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that now I hate fishing with my older heavier stuff.i bought a revo mgx and falcon bucoo and together they weigh around 10 oz.fishing with this combo is a joy because it's almost weightless.my other stuff is all good quality but none of it is as light as this combo.i find myself wanting to replace all of it.

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lighter is excellent...like 10 years ago? i used to fish with such heavy cheap walmart stuff  and good lord after about 6 hours makes your arms hurt and 12-14 hours even worse lol

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Back when I went to lighter rods and reels, I quickly realized that it would require replacement of most combos...  sounds like you are on your way! 

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I have some outfits from back in the 80's even, at the time I was delighted and they were as good as it got back then, today I use them with the grandkids for catfish and the river, they still work good, in a branch stuck in the ground to hold them!!!  The older I get the more I appreciate the help with lighter!! and at the same time stronger! :fishing:   

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I have some outfits from back in the 80's even, at the time I was delighted and they were as good as it got back then, today I use them with the grandkids for catfish and the river, they still work good, in a branch stuck in the ground to hold them!!! The older I get the more I appreciate the help with lighter!! and at the same time stronger! :fishing:

My only comment Capt. Bob,

AMEN!!!

Hootie

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Dodgeguy, you should try to secure the combo of Calcutta 50XT, its the lightest aluminum round reel out there   6.6Oz  with Cumara 6'3" M - 3.5Oz. Total of 10,1 Oz Combo. Great light weight combo without breaking the bank.

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Back when I went to lighter rods and reels, I quickly realized that it would require replacement of most combos...  sounds like you are on your way! 

 

One of the reasons I still haven't bought a NRX.

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One of the reasons I still haven't bought a NRX.

You gotta do it RW! I just snagged the 873 (most powerful bottom contact NRX available before the 894/895 hit the market). As long as the angler doesn't abuse the rod when not in use, while traveling to and from lakes, and while fighting fish it should hold up just fine. I was fortunate, that the very first fish I caught on it was a fish over 5. It required me to get into the power of the blank to move the fish out of and over a pretty dense patch of coontail. Rod performed quite well!

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Yep lightweight sure is a plus. My Legend Elite,Cumara,LTB are getting very little use. My CH50E getting so little use I figured heck rather have my 2bills back so instead of just hanging on pegboad returned it. Reason for this my Core50/Smoke 7'mf rod combo is just super light & sensitive yet has the power range to use 3/4oz lipless cranks,1/2 frogs,jigs down to Caffeine Shads,Senkos,Flukes. The rod also balances quite well with the 50 just adding to the overall great feel of the combo I take and use this the most.

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For me, lighter gear = fewer elbow problems!

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My steez/endurance 723 combo is like nothing to fish all day with. I'm spoiled now for sure.

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I enjoy my light outfits for some of my fishing, but there is a time and place for heavier ones.  I spend a considerable amount of time using heavier ones and it's more about balance than overall weight.  One of my most used is an 8' rod with a 14 oz reel, it's heavy but balances well, I'm just used to it.  When I put it down and go with a smaller set up, it's like carrying a stiletto instead of a samuri sword.  

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Lighter, stronger, faster.  It's the WTG.

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that now I hate fishing with my older heavier stuff.i bought a revo mgx and falcon bucoo and together they weigh around 10 oz.fishing with this combo is a joy because it's almost weightless.my other stuff is all good quality but none of it is as light as this combo.i find myself wanting to replace all of it.

 

The Bait Monkey agrees. Wait for the February sales next year and have some fun at your favorite tackle shop or online.

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Core = 5.5 oz's

cumulus = 2.7 oz's

 

8.2 oz combo, really hard to put that one down..... :walk:

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I really wanted to get a Daiwa Tatula until I read that it weighs 8 ounces, I know that isn't heavy but when you fish with a Revo Premier 2nd gen, a Quantum Smoke, and a Lews Tourney Pro it is impossible for me to use a casting reel that is more than 7.5 ounces now and even that seems heavy. The only bad thing is with the low weight comes high prices, but there is some really good affordable equipment out there if you take the time to look and research.

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St Croix LTB 3.8oz

Curado 50e 6.9oz

Not aggravating the rotator cuff or fishermans elbow?  Priceless

 

Its hard to switch combos when this one is such a joy to use.

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the real problem with lightweight gear is that it is disproportionately more expensive...not that it necessarily costs more to manufacture but that people are willing to pay extra for the weight savings.

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You gotta do it RW! I just snagged the 873 (most powerful bottom contact NRX available before the 894/895 hit the market). As long as the angler doesn't abuse the rod when not in use, while traveling to and from lakes, and while fighting fish it should hold up just fine. I was fortunate, that the very first fish I caught on it was a fish over 5. It required me to get into the power of the blank to move the fish out of and over a pretty dense patch of coontail. Rod performed quite well!

 

Bout time I hear something about that Rod! Shoot me a message.

 

And tread lightly getting an NRX. They are fairly addicting. I have some very nice rods, even some as light, but when it comes to sensitivity I feel I am missing something from every rod down the line. The NRX's, at least the models I own all give me more feedback than I could possibly need. I can distinguish everything from bottom composition to species, size, and how exactly the bass took the bait. I was surprised how many bass actually stalk their prey before they make their move. Among other things.

 

With that said, I still appreciate my cumulus' cumara lower line loomis etc. A general trend anyone can use is strength to weight ratios of rods. It often is an indicator of a rods sensitivity and performance. Light guides, reel seats also help, but the blank is the heart of of most of these builds. The NRX lineup attempts to do what most custom rod manufacturers have been doing for quite some time now. If the NRX blank was offered for custom builds you could have one sick rod. A NFC HM, or k2 or SCV can all be built VERY light. I would be interested in doing side-by-side comparisons against comparable NRX's. I've seen rods below 3 ounces rated with well rated power. Price, and warranty is the only thing keeping me weary. Still, I am glad to see the trend of companies going lighter in all aspects. I am all for improving the equipment we use for our fishing. It keeps it fun and keeps my bank account low.

 

All of the old equipment goes into storage once the lighter equipment came into play. My IMX 844 MBR feels heavy and insensitive, its my spinnerbait rod now. It is like playing with golf balls and clubs from the early 90's or 80's. Performance is certainly lost. Rods are getting lighter and stronger and reels are lighter than ever. Being a younger guy in great shape, I still can appreciate how the lighter equipment is less tiring. Out on the water for 8+ hours can be a wear, fishing with heavy gear is tiresome. Its just not the older members on here.

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Bout time I hear something about that Rod! Shoot me a message.

 

And tread lightly getting an NRX. They are fairly addicting. I have some very nice rods, even some as light, but when it comes to sensitivity I feel I am missing something from every rod down the line. The NRX's, at least the models I own all give me more feedback than I could possibly need. I can distinguish everything from bottom composition to species, size, and how exactly the bass took the bait. I was surprised how many bass actually stalk their prey before they make their move. Among other things.

 

With that said, I still appreciate my cumulus' cumara lower line loomis etc. A general trend anyone can use is strength to weight ratios of rods. It often is an indicator of a rods sensitivity and performance. Light guides, reel seats also help, but the blank is the heart of of most of these builds. The NRX lineup attempts to do what most custom rod manufacturers have been doing for quite some time now. If the NRX blank was offered for custom builds you could have one sick rod. A NFC HM, or k2 or SCV can all be built VERY light. I would be interested in doing side-by-side comparisons against comparable NRX's. I've seen rods below 3 ounces rated with well rated power. Price, and warranty is the only thing keeping me weary. Still, I am glad to see the trend of companies going lighter in all aspects. I am all for improving the equipment we use for our fishing. It keeps it fun and keeps my bank account low.

 

All of the old equipment goes into storage once the lighter equipment came into play. My IMX 844 MBR feels heavy and insensitive, its my spinnerbait rod now. It is like playing with golf balls and clubs from the early 90's or 80's. Performance is certainly lost. Rods are getting lighter and stronger and reels are lighter than ever. Being a younger guy in great shape, I still can appreciate how the lighter equipment is less tiring. Out on the water for 8+ hours can be a wear, fishing with heavy gear is tiresome. Its just not the older members on here.

 

Im curious how the k2 blank compares to a nrx. Its one rod ive been considering if i went the custom route...

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Truer words have never been said.

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