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    Hi all,

    I currently use 2 Nash h- gun dwarf 9 ft rods for my fishing, and I am thinking about buying the same rod , but with a 4.5 lb tc to use as a spod rod, the reel I have been looking at is the wychwood despatch 7500
    Would this be a balanced set up with said rod, or does anyone have any other ideas regarding this combo.

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    Tony.

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    PM Peter ,Hurricane
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    Personally I cannot understand how a 9ft Broom Handle will work as a Spod rod ??
    Colin

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    Thanks col

    Will do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca65 View Post
    Hi all,

    I currently use 2 Nash h- gun dwarf 9 ft rods for my fishing, and I am thinking about buying the same rod , but with a 4.5 lb tc to use as a spod rod, the reel I have been looking at is the wychwood despatch 7500
    Would this be a balanced set up with said rod, or does anyone have any other ideas regarding this combo.

    Thanks
    Tony.
    Hi Tony, I have not used any of the products you mention,but my fishing buddy maggotdrowner has used 10ft dwarfs.
    The way I see it with spod rods and/or marker rods,apart from having enough backbone to launch a loaded spod,they need to be capable of casting to the same distance as your "normal" rods.
    If the 9ft dwarf will cast to the same distance then it will be a good match,personally I would be inclined to go for a longer rod for spodding.
    As for the reel,I am a firm believer that cheaper reels will often do as good a job as the more expensive models(I am still catching on ten year old okumas on my pike rods) but spodding is an exception,by the mere nature of what they are expected to do means they MUST be robust,have had a read of the reviews on the reel you mention,as I don't do large amounts of spodding,I would certainly give one a try.
    Hope this helps a bit.
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    That's great advice,thank you peter

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    hi tony, I have owned a wychwood dispatch 7500 reel for 2 years. its a reel workhorse and as it comes already loaded with braid (which can be expensive) its great value and i'd highly recommend it.
    I do however agree with peter. I think its essential that you have a balanced setup if you are to be able to spod accurately and at distance if required. I would highly advise a full length spod rod.
    I use a sonic sks black spod rod (4.5tc) and when combined with the 7500 dispatch reel it feels really well balanced and can cast a fully loaded spod well over 100yds with great accuracy. if you are to go down this route then I would also recommend using a shock leader to take the force of the cast, 50lb korda armourkord does the job for me.
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    Hi Paul,

    Thank you for that info, the only reason I wish to use a 9 ft dwarf rod is in regards to casting the same as my other rods,
    Nash made a dwarf rod with a 4.5lb tc with this in mind, and as the lake I fish only requires a 50-60 yard cast I thought this would be suitable for the task, but they seem to be like the proverbial rocking horse poo at the moment to buy, and you are not the first to advise using a 12 ft spod rod, I shall have a good think.

    Thank you
    Tony.

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