The best carp rod should be a fishing tool that you feel comfortable using. As an angler, it’s one of the most important bits of tackle you can own.
Whatever carp rod you choose, it should be at least capable of casting to where you’re fishing.
You should decide on a rod that makes landing, and playing a carp, as easy as possible for you.
My guide below is designed to explain everything there is to know aout choosing the perfect carp rod for you.
From rod length and test curves, stalking to surface fishing, I’ve included a good mix of some of the best carp rods around.
Firstly, are you looking to upgrade your existing rods, or are you new to carp fishing?
Maybe you’ve had a few years away from fishing, and now want to get back into it?
My checklist below should give you an idea of what to look for when buying your carp rod.
CHOOSING A CARP ROD
✅ Angling Style (Will you be using it for stalking or long range casting)
✅ Choosing A Test Curve
✅ Rod Length
✅ Construction Materials (Blank and fittings)
✅ Favourable Brand (Nash, Fox, Trakker)
✅ Features (50mm butt ring, line clip, anti-frap tip)
Described as having a powerful casting action, the Daiwa Black Widow G50 is a carp anglers dream.
Providing your casting is up to scratch, this rod offers pinpoint accuracy.
When you’re a playing a big wary carp, the weight is distributed through the length
This makes it much easier for you when embroiled in angler-to-carp action!
For a start, you don’t have to keep leaning into the rod to create a cushion for yourself.
Using a light weight blank in the build, Daiwa have opted for a slim profile, combined with a nice black sleek finish.
The guides are made from stainless steel with quality ceramic LS rings making casting and retrieving smooth with very little friction.
Apart from the smaller 10 foot model, each rod is fitted with a 50mm butt guide whom most carp anglers prefer.
The G50 is finished off nicely with an aluminium butt cap.
Overall, we really enjoyed fishing with these rods, especially when paired together with the Black Widow reels.
What you’ve got here is a nice, solid setup that anglers of any age or experience will enjoy for years to come.
To find out more, I highly recommend taking a look at the video below.
This may give you a better feel of what these carp rods can offer you!
Lightweight carbon blanks
DPS style reel seat
Slim profile full shrink grip handle
Stainless steel frame guides
Lightweight LS ceramic rings
50mm Butt guides (Except 10ft model)
Aluminium butt cap
Daiwa Black Widow G50 - Video Review
Alternative Daiwa Rods
Daiwa Black Widow Range
If you have opted for the Black Widow rods, may we suggest other alternative tackle that go really well with them?
Black Widow Carryall
The strengthened base and pockets makes this carryall long lasting and durable.
This carryall will really go well with Black Widow rod holdall!
There is plenty of room for a couple of tackle boxes, a rig wallet and perhaps a small cookware or accessory bag.
The tough zips are really strong, whilst the shoulder strap can also be adjusted for a comfortable fit when carrying to and from your carp barrow.
Black Widow Rig Wallet
Black Widow 25A Big Pit Reel
It makes sense to show you the matching reel that goes perectly with the Black Widow G50 rods!
The graphite body dramatically reduces the body weight, and balances out both rod and reel during casting and when battling big carp at close quarters.
It really is a fantastic big pit reel that compliments the G50 perfectly.
2. Nash Entity Carp Rod
Next in our Best Carp Rod 2019 guide are the Nash Entity rods.
Using advanced carbon blanks, these allow really effortless and very accurate casting and super long distances, even at 150 yards and more!
Whether your style of angling includes casting heavily packed out PVA bags, or lead weights up to 5oz, the Entity is more than up to the task.
The range includes lengths of 10ft, 12ft and 13ft, with varying test curves of up to 4.50lb.
Likewise, carp anglers have a choice of either a cork handle, abbreviated or fully shrink wrapped.
To make the rods stand out further, and perform even better, additional features include a quality carbon line clip for marking up distances.
There is 50mm ringing on the 3lb and 3.5lb models, whilst also built in to the blank is a Fuji reel seat.
A laser etched ‘Nash’ logo butt cap gives them a great cosmetic finish that makes the Entity look at home on the bank.
You can read all the features and models on offer below, whilst the video gives a decent insight of performance.
6th generation advanced carbon banks
50mm ringing on 3 lb and 3.5 lb models
Fuji reel seat
Quality carbon line clip
Available with abbreviated, full shrink or NEW cork handles
Laser etched butt cap
Nash Entity Rod Video
Alternative Nash Rods
Our next carp rod is the exciting Wychwood Extricator Plus.
Labelled as ‘stealthy’ due to the dark graphics, low profile minima style guides and a stunning embossed PU handle, the Extricator Plus is a mighty fine rod.
Updated, the handle length has been increased ever so slightly, whilst the reel seat has also changed.
Some areas of the blank were also strengthened to improve casting distances and offers an enhanced fish playing action.
Made from a high modulus 40T carbon, the blank is finished in a 1k/3k blend for true strength and longevity.
Available in 6ft, 9ft, 10ft and 12ft – the whole range covers a wide range of angling styles including stalking or fishing from a boat.
Additional features that anglers will enjoy includes an anti-frap tip eye.
This prevents any snarl ups you may encounter on the cast.
In conclusion, we really think that the wide choice of rod length and test curve options mean the Extricator Plus can be used on canals, rivers and lakes.
This makes it a very versatile carp rod that will feature highly on anglers shopping lists this year.
The Wychwood Extricator Plus is a deserved entry on our best carp rods for 2019 guide.
3k/1k Carbon weave finish.
Fuji reel seat.
Low profile, anti-frap guides.
Unique PU handle.
Lifetime warranty policy
Wychwood Extricator Rod- Video Review
Alternative Wychwood Rods
Wychwood Extricator 5000FD Reel
For those seeking a matching reel, this makes for a wonderful stalking setup.
Micro-pitch, multi-disc drag
Anti-twist line roller
Matte Black Finish
Dark wooden handle
Line capacity: 0.28/300m – 0.30/237m – 0.35/173m
4. Fox EOS Carp Rod
The Fox EOS carp rod range is designed to offer value for money, without compromising on any of the features usually found on more expensive rods.
Ideal for newcomers to carp angling, they are made from a full carbon construction with a wide choice of lengths of test curves.
There are actually very lightweight and perfect for tackling carp on any small to medium venue.
Featuring an 18mm DPS style reel seat combined with a durable backbone means anglers will enjoy using these rods for years to come.
The 14mm tip ring really aids casting, so beginners can get to grips to basics confidently without laying out a huge expense on rods.
Other features of the Fox EOS include a Slik Guide System, ergonomic tapered butt grip, and finished in a matte black.
Overall, we really like the price point and quality these offer – and from a respected carp fishing brand!
Three-piece design comprising 3 x 4ft sections
Compact design ideal for small vehicles and traveling light
Lightweight low resin carbon construction
Slik guides throughout
40mm butt ring through to 14mm tip ring
Matt black finish
Ergonomic tapered butt grip
18mm DPS-style reel seat
Fox EOS Rods- Video Review
The Fox EOS Range
There is a wide range of Fox EOS tackle, with the reels been the most popular.
Without a doubt, the Fox EOS reels really compliment these rods as part of your carp rod setup.
Check out our review of this fantastic value for money carp reels.
Fox EOS Compact Landing Net
At 42 inches, this landing net is ideal for the majority of carp.
With 42 inch arms, the handle is 6ft and breaks down into two sections so it can be stored easily.
The block spreader (the part that connects the net arms together is made from diecast aluminium, which lasts a lot longer than tradtional plastic moulds.
The mesh is 70cm deep and comes supplied in a net bag.
5. Sonik Vader X Carp Rod
The Sonik Vader X deserve a place on our best carp rods 2019 list for a few reasons.
First, these are one of the best performing carp rods at this price point.
Secondly, the crisp progressive action gives you fantastic control during the fight, which is comparable to rods that can cost well over £150 a piece.
The rods themselves are slim, sleek and finished in a lovely black matte that makes them really stand out down on the bank.
In fact, the handle is fully Japanese shrink wrapped, with a laser etched butt cap that makes for a perfect finish.
Other beautiful features of these rods include double-leg SiC guides, a 50mm butt guide (on the 3lb test curve models and above) and an anti-frap tip.
At the business end, there is a trusty 17mm black DPS reel seat easily capable of housing a big pit reel.
Sonik have also included a custom line-friendly clip for securing your line.
If at this point you’re still undecided on choosing a carp rod setup (or upgrading your rods), the Sonik Vader X’s have to be considered!
Slim, lightweight matt black carbon fibre blank
These rods have a progressive casting action
Double leg black SIC guides and anti-frap tip
50mm butt guide on 3lb T/C and above
Fold friendly ringing pattern
17mm black DPS reel seat to house all big pit reels
Line friendly custom contoured Sonik clip
Slim Japanese shrink wrap butt grip
6. Shimano Tribal TX-9 Carp Rod
The Shimano Tribal TX-9 is a dedicated specimen carp hunting rod.
In the series, there are four varieties which are all 12ft, with test curves ranging from 2.50lb, 3.00lb and 3.25lb.
The ‘Tribal Intensity’ rod has a test curve rating of 3.50lb, making it ideal for those trips to France, or fishing larger waters here in the UK.
Each model is made from a blend of HPC300 and Biofibre, materials which are the latest in carbon fibre production.
What this means is that you get a really thin material, but one that retains its power.
Like nano-alloy technology which makes an already light rod even lighter!
Or the Fuji SiC K-style ringing, custom Shimano reel seat and a Beta Light Slot.
The TX-9 is a long-range casting warrior, which excels in the middle section and tip, which is important during the battle with big carp at distance.
A great addition to the Tribal range, the Tx-9 is expensive, but packed full of technology to justify that high price tag.
HPC300 & Biofibre & Toray Nanoalloy blanks
Shimano 3K woven carbon reel seat
Fuji stainless steel SIC K-type guides
EVA grip handle
Comes in a cloth bag
Test Curves Explained
7. Greys Prodigy Apex Carp Rod
With slim blanks, and a lightweight feel, the rod strength has been increased significantly, making close-quarter fish fighting a breeze.
Likewise, the design has been specially constructed for producing the optimum overhead cast.
That is not only very accurate, but generates enough power for a long range cast,with the line running very smoothly.
Built-in Toreon technology allows a super fast tip recovery, giving an ultra-responsive feel likened to more expensive rods.
From the butt section, the 2k woven blank leads up to 1k up the tip for complete control.
Other beneficial features include a Fuji DPS 18mm reel seat, black anodised collars and a slim shirnk wrap handle.
The Prodigy Apex is a premium fishing rod that performs very well indeed.
It won’t cost you an arm and a leg either.
Toreon Nano Composite construction
2K-1k high modulus woven carbon fibre blank
Crisp progressive action
Carbon Armour blank finish
Fuji DPS-18-reel seat
Full Japanese shrink wrap handle
Greys Apex Rod - Video Review
8. Daiwa Longbow X45 DF Carp Rod
Featuring a crisp, powerful action, the Longbow is designed to offer anglers a strong mid-range casting high performance rod, whilst maintaining a truly responsive playing action.
Packing plenty of punch, the Longbow features a Fuji DPS reel seat so you can ‘feel the action’ through the fast tapered profile.
Cosmetically, the Longbow has a magnificent low-glare matte finish, a shrink tube handle and metal finishing’s giving a truly custom look!
The Longbow also feels comfortable to hold, whilst the X45 compression zone and Minima 4 guides really gives anglers a true all-round performance no matter what lake they are fishing.
A real focus on quality and performance, the Daiwa Longbow X45 DF is a carp angling beast!
X45 compression zone
Minima 4 guides
50mm butt guide (except floater special)
Silk Matt low glare finish
Fast taper profile
Fuji DPS reel seat
Profiles NS shrink tube handle
Metal butt cap and trim rings
Custom build finish throughout
Daiwa Longbow DF X45 - Video Review
Alternative Daiwa Rods
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
OVER TO YOU
Now it’s your turn!
I’d like to know what rods are part of your setup, and how you’re finding them?
Do they cast well at long distances?
How long have you had your rods?
Drop me a comment below, and let’s get the discussion going!
Until next time – be lucky!