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Anyone have experience with these (heading to BPS next month), trying to get a lot of options together and then break it down from there. How do you feel about them in terms of sensitivity and how crisp the blank is. If possible, would you choose this or the *** in terms of sensitivity, because the blank on my *** seems very responsive. I don't know how to determine how sensitive my rods are compared to others in the price range. I can't just keep buying them, because of money. I just want the best I can get. Yes I am aware peoples' opinions are all different. My Powell Inferno probably is the most, and then the *** in terms of sensitivity. 

 

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I have two Carbonlites. One spinner and the other casting. They both serve me well. They are light, sensitive, and have a good backbone for sticking fish. They have a one year warranty, anything happens to them during that year, you return it, and get a new one no questions asked. 

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I've got a Carbonlite casting rod.

 

It's a superb rod. Extremely light and outstandingly sensitive (in my hands at least). Has great backbone too.

 

I've got a Crucial, Claurs, Lightning Rod, and I've used several St. Croix rods......I have no problem saying this rod is right up there with em'

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I fish several different Powells and I think they an outstanding bang for the buck.  Just upgrade to the max.  For one hundred dollars the abu veratas, shimano compre and Wright McGill Skeet Reese rods are also good buys that you can get locally. 

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I have two; one spinning and one casting.  Love them!  There are so many options on them to choose from that you really can't go wrong with teh quality and price.

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Awesome rod. Don't hesitate against buying one. Sensitive light and great price.

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I owned one for a short time, a 6'6" M spinning rod. Was super light, sensitive, etc. I returned it for something different, cheaper, at the time.

 

I have fished the same rod again (buddy has one), and I do like it. I'm not sure I would buy another one at the price point given that there are other rods on the market that I have liked more. Past tense for the Shimano Compre, previous version with cork. I think the Veritas has a great feel, although I've not fished one.

 

Don't think you'll be disappointed. But definitely get your hands on several different rods when you go. If BPS carries you reel, ask if you can put it on each of the rods (or bring your own reel) so you can feel how it balances to your liking. You might be surprised.

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If you can, I'd wait till the spring classic rod trade in. They usually go on sale, plus whatever they give you for rod trade in. I got a micro guide model for around $80 I think. Or you just be able to get a non micro guide version for less than that. Great rod at that price for sure.

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My casting Carbonlite micro guide is awesome.  Sensitive, light, and handles the fish well.  I just got mine last Fall though so it hasn't been tested all that much yet.

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I had 3 of them.  Notice I said had.  My models were 7' h/xf(2) and a 7'6'' h/xf micro. While these rods were light, they were WAY to fast of a rod for almost anything I could think to use them for.  They were ALL backbone and no tip.  Sensitivity was what you would expect for a rod in the $90 range(cause that is what they go on sale for).  Honestly I would save a little more and get a little better rod.  But that is my opinion and you know how the saying goes.

 

PS- I gave all 3 of mine away!

 

Jeff

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I owned one for a short time, a 6'6" M spinning rod. Was super light, sensitive, etc. I returned it for something different, cheaper, at the time.

 

I have fished the same rod again (buddy has one), and I do like it. I'm not sure I would buy another one at the price point given that there are other rods on the market that I have liked more. Past tense for the Shimano Compre, previous version with cork. I think the Veritas has a great feel, although I've not fished one.

 

Don't think you'll be disappointed. But definitely get your hands on several different rods when you go. If BPS carries you reel, ask if you can put it on each of the rods (or bring your own reel) so you can feel how it balances to your liking. You might be surprised.

 

I want to note that of all the rods I handle in-store (i.e., BPS), one of the lightest I've handled is the Carbonlite. I am quite interested in trying the latest models, I believe 3rd generation. As one who values lightness in the tip, I will not discount the Carbonlite when looking for my next rod. FWIW.

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I got a Carbonlite ML spinning rod a few years ago and think the action was pretty ho-hum compared to the Shimano Crucial dropshot rods I now use.  One defect on the Carbonlite was the hook hanger, which was made from non-stainless wire and rusted out immediately.  I assume BPs corrected this in later editions of the rod, but niggling little things like that turn me off.

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Have a MH/F and it is an awesome rod fish weightless and weighted t rig and lipless cranks. Sensative to feel bottom and light hits but plenty of back bone to get em out of the weeds.

Best rod in that price range IMO.

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There very good rods. I feel their about as good as it gets in their price range . Among the competitors; I've owned a mojo 7' M fast (tip heavy and "dead feeling), falcon bucco 7' H (comfortable, lite weight and sensitive, just a little too slow action for single hooks), and a veritas ( light weight, just too stiff and not comfortable for me). I feel the carbonlite suits my tastes the best. 

 

However I'm not a fan of the micro guide models as I had issues losing inserts and feel they offered no tangible advantage to the regular guides.

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