How to fit a pole with elastic
The easiest way to get a pole elasticated is to take
it to a local tackle shop and ask the sales people in the shop if
they can do it for you.
It is also possible to buy poles with the top sections
ready elasticated for different types of fishing. i.e.. match,
pleasure or carp fishing. The information on this page is for those
who have never fished with a pole and want to know how to fit
This article will give you the basic details of getting a pole ready for the elastic, the various parts
needed and how to go about doing it yourself.
What is 'elasticating a pole'.
This means a length of elastic is threaded through the top one, two
or three sections of a pole. The anglers pole float rig is then
the elastic which acts as a buffer and stops the rig line from breaking
when you hook into a fish and helps to tire the fish when you
are playing it.
Pole elastic comes in different strengths and
thicknesses with solid and hollow elastics also available. Elastics
are graded in strength by number, from number 1 to 20 plus. The higher the number the thicker and stronger the
The size of elastic is chosen depending on what fish
will be targeted.
A fine number one elastic which is the thinnest and can
be used for small fish such as gudgeon
and bleak. For
general pleasure fishing where silverfish are the main target a solid
elastic number 6 to 8 is good to start with. Fishing for bigger fish
such as carp calls for a number 10 to 20 or higher.
Items you will need to fit a pole elastic:
fine needle file
diamond eye pole threader
pole bush (PTFE is a synthetic material that has very low frictional
pencil or pen
Fitting a Pole Bush
To begin with, choose the elastic you will be using and a PTFE pole bush
that the elastic fits through smoothly; this can be an internal or
external bush. Most anglers prefer internal bushes for light
elastics and external for heavier elastics. The choice is personal.
The tip of your pole will no doubt be too small for the bush so we
need to cut it back for the bush to fit correctly. If fitting an
elastic to a pole for carp fishing this will mean using a thicker
stronger elastic. You may find the top pole section is too thin for
the elastic and you might need to discard it altogether and use the
Some anglers advise using a hacksaw to cut back a
pole tip for fitting a bush. I personally use a fine three sided
needle file to cut the pole tip because using a hacksaw or other
tool could split or splinter the pole.
Looking at the diameter of the
bush, judge where it will fit on the pole tip and cut away the
excess. Check that the bush fits and if not cut away small sections of the pole
at a time and keep trying the bush until it fits comfortably inside
or over the pole depending on the type of bush. It needs to be a snug fit, not too tight and not
When you have cut the pole use a half moon fine needle file and
gently smooth the inside and outside of the pole tip to tidy it up
and remove any burrs
internal pole bush, half insert it into the pole tip and dab the tiniest
amount of superglue onto it then push it fully home. Wipe away any
excess glue. Do the same when fitting an external bush; start to push
it onto the pole tip and dab a tiny amount of superglue onto the
pole before pushing it fully home and wiping away any excess glue.
Fitting a Pole Bung
Pole bungs are usually one size and need to be cut down to fit the
pole. There are different types of pole bung, some that you tie your
elastic to direct and others that incorporate a winder that you can
use to wrap the elastic round to tension it. Whichever bung you
choose the fitting is the same. The bung needs to fit inside the
pole section without impeding the next section that it is pushed
Place the bung in the end of last section of your 'top kit' and mark
it at the point where it protrudes. Using a junior hacksaw, cut through the bung about
a centimetre away from the mark reducing the diameter. The bung
should now fit approximately 6 inches (15 cm) inside the pole
Remove the bung and place to one side until the elastic has been
threaded through the top kit.
Fitting a Pole Elastic
Taking the top kit section thread the diamond eye
pole threader through it from the pole tip until it comes out the other end.
Pull a couple of inches (5cm) of elastic through the diamond eye of
the wire threader and pull the threader back through the top kit.
pole threader and tie the elastic to the bung. If using
a bung with a winder, after you have tied the elastic to it wind a few turns of elastic onto it and push
the bung into the pole. At the other end pull the slack elastic
through until taught. Now give the elastic a few good pulls to
settle the bung.
Now you need to tie on the line connector. It needs to be attached
so that the tension of the elastic pulls it back smoothly so that it
is taught against the pole bush. To do this, take hold of the
elastic at the pole tip and by pulling it out from the pole decide
at what point to tie the connecter.
That's it, all done. Pole elasticated and ready for fishing.
Tip: Accidents happen so it’s a good idea to
carry some spare stonfo's in your tackle box in case your elastic
snaps while you are fishing.
Pole Elastic Guide.
No 1 - No
up to 1lb
fish, gudgeon, bleak
No 4 - No
Top 2 sections
up to 2lbs
|silverfish, roach, rudd, perch,
No 7 - No
Top 2 or 3
up to 3lbs
silverfish, roach, rudd, perch, skimmers, small chub, small carp and
No 10 - No
Top 3 or
up to 4lbs
chub, tench, bream
No 14 - No
up to 7lbs
chub, tench, bream
No 20 plus
or fishing near reeds or snaggy areas
This is the end section (number one) the thinnest and generally
discarded unless fitted with a light elastic and used for gudgeon or bleak bashing on canals.
Top 2 or Top 3 these are sometimes referred to as Match Kits
Power kits are a 2 piece kit made up for carp fishing and fitted
with stronger elastics up to 20 plus
Note: This charts is for general guidance only
Article and images by Jim Boswell