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Colour Coding Rods - I need to know at a glance which is which.

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I have colour coded my rods for years now.

I posted a picture elsewhere on social media which created a fair bit of discussion when I showed it as many seemed surprised my rods are tipped with different colours near the handles. So why?

This is something I have done for years now and it is simply for me to be able to easily tell them apart. I did it originally when being forced (due to work commitments) to turn up and set up in the dark. If I have a rod marked up for a feature in a certain swim I want to know exactly which one it is at a glance rather than having to try and work out which rod was which if they all had similar rigs on them.

Also, if I have a particularly lively time with fish coming thick and fast I never get my rods mixed up. If I notice some damage to a line whilst packing away, or turn a hook point over it is so easy to remember which rod needs extra attention at home without having to un-pack and inspect them all.

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A 40 lb plus common during a particularly hectic time at Brocard

The week I spent at Brocard Large lake with Ron Key just a few weeks back,  the coloured rods really made life simple as the sport was hectic at times and I would be sorting a rod for re-casting when Ron would hook one so I would drop what I was doing to offer assistance and then one of mine would be away and before you know it there are rods everywhere.

It was a simple job for me knowing the red rod had been on the left and so on. It is also nice for me to look at that picture and remember that the blue rod once went into battle and landed me a 108lb catfish and so on. My rods have their own personal bests.

So, there you have it. This is why I use different tippets on different rods. Yes, you can number them or be really discreet and mark them underneath, but myself, I prefer to see at a glance which rod is which and I must admit getting a bit of a kick when I see people noticing that they don’t match. It does amuse me what some anglers feel is so important.

Shaun Harrison


About the Author: Shaun Harrison

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Quest Baits boss Shaun Harrison has put over 40 years of experience into developing his range of carp baits ” This bait range is the culmination of the bait knowledge I’ve gained throughout my carp fishing career, a journey which started in the 1970’s. It has truly been a long and winding road – frustrating at times, fascinating and rewarding at others….. Our range you’ll only find proven baits, the ones I use myself 

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