Ten years ago, anyone who wanted to catch a carp pierced two kernels of corn on a hook, cast out, and waited. Today, as chasing these bottom feeders gains more popularity in the U.S., fishermen are threading boilies onto highly technical -European-style rigs, chumming the area with specially formulated meal, setting supersensitive bite alarms, and waiting. Overkill? Maybe, but what’s not overkill is using a specialty spinning rod for carp, even if you don’t buy anything else tied to Euro-style fishing. Daiwa and St. Croix have added carp rods to their catalogs over the last few years, which signals an increasing demand for carp-specific gear. And these rods aren’t just glorified Ugly Stiks—they provide unique advantages for hooking and fighting big carp.