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Best quality fishing rod?
« on: December 29, 2008, 03:48:09 PM »

With all the new rods hitting the market over the past few years, in your opinion, what is the best fishing rod for the $$ and why do you think so?
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Re: Best quality fishing rod?
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2008, 05:53:01 PM »

Shimano Crucial. Stellar sensitivity for the $ spent and you can not beat a no questions asked, over the counter warranty. Break one under just about any circumstance and get a new one the same day!
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Re: Best quality fishing rod?
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2008, 06:46:18 PM »

You opened a can of worms here....get ready for the avalanche of replies.

For me..St. Croix Avids and Legends and American Rodsmiths are the best I have found for the money.
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Re: Best quality fishing rod?
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2008, 06:48:18 PM »

I'm with beast96z on this 100%

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Re: Best quality fishing rod?
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2008, 07:23:08 PM »

I too am a big Shamino fan but more for the Claurus series on most applications other than bottom bouncing applications. The IM7 on the Clauris rods have a really nice bend and the same across the counter warranty as the Crucial for half the price.

For jiggy heads and drop shots I do prefer the Crucial but I think they are over kill for slinging cranks against the bank, or throwing jerk baits.

If I could get away with getting as many $120 rods as I can $60 rods I would, but I came home with a 7'10 M Clauris tonight I had to buy since it was on sale for $39 and got in trouble for that. :(  I tried to explain I didn't spend $40 I saved $20. :-*
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Re: Best quality fishing rod?
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2008, 08:29:04 PM »

Of all the rods I have ever held in my hand, my E21 carrotstix mh 7'3" is THE most sensitive rod I have ever fished with and it cost me 120 bucks on ebay. I liked it so much - I bought the 6'9" parabolic model. Again on ebay, this one for 122.00 shipped.

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Re: Best quality fishing rod?
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2008, 09:09:15 PM »

Grandt Rods.

http://www.grandtrods.com/

You would be surprised who they build blanks for. Jim private labels over 80 rods in the US today. Highest quality graphite bar none, and they come with a life time warranty that covers everything. You do have to ship the rod back with a $25.00 check but you get a brand new rod back.

Rods are just like cars, what one guy loves another guy hates so don't fall for Ford and Chevy arguments. Do your research, beg, borrow, or buy one, and try them all out. Then, make the choice that's right for you and the style of fishing you do.

Good luck!
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Re: Best quality fishing rod?
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2008, 09:47:13 PM »

Grandt rods are pretty nice. I have an all american spiral wrapped that I bought 2nd hand and it's one of my best rods.

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Re: Best quality fishing rod?
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2008, 10:39:45 PM »

I would have to say Crucial for the money.

but I really like the acadias just as well for general purpose. 

Go to the store and pick up a rod and hold it. Put the tip of it to some ones voicebox and have them hum.  This is a great test of the sensitivity.  Everyone will like a different feel in a rod.  I spent hours trying to decide my next purchase just playing with all the different rods,  Crucial, cumara, carrotstix, Gloomis, Kistler and others.  I am down to the cumara or kistler, They are just more sensetive than the others for me.  The g loomis is sensetive too but I have fished with a few and I just don't like the feel.

I think I will go with the cumara because of the ease of warranty.

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Re: Best quality fishing rod?
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2008, 11:57:10 PM »

I love the   G.Loomis......Falcon Cara's.....and the Crucial rods..... you get one of the rods listed and you have a top of the line rod......the Verdict is still out on the Carrot stix.......

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Re: Best quality fishing rod?
« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2008, 04:36:21 AM »

You need to go to the store and test drive one.  Do you buy a car without first driving it, same goes with rods.  Any decent tackle shop/fishing store will let you put a dead weight on it and give it a toss or two, I know Sportsmans Warehouse does  8)  Does not mean you have to buy it from them, just test it, then find the best deals, our sponsors have great deals on higher end rods  :-*
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Re: Best quality fishing rod?
« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2008, 06:09:41 AM »

No question here! Kistler Rods! Talk about light, sensitive, durable, and I could go on and on. For the dollar, the new Carbon Steel line of rods are the best value for a moderately priced spinning or casting rod. You can check out all the Kistler lineup at www.kistlerrods.com I have two of the Carbon Steel, three of the Magnesium and one of the LTA line. Believe me "Fishing Never Felt so Good" (Kistler quote)
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Re: Best quality fishing rod?
« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2008, 08:24:44 AM »

check out the new st. croix mojo rods... for $100 and the warranty that st. croix has, they're a great buy! all the features of really expensive rods without the price.

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Re: Best quality fishing rod?
« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2008, 09:21:12 AM »

Grandt rods are pretty nice. I have an all american spiral wrapped that I bought 2nd hand and it's one of my best rods.

Dug

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It's still under warranty........
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Re: Best quality fishing rod?
« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2009, 08:58:55 AM »

Thanks JEV, that's great to know.  I have looked at the website several times to see if they sell anymore spiral wrapped rods, but just can't tell.

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Re: Best quality fishing rod?
« Reply #15 on: January 07, 2009, 05:53:19 PM »

Dug   i like what you said about the E21 Carrott stix and ordered one on ebay myself today.  $125 and no local sales tax !!

I have been using St Croix Avids and G Lomis GLX so I am looking forward trying one of these out.

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« Reply #16 on: January 07, 2009, 06:18:04 PM »

I think you will be very please with it, but if (a big if I think) you aren't please don't blame me, but either way let us know what you think.  :). What model did you order?

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« Reply #17 on: January 07, 2009, 06:29:03 PM »

Don't see me being not pleased as I have hear many good things about the Carrot stix.  But I will not blame you if I
don't.  lo lo

I bought the CLTX661M-C  6' 6" medium. 
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« Reply #18 on: January 07, 2009, 06:45:23 PM »

Haven"t tried that model (yet!)

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« Reply #19 on: January 07, 2009, 06:51:44 PM »

I hate to say it, but best bang for the buck are the BPS Extremes. They are pretty sensative and hold up well. I own loomis's or is it loomi? I have a kistler, crucial, Daiwa rods, etc. But when those Extremes go on salle for $60, I always pick one up.
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« Reply #20 on: January 07, 2009, 07:04:05 PM »

That's alright Cwen, your entitled to your opinion, and if I lived closed than 3 hours from a BPS I might be tempted, but having tried the carrot stix I am VERY satisfied with the quality for the dollar I got.

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« Reply #21 on: January 08, 2009, 08:56:49 AM »

Thanks JEV, that's great to know.  I have looked at the website several times to see if they sell anymore spiral wrapped rods, but just can't tell.

Dug

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I'll be working with Jim at Fredricksburg and Chicago next week. Let me know what you're looking at and I'll follow up for you.

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« Reply #22 on: January 08, 2009, 10:48:10 AM »

I am actually set right now...  I was just curious to see if they offered any other spiral wrapped rods or is that a custom job??

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« Reply #23 on: January 08, 2009, 10:56:13 AM »

I am actually set right now...  I was just curious to see if they offered any other spiral wrapped rods or is that a custom job??

Dug

If you want spiral wrapped rods, it's very easy to convert them yourself. And, if you're reusing the same guides, it costs next to nothing.
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« Reply #24 on: January 08, 2009, 01:34:32 PM »

Best bang for the buck IMO is a Loomis IMX.  One of the best rods out there.  Best is the GLX but $$$.

My other favorites are the St. Croix's Legends Elites.
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