Daiwa Maddragon Carp Rod
Good Rod for the price
I was used to using 12 foot long rods for carp when in the U.K. though they are hard to find in the U.S. I had been making do with an 8'6" spinning rod ,but it was hard to fish with a float (bobber)over that depth. Enter the Mad Dragon-I was extremely pleased and it made Float fishing a pleasure. It seems well put together and has handled the carp well(I use the 2.75Lb test curve). The grips like another reviewer mentioned take a little getting used to, but the rods spend a lot of time on the rests and so it isn't a problem. The extra length certainly helps steer fish away from snags and the rod has power where you need it. I'm certainly happy and will be purchasing a second soon.
September 26, 2013
Mad Dragon 2.75 test curve
I received my rod as a Christmas gift, and have only had one chance to use it thus far.
As this is my first 12-foot carp rod, I can not compare it to other, much more expensive models on the market. However, I believe it is a very good rod for the price, and in my opinion, it performed at least as well as, or better than, the 9-foot light saltwater rods I have used for carp in the past.
Used with a medium-heavy rear-drag freshwater spinning reel, with 12-lb mono, it cast extremely well. Because the carp did not cooperate on the day I tried it out, I can't speak on the subject of the rod's fish-fighting capability. It did handle the two small catfish I caught (under 2 lbs) quite easily, and was not at fault when a larger fish came unhooked after a brief fight (in fact, I was thoroughly enjoying that fight when the hook came free -- probably because the fish was barely lip-hooked from the start).
I would recommend this rod to my carp-fishing friends, especially if they are looking for a good rod with a well-known brand name, at a reasonable price.
The only negative aspect of this rod is its fairly thin handle -- which is common with most other carp rods of this style. I have large hands, and the "feel" of the rod did take some getting used to. I might decide to modify it myself later, by adding some foam or cork wrapping.
January 8, 2012
i purchased one mad dragon two years ago, bought another one as backup. Extremely happy with my purchase, i have handled several large carp with this rod and enjoyed every minute!!!
December 30, 2013
Very good rod
Excelent rod, balanced, strong, decent price, good not just for euro-carping style. It would be perfect if it would have SIC guides, at least the top three.
October 15, 2012