Drennan Matchpro Ultralight 11ft - At just 11ft this model is perfect for all Silverfish and F1's and is particularly well suited to small, shallow commercial waters, especially where regular casting and retrieving is involved. Although the rod is crisp and fast it has a deceptively gentle shock absorbing tip which cushions the strike and allows you to fish hook lengths right down to 10oz (0.06mm) with total confidence. Ideal mainlines are 2lb to 4lb.
At the other extreme, small Carp, Tench and Bream can be caught using 3lb or 4lb lines straight through.
The Drennan Matchpro Ultralight 11ft float rod is exceptionally light and well balanced in the hand and is finished with a quality full cork handle, screw down reel seat, keeper ring and full SiC line guides.
"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 - This 12ft Ultralight is produced in high modulus carbon and is fitted with a Fuji reel seat and full SiC guides. It is beautifully balanced and feels amazingly light in the hand. The blank is rigid with an ultra-fast action, making line and float control really easy.
It is ideal for small rivers and commercial fisheries. Its 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. Such and ultra lightweight rod is best fished with small bodied compact reels like the FD 3000 float fish model.
"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.
MATCHPRO ULTRALIGHT 13ft (3.96m) A low diameter, ultra lightweight, fast tip action ﬂoat rod in super high modulus carbon with full SiC guides. The rod is ultra rigid with no excess middle or tip bounce, providing a rapid strike response whilst helping ﬂoat control and minimizing 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. At the other extreme, Chub, Bream and Tench can be caught ﬁshing 3lb or 4lb lines 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. The rod is so light and well balanced, it is an absolute pleasure to use, and whether trotting a ﬂoat down a ﬂowing river or repeatedly casting a waggler in a Stillwater, can be ﬁshed for long periods without fatigue.
Manufactured in a traditional three piece construction, the blank will fold up and ﬁt into the Matchpro small rod sleeve if required.
MATCH PRO ULTRALIGHT 1 4ft (4.2 6m) A longer version of the 13ft, this excellent 14rt blank has a light, fast tip action and is extremely rigid with no excess bounce in the tip or middle. These characteristics combine with the extra length to provide a rapid 'ii 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. The rod is so light and well balanced that even when working a ﬂoat on fast water, it can be ﬁshed all day without arm fatigue. Although the rod is crisp and fast, it has a deceptively , gentle, shock absorbing tip which cushions the strike and allows you to ﬁsh hook lengths right down to l0oz or 12oz (0.06mm) with total conﬁdence. At the other extreme, Chub, Bream and Tench can be caught ﬁshing 3lb or 4lb lines straight through.
Manufactured in traditional 3 piece construction this will fold up and ﬁt into the Matchpro small rod sleeve if required.
At 15ft (4.57m) this ultra high modulus carbon blank has a Fuji reel seat with screw down hood, a full cork handle and full SiC guides, is remarkably well balanced and exceptionally light (1859 / 6.502) 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 13ft and 14ft Ultra- lights, it retains a high level of rigidity and a good fast action. The cushion tip allows hook lengths down to below 2lb (0.1omm) to be used and there is enough power to fish 4lb (0.14mm) straight through.
"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, February2012
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