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#1 zwhiten12

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Posted February 08 2013 - 08:42 PM

I know the whole setup is important, but should you invest more in the rod or more in the reel? Thanks y'all!

#2 DarrenM

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Posted February 08 2013 - 08:46 PM

This has been hashed out a lot. I like a good reel with a good drag system, good gears. It'll last a long time.

 

Same could be said of a good rod. I give the nod to the reel. I think.


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Posted February 08 2013 - 08:49 PM

My median is $200 for a reel, $100 for a rod. With that being said, even the rods in the $50-75 are great.
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Posted February 08 2013 - 08:51 PM

Most guys go 2 /3 on the reel & 1/3 on the rod. On better combos I like to go 50/50. A good reel deserves a good rod.

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Posted February 08 2013 - 08:54 PM

My median is $200 for a reel, $100 for a rod. With that being said, even the rods in the $50-75 are great.



What sets those 150+ rods apart from the 50-75 dollar rods? Thanks!

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Posted February 08 2013 - 08:57 PM

Darren is right, it is very debatable. But my opinion is to buy a quality reel and then buy the best rod that fits the remaining budget. I want a reel made with quality components that will last a long time with proper care. Reels have alot of moving parts and ive been on the losing end of trying to save money by spending less on reel to 'get me by'

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Posted February 08 2013 - 09:00 PM

What sets those 150+ rods apart from the 50-75 dollar rods? Thanks!


The weight of the rod, better blanks, better guides.

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Posted February 08 2013 - 09:18 PM

Darren is right, it is very debatable. But my opinion is to buy a quality reel and then buy the best rod that fits the remaining budget. I want a reel made with quality components that will last a long time with proper care. Reels have alot of moving parts and ive been on the losing end of trying to save money by spending less on reel to 'get me by'



That's exactly how I feel, i feel like I just need to spend the minimal amount to get by, but I don't want to regret it later...

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Posted February 08 2013 - 09:29 PM

I'm the opposite of the majority here. 

 

I spend a lot more on rods than reels.  The way I look at it, I'm buying that rod for life, all my rods have lifetime warranties.

 

I've been spending more on reels lately, but I'm much more comfortable putting down a lot of cash on something with a little piece of mind.

 

I do have one exception tough, and that's my catfishing rods.  I spend way more on the reels than I do rods there.



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Posted February 08 2013 - 09:31 PM

I think it depends on what technique you are doing. A great rod will change your fishing forever!
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Posted February 08 2013 - 09:38 PM

I agree with ranger, bottom contact presentations demand the best rod, reaction presentations demand more from the reel. My set-ups are evolving, my crankbait rod cost 59 the reel 200, bottom contact a 100 reel on a 150 rod.
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Posted February 08 2013 - 10:31 PM

What sets those 150+ rods apart from the 50-75 dollar rods? Thanks!

 

Given a specific budget I would give more money towards the rod.

 

I have rods from $30Ugly Stiks, $50 BPS, $70 Clarus, $100 Premiers then mid $150 Smoke, Avid, LTB, then my highest-end rod a St Croix Elite will use any side by side on a given day.

 

A couple things that I find with the mid to higher is you get a better sense of what the lure is doing on the bottom. I form like a picture veiw in my mind due to the added sensitivity of a rod like a senko amongst the weeds or rocks. I can feel the wiggle of the senko as I twitch it, as it just tip overtop a rock or falls out of a weed I dont get this with my under $100 rods.

 

With moving baits you feel a difference in the crank even with the slightest bit of moss/weed gets in the hooks and changes the retrieve action of lure. If you are on top of or in the weeds the feel is better once again can sort of form a picture of the lure in those weeds.

 

The best benefit, that I dont see mentioned much, is the fight with better rods. I get much more feedback and enjoyment of what the fish is doing, where its heading or direction its going like if its coming up to jump, nose down headed for cover. I can feel it rolling(catfish) can feel bass its body wiggling flexing substantially more vearing left to right. Just the fish's power is transmitted at a higher degree making the fight all that much better.

 

 

This is my view on what a person gets out of better rods. I wouldnt say they are needed just something different that adds to the hobby of fishing.


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Posted February 08 2013 - 10:42 PM

I lean towards putting the $$$$$$ on the rod and I fish with Calais and Sustains



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Posted February 08 2013 - 10:50 PM

[quote name="QUAKEnSHAKE" post="1232990" timestamp="1360380674"]Given a specific budget...

I want to buy a nicer rod, but I just can't get the thought of somehow breaking the rod and being out that much money where as if I bought a cheaper rod it wouldn't be as big of a deal.

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Posted February 08 2013 - 10:53 PM

Given a specific budget I would give more money towards the rod.
 
I have rods from $30Ugly Stiks, $50 BPS, $70 Clarus, $100 Premiers then mid $150 Smoke, Avid, LTB, then my highest-end rod a St Croix Elite will use any side by side on a given day.
 
A couple things that I find with the mid to higher is you get a better sense of what the lure is doing on the bottom. I form like a picture veiw in my mind due to the added sensitivity of a rod like a senko amongst the weeds or rocks. I can feel the wiggle of the senko as I twitch it, as it just tip overtop a rock or falls out of a weed I dont get this with my under $100 rods.
 
With moving baits you feel a difference in the crank even with the slightest bit of moss/weed gets in the hooks and changes the retrieve action of lure. If you are on top of or in the weeds the feel is better once again can sort of form a picture of the lure in those weeds.
 
The best benefit, that I dont see mentioned much, is the fight with better rods. I get much more feedback and enjoyment of what the fish is doing, where its heading or direction its going like if its coming up to jump, nose down headed for cover. I can feel it rolling(catfish) can feel bass its body wiggling flexing substantially more vearing left to right. Just the fish's power is transmitted at a higher degree making the fight all that much better.
 
 
This is my view on what a person gets out of better rods. I wouldnt say they are needed just something different that adds to the hobby of fishing.


I can certainly appreciate where you are coming from. That's a good breakdown. While I stated reel as my pref, I don't discount the importance of the rod. I also have Ugly Stiks to Compres and now a Premier. There's a pretty big difference in feel there which plays a big part in fishing vs catching.

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