I have an old Quantum Tournament spinning rod, 6’6” length, IM8 graphite, M/F. I weighed it the other day without the reel on it and it was 5 oz.
I’ve recently been thinking of upgrading this to an equally rated St. Croix Premier, same length, action, and power. St. Croix lists this rod as weighing 4.3 oz.. That’s less than 3/4 oz different compared to what my Quantum is now.
The Croix blank might be better, it probably is, but is it enough better to warrant the change? I’m looking for sensitivity to use small plastics rigs, Ned rigs, shakey heads and the like. Would the very small weight reduction make any helpful difference there also? I tend to see heavier rods as dampening sensitivity so lighter weight would help if this is true, but is maybe a 5/8 oz. reduction enough? If it helps, I’m also thinking of getting a new reel, too. Looking at one that’s more than an ounce lighter. Overall, this would reduce weight by about 2 full ounces.
I have a friend who thinks I’m nuts focusing on just a couple of ounces, but I just bought another Premier rod with a new Carbonlite reel (it’s a ML/F so not the same power and was bought for small crankbaits) and the total of those is 2.3 oz. less compared to the Quantum with the Pflueger Trion reel. The new one compared to the old one feels like a feather! Just 2.3 oz less and it’s a night and day different feeling, which is what got me thinking if I upgraded then maybe I’d have more sensitivity.