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Re: How many are rod/reel brand loyal?
« Reply #50 on: February 28, 2007, 03:13:04 AM »

I am pretty much all Ambassadeur reels using Ugly Stick rods. I also have a few Zebco rods and reels for my kids and sac-a-lait fishing.
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Re: How many are rod/reel brand loyal?
« Reply #51 on: February 28, 2007, 08:10:35 AM »

My reels are are almost all Abu-Garcia, with a couple BPS Extremes. My rods are a combo of BPS, All star, Castaway, and Diawa.

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Re: How many are rod/reel brand loyal?
« Reply #52 on: February 28, 2007, 08:42:29 PM »

Rods:  Cabelas XML (really like the 7-footers in MH and Heavy)...rest are Shimano Crucials and Compres
Reels:  Shimano...except for a three Ambassador Records on the heavy rods (7 foot heavy action, 7-11 swimbait crucial)   the heavy rods seem to balance better with the round reels and two-handed casting...reels are 'old' curados and Saharas...

not so thrilled with the 'new' curados...
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Re: How many are rod/reel brand loyal?
« Reply #53 on: February 28, 2007, 10:18:53 PM »

I think a lot of people  go to the $$ brands for many reasons.   I wanted the lightest and sensitive setup I could find.  I went with a custom rod... if you are spending 200+ for a rod its its not a custom.. you are getting taken for a ride.  Loomis sells a 120.00 blank to a builder and charges you 350... why so when you break it, you will send it back and they still have at least 90 bucks of your money, plus their profit on the blank. Oh my rodbuilder will replace for free his rods if you break it on a fish, and will pay 50% if you break it on your own. Which I tried to talk him out of.  If you are gonna snap a rod because you are mandhandling it, you shouldnt get a new one.   I asked about him building me a Loomis blank, he told me I would be wasting my money, unless I wanted to tell my friends I had a loomis.  He has a patent on his handles.  its a cork handle with graphite bands connecting you to the blank without you having to hold on to the actual blank.

I went with shimano and BPS reels because they are light.  I wont own a 9+ oz reel.  I learned you dont need 200+ yards of line on your reel... Heck you never take it down to the spool.
For laughs I bought a few LEWS laser reels.  While not the fit and finish of a Chronach mg its a nice reel.  Only 29.99 too.   You are gonna lose fish because of your rod, settings on your reel, or your way of fishing... not because you have a 29.99 dollar reel and the next guy has a 649.99 reel.  Pay the $$$ for a rod, and worry about the reel later...
   ............... I feel the same way

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Re: How many are rod/reel brand loyal?
« Reply #54 on: March 01, 2007, 03:46:08 AM »

I used to be all Shimano rods and reels.
But, just recently I bought a new baitcasting rod and reel and a spinning rod from Surecatch. (in Korea).
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Re: How many are rod/reel brand loyal?
« Reply #55 on: March 01, 2007, 05:14:18 PM »

Quantum rods and reels ALL THE WAY!!
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Re: How many are rod/reel brand loyal?
« Reply #56 on: March 03, 2007, 06:18:50 AM »

Well I guess chock another on up to Shimano.  I have used there reels since I was in middle school and just up graded as I made more $$ in life.  As for rods I used to be a big All-Star fan but since Shakesphere bought them out and there warranty has changed from life time to 3 years I am switching over the Kistler.  Reason 1 is for the warranty and 2 because they are one of the lightest and one of the most sensitive rods I have ever held.  I just can't see paying $180 for an All-Star Platinum rod and if it breaks in three years (I broke 2 flippin' sticks on the hook-set last year) I'm SOL!!!!
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Re: How many are rod/reel brand loyal?
« Reply #57 on: March 04, 2007, 11:24:21 PM »

I'm running with Shimano, but the door is always open to other brands.  I want to take advantage of all the products manufacturers are willing to throw at me as an angler.
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Re: How many are rod/reel brand loyal?
« Reply #58 on: March 05, 2007, 05:46:42 PM »

100 % kistler Rods all the way.  I have used bass pro shop brands, shimano, american rodsmith, and numerous others but the first kistler i held changed my mind for good.  I will never have another rod, Trey and his company make the best rods around using high quality components.
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Re: How many are rod/reel brand loyal?
« Reply #59 on: March 05, 2007, 09:40:20 PM »

All my rigs are Pinnacle Metal Series so I guess I am brand loyal.  My wife bought me  a reel/rod combo for our wedding anniversary and it was a Pinnacle, I fell in love with it and it has not given me any problems in over 3 years of heavy use. That is why I switched all my rigs to Pinnacle
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Re: How many are rod/reel brand loyal?
« Reply #60 on: March 05, 2007, 09:47:57 PM »

All Quantum/St.croix, am branching out this year and added 2 Shimano's
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Re: How many are rod/reel brand loyal?
« Reply #61 on: March 07, 2007, 03:07:54 PM »

all star and shimano
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Re: How many are rod/reel brand loyal?
« Reply #62 on: March 11, 2007, 10:03:32 AM »

Reels:  90% Shimano, 10% Diawa.  I really like those new Diawa Viento reels. 

Rods:  American Rodsmith all the way!!  Awesome sensitivity, and great warranty for those rare occasions!!
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Re: How many are rod/reel brand loyal?
« Reply #63 on: March 11, 2007, 10:31:05 AM »

Rods: Falcon

Reels: Pinnacle
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Re: How many are rod/reel brand loyal?
« Reply #64 on: March 11, 2007, 11:04:53 AM »

Shimano reels
Shimano and G Loomis rods

Did not know there were any other rod/reel companies....  lo
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Re: How many are rod/reel brand loyal?
« Reply #65 on: March 11, 2007, 05:31:05 PM »

4 spinning rods of which one is a 6'6 St Croix Avid,2 old Mitchel  Fulcrum's(cheap but real sensative) and one Fenwick HMG all have Diawa reels,8 baitcast rods,Avids,Premier,Falcon,AllStar,Shimano,Shakespear and Outlaw, reels are Shimano,Upper end Quatums and Diawa.
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Re: How many are rod/reel brand loyal?
« Reply #66 on: March 12, 2007, 12:00:19 AM »

I use to be 100% Diawa. Until they got totally stupid with there pricing. They dropped the ball and let the average joe down.  ~rant

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Re: How many are rod/reel brand loyal?
« Reply #67 on: March 12, 2007, 04:35:58 PM »

Reels:  Shimano
Rods: I have a few Castaways and I really like the Bass Pro Rick Clunns.  Have about 4 of those and a Johnny Morris.  I'm not good enough an angler to be too picky about my rods, though.
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Re: How many are rod/reel brand loyal?
« Reply #68 on: March 12, 2007, 06:01:29 PM »

Gabby ,rods that are better quality,will let you feel more,and catch more,making you a better angler.The rod is one of the most critical parts of the equation.I sold one of my St Croix Avids to a guy from work that fishes with me occassionaly.His fish in the boat % rocketed skyward,and is now looking to get some more quality equipment.
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Re: How many are rod/reel brand loyal?
« Reply #69 on: March 12, 2007, 08:23:53 PM »

Gabby ,rods that are better quality,will let you feel more,and catch more,making you a better angler.The rod is one of the most critical parts of the equation.I sold one of my St Croix Avids to a guy from work that fishes with me occassionaly.His fish in the boat % rocketed skyward,and is now looking to get some more quality equipment.

Hmmmm.  What do you guys think of the quality of the Clunns?  They seem pretty sensitive and well put together.  I need to use my Johnny Morris setup more often.  The Castaway I use as a worm/lizard rod was a good one my buddy Brantley Salter got me when I started fishing back in 03.  I love that stick.  What are some of the better rods that may help me have a little more fun?
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Re: How many are rod/reel brand loyal?
« Reply #70 on: March 13, 2007, 10:20:24 PM »

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What are some of the better rods that may help me have a little more fun?

I personally like the Falcon rods, I have several of the Originals, Lowriders, and Cara's.  For the money, I like the Lowriders the best.  They are extremely light, sensitive, and strong.  Once I bought one of these, I got rid of all my cheaper rods and started saving to buy the Falcon's one at a time.  I have tried G-Loomis, All-Star, American Rodsmith and Castaway but I just kept going back to the Falcon.  The only rod I have now that isn't a Falcon is my wife's Castaway.

One more thing, don't take my word for it.  Try different stuff until you find what you like.  Hope this helps!
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Re: How many are rod/reel brand loyal?
« Reply #71 on: March 15, 2007, 12:16:04 PM »

Reels:  Shimano
Rods: I have a few Castaways and I really like the Bass Pro Rick Clunns.  Have about 4 of those and a Johnny Morris.  I'm not good enough an angler to be too picky about my rods, though.

I'll call BS on that...yes, you are a good enough angler to get good equipment.  When getting my kids started I refused to have them use snoopy poles...started right off with spinning tackle, fly rods...and graduated up to baitcasters before they were 13...IM7/8 rods and high quality reels.  They can catch as good as anyone now...just need work on locating the fish (as do I ~shhh)
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Re: How many are rod/reel brand loyal?
« Reply #72 on: March 15, 2007, 06:29:41 PM »

Once i got my first Pfluger i was hooked. That is all I have now. The new Supremes are sweet
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Re: How many are rod/reel brand loyal?
« Reply #73 on: March 18, 2007, 01:11:20 AM »

been using the bps jm reels for 3-4 years and made the switch to woo rods last year from all-star. doug

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Re: How many are rod/reel brand loyal?
« Reply #74 on: March 21, 2007, 06:33:51 PM »

Buy the top of the line best and forget the rest....that can only be the quality tackle from Shimano and Loomis....and Shimano now owns Loomis...so that kinda keeps it in the family. Spent a small fortune, incidently, finding this out over a bunch of years of fishing. There is nothing made that can't be made cheaper and sold for less. Nuff said. 
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