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I'm in the market for new rods and I want to know how to test their sensitivy or if it's worth testing at all. Or is it all about the line I have on the rod? I have a St. Croix Mojo Bass at the moment and it feels good but not as sensitive as I think it should.

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The more graphite the more sensitive the rod.

 

There are other components being used in rods today that are also sensitive but I still like graphite rods.

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Put the rod tip on a buddies throat and have him talk. It works, I'm sure there's better ways to do it but this is how I do it.

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I dont worry about sensitivity when I buy a rod. The main things I look at are balance/weight and general feel. Coincidentally, the rods that I have that balance best and generally feel best are the ones Id say are most sensitive. 

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put your cell phone on vibrate lay in on th floor and tough the rod tip to it

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Almost any modern fishing rod will transmit vibration better than the hand that's holding it.

 

Tom

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Put the rod tip on a buddies throat and have him talk. It works, I'm sure there's better ways to do it but this is how I do it.

You know this also works for Ugly Sticks and about every rod made. Brian.

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I never understood the throat trick, I tried it on a broom stick and it transmits vibration just fine, doesn't mean I would use it as a benchmark

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Sensitivity can be very subjective.  It all depends on your prior fishing experience.  If you want to invest in a more sensitive rod and the mojo is what you are trying to compare things to, I would say step up to the Avid.  You will see a noticeably different feel in this rod. 

 

As far as a test goes, I personally feel you have to fish the rod to get a clear idea of how it will perform, again subjective.

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No way to truly test in the store, at home, or anywhere else, as everybody's perception/feel is going to be different - likely all subjective. If you really wanted to know, it would be cool to take a bunch of rods to a lab and have them slapped on an oscilloscope or similar type instrument and tested for their ability to transmit energy (resonant frequency, wavelength, impulse strength, etc.). Then you could actually state something factual in that regard.

 

-T9

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Hold one rod in each hand and lightly tap the tips together. You should be able to tell the more sensitive rod.

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The best way I found is to actually take it to the water and tie on a heavy bottom contact bait and drag it along some bottom you are familiar with ie rocks, sand, weeds etc. IMHO.

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Only way to truly test it is on the water.  No way you can tell at the store.  You just have to look at other things and do your research.  In store I'll check them out and see how they feel.

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The only true test unfortunately is the fish the rod, but in general sensitivity is a function of the weight / stiffness ratio. This is the reason high modulus graphite rods are the standard bearer. A rod that's light in hand and lighter overall than another of similar power should be the more sensitive. The Mojo isn't bad for the price, but from the Avid up is where St Croix shines.

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I'm in the market for new rods and I want to know how to test their sensitivy or if it's worth testing at all. Or is it all about the line I have on the rod? I have a St. Croix Mojo Bass at the moment and it feels good but not as sensitive as I think it should.

Going back to the original post, I think the easiest way to say it is the Avid model (SCIII) is double the sensitivity or similarly put the mojo is half the Avid.

Before buying a slew of rods and checking them, it's better to search your interests

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The more graphite the more sensitive the rod.

There are other components being used in rods today that are also sensitive but I still like graphite rods.

You actually want the least graphite possible, while maintaining enough strength to be functional. The more graphite you use, the stronger it will be, but it will also be heavier. Weight is a deterrent of sensitivity.

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1.Research, 2.People's opinion ( not all people ) and fishing the rod, sorry but that's what will be involved in choosing, people are different so reviews are interesting and can be helpful, but can also be deviate..Research, study as much engineering data/ materials as you care to absorb. Including guide materials, weight, etc.. Ultimately, price may be a indicator of value, but not always.. Choose & Fish, that's the bottom line!

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Put the rod tip on a buddies throat and have him talk. It works, I'm sure there's better ways to do it but this is how I do it.

 This is a really good test, if you happen to have lake full of talking bass.

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Just watch your line...  I dont think about sensitivity much. 

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Take a reel to the store and put it on the rod. Thread the line through and tie on a sinker Put your cell phone down either on vibrate or have some music playing, so that it is creating some vibration through the speaker. Lay the sinker on to the phone and see if you can feel the vibrations. When you're fishing, you can't put your tip guide on the bottom to feel what the structure is.

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sensitivity is more so in your hands than in the rod.

All rods dampen vibrations to a degree, but the more vibrations that can transmit through the rod, the more you feel in your hands; not the other way around.
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My father-in-law closes his eyes and tries to touch the rod tip on a carpeted floor and see if he can feel it.

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All rods dampen vibrations to a degree, but the more vibrations that can transmit through the rod, the more you feel in your hands; not the other way around.

if you cant feel worth a d**n then whats it matter? you could use a telephone pole or a cb antenna and not tell a difference

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if you cant feel worth a d**n then whats it matter? you could use a telephone pole or a cb antenna and not tell a difference

Unless your hands are completely numb, you can tell the difference.

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