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Was at dicks looking at rods, picked up a g-loomis rod that was close to 200 duckies. Looking for a worm/jig rod but wondering how much more would a rod like that do for me compared to a bps bionic or a 100 rod?

Obviously, this shows I have never owned a high end rod.

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If it was a Glx, yes.. Otherwise, nope..

Was it on clearance? If so and it has a extra deduction then maybe.. Just depends I suppose

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Yes if it's a First Generation Cumara. From what I've heard, you should stay away from the GL2's.

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Not knowing what model it is hard to answer fully, but what I have found and what my checking account screams about is yes it is worth it to go a little higher end on rods/reels. That said only you know what you want achieve out fishing, or what your price range is.

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They are worth it? Yes. If you get the right one.

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A Loomis is only worth owning if the make and generation is right. Older IMX, older GLX, and current NRX. If it wasnt one of these 3 I would look elsewhere for bottom contact rods.

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Yes it is worth it if you can afford it without breaking the bank.  I love my GLXs. 

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If it's worth it to you, it's worth it. I never base my purchases on what someone else wants, or likes.

If you want it,... YOU BUY IT! Some Loomis rods are downplayed, not so much because of the

rod, but because of the price of the rod. My guess is it's probably a GL2. Not a bad rod, but

most think it's priced too high. Can't honestly say I would disagree. But if you like it, and you want it

and can afford it, .....go for it!

 

Hootie

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Yes and no. Yes there is a perceivable difference when you get to the high end category but it isn't important if your budget can't support it.

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I understand it is what a person wants to buy and can afford but how does the rod out perform lower priced. A lot more sensitivity? Is it much more than regular rods?

Thanks!

I think it was G2 I was looking at.

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Not being primarily a contact bait user, I don't really know.  For the most part I stay with moving lures, whether it's bass, peacock or inshore species.  When I get a strike there isn't any question, big or small I know I have a fish on the line.

Can't speak to all the $100 rods out there but the one I use (have 7 of them) casts and handles fish as well as any more expensive rods I've had or used.  As far as durability, nearly 10 years on a few of them, can't address the newer ones as I haven't needed to buy one.  I paid 90 bucks and 10 years later they're still 90 bucks.  I will admit some of the more expensive rods were a bit lighter in weight, that wasn't a game maker for me.

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I understand it is what a person wants to buy and can afford but how does the rod out perform lower priced. A lot more sensitivity? Is it much more than regular rods?

Thanks!

I think it was G2 I was looking at.

Don't get it, there are much better rods out there for the price.  If you want to hold off, there is a new G Loomis line coming in Feb.  It's suppose to be under the 200 dollar price point and supposedly they did it right this time.  We shall see.

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GL2 = run the other way! They look nice and carry the Loomis name but fish one and compare it to 1 or 2 other $200 rods and then ask yourself is a GL2 worth it.

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There are no doubt more sensitive rods for less money, You'll get a lot of suggestions on here and all good

if they are from actual experience and not hearsay. I have always believed "sensitivity" is dependent a lot

on your sense of feel. If you have a real keen sense of feel, you could possibly do , with a cheaper rod as

good as I do with my NRX. Just my rambling thoughts....lol.

 

Hootie

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Don't get it, there are much better rods out there for the price.  If you want to hold off, there is a new G Loomis line coming in Feb.  It's suppose to be under the 200 dollar price point and supposedly they did it right this time.  We shall see.

 

Didn't know that, I'll be watching for sure. Thanks.

 

Hootie

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I have 2 Gl2 B.C. Rods I got at $100 & $ 115 and at that price, I'm pleased with them. I personally wouldn't ever pay full retail on a Gl2 though... The Gl2 also used to come with a wildcard for a one time free replacement anywhere, at anytime thru a Gloomis retailer/dealer.. That program has been eliminated from my understanding..

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My recommendation is scew whatever budget you have for a combo toward the Rod for "feel" presentations and the reel for fast moving baits. The point of diminishing return on production rods is around $275. Anything over or under for that matter it's well worth consulting a custom builder. When it comes to reels returns diminish at around $250 for spinning and $300 for casting reels. None of this means you can't be successful and enjoy fishing less expensive tackle.

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For me I keep my rod prices in the 100-150 dollar range, as I feel this region is by far the most competitive. The companies that make rods in this price range have much higher sales volume thus they can reduce their margins and still make a bunch of money. this equates to much more performance for your dollar as compared to rods over the $150 mark.  

 

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if you have to ask the answer is no.

asking means you are on a budget and there a PLENTY of quality rods on the market. 

i just bought a Shakespear Micro rod at Wally word for $15.  the action is as nice as my $200 orvis fly rod and my $150 Fenwick RiverRunner.  It doesn't have a warranty and the components might not last as long but for $15 I'll just buy another. there are plenty of guys here that are fishing 20+yr old $30 rods and they catch the exact quantity/quality size bass as everyone the guys with the latest and greatest gear.

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High-end rods (or reels) are not worth it to me based on my budget. The're certainly lighter and more sensitive than rods at the lower end of the market. I agree with most that there is a point where diminishing returns outweigh the cost of increased performance. The gear I use is good enough. If I had more money I would use better rods for contact baits. I doubt it would make me much, if any better, but I do appreciate the differences.

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"Get in where you fit in" is a pretty popular saying in the fishing world. Expensive doesn't equal better in all cases. The $100-150 dollar rod category has a lot of good choices for rods that are sensitive and can outshine certain rods of a higher price tag. You can also find rods that normally retail in the $150-200+ range on clearance or used. This is the approach I generally take. I just bought a $250 rod for $130 and it was new. So I got the best of both worlds on that deal. It was exspensive but cheap.

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Well I bought two GL2 two years ago. One crank and one worm and jig. I couldn't sell the worm and jig rod fast Enough. For a rod at that price point it felt so dead to me. I kept the crank rod because I like the reel seat and handle and it's just for cranking.

My $100 rods in the past are superior to the GL2 for bottom contact. The ***, Veritas, and Tatula rods are really nice. You really don't need anything better than these to fish effectively. Just that I like enthusiasts gears so I go up in price range. To me it's worth it because I like performace just as much as attention to detail and design.

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I'd say no. Not worth it to me. A $500.00 rod would not help me to catch more fish. I am perfectly happy with the rods I can buy for under $150.00.

 

I have one custom rod worth about $300.00 and I like it less than some less expensive off the shelf rods.

 

One of the best rod values out there is the Berkley shock rod in 7' MH fast action for less than $60.00.

 

My next purchase will probably be a *** *** rod.

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For me, if its bottom contact, its worth it to a point. For example, when I would use a $100 rod for a texas rig, I would often find myself saying, what was that? A weed or a fish? Ever since I bought my first $200+ rod, those questions have greatly reduced. I actually just picked up a $300 rod  that was lightly used for $200 on that auction site we all love. There are deals to be had if you keep your eyes open, and if this is going to be your first high end rod, I wouldnt rush into anything new and look for the good deals.

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High-end rods (or reels) are not worth it to me based on my budget. The're certainly lighter and more sensitive than rods at the lower end of the market. I agree with most that there is a point where diminishing returns outweigh the cost of increased performance. The gear I use is good enough. If I had more money I would use better rods for contact baits. I doubt it would make me much, if any better, but I do appreciate the differences.

This nailed it right on the head.

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