Best Rod for under £100? The Wychwood C-201 Carp Rods Review

wychwood c201 carp rodsThis week we review the Wychwood C-201 Carp Rods.

It’s been a long time since I upgraded my carp rods so choosing the right rods for my own fishing was very important. Although I was happy with my old JRC rods it was time for a change and went with the Wychwood C-201 Carp Rods.

There were three factors when choosing my new rods; build quality, features/functionality and design. Those 3 factors had to fit into my under £100 per rod budget so finding the right rod was a tricky task. With most high end top quality rods going for as much as £300/£400, the Wychwood C-201 is an ideal mid range rod option.

The cork handle option has an old school look but has all the modern features you expect from a carp rod. The cork handle option is not just a design feature, playing a fish and casting feel great when using a cork handle.

The overall weight of the rod is superb, the lightweight carbon makes casting easy and smooth. The 3lb test curve option is surprisingly strong whilst still giving you a bend in the tip when needed to reduce hook pulls and line breakages.

The rod includes 50 mm butt rings allowing the line to flow through the rod with ease, easily adding more distance to my cast compared to my old JRC rods.

The rods balance well when paired with a Shimano 1400 Carp Reel and look a stylish combination too.

Worth the money?

I have been using these rods for a few months now and I would have to say these are the best carp rods I’ve ever used and are well worth the money. This review will be kept up to date if any issues or any other features are noticed with these rods while in use.


I believe if you’re looking for a top quality, stylish carp rod then I would highly recommend these C-201 Carp Rods by Wychwood.

Check them out in your local tackle shop or you can buy them a little cheaper online, I recommend Amazon or eBay.

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Best Carp Rod? The Free Spirit CTX Carp Rod Review

free spirit ctx carp rod close upThis week’s tackle review is the ever so popular Free Spirit CTX Carp Rod.

The review this week is brought to you by our special guest reviewer, Ben Bentley. Ben is an avid carp angler, blogger, video creator and tackle fanatic.

Ben has been using his Free Spirit CTX Carp Rods for around a year now. Below he shares his thoughts, knowledge and techniques on these incredible carp rods.

Ben, it’s over to you…

In early in 2016 I decided that I needed a new set of carp rods in order to allow me to fish any type of water using any type of method. Knowing that I could not afford the very high end of carp rods that can up to £400 each, I still wanted quality, strong and reliable carp rods so I decided the 13ft 3.5lb Free Spirit CTX carp rods, which would serve me well on most waters.

free spirit ctx carp rods with carp

The first time I used the Free Spirit CTX rods I decided to fish a local, high stocked runs water and I was not disappointed with the performance of the new rods.

I fished using size 10 hooks on 10lb fluorocarbon hook lengths and landed carp to double figures, proving the fish playing capabilities of the CTX rods.


The next session I decided to try the rods out on a large open water type venue. This time I fished zigs at over 100yds, using 15lb mainline straight through. The rod was easy to compress and the action of the blank allowed me to remain reasonably accurate at casting at that range.

Since using the CTX carp rods on a number of other different venues around the country, they have performed incredibly. Suiting all kinds of carp fishing methods, from flicking small chods down the margin to casting heavy PVA bags out at over a hundred yards.

The main features

The blank has been made with 40t and 30t carbons and the resin content has been kept below 25%, this means the rods very slim and with the added ‘Perdurable’ finish, this keeps the rods in a near to new condition.

The rods have a distinctive x weave down the blank, which comes from the manufacturing process. This increases the rods performance and looks super stylish.

The action is best described as a progressive tip action, being a long, powerful rod they’re designed for long range casting so the butt of the rod doesn’t tend to bend unless you’re playing the fish aggressively. Some may say that a 3.5lb test curve rod may be a little stiff, but CTX rods are soft enough in the tip to protect that all important hook hold avoiding losing a fish during the battle.


The rods are fitted with a 50mm S-lite ring set that is designed again to reduce the amount of weight built into the rod, they’re robust and look very stylish. I did suffer the occasional dreaded butt ring frap, but this was largely caused by overloading my reels.

If you’re looking for a stylish carp rod in which suits waters large and small, then these Free Spirit CTX carp rods could be the ones for you.

The range goes from 12ft 2.5lb, which are well suited for smaller waters, floater rods and stronger rods up to a 13ft 3.5lb, which will allow you to cast as serious distances. If you’re in the market for new rods then definitely check them out, you won’t be disappointed.

How much?

The Free Spirit CTX carp rod range is priced between £99 to £150 depending which length, test curve and model you decide on. The 13ft 3.5lb Free Spirit CTX carp rod featured in the review will set you back around £150 which we believe is value for money for the functionality and the build quality of the rod.


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Best Carp Rod? The Fox Warrior Carp Rod Review

Warrior®-S---FOX-RodsThis week’s tackle review of the Fox warrior carp rods.

This week’s review comes to you from carp addict James Samways.

He has owned a pair Fox warrior rods from around 5 months and is edger to spread the word on how much he loves his latest carp rods.

Why did I buy the product?

Initially I needed to upgrade my rods because my previous carp rods were falling apart so I needed to find a more reliable carp rod.

After thinking about what I wanted for my next rods I also wanted to upgrade my test curve from 2.75 to 3 ptc too. I wanted to find a blank with a built in line clip with a more stylish design and the Fox warrior rods ticked all the boxes for me.

The top features


  • The rod has a built in line clip which increases indication sensitivity and creates bolt rig effect when you get a run
  • The rod has large thick line ring guides which makes the line flow through with ease
  • With a 3ptc plus version makes casting large leads easy
  • The rod has a good bend which makes it easier to avoid hook pulls from any size of fish
  • The rod has balanced weight distributed throughout the rod, from the handle to the tip, making your cast more efficient

The warrior model has been around for a long time with only minor adjustments added to each latest model so know you’re getting quality for your money.

Other details

  • This rod comes in a few various test curves such as 2.75lb, 3lb and 3.5lb
  • You can also find this rod with a cork handle option if that’s something you favour
  • You can find this rod in numerous rod lengths such as 10ft, 12ft and 13ft

After using the rods for over five months I would highly recommend them to anyone I know as Fox know how to create quality carp rods.

How much and where can I find it?

You can find this rod for around £70 from your local tackle shop or buy from amazon for a little cheaper.


Warrior®-S---FOX-RodsThanks for reading this review of the Fox warrior carp rods.

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