Modern barbel rods have evolved significantly, often coming with two tips: one quiver and one standard. A notable example is the 2010 model, an 11ft rod with a dolly butt, extending to 13ft, ideal for a variety of fishing scenarios. When casting with braid and a shockleader, using a quivertip with small rings can risk a ‘crack off’ or the braid getting stuck in the rings. Hence, the choice of rod length and tip type is crucial depending on the fishing context.
Feeder rods, also known as quiver tip rods, are typically used for bottom fishing without a float, making them a popular choice for carp fishing. They usually come with one to three quiver tips, allowing anglers to adapt to various fishing conditions. The Korum Ambition Quiver range, for instance, offers feeder rods with three tips: a glass 2oz for sensitivity and two carbon tips at 3oz and 4oz for added casting power. Additionally, these rods are versatile enough to be used at different lengths, like 8 or 10 feet, suitable for both feeder and Avon styles.
The design of these rods typically features soft tips that bend or “quiver” when a fish bites, indicating a catch. Quiver tips are available in various weights, from 1oz glass to 8oz carbon, to suit different fishing conditions. For instance, a 1 1/2 lb test curve (TC), 12ft two-piece multi-tip rod comes with both a quiver tip and an Avon type top section, catering to the specialist general angler. There are also accessories like the Korum quiver rod rest, designed with deep slotted grooves and angled ears, enhancing the fishing experience.