Have a read of Ken South news article which discusses the tactics he uses when fishing with the CQ rods on canals.

9’ CQ (Close Quarter) 3.50lb T/C – 3 equal sections

A mobile angler will always be looking for opportunities where fish are hard to reach or trekking into remote swims with light yet practical kit and this where this new CQ rod is designed to make an impact. Mobility from Century implies transportability, lightness, power and playability and the way the 9’ CQ has been constructed addresses these vital functions from the outset of the rod build. Firstly the design has been built from scratch and we have managed to bring lightness and power yet still deliver a unique playing action from a 9’ 3 piece travel rod which can act as a replacement for your main 12’ carp rods when needing to travel light. The other scenario could be to use a 1x or 2x CQ rods as a margin stalking rod to complement your main carp rod setup if heading away on a barrow loaded weekend trip. Finally we know there is demand from anglers to use a shorter rod when abroad and using this 3 piece version from a boat is a perfectly suited match.

This model is designed with enough power to tame fish that sulk or rush for cover and just do not want a trip to the bank. We have called this rod a close quarter rod and undoubtedly it succeeds in this area but it also has a range that will surprise many. The butt section stores and releases energy via a taper lock joint into the mid-section and generates surprising tip speed – given the short overall length. This interaction between butt and middle section overcomes many of the inherent problems associated with other travel rods. Generous guide diameters particularly in the upper section (size 16 tip guide) caters for dense weed venues and avoids line choke when fewer guides are fitted on a shorter rod.

To accompany this 3 piece rod will be a 3 rod padded case which has been designed in conjunction with Thinking Anglers. This will allow you to protect your rods and reels during transit and also accommodates the CQ landing net on outside of the case to provide you a full angling package that can be stored safely out of sight in the boot of your car.

Buy 1x CQ 9′ or just want to buy CQ rod case on its own = £59.95 for the case
Buy 2x CQ 9’ rods = £39.95 for the case
Buy 2x CQ 9’ rods + 1x CQ 42” landing net = case provided for free
Buy 3x CQ 9’ rods = case provided for free


CQ Rod Case

CQ Rod Case – will fit 3x three section 9′ rods plus 1x two section 6′ landing net on side


11’ CQ (Close Quarter) 2.75lb T/C 2 equal section

This rod is a derivative of FBS specifically tailored and designed for use on smaller venues, canals with river carp. Ken South has been the lead consultant and evaluated the rod over multiple sessions on an urban canal with Commons to 30lb. Some of these fish have been reported in Angling Times. The rod is designed to fish with the barest essentials where movement around the venue is a prime tactic. Simplistic rigs tied to a consistent length and a semi stalking approach to fishing.

The rod has a complex architecture – originally based in Fat Boy Slim design but adapted in the light of extensive testing and experience to fall in between a compact stalking rod and also with the capability to develop an occasional opportunity and reach out to fish patrolling further out on smaller venues. The action has been adapted to give a good cushion in the tip but with facility to underhand flick a presentation at respectable distances. A key parameter was a rod that had a good feel but could also be accurate in placement.

CQ Landing Net – 6’ (2 piece)

Using the same spreader block and landing net arms already trusted in our well established landing net Century have developed a new landing net shaft which splits into 2 equal sections. This 3’ or 6’ landing net makes the perfect landing net to complement and travel with a compact setup but also straps nicely onto the outside of the CQ rod case. The ease of dropping from 6’ to 3’ shaft while landing a fish makes this an ideal landing net choice to use when in tight areas or landing fish from a boat.

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