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New Rod For 3/16-1/4 T-Rigs

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Hello long time reader, first time poster. I'm looking for a new rod for my Texas rigs, my old faithful veritas exploded on a hookset Saturday, I'm looking to upgrade to a higher end rod for this since this is what I fish 90% of the time. It will be used for mostly pitching and sometimes long casting bank lines. Will be 3/16-1/4 tungsten 100% of the time. I'm looking at the loomis imx or the dobyns champion, but I am open to other makers. I'm thinking of a 7'3 to 7'6 rod in mh or h, but honestly I don't know which would be best because I thought my veritas was a little stiff. Looking in the 200-300 range thanks. Will be paired with my bb1 pro or my curado I

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I've saw a lot about the 13 rods, so I am interested in them. But the extra fast taper is the thing I don't like, I was really wanting a fast taper. Maybe I am wrong?

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I'll let others answer your question, just 

want to welcome you aboard, Dan!

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Check out the okuma tcs 7 foot heavy. I'm thinking about getting one at the advice of Glenn

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Thanks for the welcome!! I've always wanted to join this site because I've looked on it for help for a while.

Welcome were all like a family here. We put the fun in dysfunctional

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Haha I should fit right in then, especially if I keep making two piece rods out of worm and jig rods

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If you're interested in Dobyns, wait few weeks for the 4th of July sales and get the DX744 for under 300. Would be perfect for what you want to use it for. 

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It would lower the price of the Champions but you will want to jump on the Champion Extreme. the DX 744 is my favorite rod and if I could only have 1 rod this would be it.

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I would check out the Kistler Helium 3.   They are in your price range and use a really great blank.

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Ton of great options in your price range...St Croix Avid and LTB, Dobyns, Loomis, Shimano. I love my St Croixs and think they'd serve you well. But another great option at the top of your price range is the Megabass Orochi XX rods...for your application the Extreme Mission Type F or Diablo Spec R would be good options as long as your hook + plastic is getting you at or over 3/8 total weight.

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Ok all those sounds good, between the dobyns and the loomis rods are there any advantages of one over ther other? Or is it mostly a personal preference? I've been seeing a lot of negative reviews on the new imx rods which worries me

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My only experience with Loomis rods is using my fathers older GLX and GL3 rods which were all bought before the redesign, some of them back in 1996. They are all great rods and have served him well.

I've read similar reviews and consensus seems to be that for the money the new IMX don't live up to their previous reputation and don't compete well with other rods in the price range. That's again all here say that I've read. What you do get with Loomis is a made in USA quality product with outstanding support/warranty options.

I'm not as big a Dobyns fan as many others, but have limited experience with them. The only one I still have is a Champ 703c and it balances great and is plenty sensitive. Between Dobyns and Loomis though I think I'd take a shot at a Loomis, look for a rep sample GLX.

For my money in your price range I'd be getting a St Croix or Megabass. You stated you don't like truly fast or ex fast actions, great thing about Megabass Orochi XX rods is they aren't as fast as some other domestic rods which makes them more versatile.

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Well you guys have really peaked my interest with the megabass orochi xx rods, I love the handle design on them. And the have a lot of different sizes a really like, because I kind of am looking to buy into a brand if you know what I mean. I'd like to have rods that all feel the same. So I can slowly replace my other rods with the same brand. I'm going to have to do more research on them, the only thing I don't like so far is that it only has a 3 year warranty vs limited lifetime with the other rods

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Check the Completed Listings on eBay for Loomis MBR843 and you will see that you missed an excellent condition Loomis MBR843GLX for around $220.00. It would have been a very nice rod for your intended purposes. If you are patient, you can buy a much nicer, used in excellent condition rod, for less that than the rods you are asking about.

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Well I am weary of used rods, but that sounded like a good deal. I have always thought there was a reason a rod is being sold though, that's what has always made me weary

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Also how does the Megabass f5 power feel? It says it's rated medium/medium heavy, that seems as if it would be to light for what I am trying to do.

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Well I am weary of used rods, but that sounded like a good deal. I have always thought there was a reason a rod is being sold though, that's what has always made me weary

I have sold plenty of rods and the buyers have been extremely pleased. On the other hand, I have bought used rods and have been extremely pleased. You need to understand that not everyone uses their rods all the time. I have bought 4 Loomis's with the Wiebe reel seat that has not been used by Loomis in a long time and those rods are in near new condition. You just have to know what you want and be willing to wait for it to show up in the classifieds or an auction site.
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Thanks, and I have been looking at the glx rods on eBay and in the classifieds. Hopefully I can find one I like and would actually be able to afford. I'm Afraid that once I get a glx I will want nothing else but them from now on, and that sounds expensive.

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What line, type of cover, and plastics do you usually fish?  The Orochi XX Extreme Mission Type F, 13 *** MH, and Orochi XX Perfect Pitch could all be contenders.  The *** MH and XX Perfect pitch feel quite similar to me, with the Perfect Pitch having a slight step up in power.  Both have nice light tips for pitching and casting that quickly moves into a strong backbone.  The EMTF is lighter in power than both.  It is more similar to the *** in terms of power but has a relatively stiffer tip section with a more moderate action. 

 

If you provide a bit more information on what and how you will be fishing the rod I would be happy to go into more detail.

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Someone already mentioned Kistler rods. Myself, I have the Kistler Medium Heavy Fast, rated 3/16 to 7/8oz, handles t-rigs in the weights you refer to amazingly well. The action is just on the slower side of Fast (not moderate by any means)), some anglers prefer it that way. 

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