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Do you guys consider the 843 a power rod? Just curious; I know a lot of people consider it an all purpose rod, and everyone has their own style...some people won't jig with anything lighter than a Loomis 4 power, which I'm on the other end of the spectrum, and have always felt that's overkill.

I mainly do bottom bouncing, tubes, senko's and finesse jigs 1/4 and 5/16 ounce, and finesse plastics; so I've always leaned towards the BCR 852 glx (have 3 of them), and the MBR 842 GLX. Everything else is North Fork Composites customs that are roughly halfway between a 843 and 842 in power.

But I was thinking of getting one slightly heavier rod...but was unsure what I could use it for in my style of fishing. Could it throw 1/4 and 5/16 ounce jig and trailers effectively? And could I fish 10 pound flourocarbon on it without risking line breaks? I know it's rated at 10-17 pound test line, but I always felt the tip was a little stiff for 10 pound line and thought it should be a 12 to 17 pound test rod.

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I threw heavy jigs on the I had, I loved it.. I used 15lb on it. Sold it for a GL2 and a Crucial.

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I threw heavy jigs on the I had, I loved it.. I used 15lb on it. Sold it for a GL2 and a Crucial.

Uhhh...not sounding promising for me. I wish Loomis made a GLX 2.5 power :) I never, or hardly ever, fish over 12 pound test. I've felt a MBR 843 IMX in a store and remember thinking it might work for 1/4 ounce jig and pigs, and 1/4 ounce jig head with spider jigs on them...probably a little stout but might work I figured. You're painting a different picture for me; sounds like the rod might be a little more powerful in the tip than I remembered. I basically never throw heavy jigs--like ever.

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Uhhh...not sounding promising for me. I wish Loomis made a GLX 2.5 power :) I never, or hardly ever, fish over 12 pound test. I've felt a MBR 843 IMX in a store and remember thinking it might work for 1/4 ounce jig and pigs, and 1/4 ounce jig head with spider jigs on them...probably a little stout but might work I figured. You're painting a different picture for me; sounds like the rod might be a little more powerful in the tip than I remembered. I basically never throw heavy jigs--like ever.

You'd do well with light jigs too.

I just used that rod for all my jigs. ;)

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You'd do well with light jigs too.

I just used that rod for all my jigs. ;)

Think I could make 10 and 12 lb fluoro work on there...with big fish on and not run the risk of break-offs? I like my lighter tipped rods b/c they flex more and protect my lighter line when I'm fighting bass over 7 lbs....and I like the power my Loomis sticks have in the butt for hooksets; but would like to get one with a little more umph in the butt section for longer range sets....just wish I could get that MBR 843 butt section combined with the lighter front half of the 842.

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If you're buying Loomis, with that money you could work out something out with a rodsmith for a rod that fits your needs. IMHO.

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If you're buying Loomis, with that money you could work out something out with a rodsmith for a rod that fits your needs. IMHO.

Like I said I've already got 3 North Fork Composites Customs that basically fit my exact needs, and are longer, I prefer the 7'2" to 7'4" rods are my sweet spot.

I just wanted to purchase one more Loomis MBR and was torn between getting another 842 and trying the 843. Plus I like the fact that if I ever have a problem with a Loomis rod, and I have in the past, they always replace the rod 100% free and ship back to me...whereas customs are nice if they break you really only recover the cost of the blank and then have to rebuild.

But yeah...for the money you're right. I just like having the peace of mind of having some of my rods covered 100% instead of roughly 60% if that makes sense.

You should try a North Fork Composites. They are make a sweet blank.

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my mistake, I failed to see that you already had custom rods. Haha. I make my own, I'll have to see how much their blanks run.

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And I agree, having your rods covered is a sweet.. Oh so sweet feeling.

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my mistake, I failed to see that you already had custom rods. Haha. I make my own, I'll have to see how much their blanks run.

Do you have your a builder account with Angler's Workshop? If so, they carry all of their blanks and are a stones-throw-away from NFC's office in Woodland and can get any blank they don't have relatively quickly. I have 3 of their IM graphite blanks and they are considerably lighter and more sensitive than my GLX's...most of mine ran between $160-$175 before your 30-35% discount you'll get off of that. They also have a step above their Next IM, called HM (high modulus) and apparently are unreal...they run about $40-50 more per blank...I will pull the trigger on one eventually.

The thing I really like about their blanks is the small diameter sensitive tips and the powerful butt sections....also they carry a lot of 8ft blanks that you can cut to the length you want. If you decide to get one and need help selecting the blank shoot me an email sam150s@hotmail.com I know their stuff pretty well.

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I'm a novice at the whole rod building thing. Haha. I still gotta figure all this stuff out.

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I'm a novice at the whole rod building thing. Haha. I still gotta figure all this stuff out.

I've got a great builder I use if you decide to have someone do it for you...I'm really picky, he's darn good. I've had some bad builds in the past by poor buidlers...not a good experience.

Just let me know.

Do you like your Kayak? I've been thinking of getting one...I have a personal pontoon boat I use for smaller water but it sucks in the wind...

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Except for the senkos, what you explained I use to use mine for alot until I bought the BCR853. The 843 works very well for 1/4-1/2oz jigs with 12lb line.

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Except for the senkos, what you explained I use to use mine for alot until I bought the BCR853. The 843 works very well for 1/4-1/2oz jigs with 12lb line.

Thanks. The thread got a little sidetracked for a while--my fault. That pretty close to how I would use it; oviously I would be on the lighter end on the jig weights but 12 lb test is encouraging. I've really become attached to my 10 lb Toray Superhard Upgrade...maybe the 843 will work. Thanks for your input.

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I agree that the MBR843 would do fine with 1/4oz jigs and 10lb line, depending on the reel, of course. I run 12# FC on a Calais DC on my MBR843 GLX and it's really a very versatile setup. I fish everything from Wiggle Warts, to jigs, to t-rigs, spinnerbaits, spoons, etc on it. I don't consider it as heavy as my BCR GLX rods, though. It has a more flexible tip, but a strong middle and butt section. The MBR does give up a little in bottom sensitivity to the BCR's, though.

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I have a pair of them. I can use 1/4 jig but it feels a bit light for me so I normally use the 843s on 3/8 and 1/2 oz. jigs and for 3/8 oz spinnerbaits and buzzbaits. I use my 844 for 3/4 and 1 oz jigs.

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I think the MBR844C is a better choice , the tip is much firmer. My primary jig rods are this

rod and the BCR854. That said, my favorite combination is the MBR842C/ Core 50MG, but

that's for "moving baits" in my opinion, not bottom contact. I use mine for small swim baits

and swimming jigs.

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I guess we all think a little differently about things. For me, the reason I have spent the the $ on GLX & IMX blanks for my rods is so I can have the extra power (MBR844) without losing sensitivity. I personally like having a little overhead where power is concerned as I fish jigs in pretty thick cover and usually have to land both the fish and the branch, 2 pounds of grass, lilly pads, etc. that the fish is wrapped around. JMHO

Ronnie

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