Drennan Acolyte Plus 15 ft Rod review

The Drennan Acolyte Plus 15 ft Rod continues to be a popular choice. Here's why.

Drennan Acolyte Plus 15 ft Rod
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Advnture Verdict

A very welcome top-end rod for trotting on rivers as well as for fishing deeper stillwaters.


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    Extra reserve power

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    Improved control

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    Light option

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    Responsive tip


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    Slightly limited water use

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The Drennan Acolyte Plus 15 ft Rod was a very welcome top-end rod for trotting on rivers as well as for fishing deeper stillwaters when you’re expecting quality fish.

This Acolyte Plus 15-footer from Drennan is a more powerful version of the 15 ft Acolyte Ultra.

And with some good ‘trotting fish’ to go at out there on flowing water particularly chub now the rivers have got some flow on, we can see this somewhat specialist tool in demand from the discerning match, pleasure and big fish angler.

It’s designed for fishing the likes of medium to large wagglers, stick floats and Avons, even the ‘bolo’ with 4-6 lb–plus main lines and 2.5 lb to 5 lb hook lengths. The extra reserve of power very useful for playing quality fish without any mishaps.

At 15 ft you have that improved line control and coupled with a nice crisp and responsive tip when that float slides away you can be in contact quickly.

Being part of the Acolyte family you know this is going to be a lovely rod to fish. It’s a three-piece, it’s ultra slim and extremely light at just 6 oz. That’s lighter than many 13 and 14-footers out there.

Price: £209

Manufacturers’ Comment

“The 15 ft Acolyte Plus, as with all Plus rods, are simply designed to take over where the Ultra’s finish.

“Similar actions but with just a bit more oooomph – they’re uprated. If you use a 15 ft Ultra, and catch lots of silvers and the odd chub, it’s brilliant.

“But if you deliberately target better fish then the Plus versions are just better with a bit more in reserve to help tame harder fighting fish.

“The Ultras do an excellent job but you might need to play those better fish a little longer.

“Realistically the vast majority of 15 ft float rods are being used on rivers, long trotting aimed at chub and even barbel.

“The 15 ft rods – in the Ultra and the Plus – sell very well, actually more than shorter rods.”

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