The Drennan Acolyte Pro Whip 800 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.


THE top-end Drennan Acolyte Pro Whip 800 looks particularly useful for the cold months ahead.

It’s eight metres long with a telescopic top three, and five take-apart sections. It comes with a solid flick-tip, but it’s also supplied with a PTFE bush, two types of PTFE plugs and a PTFE bead, so that you can elasticate the No.2 section.

It’s ultra strong, with reinforced joints and numbered sections, so that you know at a glance how long you are fishing. It weighs approximately 265 g.

It’s just the job on bigger rivers, whether you’re speed fishing or fishing a long line to-hand for silver fish. I can see a few Wye, Thames and Trent anglers slipping one of these in their holdall this winter.

Price: £235.