not the only aspect to be taken into account. Your practice of fishing is also important.

You can define your practice of fishing by your how to fish for carp: the edge, fishing on the prowl, fishing boat, etc.

The lengths of carp rods located in 9 and 10 feet used to fish carp by boat or fishing circuit rider (on the prowl).

These lengths can be handle easily over distances of low fishing.

On the other hand, the lengths of carp rods located in 11 and 13 feet are more suitable for fishing carp from the edge.

These lengths of cannes have a greater power to reach remote fishing areas.

The rings of your carp rods

The rings of your carp rods are as important as the body of your rods (blank). The body and the rings are the backbone of your rods.

Choose your carp rods, well choose the behavior of the blanks.

It is also to be vigilant on the design and composition of the rings which are on the blanks.

These rings are subject to the same tensions as the body of your rods.

As a result, these rings must be made with materials also resistant than them.

The size of the rings of your carp rods

For your carp rods, there are different sizes of rings. Depending on the length of your rods, the diameter of the rings varies.

The size of the rings of your carp rods is reduced as you go to the scion (end of your rods).

The starting ring (located closest to your reel) is the largest ring. Then, for the intermediate rings their size decreases. The ring located at the level of the scion is the smallest.

In general, a carp with a length of 12 feet Rod has a ring of starting with a diameter of 40mm.

Conversely, a 10-foot cane has a ring of starting with a diameter of 30mm.

You must keep in mind the 3 most common diameters for your cannes: 30mm, 40mm and 50mm. Of course, depending on the starting ring, the diameter of the other rings will be changed.

The diameter of the ring of departure and rings located along the body of the rod can vary according to the models and brands.

For example, a rod that has a ring of departure of 40mm has a diameter of 14mm for his last ring (located at the level of the scion).

Another example, a rod that has a ring of departure of 50mm has a diameter of 16mm for his last ring (located at the level of the scion).

The size of the rings of your cannes has an impact on the type of scabbard that you choose to store your carp rods.

The materials of the rings of your carp rods

Most of the CARP rods have rings made from ceramic materials.

Among the ceramics, carbide Silicon (called SIC) is the most used. Besides, the silicon carbide rings are called rings “SIC”. This is the type of rings that he will choose.

The rings SIC can counter the effects of the braid that is used for the lines to carp.

As the braid is in direct contact with the rings, she use them quickly.  The braid is abrasive, that she use the friction rings.

The Rings ‘SIC’ have the particularity of being lightweight and very durable. This type of rings are resistant to thermal shocks and changes in weather conditions.

Some rods carp (low-end) have rings made of aluminum oxide (called AOL). The ‘AOL’ rings are not suitable for use with the braid.

Here again, depending on the brand of quality rings can be used with the braid.

To choose your rings, you must ask you if you go use the braid or no lines.

The bindings of the rings of your carp rods

The rings of your carp rods are not directly fixed on the body of your rods (blank).

The rings are set with small stems or legs that will keep the rings along your rods.

As for the rest of your hardware to carp, it’s your type of fishing that will determine the choice between bindings.  Mono legs or two legs.

For example, if you’re going fishing run, so-called bindings ‘mono legs’ allow to lighten your cane. In this type of fishing, all weight gain is to take!

On the other hand, if you plan to fish the CARP from the edge, bindings in ‘double legs’ will be stronger and better withstand your most powerful throws.

Choose your rods carp, arbitration dictated by your budget

The criteria mentioned above will guide you to select 2 or 3 carp rods models. The test that will allow you to make a final decision is your budget.

Don’t expect to get rods carp at the lowest price. The quality of the materials and the performance of your future cannes have a cost.

The price ranges for carp rods are very broad. You can find rods at € 20 to up to more than € 500 per cane.

Yes, you read that right! We leave it to you to calculate the budget to just buy lot of 3 rods carp!

Without go to extremes, you can quality canes. Will necessarily require a minimum budget.

Let’s take an example:

For fishing from the edge, a rod carp (60% of carbon) and 40% of fiber glass composite carbon of 12 feet with a power of 3 LBS and rings 40 mm AOL costs about €30.

The same cane made with carbon high Module (HM) with rings SIC costs about € 170. The 1st rod is 5 times less expensive than the second. But the materials used and their quality are very different.

To choose your carp rods, think in terms of relative prices.

Prices for carp rods are wide since there is a vast combination of quality materials, performance and behavior at the water’s edge.

Here, we finished the ride of the essential criteria to compare to choose your carp rods!

Finally, well choose your carp rods, focus your attention on the criteria related to the behavior and performance of the body of cane and their rings.

Now, you are able to make your short list of 2 or 3 carp rods models, adapted to your needs.

You just do your final arbitration based on your feelings and your comfort of the canes taken in hand.