The Best Feeder Rods For Coarse Fishing - (Full Guide on Top Feeder Rods)

There’s no real magic to choosing the best feeder rod. Provided you are the sort of angler who has a reasonable expectation of what you are trying to achieve, you will be able to find the perfect rod for feeder fishing.

A feeder rod is not a one size fits all kind of deal however, and if you choose incorrectly, it’s going to make your fishing more difficult.

In this article we are going to have a run through some essential features found in the best feeder rod and then discuss some benefits that should help you up your catch rate significantly.

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We’ll even give you a few ideas of routes you may want to go down with some product suggestions for you to consider.

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Strapped For Time?

The quick answer to the question does largely depend on what you need the feeder rod for alongside your experience and budget. For ease we have summarised the best rods as follows:

Read on to find out what constitutes the best feeder rod alongside reviews on those chosen.

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What is a feeder rod?

A feeder rod is used primarily for ledgering. But not just any old weight. The best feeder rod will be specifically designed to throw out a weight that serves a dual purpose.

Aside from keeping your rig in place on the bottom, a feeder contains an integral method of depositing bait on or around your hook length, increasing the chance of a fish locating your bait.

They come in a variety of sizes. The size of the rod all depends on two things. What you intend to cast, and what you intend to catch.

Let’s look at two different scenarios in which we might use a feeder rod. First, we’ll look at skimmer fishing with a feeder rod. As no doubt you already know, skimmers are small bream who amass in hoards to pick an area clean of small ground bait.

If you were looking to target them you probably wouldn’t need a feeder rod capable of hefting out a 150 gram method feeder. So you would want a lightweight feeder rod with a fast action that can quickly and easily whip out a light cage feeder.

Let’s now look at carp fishing and using a method feeder with a feeder rod. A method feeder is basically a lead weight whose structure is specifically designed to hold ground-bait until it hits the water where it will disperse an attractive cloud in your swim.

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In some cases, with the correct method feeder mix, the ground-bait may stay intact whilst the feeder hits the bottom. The aim of this is to get rampant fish knocking the feeder, releasing the contents which includes your hook bait.  The fully loaded method feeders tend to be very heavy.

The best feeder rod for this type of fishing will be something with a strong enough blank to throw this to a reasonable distance, and also to pull in the bigger fish that you would be expecting to catch.

In contrast, if you were fishing for barbel on a river, you would probably need a barbel feeder rod that is somewhere between the previous two scenarios.

A feeder rod has another attribute that sets it apart from other rods. We need to talk about bite detection. The means by which bite detection is achieved on a feeder rod is by use of a whippy tip section, also known as a ‘quiver tip’ or ‘feeder tip’.

In the coming sections you’ll see lots of examples of quiver tips as we look at what we consider to be a good choice for the best feeder rod.

How do you use a feeder fishing rod?

If you have ledgered before then you will already know how to use a feeder rod and you will hopefully know that it is completely different to fishing with a float rod.

You attach your weight and rig to your main line, and cast to an area where you hope to find the fish. You then put the rod down in its rest and wind in ever so slightly once you have deployed your rig to tighten any slack.

We like to wind until there is the slightest of bends in our quiver tip. This means you are in complete contact with your rig. Bites are indicated in a number of ways. You may find that your quiver tip moves hard over, no problems detecting a bite there.

The rub comes when bites are more subtle. It is far more common, dependant on species, for the tip to move and twitch slightly. The best feeder rod will make this easy to spot however.

Other signs to look for are the feeder tip moving in the other direction of going slack. This also indicates that you need to strike.

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What to look for when buying a top feeder rod

Decide on what length of feeder rod you need: -

As we have said this depends on how far you need to cast, how heavy you need to cast and what you are hoping to reel in.

If you are only fishing light then a shorter rod will be the order of the day, likewise for big fish, weights or distances, use a big rod.

Choosing the right tip for your feeder rod: -

Again, this depends, but be aware that the best feeder rod will allow you to mix and match quiver tips. Most will have the option to attach any tip that you choose.

It is worth noting at the point that the best feeder rod will be one with a screw in tip section, push in rod tips are nothing but trouble generally.

Choosing the best action in a feeder rod: -

The action isn’t only dependent on length. It is possible to have a range of actions regardless of rod size. As a rule of thumb, the bigger the fish, the less tip action you will require.

With big fish, bite sensitivity is not so critical as they tend to be more obvious. You will more likely need the extra power provided by a mid-action rod to hold the fish away from any trouble.

Balancing your rod with the correct reel: -

The best feeder rod can only be the best if it is balanced with the correct feeder reel. A light quiver tipped rod will just not perform well if paired with a huge big pit reel.

Equally a heavy duty method feeder rod will need a substantial, robust, reel to take the strain of constant, potentially heavy, casting.

For a few extra tips check out this video...

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What are the best feeder rods?

We are simply going to say that the best feeder rod is the one that allows you to cast your rig setup easily, gives the optimum bite detection for the size and type of species that you are aiming to catch and gives you the ability to wind that species in without too much difficulty.

Obviously budget may be a factor which is why our choices include premium as well as budget options and also some feeder rods suited towards beginners.

Checkout our feeder rod recommendations as follows:

The Best Overall Feeder Rod

Daiwa Airity X45 Feeder Rod.

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Daiwa as a brand and fishing rods in general always equals quality in the angling world. The Airity X45 feeder rod is absolutely no exception to this rule and shares the same quality as the other coarse fishing gear within the X45 range.

This superb feeder rod boasts power, versatility and a very fluid playing action.

There are 6 versions in the range with differing lengths to choose from.

Our favourite on testing was the 10-11 foot version as this offers the unique opportunity of alternating between a feeder rod and a waggler rod!

All models boast the following features:

  • X45 Technology
  • HVF Nano-plus
  • V-Joint
  • Anti Tangle LS Guides
  • Matt Black Daiwa Tournament Reel Seat with EVA Fore Grip
  • Cork/EVA Armlock Handle
  • Supplied with three Mega-top Quiver Tips

The V-joint technology allows the actual spigot on the different rod pieces to actually bend. This means that the action remains very natural and fluent when playing a fish.

It also means that casting is a dream with both distance and accuracy both easily achievable.

The superior blanks on the airity rods alongside the X45 technology make these rods and absolute pleasure to work with.

To help explain what the X45 technology actually means check out this short video clip:

The Daiwa Airity X45 feeder rod is at the top end of the market in terms of price but in our opinion it's worth every penny. If you can afford to purchase one, you will absolutely NOT be disappointed.

The Best Overall Method Feeder Rod

Drennan Vertex 12ft

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The Vertex rods are a result of years of development by Drennan and they were absolutely worth the wait. Available in 10ft, 11ft and 12ft lengths, these method feeding rods combine, strength, subtlety and quality in a complete feeder rod package.

The Vertex feeder rods are ideal on commercial carp waters and can handle everything from silverfish to F1's and bigger carp.

The Vertex rods include two tips with a 2oz Glass tip and 3oz Carbon tip to choose from depending on your fishing situation.

These fantastic rods feature a high-grade cork handle with EVA casting grip and a screw down reel seat keeping the reel rock solid for the entire session. The rods also feature a hook keeper ring, SiC guides throughout and a stylish, sleek look.

Checkout this brief video of these rods in action:

With a reasonable price point for the quality you receive with these rods, they are 100% worth considering if you are on the lookout for one of the best method feeder rods on the market today.

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The Best Feeder Rod For Beginners

John Wilson 12ft Feeder Fishing Rod And Reel Combo

This fantastic feeder rod / reel combo from the legendary John Wilson is a great starting point for anyone taking up the  wonderful sport of angling.

The rod is made from a quality slim blank, and has really comfortable grips.  

The reel comes pre-spooled with monofilament so you can start fishing straight away!

Two tips are included in this great package and for the price point is a great option for beginners and more experienced anglers alike.

The Best Budget Feeder Rod

Hunter Pro 11ft Feeder Rod.

If you are new to feeder fishing or just on a tight budget it doesn’t have to be expensive if you want to give it a try.

This kit offers excellent value. An 11ft rod provides an excellent middle ground for you to try catching a number of species. With twin tips provided you can tweak the sensitivity of you bite detection.

The rod even comes with a cloth bag as a bonus extra!

Reviews of Other Great Worthy Contenders

Our 4 identified feeder rods in this article were not the only rods tested before we wrote this article. In fact, over 30 different feeder rods have been tested before deciding on the best.

For this reason we wanted to feature three more feeder rods that are worthy contenders to the best if you are looking for some alternatives: 

Middy 5G Method Feeder Rod

£89.95  in stock
4 new from £89.95
as of 15 January 2022 19:41

Preston Ignition 10ft Carp Feeder

£59.85  in stock
8 new from £58.49
as of 15 January 2022 19:41

Sonik SKSC Feeder Rod

£46.95  out of stock
Item condition: New
Ended: Apr 8, 19:56 GMT
Free Delivery
as of 16 January 2022 02:10


As with most fishing equipment, when choosing the best feeder rod, you need to decide exactly what it is going to be used for before you buy.

For general purpose work, go for something that gives you the option to push the boundary slightly each way.

So there you have it, our top choices for the best feeder rods in 2021. 

If you need any fishing tackle please consider visiting one of our recommended online fishing tackle shops. Equally you could check out our coarse fishing tackle deals page for some bargains!

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