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A Trio Of New Drennan Products!

We are pleased to unveil three more quality Drennan products this week. 


First up are the unique Acolyte Hook Resistant Landing Nets. They are available in 14in, 16in and 18in sizes and are a considerable technical improvement on existing match and carp landing nets.

The special fish-friendly mesh features a flat section, knotless mesh with a super fine, tight weave. It’s also seriously hook resistant and designed to release rare hook ups much more easily and quickly. It also holds its shape really well, which is a real asset when netting fish at speed.

Extensively field-tested by anglers of the calibre of Alan Scotthorne and Steve Hemingray, the finished product is quite unlike any other landing net out there.


The Carp 7 is the third pole float in the Carp series featuring our special banded tips. Its highly visible 1.5mm Glow Tip antenna helps you spot tiny movements on the float much more easily.

This float shares many similarities with the Carp 6 with one all-important difference; a 0.6mm wire stem for greater stability. This helps provide superior presentation and ensures the float is working in the swim as quickly as possible.

This superbly made and versatile float is available in nine sizes from 0.2g up to 1.5g.


Next up is X Tough. This clear mono is exceptionally strong and resilient to both abrasion and shot damage.

It is available on compact 50m spools from 0.08mm/1lb 4oz right up to 0.24mm/10lb. It has accurately quoted diameters and achievable knot strength, rather than linear strength, because there aren’t many rigs without knots!

A fantastic new hooklength and rig making material for both float and feeder fishing.

x-tough-line-range-CAll of these products are available now and should be finding their way into all good Drennan stockists over the next couple of weeks.

Visit the New Products section to learn more about our latest tackle releases.

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User Report: Acolyte 12ft Carp Waggler

The Fishing Republic’s James Carlin had a successful weekend catching carp to 12lb with his Acolyte 12ft Carp Waggler rod. 


“It felt light yet powerful and I never had any doubts while playing the fish,” he commented.

Visit the Fishing Republic’s Blog section of their website for a full user report and in-depth account of the session.

Learn more about the Drennan Acolyte Carp Waggler rods.

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User Report: Acolyte & Acolyte Carp Poles

Team England and Drennan Barnsley Blacks star Matt Godfrey has been putting the Acolyte and Acolyte Carp poles through their paces for well over a year now, but are they holding up to the pressure? Here’s his ‘used and abused’ report, which originally featured in Match Fishing magazine:


Matt Godfrey using his Acolyte pole during the 2016 European Championship.

The Acolytes… after 14 months of hammer!

I dare say that there aren’t many people who’ll put a pole through its paces in a year in the same way I will. At the start of September last year I got myself kitted out with a pole combo – the Drennan Acolyte and Acolyte Carp – and so far they’ve not only travelled the country with me, but in fact the world!

The First Workout…

I really did drop my Acolyte in at the deep end when it made its debut on Scotland’s Loch Ken. The fishing up there was fast and furious, catching large numbers of roach and hybrids. My first impressions of the pole were that it was super-slick. I noticed the Acolyte was very thin, and this was the perfect chance to see the benefits of this. When shipping large numbers of small fish, the thin profile and low-friction finish on the pole helps you get into a very smooth rhythm. Using the Match kits, fitted with No6 Preston Slip elastic, the pole’s performance was exceptional. Even at 14.5 and 16 metres, when a Match kit is fitted the pole is stunning.

A very useful feature on the pole that I immediately noticed and have used from the start is the Cupping No3 section that is provided with it. One thing I’ve always been vary wary of is feeding heavy balls of groundbait. Poles arch over and sections can break. Having a reinforced sturdy cupping kit AND Cupping No3 (the same as a No4 on most poles) section helps. Its debut couldn’t have gone any better, in all honesty… I went on to catch over 20lb of roach in the two matches I fished, winning both of them.

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Award Winning Tackle

Drennan tackle scoops several major categories in the 2016 National Angling Awards. 


The 2016 National Angling Awards have just been announced. These prestigious awards saw over 20,000 Angling Times readers cast their votes for their favourite tackle via the website.

at-award-best-waggler-rodTopping the Best Waggler Rod category was the latest Compact Acolyte Ultra 13ft.

The Angling Times commented: “Head and shoulders above the rest in the category, Drennan’s Compact Acolyte Ultra 13ft was voted the best waggler rod of the year. Its unique screw-apart dolly handle and clever two-section construction makes it quick and easy to pack away ready made-up, and its fish-playing action is firm yet forgiving.”

at-award-best-feeder-rodThe Best Feeder Rod category was another hit for the Acolyte family, as the 11ft Acolyte Feeder rods took the top prize.

The Angling Times commented: “This hotly contested category had a very worthy winner. Drennan’s super-slim, lightweight 11ft Acolyte Feeder rods come in Plus and Ultra versions for natural river, lake and commercial fishery use. Both models are built on crisply responsive carbon blanks, which offer the ultimate in feeder casting and fish-playing qualities.”

at-award-margin-crystalsThe Best Pole Float category was won by the Margin Crystal. This unique product follows in the footsteps of the Crystal Dibber and In-Line Crystal Dibber, which have both topped this category in previous years. The AS5 was also this year’s Runner Up, making it a clean sweep for Drennan pole floats!

The Angling Times commented: “From Drennan, whose float-building skills are legendary, the Margin Crystal is produced to exacting standards. The 2.5mm diameter hollow glass tip and 1mm glass stem suit it to all margin fishing, where its transparent body makes it inconspicuous to wary fish in shallow water.”

To read all about the awards and lots more, pick up the bumper 96-page Christmas edition of the Angling Times, which is in all good newsagents from today.

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The Perfect Choice For Big Rivers

The all-new Acolyte Plus 15ft float rod has just been unveiled and looks set be a firm fixture in Steve Hemingray’s armoury this winter.


We joined the Team England star on the banks of his local River Trent in Nottingham to see the rod in action.

“The 15ft Plus is the more powerful brother to the 15ft Ultra and absolutely perfect for big rivers like the Wye, Severn and, of course, the Trent where I am today,” explained Steve. “It’s more than a match for chub and barbel on the float, and it’s also ideal for big weights of smaller fish with stepped-up tackle.

“A lot of companies have tried and failed to produce a quality 15ft rod that’s this thin, light and well balanced. To do that with a more powerful rod is even more difficult, but that’s exactly what Drennan have now managed. The balance is superb. It sits up lovely in your hand and you can fish with it all day without strain. 

“I could be fishing a big bolo float down the middle, a deep waggler rig, or just running a stick float off the rod tip and this rod will cover it all. The crisp tip helps to pick up line and connect with bites really fast. The extra length also really helps with line control and gives you that extra bit of reach you often need on the river.

“I now have two Acolyte Plus 15fts ready made up in a Rod Case so I can assemble them in seconds. I can see these rods getting a lot of use this winter!”

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New Products From Drennan

Our latest winter product launch includes exciting new rods, poles, floats, clothing and luggage!


as7-pole-floats-bAS7 Pole Floats – A great all-round pattern designed in conjunction with Five Times World Champion Alan Scotthorne. Features a stable and durable wire stem, glass antenna, spring eye and extra-tough paint finish. Eight sizes from 0.4g to 3g. More >>

acolyte-plus-15ft-05Acolyte Plus 15ft – The more powerful brother to the Acolyte Ultra 15ft and designed for quality fish and big bags of fish on rivers and deep stillwaters. An ideal choice for fishing the stick float, bolo and waggler on deeper swims and wherever optimum line control is required. More >>

red-range-target-carp-1450-2Red Range Target Carp 1450 – A 14.5m pole that offers great performance and amazing value. The Target Carp comes with a total of six wide bore top 2 Carp Kits, all pre-fitted with Side Pull Slots, and lots of useful extras. Perfect for carp, F1s and silverfish on commercial fisheries. More >>

red-range-carp-zone-1250-2Red Range Carp Zone 1250 – A strong, well balanced and great value product packed into 12.5 metres. The Carp Zone comes with four top 2 Carp Kits complete with Side Pull Slots and, just like the Target Carp, it comes with a very generous amount of extras. More >>

slimline-single-rod-hard-casesSlimline Hard Cases – New medium length models of the existing Slimline Single Rod Hard Case and Slimline 2 Rod Hard Case. Measuring 178cm makes them particularly ideal for two-piece 11ft rods and most 13ft three-piece models. More >>

wind-beater-jacketWind Beater Jacket – A quality jacket that looks equally good both on and off the bank. Features a padded aqua lining, zipped pockets, chunky YKK zips, a 5,000 waterproof rating and 3,000 breathability. Available in sizes from Small to 4XL. More >>

All of these items are now available and should be finding their way into all good Drennan stockists from the end of the week.

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Impressive Win With Acolyte Plus Rod

Martin Ward used his new Acolyte Plus 14ft rod for the first time to bag an astonishing 49lb winning net of chub!

martin-ward-acolyte-14ft-plusThe impressive catch was taken using waggler-and-maggot tactics on the River Avon at Seven Meadows, Stratford upon Avon. Martin nearly doubled the second-placed angler’s catch and cruised through to next month’s big-money Riverfest Final.

“I caught 24 chub, the biggest going 5lb 9oz!” the keen river angler explained.

“I used my newly purchased Acolyte Plus 14ft, bought from Bleak Hall Sports in Kempston. The rod was just superb in every way, handling all the chub in a way I just could not believe and with more to give if I needed it, so a massive well done on a fantastic rod. I now cannot wait to use it again on the River Wye!”

Acolyte-Plus-RodsThere are currently three Acolyte Plus float rods in the range. These include our very popular three-piece 13ft and 14ft models. New for 2016 is the Compact Acolyte Plus 13ft. This has all the excellent qualities of the traditional three-piece rod, plus a patented design that enables it to fold down into two equal-length sections (equivalent to a two-piece 12ft rod) plus a short handle section. This clever feature means there is only one ferrule in front of the reel seat, which improves balance even further.


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Acolyte Compact Rods In Action

Dan Varney visited the beautiful Docklow Pools in Herefordshire to flex the all-new Acolyte Compact rods – and put together this fine net of fish!



A waggler session on the fishery’s idyllic Mickey Mouse Pool allowed Dan to put both the Acolyte Compact Ultra 13ft and Acolyte Compact Plus 13ft rods to the test. Their clever design ensured Dan was set up and fishing in no time at all. Using waggler tactics and the simplest of baits he managed a bumper net of chub, roach and ide for the cameras.

Thanks to all of the staff at Docklow Pools for being such great hosts!

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New Drennan Tackle!

Fantastic new Drennan releases coming to a tackle shop near you!


Our Autumn tackle launch includes Compact Acolyte rods, Float Fish line, Drennan luggage and EVA accessories.

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Eight Awards For Drennan!

Drennan have scooped no fewer than eight accolades in the Match Fishing Tackle Awards!


There were 12 categories in total, each voted for by Match Fishing magazine readers. Listed below are the eight awards we managed to win. Thanks to all the discerning readers who voted for Drennan tackle!

You can see the full results in the June 2016 issue of Match Fishing, which is out now.

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