HOW TO ELASTICATE YOUR POLE.

DanDanUK

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Poles - all modern poles are designed to be fished with elastic running inside the top one, two or three sections. This elastic provides a shock absorber between the pole and a fighting fish. The pole elastic must be matched to the strength of the line and hooklink that you are using, and that should be matched to the size and species of fish that you are expecting to catch. To give you a couple of examples, from one extreme to the other, for roach fishing on a local canal we might use No 3 elastic to 1.5 lb B.S. rig line to a size 22 hook on 12 oz hook length. For fishing my local river Mole I use number 8 elastic, 3lb high tech rig line, and a 2lb high tech hook length. If fishing a local lake, where there is the possibility of hooking a large tench or small carp, I would tackle up with number 10 or 12 elastic, and a rig made entirely from 3lb high tech line. In each case its essential to match your line with the elastic being used.

Getting back to the actual poles, each pole is designed with a range of elastics in mind. A specialist canal pole would be designed for using elastics in the range of number 2 through number 6, whilst a specialist carp pole would be designed for elastics up to number 16 or even 20.

For our general purpose pole, we want something capable of handling elastics in the range 4 to 12. We are looking for a pole of at least 11 metres in length, 12.5 would be better, but they are more expensive. Luckily for us, most of the modern poles, even the cheaper models, perform well at lengths up to 11 metres. Once we start looking at longer ones, the cheaper models appear to take on the shape of a banana at long lengths. Expensive poles (many of them can cost over £2,000) are lighter, stiffer, and better balanced than their cheaper counterparts, allowing the angler to fish efficiently at 14 15 or 16 metres, but these are specialist tools, built for the top match anglers, and not of interest to us here.

 

Zorro

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Thats cool and all but im not doing it. O well. But i was checking out that site and they have that fold up boat. Does any one have one of these cuz to me i think its a rock waiting to sink
 

fishrmann2

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Glad I don't live in the UK! This would be a pain to do! I'll stick to my $300 St. Croix Legend Elite rod, with no "elastic" to absorb the feel of a bite! :)
 

fballguy

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Zorro;589330; said:
Thats cool and all but im not doing it. O well. But i was checking out that site and they have that fold up boat. Does any one have one of these cuz to me i think its a rock waiting to sink
You mean the porta-bote? I have the 12 foot model with a 5 HP Tohatsu and it is an excellent boat. It moves much faster than an aluminum boat of the same size because it gets on a plane so easy. And although the floor moves under your feet due to the bendability of the material, it is actually unsinkable. They say it will float even full of water, which I thought was a load of bull. Well this summer my brother and I were fishing it it and a jackhole water ski boat went too fast too close to us and swamped us. The boat went totally sideways and filled almost all the way with water, but it went upright and stayed above water the entire mile all the way back to shore. It took forever to get there too because a 5 HP moter is not meant to push that much weight. We made it though!
 

Zorro

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fballguy;599409; said:
You mean the porta-bote? I have the 12 foot model with a 5 HP Tohatsu and it is an excellent boat. It moves much faster than an aluminum boat of the same size because it gets on a plane so easy. And although the floor moves under your feet due to the bendability of the material, it is actually unsinkable. They say it will float even full of water, which I thought was a load of bull. Well this summer my brother and I were fishing it it and a jackhole water ski boat went too fast too close to us and swamped us. The boat went totally sideways and filled almost all the way with water, but it went upright and stayed above water the entire mile all the way back to shore. It took forever to get there too because a 5 HP moter is not meant to push that much weight. We made it though!
Wow I would need to fish in one 1st. Ill stick with my all ready made boats.
 

StiffMeister

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just a few comments on elastic in your pole.

First of all, the use of an internal bushes is better. in that story they mention more flexibility with externals, but (unless i misunderstand the context here) flexibility is something you dont want when you fish with elastic. The pole must be stiff for better use of the elastic. Back on the internals: if you use those, you will not have anby problems with you elastic rubbing against the carbon. You can understand that when you break the end of your pole to add the bush, the carbon isnt exactly flattened to so easily capable of destroying your elastic. When you use external bushes, this problem isnt solved while the use of internals does protect your elastic.
Furthermore, here they talk about using a saw to cut the pole for the bushes. I always jsu tput them on the table and hit it with my hand to break it. works very well and no splinters (at least with good poles). just make sure you have a good flattened surface area on the table and the corner of the table is straight, with no bumbs or the pole will break at multiple places.
just my 2 cents...
 

gallagher_d

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Guys,

I apolagize upfront, but I am not understanding this elatic thing. First question, I think a metres is about 3 foot. If so, the poles would be as long as my house. Am I off here? Also, how and what are you fishing for? Then there is a cup on end f pole that I just can not figure out what it is for. Anyway, always looking to learn.

Thanks

David
 
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