Carp Stalker Rods Comparison

Carp Stalker Rods Comparison- In this blog I will talk you through the different ranges of stalking rods on the market. This blog is perfect for if you're wanting to give stalking a go but don't know which rods to look at.

Sonik Xtractor Carp Rods

With the increase in popularity of short, retractable butt carp rods, the new XTRACTOR carp rods fill a real gap in the market for affordable top-quality rods that are easy to transport due to their short pack down lengths. Two 9’ models and two 10’ models with test curves ranging from 2.75lb to 3.5lb make up the range, with pack down lengths of 44” and 50”. The super-slim matt black, part-telescopic carbon fibre blanks have plenty of reserve power in the butt section and a fast tip recovery to give surprising performance whether casting or playing large fish close in or at range.



Lightweight black M-Series DL guides with anti-frap tip, 17mm DPS reel seat, Japanese shrink wrap handle, custom line clip and a black anodised butt cap, laser etched with ‘S’ logo completes a top-quality specification. Ideal matched with the custom Sonik Xtractor rod sleeves, which are available in 9′ and 10′ lengths and can be easily connected for safe, effective transportation.

This range of rods offers real value for money- with the RRP for the 6ft 3lb version being £49.99. If you're contemplating this range then definitely also have a look at the matching Xtractor reel

SPECIFICATION

  • Slim, silk matt black carbon fibre blank with progressive power action
  • Super-light M-SERIES DL black guides
  • Hard wearing Anti-frap ceramic tip ring
  • Large ID 40mm to 12mm ringing pattern
  • 17mm black DPS reel seat to house all reels
  • Line friendly custom contoured Sonik clip
  • Slim Japanese shrink rubber handle
  • Black anodised butt cap laser etched with ‘S’ logo
  • 6ft transport length 74cm (29”)
  • 9ft transport length 113cm (44“)

  • 10ft transport length 127cm (50”)

ESP Stalker Rods

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Available in 8’ 2.75lb, 9’ 2.75lb and 10’ 3lb. A range of three lightweight blanks designed specifically for stalking at close quarters and short range fishing, especially suited to the travel light, mobile angler.

Designed specifically for close range stalking and those tight swims under trees, bushes and bankside cover which are so productive.

Powerful enough for hit and hold situations and to bully fish away from snags. At the same time, they have enough balanced flexibility to act as the perfect shock absorber and help avoid hook pulls on a short line.

The olive green blanks blend in nicely and other features include full SiC guides throughout, a full length EVA handle, DPS reel seat and an E-S-P line clip. RRP 8’ £59.95, 9’ £64.95, 10’ £69.95.

Features:

  • Olive green blank
  • Ideal for fishing at close quarters
  • SIC guides throughout
  • Full-length EVA handle
  • DPS-18 reel seat
  • Line clip

Nash Dwarf Rods

There are four different models in the Dwarf Range- 

  • The Abbreviated- The powerhouses of the restyled Dwarf range, these immensely strong 4.5lb test curve blanks take continental carp and catfish in their stride, or make perfect application rods for Dot Spod and marker work, transmitting sensation more accurately than any softer or longer blank.
  • The Cork

    Bringing the premium feel of cork handle finish to Dwarf users by popular demand, and bringing short packdown performance to every situation thanks to the addition of a 6ft 1lb model for stalking, freelining and margin fishing plus a 2.75lb model for smaller venues and shorter range work.

    Alongside the proven 3lb and 3.25lb workhorses that cope with all mainstream carping there is a Dwarf Cork to suit everyone.

  • The ES

    Recognising the retractable butt design is a game changer for all, Nash have developed the Dwarf ES to bring short rod mobility and practicality to everyone

    The same super short packdown as the world beating Dwarf series, strong, progressive actions and complete with fitted line clip, matte black whippings, anti-frap tip guide and stylish duplon and shrink fittings.

  • The Shrink

    Ultra low profile Japanese shrink grips on the slim high performance Dwarf blanks with 1K finish for understated style.

    The Dwarf Shrink range includes 6ft 2lb and 3lb models for the tightest situations, with 3.25lb and 3.5lb blanks for mainstream big fish applications capable of dealing with the biggest carp and heaviest leads.

If you are unsure with model out of the range is best for you then take the Nash Rod Quiz.

 

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