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What is the best freshwater fishing rod and reel for the money?

buford
buford

Other,TC

Posted Mon Sep 17, 2007 10:39 am
What is the best freshwater fishing rod and reel for the money?
in your opinion?
USFishingTackle
USFishingTackle

California,US

Posted Mon Sep 17, 2007 6:27 pm
Re:What is the best freshwater fishing rod and reel for the money?
G Loomis... Hands down. In my humble opinion. They are the best quality and have a solid Warranty to back it up. Perfect for any serious angler who will put a licking on their equipment. If you find yourself breaking 3-6 rods a year. Then this rod is for you. Now if you're considering something of comparable quality but a with a 1 year warranty. (As most manufacturers will provide) Try Hagens Rods. If you're a weekend fisherman, keep it simple and inexpensive. Stick with local mass production variety from you local tackle store or sporting goods store.
I personally have found that I fish harder and catch more fish with rods that I make myself using blanks from these manufactures. I can beef up the components and add my own flair when I wrap them without sacrificing the quality of the blank. FlexCoat offers some inexpensive rod building equipment if your interested in giving that a try.
As for saltwater, I would highly recommend Calstar or Seeker rods.

Cutthroat

fishnfwl
fishnfwl

Illinois,US

Posted Mon Sep 17, 2007 10:37 pm
Re:What is the best freshwater fishing rod and reel for the money?
kind of a wide open question there, depends on what, where, and how your fishing I would think, there are tons of good ones, and altho you normally get what you pay for you don't have to buy a name brand either. just my $0.01 worth. shop around and buy what YOU like not what everyone else likes.

"Only keep what ya need", " Don't just take a kid fishing, Teach them"

Badgermilk28
Badgermilk28

Minnesota,US

Posted Wed Oct 3, 2007 9:21 am
Re:What is the best freshwater fishing rod and reel for the money?
Ugly-Stik anything...with a shakespeare reel...good to go

GET YOUR SWAMP DONKEY ON!!!

britheguy
britheguy

California,US

Posted Wed Oct 3, 2007 10:51 pm
Re:What is the best freshwater fishing rod and reel for the money?
Shimano is great, Great warranty, and shimano just bought G-loomis, so if you get a loomis, you'll get a pretty good warrenty.
If your Loomis breaks (god forbid) there is a new program where you pay $65, send them your cut up rod, and get a new one. I personally like all diawa reels, but right now i have a great cheeper set up for bass, its a Shimano Scimitar, with a Sedona 2500FB reel (about $95) Look around, go to your local tackle shop and ask! Only buy what feels good for you! Good Luck.

GitRDoneIke
GitRDoneIke

Texas,US

Posted Wed Jan 23, 2008 9:38 am
Re: What is the best freshwater fishing rod and reel for the money?
I lOVE American Rodsmiths www.americanrodsmiths.com I just bought a new H3 titanium rod from them. Also, for the price, Castaway makes some nice ones www.castawayrods.com

Got R Did!

OutdoorIntegration
OutdoorIntegration

Pennsylvania,US

Posted Wed Mar 19, 2008 3:55 pm
Re: What is the best freshwater fishing rod and reel for the money?
For fly fishing... my opinion - Orvis Superfine that could change as I just got a new Orvis Zero G

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FISHINMA
FISHINMA

Utah,US

Posted Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:37 pm
Re: What is the best freshwater fishing rod and reel for the money?
YA BADGE!! UGLY UGLY UGLY! For the money it's super for 20llb fish or less even jiggin BG or Crappy! You can feel the bite and the price is right! Plus if you buy one now they give you a UGLY free fishin bag! What a bonus bargain!
SMILES!

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LengthIsAlwaysGood
LengthIsAlwaysGood

Illinois,US

Posted Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:52 am
Re: What is the best freshwater fishing rod and reel for the money?
i just got a 7ft St Croix Avid set up with a shimano Stradic mgfb. Outstanding set up i love it. Pflueger's new xt is a great reel also, its hard to find. i have a couple Quantum Energy's. there a little heavy but i love the magnitic trip and the "TiMag" bail.

The One

tbgifted
tbgifted

Kansas,US

Posted Thu Mar 20, 2008 12:22 pm
Re: What is the best freshwater fishing rod and reel for the money?
The term, "you get what you pay for" is absolutely true when it comes to fishing equipment. There is not much difference once you get up into the $300+ range but spending $100 or less for a walmart special is not the way to go. Many if not most of the bargain rods are fiberglass which are great for trolling, bait fishing, etc. In those situations you don't need to feel a fish sniffing your bait and in many cases such as this, you may not be holding your rod. Long ago, I thought the ugly stick and the rhino were great rods but that was when I was ignorant and extremely lacking in knowledge of the finer points of fishing. I still use fiberglass rods for catfishing and trolling but I would never consider using one for bass, walleye, or any other type of fishing where a lot of casting and feel are involved. I have a friend that was always asking why I used those prehistoric fiberglass and I would just say they were cheap and easy to replace. One day he handed me an IM7 graphite rod with a nice diawa reel. It was a good reel but I don't much care for them especially since I now own all Shimano reels. Anyway, as soon as my lure started traveling through the water, I was shocked. I felt things that I had never imagined I could feel. It was like I was fishing for the very first time. I was astounded. There are many people out there similar to the way I used to be. They think the Ugly Stick other rods like it are great just because they have never experienced what fishing can really be like with a good graphite rod.

I have done a lot of research lately and most rod blanks are made by just a few companies. I now use IM8 and IM10 graphite rods. The ones I use cost between $100 and $170. Some are made by All Star, some by Shimano, and a couple were made for me by a friend. An IM8 blank is an IM8 blank no matter who's name is on it. An IM8 rod with the name G-Loomis on it is made from an IM8 blank that is the same as one made for All Star although the price of the All Star is $99 and the G-Loomis is $340. The only difference is the name on the rod and the warranty. Personally I will not pay $240 for a warranty when both rods are 60 mill modulus blanks made at the same factory. The blanks are shipped to different factories to assemble the eyes and handle, one factory being All Star, the other being G-Loomis. You have to ask yourself is the warranty and the place they were assembled really worth $240 extra? Some say yes, some say no, either way, nobody is wrong, it is just a personal preference.

In my opinion, depedning on what it is used for, any IM8 or IM10 rod when fishing for bass, walleye. etc. When trolling or bait fishing, any fiberglass rod that seems to work best for you and the situation.

For reels, I am a die hard Shimano fan. Spinning, casting, doesn't matter, I use Shimano. I absolutely love my Chronarch MG on a medium rod with extra fast action. I have it loaded with 8lb florocarbon and it is my go to rig in most situations. I am going to broaden my narrow minded self though and try a couple of Pflueger reels this summer just so I can get a feel for some new things and maybe find a new rig for situations other than what I am used to. You never know, trying something new may just make me a better fisherman.

Spend the extra money and get a good graphite rod. Don't be like me, I am 40 years old and it was not until I was 37 when a friend took pity on me and allowed me to try his IM7 graphite rod. My catch rate doubled, not because I was getting more bites but because I could feel all those bites that I had been missing when I was using a fiberglass rod. I went home after that trip, order some new rods and took those Ugly Stick and Rhino rods and threw them in the dumpster. My Son who is 13, has a huge advantage over me. He has been using IM8 and IM10 rods since he was 10 yrs old. His catch rate is incredible for somebody his age. He will grow up never having to use a rod as terrible as an Ugly Stick. He also is learning to take good care of his equipment because each of his rod costs $100 -$170. If and when he brakes one, there goes a weeks worth of his lawn mowing money to replace it.

Do yourself a favor, if you do not use a quality graphite rod, get one soon, you will never regret it.

Trace

LengthIsAlwaysGood
LengthIsAlwaysGood

Illinois,US

Posted Thu Mar 20, 2008 9:29 pm
Re: What is the best freshwater fishing rod and reel for the money?
outstanding tbgifted

The One

Jratthelake
Jratthelake

Ontario,CA

Posted Fri Mar 21, 2008 7:44 am
Re: What is the best freshwater fishing rod and reel for the money?
St Croix for now but will be trying some Lamiglas rigs this summer.

Wayne Papp Jr-atthelake http://www.sww-lodge.com/

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