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    Daiwa Emblem XT X45 12ft 3.75lb

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    The Emblem rods underwent an extensive 18-month redesign process, resulting in the creation of the EMBLEM XT range of rods. This redesign involved ...

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    Daiwa Hyper Spod Rod 13ft 5lb

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    Unleash Precision with the Hyper Spod Rod: A Powerhouse in Spod & Marker Expertise Introducing the Hyper Spod Rod, a stellar addition to our de...

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    Daiwa Hyper Spod Rod 12ft 5lb

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    Unleash Precision with the Hyper Spod Rod: A Powerhouse in Spod & Marker Expertise Introducing the Hyper Spod Rod, a stellar addition to our de...

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    Sonik Dominator X RS Hybrid Spod & Marker Rod

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    Introducing the revolutionary DOMINATOR X RS Hybrid Spod & Marker rod, a true game-changer that pushes the boundaries of performanc...

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    Sonik Dominator X RS Carp Rods

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    Introducing the revolutionary DOMINATORX RS carp rod, now even better than before, offering unparalleled performance at an unbeatable p...

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    Nash Flota Rota Rod 12ft 2.5lb

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    The Flota Rota rod is a special edition release that has been designed with the committed surface fishing enthusiast in mind. It features a crisp a...

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    Korda Kaizen Platinum 12ft 3.5lb Rod

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    Introducing the Kaizen Platinum 12ft 3.5lb test curve rod - the ultimate all-rounder for carp anglers looking for versatility and high-end performa...

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    Free Spirit Helical Carp Rod 10ft 3lb 40mm

    Free Spirit

    The Free Spirit Helical Carp Rod 10ft 3lb 40mm is a high-quality, high-performance fishing rod designed for anglers who demand the very best from t...

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    Free Spirit Helical Carp Rod 13ft 3.5lb SU 50mm

    Free Spirit

    The Free Spirit Helical Carp Rod 13ft 3.5lb SU 50mm is a high-quality fishing rod designed to deliver excellent casting performance and sensitivity...

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    Free Spirit Helical Carp Rod 12ft 3.5lb 50mm

    Free Spirit

    The Free Spirit Helical Carp Rod 12ft 3.5lb 50mm is a high-performance carp rod designed to provide the angler with exceptional casting accuracy an...

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    Free Spirit Helical Carp Rod 12ft 3.25lb 50mm

    Free Spirit

    The Free Spirit Helical Carp Rod 12ft 3.25lb 50mm is a top-of-the-line carp fishing rod designed with the highest quality materials and expert craf...

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    Free Spirit Helical Carp Rod 12ft 3.00lb 50mm

    Free Spirit

    The Free Spirit Helical Carp Rod 12ft 3.00lb 50mm is a high-quality fishing rod that is built to provide an excellent casting performance while bei...

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    Daiwa Super Spod Rod 12ft 5lb

    Daiwa

    The Daiwa Super Spod 12ft 5lb is a superb sub £100 spod rod containing the technology to keep up with your main rods, this rod is manufactured wi...

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    Fox Horizon X4 Abbreviated Rods

    Fox

    Following the huge success of the Horizon X3 and the Horizon X5, Fox now released a rod in the middle of those price ranges which is the Horizon X...

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    Daiwa Longbow X45 M Carp Rods

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    New for 2023 we have taken the LONGBOW range of rods to the next level with the introduction of the LONGBOW X45 M carp rod. The blank is built usi...

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    Daiwa Black Widow XT Rods

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    The ever-popular Black Widow rods have now had an upgrade, the brand new Daiwa Black Widow XT Rods are taking budget angling to the next level with...

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    Avid Exodus Pro Rods

    Avid

    TO ACCESS THE 3 FOR 2 ON AVID EXODUS PRO RODS PLEASE USE THE CODE "AVID342" AT CHECKOUT, THIS DISCOUNT WILL ALLOW YOU TO GET 3 RODS FOR THE PRICE O...

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    Sonik Vader X RS Carp Fishing Kits

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    Sonik Vader X Carp Kit offers excellent value for money for the start-up carper or the seasoned angler. In the set, you get three Hi-performance Va...

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    Sonik Xtractor Carp Kits

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    Sonik Xtractor Carp Kits offer great value for money and are ideal for anyone just getting into Carp Fishing or the seasoned angler. Each carp kit ...

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    Daiwa Crosscast XT Carp Rods

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    The Daiwa Crosscast X Rods are the brand new edition of the famous Crosscast rods. Now with amplified high modulus carbon blanks allow for a resp...

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    Sonik Vader X RS Rods

    Sonik

    The Sonik VaderX RS Rods are a new and improved version of their award-winning VaderX rods now manufactured with a sleek black armoured carbon bl...

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    Free Spirit CTX Carp Creeper Rod 10ft 3.25lb 30mm Full Cork Matte Finish

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    Manufactured using a complex process that integrates 40t and 30t carbons with a resin content below 25%. Strong, light and slim. Attractive X-Wrap ...

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    Free Spirit CTX 9ft 2.75lb 30mm Butt Ring Full EVA Handle Gloss Finish Creeper Stalker Rod

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    Free Spirit CTX Creeper Rod 9ft with an EVA Handle are not only stunning rods to look at but are also a pleasure to use. They have a slim Gloss lig...

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    Fox EOS Pro Traveller Rod

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    Fox EOS Pro Traveller Rods are the latest retractable rod to come out from Fox. These lightweight rods come with SLIK Air guides eyes starting from...

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Carp Rods have changed massively over the years, and only for the better, in my eyes. Many years ago, people were using split cane rods for catching carp or, should I say, trying to catch carp because back then, they were classed as mythical creatures of the deep and virtually impossible to catch.

Split cane rods were made by splitting bamboo (cane) along its length and then glueing and whipping about five pieces together, making a hexagonal shape. They would use wood planes to taper the cane, making it thinner at the tip end and more flexible. The skill that went into making these rods was exceptional, but if you've ever used one, they can be pretty heavy, and over time they can form a natural curve, making them difficult to use.

I'd even heard of some people making rods out of tank aerials. They would build them out of one complete aerial and use them as a one-piece rod, or those with more advanced rod-building skills would make them into a two-piece rod using a metal spigot to join the sections together.

This continued for years until it changed, and they started making fishing rods out of fibreglass. This massive advancement in fishing rods made the rod a lot lighter and stronger. The first ones had quite a thick blank, but as time progressed and technology got better, the blanks got much thinner. Some of the younger anglers out there might be shocked to hear that the standard length for a rod then was 9 or 10 feet long with a test curve around 1.5lb to 1.75lb. The first proper carp rod I bought in the 80s was from a secondhand shop, and it was a 10ft 1.75tc Silstar Traverse X Carp Rod that was my pride and joy until a few years later when I set my eyes on a DAM 12ft 2.5lb tc rod that I bought brand new. The strange thing was, the 10ft 1.75tc Silstar rod was a lot more powerful than the DAM 12 one, so perhaps this is something to bear in mind when buying a shorter rod that you may need to lower the test curve slightly.

The way the test curve of a rod is determined is by clamping the rod in a horizontal position up off the ground and then attaching a short length of string (or something like that) which won't stretch and attaching weights to it. Once the rod bends down into a 90 degree curve, that then determines the test curve. So if you add 3lb of weight to the blank till it's bent 90 degrees, then that blank ( rod ) will have a three pound test curve. Once the correct sample blank has been made in the test curves needed, this one will become the master that they will copy depending on the test curve needed. Once in production, they may test one blank to every 100 made to make sure it's still the same as the master blank.

Today carp fishing rods have advanced incredibly, using CAD drawing to design them and machines and people to test them. The materials available today can be used to make the rods so much slimmer and stronger, allowing some of the top distance casters to cast over 200 yards. Some of the top-end rods are made out of the best Japanese carbons available, and once the carbon has been rolled on a tapered mandrill with resin to produce the blank, they are placed into autoclaves to cure the resin and harden it. An Autoclave is pressurised, and this extracts all the air bubbles out of the resin, which, if left in, could be a weak spot in the blank. The blank I keep referring to, to those of you that don't know, is what the carbon sections are called before they have the handles and eyes whipped onto them.

One massive turning point was when Nash Tackle bought out the retractable rods in their Dwarf and Scope range in 9ft and 10ft. The first foot of the black was able to retract back into the butt section where the handle is. This meant you could pack a 10ft two-piece rod down to around 3.5 feet in length instead of having two 5ft sections. This setup is ideal for people using their cars to go fishing or for someone that wants a compact set-up.

Buying a Carp Rod can be quite a difficult decision for some, while others just buy on the looks of the rod or if it's the cheapest or most expensive. Some think that if they buy a cheap rod, it's going to be no good and the more money they spend or if they buy the most expensive rod, it will be far better. This is true to a point, but it's down to your budget. You can buy some amazing rods for under £100 pounds like the Shimano TX2 and Fox X3 Rods, not forgetting the Nash Dwarf range in the retractable rods, but one of our biggest selling rods are the Daiwa Black Widow Carp rods for around the £50 mark. I know people that have bought these rods and love them, so it all comes down to where and what type of fishing you are doing.

I fish with Free Spirit 13ft Hi-'S' ive rods, but I mainly fish in France now, and the average size of carp I'm landing is around the 30lb mark. I went for a 13ft rod because that extra foot makes the action of a powerful rod a bit softer. This helps to eliminate hook pulls, but also, the longer arch in the cast helps with gaining more distance. A very good friend of mine has a set of Daiwa Basia carp rods in 12ft with a 3.75 test curve which is a similar test curve to mine, but the actions of the rods are massively different. When I'm playing a fish on my rods, the tip of the rod bends, then the more power I need, the rods hoops over progressively as I need it. When I've played fish on my mates Basia rods, I noticed that the rod hooped over like a very powerful action rod as I could feel a lot of pressure under my forearm, giving me all the power of the rod straight away loosened the clutch off a lot because I was frightened of a hook pull. When my friend first started using them, he did have a lot of hook pulls until he got used to the rods. Where I'm going with this is that my friends' rods cost nearly twice as much as my rods, but I wouldn't use them as I don't like the way they handle, but my mate loves them, so everyone is different. Just because you've bought a rod for two, three or four hundred pounds doesn't mean it's far better than the person that spent £50 on a rod, it's all down to what you want the rod to do.

It's no good buying rods like mine to fish on a small water for upper double-sized carp. You could use them on there, but if I sat next to a person using, say, Daiwa Black Widow rods, they would no doubt have more fun playing the fish and could outfish me because catching carp comes down to water craft, not how expensive your gear costs. Also, It's becoming a fashion to buy more powerful rods to achieve a longer cast, but this is all okay if you can compress the rod enough on the cast.

What you need to think of when buying rods is what you're going to use them for, as it's no good buying a 2.75lb test curve hoping it's going to cast a large PVA bag 100 yards, you will most probably break the rod as the whole pva bag may weigh 6-8oz, so you need to think, would you happily cast a 6 to 8oz lead out on those rods.

Rods come in three different actions, Fast, Through and Mid-Tip action. Most of the carp rods that are on sale are Mid to Tip action as these are a happy medium, and they sit in the middle of a Fast action and Through action rods. These rods will give you a nice progressive bend from the tip of the rod down to the midsection, where you will have more power if you need it. These rods will cover most of your fishing situation, and they will cast heavier leads and PVA bags a decent distance.

If it's the distance you are going for, and you want to cast heavy leads and PVA bags a long way, you want to go for a Fast Action rod. A Fast Action rod has a powerful butt section with a whip tail tip section which will punch a lead to the horizon. Please bear in mind, though, you will only cast long distances if you are an experienced caster and know how to compress the rod to its max. The disadvantage to these rods are because they have a stiffer tip section than the other types, hook pulls can be quite common until you get used to them.

Also, to bear in mind, when you see these distance casters casting a lead well over 200 yards, that's all they are casting, a LEAD. They will have a heavy distance lead tied to a braided shock leader, to a line of around 7lb or even a thin braid. Once you add a rig, hookbait, leader, and thicker line, the distance of the cast will reduce dramatically.

If you're looking for a rod that's lovely to play a fish on and you're not bothered about fishing at range, then a Through Action Rod would be a great choice. A through-action rod will bend from butt to tip in a nice arch and make playing all-size carp fun. Even though a through-action rod can be quite soft, they can still have enough power to guide fish away from snags depending on the test curve you use. These rods are also great when fishing in the margin, and close-quarter battles as the softness of the rod helps to keep that hook firmly in place. The disadvantage of this action is they aren't the best casting rods, and if you have a big fish on them with a light test cure, they can take some controlling by the net.

Here at CPS Tackle, we have a wide variety of rods for all levels of carp anglers, from beginners to top-flight anglers! Have a look through our wide selection of carp fishing rods and see what catches your eye. Near enough, all of our rods come with a 12 month warranty if the rod is at fault! Please bear in mind if a rod is going to break, it will break pretty much straight away on using it, on your first big cast or playing a fish. If you've had it a few months and used it quite a bit, and then it breaks, it's more than likely your fault, or it may have been damaged somehow. The best way to deal with this is, to be honest to the shop you bought it from, and you've got more chance of resolving the problem because don't forget the shop staff have heard all the excuses.

If you have any questions or would like to talk to someone from our expert team, feel free to get in touch, and we will be more than happy to help you! To pick up a bargain, check out our sale page.