Fishing Rods

Best Carp Rod Under £50

By July 22, 2020August 17th, 2020No Comments
Best Budget
Hunter Pro Carp Rod
The best budget carp rod under £50.
Best Value
Daiwa Black widow stalker
has some of the best features for the price
Best All Round
Kodex Stalky Rod
The best for all-around fishing, it’s a great utilitarian rod.

Many fishing rods on the market are tailored for a specific presentation or species, and carp rods are no exception to that.

Carp rods are made specifically as you might guess, for targeting carp in the most efficient and precise way possible.

Things that are specific to carp rods are attributes such as long-distance castability, casting accuracy, spombing, spodding, and efficiency when fighting a large fish like carp.

In this article, we are going to take a look at our pick for the best carp rods under £50.

We will also discuss what to look for in a carp rod and considerations to think about when choosing one.

Top 3 Picks

We have selected 3 carp rods from this list as our top 3 picks. These are the Kodex Stalky Rod, Daiwa Black Widow Stalker, and the TF2 Banshee. These rods have the best all-around features and costs.

 The Kodex Stalky Rod is the best for all-around fishing, it’s a great utilitarian rod. 

The Daiwa Black widow stalker has some of the best features for the price. 

The TF2 Banshee has the best options and different models to choose from.

Best Carp Rod Under £50 Reviewed in 2020

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1. Shakespeare Cypry Carp Rod

Reasons To buy 

  • Quality Construction
  • Perfect for Carp
  • Slim and Sleek Design

Reasons To Avoid 

Shakespeare Cypry Carp Rod Review

If you have been in the fishing world for a while, you will know the Shakespeare name, they are synonymous around the world in terms of being known for their exceptional quality products.

The Shakespeare Cypry carp rod comes in 4 different models and test curves from 12’ to 13’ each in either 2 pieces or 3 piece setups.

This wide variety of different models to choose from makes this rod really popular for all carp anglers on a tight budget.

Featuring a slim carbon blank construction which gives a very lightweight package but doesn’t sacrifice strength or power, quality titanium oxide guides for durability and long-range casting, DPS reel seats, and through action blanks.

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2. Wychwood Extricator MLT

Reasons To buy 

  • Very Portable
  • Great Build Quality
  • Great for Carp Stalking

Reasons To Avoid 

  • Not for Distance Casting

Wychwood Extricator MLT Review

The Wychwood Extricator MLT is one the best carp rods at this price range when it comes to features like power, balance and performance.

The rod features either a solid cork or EVA foam grips and butts, making it easy to grip and use in any weather conditions, TS braid friendly line guides with custom spacing, up locking screw lock reel seat, a line clip, and one of the most valuable features, a lifetime warranty policy.

The rods are also available in a variety of sizes from 6 feet to 10 feet. 

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3. TF2 Gear Banshee V2 Carp Rod

Reasons To buy

  • Great Short Cast Accuracy
  • Perfect for carp stalking

Reasons To Avoid

  • Not For Long Casts

TF2 Gear Banshee V2 Carp Rod Review

Total Fishing Gear is a well known and dedicated carp fishing company with a plethora of great products and rods are no exception.

The TF2 Gear Banshee V2 has an awesome selection and rod variants and a host of great features for its price range.

There are six rods to choose from 9 or 12 feet in length with test curves of 2.5lb, 2.75lb, 3lb, 3.25lb and 3.5lb.

The rods come in two sections and the rods are made from high modulus carbon blanks, these blanks produce amazing sensitivity, casting distance, balance and power.

The rod also features a year warranty against defects.

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4. SeaKnight Yasha

Reasons To buy

  • Easy To Transport
  • Great Value

Reasons To Avoid

  • Made in China

SeaKnight Yasha Review

The SeaKnight Yasha is a four-piece rod setup that is made with high-quality carbon blanks.

The guides are High-quality stainless steel with ceramic inserts and there are a total of eight guides with a length of ten feet giving ultimate casting distance and performance.

The reel seat is very ergonomic with no sharp angles and features a soft-touch coating for comfort and dependable grip.

The Yasha also has a split grip setup using premium grade cork and a cork handle as well. Not to mention the rod also comes with an excellent carrying case to prevent damage and keeping everything from getting jumbled up on the way to your favourite fishing hole, which we think is a huge plus.

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5. Hunter Pro Carp Rod

Reasons To buy

  • Great Value
  • Good Quality

Reasons To Avoid

  • Only available at 12ft, 2.75lb test curve

Hunter Pro Carp Rod Review

The Hunter Pro Carp Rod was developed with castability in mind, designed to take the full load throughout the blank while casting to give an incredible performance while still being strong enough to fight the largest of carp.

For those extra-large fish the butt of the rod has a “butt load” cap for those instances where the angler needs to hold the rod against the body for extra leverage.

The guides are made with high-quality C6 ceramic inserts and create a controlled curve when fighting fish to ensure performance during long runs or jumps.

The rod also features an EVA handle for great grip in all weather conditions, and a custom moulded reel seat that is adjustable via the adjustment screw.

The rod comes in 12 feet in length and breaks down into 3 pieces.

The Hunter Pro is a serious anglers rod, with a price point that is half of what other rods offer while keeping the same quality and reliability of other more expensive offerings. 

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6. Fladen Eco Carp Rod

Reasons To buy

  • Good Build Quality
  • Good Value For Money

Reasons To Avoid

  • Heavy

Fladen Eco Carp Rod Review

The Fladen Eco is a three-piece rod made from high-quality composite blanks and is 12 feet in length and has a test curve of 2.5 pounds.

The blanks are custom slimline carbon to keep the weight low and uses high-quality guides to ensure smooth and long-distance casts.

The rod also has a sculpted reel handle and EVA foam grips. This rod is great for beginners who want to keep the cost of carp fishing low, or even for experienced anglers, and works great as a backup rod.

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7. Daiwa Black Widow Stalker

Reasons To buy

  • Great Brand
  • Strong Well Designed Carp Rod
  • Great For Stalking

Reasons To Avoid

  • Less Value For Money Than Others

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Daiwa is one of the best-known fishing product companies on the market and the reputation in producing high-quality products is definitely deserved.

The Daiwa Black Widow Stalker is no exception. The rod is created using extremely thin, high strength Carbon blanks giving the angler a rod that is very lightweight.

The thin blanks also have a soft action that helps with casting demanding baits such as floating presentations like bread.

But don’t let the lightweight and soft action fool you, it also has great power reserves for when that big carp takes the bait and the fight is on.

The test curve is 3 pounds and comes in a length of 10 feet. And last but not least the rod comes with high-quality titanium oxide guides that are double legged for great durability and reliability.

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8. Kodex Stalky Rod

Reasons To buy

  • Lightweight
  • Great Looking
  • Great For Stalking

Reasons To Avoid

  • Not For Distance Casting

Kodex Stalky Rod Review

Kodex is a power player in the carp fishing world and is a popular brand for the serious carp angler.

The Kodex Stalky Rod is incredibly Lightweight and features a minimal amount of line guides to help with keeping the weight to a minimum.

The rod has some great features for the price, like premium-grade cork handles and a hook retainer to prevent tangling or hooking into objects or yourself while transporting.

The rod also has a ton of backbone and has a ton of power to deal with big carp and keeping them out of snags while fighting them.

The Stalky rod comes in at 9 feet in length, has a test curve of 2.75 pounds and can take the line up to 18 pounds in strength. 

What Makes The Best Carp Rod Under £50

Casting and Rod length

Rod length is an important consideration when looking for a carp fishing rod, and it’s also a preferential consideration from one angler to the next.

Longer rods provide longer casting distances and are more flexible when fighting a fish, but that also has to do with the test curve as well.

Shorter rods are great for constricted areas or in situations where you don’t need to worry about long casts, giving you better casting in enclosed areas where a 12-foot rod might be impractical.

Power and action

Power and action dictate the strength and flexibility of a rod. Fast actions have a whippy and flexible top 1/3rd of the rod with a lot of backbone in the other 2/3rds fast action tips are very popular in most types of rods.

Through actions have a continuous softer action throughout the entire rod, but have less backbone.

Middle to tip rods are kind of a hybrid of the other two, and feature attributes of each.

Rod blank and Materials

Most Rod blanks these days are made from carbon graphite materials, and for good reason, they offer an incredibly lightweight rod while giving great strength when compared to other materials.

Some rods are also made from fibreglass, which gives the rod a more flexible action and has a softer power and backbone compared to carbon.

Other materials such as grip and handle materials are up to you as materials like cork and foam both function great, and are pretty much angler preference.

Rod Guides

Rod guides are important and help with smooth castability and casting distance, good choices to look for are guides with ceramic inserts or ones made from stainless steel or titanium oxide.

The number of rod guides can also affect rod action and flexibility, with more guides distributing the weight along the rod and actually making the fishing rod less flexible.

Test Curve

The test curve is a measurement of the amount of weight needed to get the rod to bend at a 90-degree angle.

A 3-pound test curve is the standard all-around weight for any carp rod, while heavier test curves are more suited to longer casting distances, and rod with a test curve of fewer than 3 pounds are softed won’t have the long-range casting of the higher test curves.

Tackle Weight

Carp rods usually specify that it can throw bait up to a certain weight. Going over the specified weight can reduce castability by overloading the backbone of the rod and negatively affecting casting distance.


There are plenty of options for carp specific fishing rods that are very affordable and easy on your wallet.

These rods are great for beginners and avid anglers alike as either rod main fishing rod or a backup rod.

The rods on this list were picked to give the angler on the budget the best features and quality we could find. And should serve you well on the bank chasing those giant carp.

Kyle Davies

Kyle Davies

Having angled for over 15 years some would say i’m something of an expert. The trouble with learning from experience is, it never stops. Come read along as i review some of the most (and least) popular fishing tackle that you can buy. And join me on my journeys to catch some beautiful fish.

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