The Drennan 13 ft Acolyte Distance Feeder Rod comes under the beady eye of Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He's the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week.

DRENNAN report that this 13 ft Acolyte Distance Feeder Rod was extensively field tested and modified by their team of professionals to ensure that it ticked all the boxes before release.

On the bank it’s capable of punching big feeders up to 3.5 oz, accurately 100 metres.

Thanks to input from the likes of five-times World Champion Alan Scotthorne and top internationals Steve Hemingray, Darren Davies and Dean Barlow, it delivers on that tricky combination of bite detection, sensitivity, fish playing feel and balance too I hear, something that you often risk losing in the transition from feeder rod to a distance feeder rod.

Top specimen anglers have also pricked their ears up, spotting its potential for big fish on big feeder rigs.

Its 13 ft length certainly allows improved line management in the heavy flow on rivers, and I would imagine that little bit more control.

The rod is a three-piece, the action is crisp and responsive, as you’d expect, and it comes with 3, 4 and 5 oz Drennan Distance Tips.

These tips are exclusive to this rod, as they come with larger guides, to allow shock leader knots to flow through more easily.

The Acolyte’s blank is lined with SiC guides, complete with a Fuji DPS screw-down reel seat, and full cork handle.

Drennan recommend that it’s best matched with 6 lb to 10 lb reel lines or 0.08 to 0.12 mm braid.

Price: £229.