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Hey guys,

Buying a new rod this weekend at BPS. I want a MHF 7' range. Looking to spend 100-150.

Was thinkin of the Carbonlite but if there is something better in that range, please let me know your thoughts / recommendations.

Pairing with a new SX.

Thanks

Tom

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Another question is what is the benefit of microguides over standard ones?

Thanks

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The carbonlite rod is a good rod for the price. I have one in 6'6" ml, and I like it a lot. It has enough back bone, and its sensitive. Bps has a pretty good warranty (if you buy it). At that price of 100-150 there are some rods to think about too but, it depends on what kind of fishing your going to do with it.

The micro guides are supposed to give you more distance and accuracy but having fished and owning them I would stick to regular guides. They might give you those things but it's not night and day IMHO.

If I were you I would, if you know that's the reel your going to use go mount it on rods in your price range to see what feels good. If you end up getting a carbonlite I think you'll like it.

Good luck

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I've seen problems with two of the carbonlites. But only with the microguide models. Both were using braid so that could have been the cause of it. My buddy had a couple of the guides come loose when bowed up on a big fish. Another guy had one of the inserts come out maybe the third or fourth eye down. Frayed the crap out of his line. This was about two years ago so these problems may have been addressed.

I myself have looked at several microguide rods and they just aren't for me. I miss eyes rigging up rods with normal eyes on them lol

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The carbonlite rod is a good rod for the price. I have one in 6'6" ml, and I like it a lot. It has enough back bone, and its sensitive. Bps has a pretty good warranty (if you buy it). At that price of 100-150 there are some rods to think about too but, it depends on what kind of fishing your going to do with it.

The micro guides are supposed to give you more distance and accuracy but having fished and owning them I would stick to regular guides. They might give you those things but it's not night and day IMHO.

If I were you I would, if you know that's the reel your going to use go mount it on rods in your price range to see what feels good. If you end up getting a carbonlite I think you'll like it.

Good luck

 

I have to agree with this.  Micro guides being lighter are suppose to increase the rod's sensitivity.  Personally speaking, I'd say you would need to have more than the average Joe's "feel" to feel the difference.  I prefer regular guides, and I also own both.  If there is a difference in casting distance, I am not good enough to wring it out of the rod.

 

No BPS in my area to shop at so I can't help you with any rod suggestions.  Haven't been able to fish my new-2-me Carbonlite enough to give an opinion on it.  I do know that they are very well thought of for the price so I am expecting to like mine.  Mine happens to be the 7' ML.  Have a Carbonlite with 6# mono on it. Rod does a good job of throwing a 3/16 oz. Shad Rap.

 

As stated in the previous post, anyone with eyes that aren't the best (that means me) don't enjoy stringing the micro guide rods.

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The real advantage of micro guides is that they are light, so have less of a dampening effect on the blank. I think the idea that they give you distance or accuracy is a bit of bogus marketing hype. They definitely help sensitivity and rod balance though. It's more noticeable on spinning rods where the guides are traditionally bigger, so heavier, and the rods are generally lighter actioned, so the advantages really add up there.

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Tim's right, and you can't compare micro guides to others on different rods. It just doesn't tell you anything. In a custom build, I use the smallest lightest guides that will do the job (strong enough, and will pass connections etc). 

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the carbonlites are solid sometimes for under a $100 - falcons can be had for a good price - also learn to wrap guides - stripping old guides and replacing with lighter new ones can bring new life to an old rod.

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I would go with the falcon Bucoo Micro. I personally love micro guides for everything except braided line applications, like frogging and punching. the bucoo is one of my favorite value rods on the market right now.   

 

Mitch

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The daiwa tatula rod is $150 and you get $25 off if you do the trade in program. It's received solid reviews so far.

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I would go with the Johnny Morris signature rod in 7'2 MH, with them being on sale and the rod trade in program, it ends up at $90 and is a much nicer rod than the carbon lites and the falcon IMO, and would probably say its nicer than my tatula.  Although i would rank the tatula and JM rod very close, both being very nice rods.

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Microguides are the biggest promo hype since the A-Rig. Just wait.....macroguides are next!

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Microguides are the biggest promo hype since the A-Rig. Just wait.....macroguides are next!

So they are going to start making rods with 'large' guides is what you're saying here?

I wouldn't consider the A rig hype since it flat out catches big fish.

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I just got the Tatula and it's an impressive rod for $150. I will be buying more.

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I'm going to have to suggest Crucials. I've got ***'s, GL2's and Crucials and the Crucials are by far my favorite. 

 

I don't own a Tatula but I played with one at BPS a couple weeks ago and it felt really nice. I might pick one of them up sometime soon.

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