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Fishing All Sellus Rods

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So, Ive been fishing a while, like 20 years. I have tried soo many different products out there from rods to reels. Obviously, as many on this thread know, I am a Shimano guy when it comes to reels. (I can hear all of you in my head "no $h!+")lol. As for rods, I still havent been able to make up my mind. I have fished all different BPS, ABU, Loomis, St Croix, Berkley, Shakespeare, Daiwa, and Shimano rods that range from $70-$180. Well, here is what I have come to. Most of my fishing is based on reaction bites, meaning swimming soft plastics, spinners, topwater, jigs, etc. When it comes to needing a real sensitive rod, I dont have a lot of need for it. Are they nice to have, sure, but to me they serve no advantage unless Im slack line fishing, which is oh......almost never. How I have come to the conclusion that Im going to fish all Sellus rods made by Shimano is this. Recently I was in the market for a rod to mount my new Chronarch 50E on, and I have done a lot of homework. Instantly I crossed off all the rods that I have fished before. The only rods that I was seriously considering were the Abu Veritas, Falcon Bucoo, and Carrot Stick. I had the chance to fish a Veritas through a family friend. Was I really impressed, not really for $100, would I recommend the rod to others yes. Its a great rod, but I really didnt want to shell out another $50 for that rod over another Sellus. To catch you up, I had 3 Sellus rods prior. My Curado 200E7 on a 7'6 Flipping, and Chronarch 200E7 and Curado 50E on 6'8 MH Worm and Jigs. So, I decided to buy another 6'8 MH W&J for my Chronarch 50E, and spooled it with 50lb Power Pro. I do find these rods to be more sensitive than the Abu Vendetta, which is why my Citica E is mounted on it since that is my spinner setup, and I dont really need much sensitivity for that. So that leaves me left to buy 2 more Sellus rods, 1 for my Citica G-my topwater rig, and 1 for my Citica E-my spinner rig. Since they have technique specific rods for both these setups, I want to try those out as well. So, now that you have read all this rambling nonsense, your asking yourself what is the point of this. My point is that many people say that it doesnt matter how expensive the equipment you use, they all catch fish right? Unfortunately for me, when it comes to reels, well, I have no choice but to pay the price for what I want. Could I just fish all Citicas instead of buying Curados and Chronarchs? Sure, but I own all the E series reels, 1 Citica G, and hopefully a Curado G in the future, because I like the way they all work just a little differently. As for the rods, Im going to give these Sellus rods a shot. I have fished inexpensive rods before, mostly the Berkely Lightning Shocks, and I really like those rods. They perform great, they are very strong, and have great sensitivity. My only downfall with them is that I have developed a weird hate for cork. I just gives me a funny feeling when I touch it. So know I need all EVA grips on my rods. The Sellus has EVA grips, great sensitivity, and a strong backbone. Using the other Sellus rods I had before, I had no problems hauling fish out of heavy cover with them. So here in lies my reasons that I am mounting all my Shimano reels on these inexpensive budget rods made by Shimano. Lets see how the hold up. Lets see if I no longer need to spend $100 for a rod. Im curious to see what its going to take to break one of these. I broke 2 Clarus rods in 2 months, how long will it take to break one Sellus rod, my oldest one is 5 months old.

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Glad you've found a rod you enjoy at a price point that is easier on the wallet.

I personally will probably never buy anything more than a Powell because I couldn't imagine a need for anything better , well, except for a custom, but I'd only get one of those for sentimental value.

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I have one Sellus, a 7'2" worm/jig and like it just fine. I was using it as my frog rod, and had no trouble hauling 4+ pounders out of some really nasty pads. I feel it's a great rod for the money. My only gripe is that I find it a tad on the heavy side, other than that it's a very nice rod.

One other thing I have found. I did have to weed out several till I found one with guides that lined up evenly. I have since checked them out at BPS, Dick's and most of them have guides that just do not line up correctly, so you need to check them out very closely.

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I have one Sellus, a 7'2" worm/jig and like it just fine. I was using it as my frog rod, and had no trouble hauling 4+ pounders out of some really nasty pads. I feel it's a great rod for the money. My only gripe is that I find it a tad on the heavy side, other than that it's a very nice rod.

One other thing I have found. I did have to weed out several till I found one with guides that lined up evenly. I have since checked them out at BPS, Dick's and most of them have guides that just do not line up correctly, so you need to check them out very closely.

I have found this too about the guides. What I have seen is that its not that they dont line up, its that they may be bent in or the guides just a little cocked. Easily fixable by carefully bending them back, but I just find one thats straight. More than likely its from shipping and handling. I went through all 6 W&J and grabbed the only one that was perfectly straight on Tuesday.

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I still am thinking about one someday. I like how they are marked for the specific app. My BP had them at 59 plus tax. The only thing that turned me more towards the Veritas was the backbone. The Veritas had a thicker backbone. I liked the look of them better. I found a dealer that does 80 shipped on the Veritas so the extra 20 bucks was worth it.

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Glad you found a rod you enjoy as well and I feel the same about my Cabelas rods. They have all performed well for me from the Mag Tough to the XMLTi rods that I own. They are not technique specific but are very sensitive and I prefer split grip rods and in that respect I can get or have rods that I'm comfortable with at a price point I feel good about as well.

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Bringing this one back from the dead because I'm curious how it's worked out so far. Those Sellus rods do seem pretty darned good for the $ but I don't own one myself.

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In the end it's just fishing, not a beauty pageant, not a popularity contest. The fish don't care if you use a Sellus or a Cumulus. I'm glad you came to a rod that you like that is super easy on the wallet, and best of all IT FITS YOUR STYLE OF FISHING.

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They are on clearance at my cabelas for $20.......

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They are on clearance at my cabelas for $20.......

Id buy them all

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So far so good. I have had zero problems so far. These things are pretty tough with good sensitivity and power. I think the weakest part are the whole guides themselves, but they havent bent or broke yet.

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I am glad you found something in that price range that suits you well. I, personally feel that it is just your subconscious telling you to go cheaper on your rods to buy more shimano reels!

Just messing with ya, the setup matches well with the chronarchs. I agree with your philosophy for moving baits, less sensitivity is needed and I go all out for sensitivity when it is required, but for moving baits it is far less essential.

The only comment that I would make is for you to try the *** 13 to see if you like it if you hadn't had the chance yet. Besides that I'm glad you figured out your situation. Now its time to go buy yourself some more reels with all the money you saved. You need a core 50mg if you don't have one yet and a shimano Stella!

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Great summary of why you chose the rods you did, in the end, the combo only has to feel right for you and the way that you fish, not what others think. My only concern about the rod was the warranty relative to others in the Shimano line up. Glad they are working out for you.

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im in the same boat now i have tried countless rods and reels and now im content with all abu-garcia i wont buy nothing else i like the price and the feel and i have had no problems with there products

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I am glad you found something in that price range that suits you well. I, personally feel that it is just your subconscious telling you to go cheaper on your rods to buy more shimano reels!

Just messing with ya, the setup matches well with the chronarchs. I agree with your philosophy for moving baits, less sensitivity is needed and I go all out for sensitivity when it is required, but for moving baits it is far less essential.

The only comment that I would make is for you to try the *** 13 to see if you like it if you hadn't had the chance yet. Besides that I'm glad you figured out your situation. Now its time to go buy yourself some more reels with all the money you saved. You need a core 50mg if you don't have one yet and a shimano Stella!

I want a Core, but the wife says NO WAY. She isn't to keen on me spending $200 for a reel as it is. Its funny, I had all my rods and reels lined up against the wall on her Grandfathrs porch this weekend. She knows the prices of fishing equipment, she reads the BPS catalogs. As she and her uncle added up the 2 Chronarch50Es, 1 Chronarch200E7, 1 Curado200E7, 1 Curado50E, 1CiticaE, and 1 Citica G6, plus all the rods and tackle, she looks at me and says, "you know, you could buy a nice little boat for what you have tied up in this equipment". I just smiled as I laughed and told her "it could be worse".

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I hear ya LMG, occasionally the wife says something, I just comment on her Coach bags, Jimmy Choo shoes. That ends the discussion, lol. I'm sold on the convergence line for moving baits, 10 bucks more and lifetime warranty. Picked up a Winch over the weekend, the salesman cringed when I paired it with the convergence lol.

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They are no doubt d**n good rods for the money. I decided last year to switch to all one brand and style of rod. They were my #2 rod. I like a thick backbone on my rod and they didn't have it. I went with the verities instead. That said, I may get one some day. They are worth every penny

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