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CrappieKeith
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 03:07 PM 06/18/07 (CST)
This stemmed from another area here at MFP so I was wondering what do you think a good rod has for it's make-up?
What kind of blank do you look for?
Why?
Do guides make a difference?
Is titanium any better than ceramic or stainless or plastic in guides?
Does a blank's taper make a difference?
Does a blanks spline mean anything to you?
How can you tell if a rod has power in it?

Do you use 1 rod for everything or do you have different rods for different styles of fishing?

I know we have rod makers on this site and others that could chime in.
SB builds rod.He might be able to explain better than I could what each part does and what effect it has on the rod in action,power,hooking ability ,sensitivity& durability.

I'm looking forward to everyone's insight.








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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 01:41 AM 06/20/07 (CST)
well in my opinion a good rod is one thats 7 foot medium action with a fast tip and in my hand with a fish on the line smile smiley
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 02:10 PM 06/20/07 (CST)
That must be a walleye rod?



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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 10:20 PM 06/20/07 (CST)
that's my fave i bought it for Lindy rigging and found it so sensitive i us it for slabs i told you wrong its a 7' medium lite Fenwick Eagle GT i started using it and i liked it so much i went and bought a spare its not top of the line but i liked it because with the real on it
it has near perfect balance i just don't like a tip or cork heavy rod
that's just me tho

hay ck when the eyes are in the shallows tucked tight in the cabbage whats your go to

just wondering mine is either a blown up crawler or a leach with a float and 3 foot snell
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 11:50 PM 06/20/07 (CST)
I like to troll the shad most always ,but a slip bobber and a leech has proven deadly.
I've got this one spot that the grass meets the cabbage in 8 FOW. Man have I seen big eyes come from there.
Med light is my favorite action in a rod,well it has been. I am using a med. now made by Grandt & it bends better than my other cheaper lighting rod so I am falling in love. I have a 6 & a 6&1/2 footer in medium. I also have a 6&1/2 med light. I'm still debating on which is better.
I tagged a bunch of smaller fish that felt pretty good tonight on that 6 footer and then came a big one the felt like a cinder block after the original PIP.I got 8 or 9 cranks on it & the jig poped loose. Dang that was a money fish. It was worth 2 $ .No one collected tonight so she rolls to 3 for the next trip.
Dude got lucky,my hand was inches from his wallet.




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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 09:50 AM 06/21/07 (CST)
thanks ck
did you mean a sassy shad or a crank
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 12:54 PM 06/21/07 (CST)
Huh, a slip bobber and a leach? That's how I roll! Nothing better.


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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 01:11 PM 06/21/07 (CST)
No way BD,you put on some waders and take a header,that's how you roll bigdaddy! wink smiley

Sassy shad,sorry for the cofusion.

C'mon guy's what do you look for in a rod?



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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 01:40 PM 06/21/07 (CST)
I look for first off its backbone. The tip is another point i look at. Must be sensitive! The guides are another thing i check out. If they are plastic or some other cheap material the rod goes back on the shelf. I look for a rod that is made of the finest materials...no cheap crap. If all those items pass my visual and feel test i then look at the reelseat. Is it durable? What is it made of? Again...if its cheap it goes back on the shelf. The last thing i look at is the price. It doesnt matter to me how high the price is...if it passes all my tests i will buy it. I would rather spend big dollar on something that will last a LONG time then buy some cheap combo for 20 bucks. But this is just me...i like nice stuff
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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 02:15 PM 06/21/07 (CST)
Yup ,me only my budget has made me put rods back too.

I'll look at the guides. If they are straight shows some quality. Also I will not buy a rod that has less that 6 guides.
The more guides you have the better the rod reacts,but the blanks quality comes into play too.
I'm big on graphite. I like the lightweight characteristics of graphite ,plus the added sensitivity helps me feel more bite which allows me to get ready to set the hook.
I used to miss fish with cheaper rods.To many surprise hits & miss's.
I also look for a fast tip and the rod must have a good strong backbone for power.
The guys that CPR should try to get a fish in a quick as possible to avoid stressing the fish out to much.
Just because a fish swims away does not mean it will survive later.

Getting back to sensitivity.
You can have a freind go to the store with you & when choosing a rod ,take one that you like & hold the tip on his adamapple. Have him humm.If you can feel that in the handle your rod will transmit those light bites.

I also consider the line weight I'll be using.You want to match up the rod to the line weight.Most rods these days have it listed what it is rated for on the hilt of the blank.

Lenght is another thing I'll look at.
If I'm going to get a rod that I'll be casting a lot with I'll go for a longer rod,say6&1/2 to 7 foot.
If I'm trolling then I'll get a shorter rod,say 5"9" to 6'.
The action is one of the last things to consider.
You'll not want a medium light to cast 1 oz.baits or troll for that matter.
The rod should not bend in half while trolling. A slight bend is what you should be after.

Then you'll match up your reel which is a whole different topic for another day.



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