Its time to invest in a float rod for rivers...any thoughts on ultra or plus and the length... I used to use a Diawa 13ft many years ago. My, how thing have changed. Looking for something that will handle everything from dace to chub with a barbel thrown in for luck..look forward to the comments
I have both. What happened was I bought the acolyte ultra, and it is a brilliant rod. I used it on both the tees and the swale - for the tees I found it ideal dealing with bags of dace and roach with the occasional chub thrown in (although it's light, I've had a fair few 4lb+ chub on it and the cushioning effect works perfectly). I used it on the swale, managing a great bag of chub on stick float casters, losing two in the day that made it to the snags. It coped very well - the problem is I also hooked two barbel and just couldn't stop them.
I've bought the acolyte plus to use on the swale, primarily to increase the chance on landing a barbel should I hook one. The thing is, despite the increase in power, small stuff still feels nice, and a chub is easily tamed.
Your call really, they are both excellent and compliment each other well. I use the ultra on the tees, and the plus on the swale, simply because of the type, quantity and size of fish you are likely to get.
It sounds like you would need the plus, just re-reading the post.
I'd go for the 14ft, that extra foot can be useful for picking up line.
I was looking for a decent float rod few month back, got a call off bash with advice about a rod dale was selling (used, but immaculate condition) ended up getting a, "M.A.P Ultra II 13ft Medium Power Float Rod" which I love, but I havnt done a great deal of float fishing yet. best fish I,ve had on it was a hutton 2lb 5oz ide, which was great fun, & as james would say, "I felt in control"...(sorry jim lol)