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05 Oct 2016
by CARPology
Straight or angled rods?
Should have my rods pointing to where I have cast them or at an angle? Someone mentioned to me that if they’re at an angle this reduces bite registration. Is this correct? Geoff Knight

Wayne Rees says: “Having your rods pointing to where they have been cast will increase bite indication. When fishing with your rods at an angle, the rod tip will take some of the bite registration out of the equation when you are fishing with a relatively tight line – though it’s a bit different with a slack line and light bobbin. “Bite indication can also come down to the type of main line you are using; for example a braided main line has very low stretch and gives fantastic bite indication as well as excellent casting capabilities. A monofilament main line has a greater degree of stretch so might be less sensitive at indicating bites at extreme-range. Fluorocarbons like Gardner’s Mirage have a slightly steelier feel than standard monofilament and don’t stretch as much.

“In some cases it is not possible or practical to have your rods directly pointing to where you have cast your rigs, this might be because of bankside foliage or as many anglers prefer rod pods. This is one reason why my personal preference is to use single sticks as this provides versatility to my fishing; I am able to change the position of my banksticks to suit where I am fishing, so my rods are always pointing to where I am fishing.”

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