The Drennan Matchpro Ultralight Float Rod is so light and well balanced, it is an absolute pleasure to use. Whether trotting a ﬂoat down a ﬂowing river or repeatedly casting a waggler in a Stillwater, you can use this rod for long periods without fatigue. It comes in a choice of lengths, from 11ft to 15ft.
Drennan Matchpro Ultralight 11ft
The shortest model in the Matchpro Ultralight Float series is perfect for all silverfish and F1s, particularly in small, shallow commercial waters with regular casting and retrieving. This rod is crisp and fast, but with a deceptively gentle shock absorbing tip. This cushions the strike and lets you fish hook lengths down to 10oz (0.06mm) with total confidence. Ideal mainlines are 2lb to 4lb, with 3lb and 4lb lines for targeting small carp, tench and bream.
"The perfect tool for the job. Being delicate enough to use with small floats and light lines the action is so soft and sweet that it is a joy to play hard fighting Crucians on, yet it still has that bit of steeliness in the bottom section when it is needed. Being a two piece it also has the advantage of me being able to keep it rigged up in my holdall, which is a blessing when I arrive at the waters edge at dawn, as it allows me to be set up and fishing within minutes, rather than spending ages blindly fiddling around in the darkness trying to thread line through the eyes, tie hooks and pinch on shot." - Chris Turnbull, Norfolk
Drennan Matchpro Ultralight 12ft
The 12ft Ultralight has a rigid blank with an ultra-fast action, making line and float control really easy. It is ideal for small rivers and commercial fisheries. The cushion tip allows hook lengths down to 10oz (0.06mm) to be used for small silverfish. Alternatively, reel lines up to 4lb (0.16mm) can be fished straight through. The action is so forgiving that many ﬁsh can simply be gently wound in 'off the reel' without the need for 'pumping' and simply allowing the rod to react to the movement of the ﬁsh.
"Over the years I've had many favourite rods and it so happens a number of these have been from the Drennan stable. I'm glad to say that this new Drennan Matchpro Ultralight 12ft I am using has already, in a very short time, become a firm favourite of mine. The rod ticks all the boxes in what a light float rod has to do for me. For a start it is only 12ft which is well long enough for most float fishing situations, indeed my next jump from a 12ft would be a 15ft float rod, none in-between! It's also only two piece which is a big plus for me because I can arrive completely set up at a venue. With a three piece rod I always end up in some kind of tangle which if I get out the chances are I have damaged the fine line I am using! I mention fine lines for although I am a big fish angler I do at times want to use fine lines and small hooks to catch specimen Roach, Orfe, Grayling Dace and Chub so if you need reel lines of 2½lb with 1.7lb bottoms and size 20 hooks then this is the rod for you. It is a dream to hold, use and play fish - it really is!” - Des Taylor, Worcestershire
Drennan Matchpro Ultralight 13ft
The 13ft model from this series is ultra rigid. With no excess middle or tip bounce, it provides a rapid strike response while helping ﬂoat control and minimising tangles. Despite this crisp and fast action, it has a deceptively gentle shock absorbing tip section which cushions the strike and allows you to ﬁsh right down to hooklengths of 12oz or even 10oz (0.07mm to 0.06mm) with complete conﬁdence. The recommended reel lines are between 2.5lb to 5lb, with chub, bream and tench suitable for 3lb or 4lb lines straight through.
Drennan Matchpro Ultralight 14ft
Because this is simply a longer version of the 13ft model, it retains the excellent 14rt blank. This rod has a light, fast tip action and extreme rigidity with no excess bounce in the tip or middle. Combined with the extra length, you get a rapid strike response, improved casting and better ﬂoat control. This can be especially useful when ﬁshing ﬂowing rivers with 'top and bottom' floats such as Sticks and Avons in an awkward downstream wind, or when ﬁshing deeper swims with ﬁxed ﬂoats.
Drennan Matchpro Ultralight 15ft
At 15ft, this model is remarkably well balanced and exceptionally light for such a long rod. The extra length provides much improved line and float control at distance. This allows you to keep more line off the water, to control a float better when trotting at long range and to pick up line more effectively on the strike. Although the extra length makes the blank a little more mellow than the other models, it retains a high level of rigidity and a good fast action.
"Being a professional angler, the line between work and pleasure often becomes blurred, and this was true today, as I was field testing a prototype Drennan Matchpro Ultralight 15ft rod. Combined with a lightweight reel, this was not going to be a chore as the arm aching associated with long lengths of carbon had been replaced with 'light as a feather' engineering!" - Martin Bowler, Wiltshire
Drennan Matchpro Ultralight Length Comparison
|Construction||2 Piece||2 Piece||3 Piece||3 Piece||3 Piece|
|Hooklengths||0.06mm to 0.15mm||0.06mm to 0.15mm||0.08mm to 0.15mm||0.08mm to 0.15mm||0.09mm to 0.15mm|
|Recommended Reel Lines||2lb to 4lb||2lb to 4lb||2.5lb to 5lb||2.5lb to 5lb||3lb to 4lb|
|Ideal Fish||Silverfish, F1 & small carp||Silverfish, F1 & small carp||Roach, dace, chub, skimmers, etc.||Roach, dace, chub, skimmers, etc.||Roach, dace, chub, skimmers, etc.|
|Ideal Scenario||Close range float fishing||Commercial fisheries, stillwaters & small rivers||Match-style float fishing||Match-style float fishing||Match-style float fishing|
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