However, what actually happened was that a soft tip cushioned a lot of the feel, so they did in fact defeat the object.
Then, a few years back, somebody finally twigged and made marker rods with tips of the correct stiffness.
Bingo, even more recently somebody twigged that this made them a bit more like spod rods and, hey presto, out came some combination rods such as this one.
I say such as, but the Daiwa Longbow DF is really the best example of this that I have seen and is genuinely able to cope with spodding at long ranges and plumbing and feeling out your swim. This might sound like stretching the imagination, but trust me it works for both tasks.
Couple one of these rods with Daiwa’s Emblem Spod reel, with its casting potential, huge cranking power and rugged build, and you have what could be described as the perfect combination for both tasks. You may, of course, choose to use them for just one task or other, or even better, get two of each and be covered for all eventualities. You could do a heck of a lot worse, I’ll tell you. (MC)
£270 and £165
SPOD AND MARKER