I use a cheep glass rod 8 foot. Works well for me they are all over on e-bay cheep and have never needed anything more. Spend the extra money you save on the rod for the reel with a good drag system as you will needed it Never had a carp break a pole but have lost a few reals with poor drags in the heat of battle.
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