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    can any one tell me the best tc rod for the main thames and the size of line will also be fishing not in but near wiers sometimes i have a 1.75 tc rod does not feel man enough been looking at korum rods any good

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    The Harrison 12ft 2 1/4lb tc Multi-Carp is well worth a look.

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    I use a pair of martin bowler drennan barbel rods on the thames in 1.75lb and theyve been fine including in floodwater swinging (not casting) anything up to 6oz . They feel more like a rod with a 2lb test if im honest . Lovely rods to fish with

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    I have a greys prodigy 1.75 it seems a bit soft I might be wrong but I would not put more than a 2.5 oz weight on it it bends over a lot also what size line is best for Thames

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    I use 12lb gr60 myself . Floodwater I switch to 20lb braid . I have cast 6oz leads with mine and no problem . But its more of a lob than a cast really . Depends what your budget is really . My 1.75s cover everything I do on the thames .

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    Have a look at the 30+ Kodex Specimen rod 1.75-2.25 test curve. I got two for the wife from go outdoors at 44.95 each and have been very impressed. I use the Wychwood 1.75 and they match up to these. Have only used on the Wye but am sure they would work on the Thames
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    As you can guess I am new to barbel fishing Also I have 3 tips with my rod 2 3 4 oz would I use say the 4 oz on the Thames or the other section with no quiver would the 4 oz be for smaller rivers with less flow someone said that the section with no quiver is for float fishing is this correct I am thinking of selling my greys and buying a pair higher TC

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    Just go with the straight top, can't remember the last time I used a quiver for barbel fishing. It can be used for float fishing (I'd prefer a proper float rod though), but not solely for that use.

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    As you can guess I am new to barbel fishing Also I have 3 tips with my rod 2 3 4 oz would I use say the 4 oz on the Thames or the other section with no quiver would the 4 oz be for smaller rivers with less flow someone said that the section with no quiver is for float fishing is this correct I am thinking of selling my greys and buying a pair higher TC

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    Agreed with Paul - quiver not required on the Thames. Much of the time you will need you rod low and backleaded to avoid the boats /rowers etc

    As for TC is depends so much on the blank - I wouldn't go less than 1.75 though.
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    I use Harrison 2lb multi carp for 95% of my Thames Barbel fishing, no need for quiver tips. Used with 12lb big game line. When river is in flood i use the Harrison flood rod with 15lb big game.

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    If you can find one the drennan 2lb+ barbel rods are superb for the money and i prefer them to the torrix and free spirit barbel seeker and hi s barbel rods that i had and they are less than half the price of them.

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    Free Spirit Barbel Seeker's - a proper rod

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    I'm not a barbel man, but have had several whilst carping. They've all given me a proper run-around on 2 3/4 rods and 30Ib braid, so I would er on the side of heavy, especially if fishing in a weir amongst flows and snags. The best of my flukes, a fish just over 14, fought as hard as any carp I've ever hooked.

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    You could also use a fox warrior barbel rod. They are a bit stiff but some of my mates use them. My fishing partner G Robb uses a Harrison 1 3/4lb for all his Thames fishing in fact all his barbel fishing. Quite a soft top section but plenty of power in the butt section. Some rods are to stiff and you have a greater chance of hook pulls, don't fish to light as the quicker you get the fish in less chance of acid build up in the fish and a dead barbel. ps i have had fish of over 17lb and Guy fish of over 18lbs from the Thames. Good luck.

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    Fox duo lite twin tip with a 1 3/4 and 2 1/4 tc tops should cover most situations i would have thought

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    Big river, snaggy, big fish. I use 2.5 test rods and don't feel over gunned.

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    I use a Daiwa Theory 1.75 tc in normal conditions but use Greys Prodigy TX's 2lb tc when its up and banging through.

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    The chub Outkast SW 12' 2.25lb TC is spot on for fishing the Thames. Match it up with a Shimano XTEA5000 and 10lb line and you have got a very purposeful combination.

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    I'd go with what thommo said fox duo with 2 tops quivers IMO have no place in my rod bag only looking for a wrap round which is defo a barbel bite

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    What do you guys think of using something like a 9ft 2.75tc stalking rod ? Just thinking the shorter rod may help with boats etc.
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