Feeder Rods and Reels
I've been using Preston mini plus rods with Daiwa TDR reels for a few years now on Commercials and Stillwaters and really rate them. There not cheap but I have total confidence that most fish hooked are landed on this set up.
The preston rods use blanks which features a progressive yet forgiving action which is strong enough to cope hard fighting carp yet balanced enough to use for skimmers with fine terminal tackle.
So I really now only use three versions in the range to 10 foot one for close in work and the 10 foot 6 inch rod when a longer range is required. The 11'6 Method rod is better for long range work. I use these rods with Daiwa TDR Reels loaded with 6lb or 8lb Daiwa Tournament ST reel line covers all my Commercial/Stillwater requirements. Using Preston Innovations interchange system for my Bombs and feeders makes this the perfect set up for me. I rarely loose a hooked fish on this set up and have caught many large 10lb+ Carp.
So really this is the perfect all round feeder rod set up.
Preston have 4 Mini Plus feeder rods in there range but the 10' and 10'6" versions cover all my feeder and Bomb work while the 11'6" Method rod is ideal when its a long throw to an island. The range is also has 3 float versions which are also excellent rods.
Daiwa has 3 reels in this range. I tend to use the 2508A for bomb work on the 10' Mini plus rod and the 3012A version on the 10'6" Mini plus rod and the 11'6" Method rod. Once you use a TDR you don't want anything else I have two 2508A's and two 3012A set up on my Preston Mini plus rods.
Match angling is all about confidence and a confident angler will always put more fish in the keep net. The set up mainly costs in the region of £350.00 but to the serious match man its a must have!!