The Middy Reactacore XZ 10 ft 6 in. Mini Commercial 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.

Description: top-end feeder rod aimed at commercial fishery carp.

Specifications: two-piece rod with four layers of high-modulous carbon, layered together at different angles to produce excellent strength and rigidity; parabolic action; Maximus weave wrap joints; slim, featherlight blank and handle; SCX ‘smooth cast’ guides; hook retainer; S-Line ergonomic reel seat; reactive carbon quivertips; 10 lb main line and 8 lb hook length rating; 7-56 g casting weight; supplied with a fully padded case.

My verdict: this sounds like a flagship rod for Method or pellet feeder fishing on commercial fisheries in summer.

You could also use it when searching for fish on the straight lead in winter.

At 10 ft 6 in., it gives you enough length in your armoury when you need it.

The work that’s gone into the rod (the layering of carbon, the ‘special’ joints that provide extra strength, the quality fittings and the carbon quivertips) is impressive, and will help you to play F1s or carp into double-figures with ease.

Price: £209.99.

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