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Ok, I am one to stay with the same rod and reel setups from the same company, just the way I am. I used Falcon rods for years but saw St.Croix on sale and bought 2 of them and so far I like them. But, I have read many post on here talking about using different rod brands for different types of fishing. I have always done fishing on golf courses and wasn't to worried about what brand rod I used. But now that I plan to be a boat owner one day soon, I am trying to get a few rods lined up. So now I'm wanting to get rods that are in my price range which is between $100 to $150ish. That all being said, I will be looking for a frog-jig-flipping rod that will be in the H 7'4" to 7'6" range. Am I asking for to much in a rod? and for those that use different brands rods, what company should I be looking at??? And if I need to get 2 rods please don't twist my arm to hard......Any thoughts would be great....Thanks 

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There's nothing wrong with that. I've used thir teen fishing, Powell, and Gloomis. I'll leave the rod selection up to you, but I know  for sure that someone is going to say a Dobyns 735... I honestly don't have much experience with that company though.

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I have experience with 13 and St Croix, and I like them both very much.

I will point out though, that the recommendations here won't be completely honest, since the site administrator has banned anyone from mentioning at least one rod company.

So research around the web well and just because a brand isn't mentioned here doesn't mean no one uses it! Tackle Tour seems to be about the best resource for in-depth tackle reviews.

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Kunan

Silstar

Berkely

GLoomis

Shimano

Kistler

St Croix

GraphiteLeader 

Those are the brands I have owned, now I only own Berkley, GLoomis, Shimano and GL.

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1 hour ago, Justbass11 said:

Ok, I am one to stay with the same rod and reel setups from the same company, just the way I am. 

For me, I absolutely do not stay with one rod (or reel) company. No way! Too many great rods (and reels) out there for me to limit myself to just one brand.

In my world brand is not an issue, but a mere curiosity. I hold the rod and feel its characteristics. I either like it or I don't. Brand names are irrelevant.

If I had to try and produce a list of rod brands I own it would be well past 30 or more different brand names and custom rods...

In my opinion sticking with just one brand is extremely limiting. Be more open to trying others!

For me, quite often when I find a rod I like, I find only one of them. And presently I have google and ebay searches programmed for about 5 different rods I would love to just find a second one like it... brand names are just a way to identify that which I seek.

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12 hours ago, Justbass11 said:

Ok, I am one to stay with the same rod and reel setups from the same company, just the way I am. I used Falcon rods for years but saw St.Croix on sale and bought 2 of them and so far I like them. But, I have read many post on here talking about using different rod brands for different types of fishing. I have always done fishing on golf courses and wasn't to worried about what brand rod I used. But now that I plan to be a boat owner one day soon, I am trying to get a few rods lined up. So now I'm wanting to get rods that are in my price range which is between $100 to $150ish. That all being said, I will be looking for a frog-jig-flipping rod that will be in the H 7'4" to 7'6" range. Am I asking for to much in a rod? and for those that use different brands rods, what company should I be looking at??? And if I need to get 2 rods please don't twist my arm to hard......Any thoughts would be great....Thanks 

I assume this is what you really want to know about.  Can't help there.

Lots of rods in this price range.  Some I have used in that price range and like are Fenwick HMG, Fenwick Aetos on sale, Tatula on sale, that unmentionable company, Falcon Original, Hurricane Redbone, Daiwa, Shimano.  I'd also look at some of the Okumas.  Seem to give good value.

I'm like FFF.  Why limit yourself to one brand of rod or reel?  Reels: Pinnacle, Okuma, 13, Daiwa, Shimano, Abu, BPS, Pflueger. Rods: Abu, Berkley, Daiwa, Batson, Shimano, Tec Spec, Fewick, Falcon, Cabela's, BPS, Quantum.  I have one technique specific rod.....for cranking.  Versatility is the name of the game.

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I pretty much go for any brand/product that piques my interest. No one brands pays me or gives me free stuff to use them so no loyalties. If there is a good sale on a rod and it has features I look for Ill pick it up even if not needed at that time but someday could use it. I have Quantum Okuma Shimano Croix with me on a given outing. There just so many good brands now each person going to have their particular best but unless its an orange rod you mostly cant go wrong.

On using one rod for 3 applications, sure can be done. Your specific needs though down in FL going to be different than mine here in IL and being Ive never fished in FL just seen videos exactly what to get cant say. I do think I would go heavier all around. Where Im mostly M to MH Id up to Heavy power rods in 7'6" range cause I prefer longer rods. So yeah a $150 7'6", Heavy power, fast action rod I would use for those 3 presentations.

oh also coming up jan and feb have been the best months for me to find a great score on a rod/reel with clearance sale happening so be on the look out. Be ready to purchase on a moments notice. I snoozed on a powell max 3d rod and while I was researching a model for about 30 minutes went back to buy it GONE.

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This past week I was visiting mom in north Florida for Christmas and I hit probably a dozen pawn shops and scored some really nice rods and good deals. I think I left town with 4 new to me used rods.

Now I have some right handed reels (from the rods I bought) to overhaul and throw on ebay to recoup some of the money I spent on getting these rods, some of which I had never seen before. Brand is not important. Feel and quality is- and this can come from anywhere at any time. Don't just rely on new rods! Consider pawn shops, thrift stores, garage sales, and more and find those awesome used rods too!

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I don't have the will power to stick to one brand. I'd always be wondering what else is out there. Also, some brands are better at certain things than others so I don't want to limit myself to one manufacturer.

I currently carry St. Croix, Fenwick and BPS rods. Reels are Shimano, Lews, Pflueger, and BPS. I truly enjoy the variety and have been satisfied with all brands. Helps keep things interesting and, to a certain degree, keeps the bait monkey at bay. 

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There's not a single brand out there that has every rod I like, that's why I have 3 different brands. The one has most of my needs So I have the majority of theirs

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Similar to many other guys here, I own many different brands of rods, can't recall all of them right now.   My last few purchases have been Fenwick AETOS rods for a couple of reasons.  The independent tackle store I frequent in Liberty, MO - Rogers - nearly always has them on sale for 20% off.   List varies from rod to rod but for the most part it is within $10 of $180 to start.  That gets the AETOS  brand somewhere around reasonable, IMO.   Secondly, I've been a little sloppy the last few years and I've broken (mostly my fault) a few Fenwick Rods (AETOS & HMG) and Fenwick customer service has always been nice to me, that that counts for a lot in my book.  Makes me loyal.

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Brands may have certain models that stand out. Even when it comes to bare blanks I have favorites from different makers. 

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I'm not brand loyal but I do have several rods of a few different brands. The reason I have different brands is for 2 reasons, one is just because I like to try new things and the other is because there may not be the right length and power in the brand that I want so I have to look for it in another brand.

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I use the rod company that makes the rod that I feel best suits what I intend to do with that rod.

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8 hours ago, tomustang said:

There's not a single brand out there that has every rod I like, that's why I have 3 different brands. The one has most of my needs So I have the majority of theirs

 

Gee.  Wonder what that brand could be.  :teeth::whistle:

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Fishing rods and reels to me are like a pair of pants...

Try them on,

Check the length,

Feel good all over?

Is it the style I'm looking for?

Can I afford it?

Put it back on the rack or buy it. 

 

Mike

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Just now, Mike L said:

Fishing rods and reels to me are like a pair of pants...

Try them on,

Check the length,

Feel good all over?

Is it the style I'm looking for?

Can I afford it?

Put it back on the rack or buy it.

 

Mike

Couldn't have put it better.  And just like my jeans, every rod I own was probably bought for $30 or less or is a hand-me-down, lol.

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I am probably in the minority but I guess I am brand loyal. I use Falcon rods and Lew's reels on all my baitcasting gear, My theory, no matter which combo I pick up, it is basically going to feel the same. Too old to change.:D

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I just buy the rod that I like for what I need it for. I have Fenwick, Powell, Loomis, Dobyns, Jackall. All different rods and work for the purpose I need. Each is capable of multiple applications. If you're looking to stay under $150 you have quite a few good choices available in today's rod market. Powell Diesel, Powell Inferno, Dobyns Fury, 13..all great rods. I'm sure there are others in that range but those are the one's that come to mind for my liking.

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I am in no way brand loyal, and try to buy based off of specific needs.  I have rods from Duckett, Loomis, St. Croix, Daiwa, Shimano, BPS, and Major Craft.

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Heck yes! Life is too short not to! I do mostly use Shimano and Loomis stuff though. I have some Falcons I like also. Batson and Calstar for the salty stuff. Just like reels I have tried a bunch of different brands and go back to the ones I like the most. I do have some odds and ends here and there as well.

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No matter what rod company it is they will have some rods you like and some you don't regardless of price or model. 

The way you fish makes a huge difference too. Like for instance the way I fish a spinnerbait only a rod with a 14" handle is comfortable to me. You could give me a Loomis NRX with a 16" handle for spinnerbait and I'd hate it. 

Fish as much as you can and you'll know what you need after awhile. The brand won't matter. The price might matter, but the brand won't. 

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LOL, my current rod list (with a couple of them just recently purchased):

Dobyns

Berkley

Megabass

St Croix

Daiwa

Lucky Craft

Powell

 

In all, i've owned a number of other brands.  each rod though serves a specific purpose.....

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Find a tackle shop with a very large selction (cabelas comes to mind) and handle them.  I like St Croix primarily, but I also have Abu rods that I like and wouldn't mind owning Loomis, Dobyns, Powell, etc, either.  (I have no idea which brands were banned from the forum)

 

St Croix just updated their Mojo series blanks and I may be considering them for some of my next rod purchases in that price range.  The SCIII blank is awesome, and I really dig it on my Avid X and Rage rods.  Other things to consider are your handle pans guide preferences.  Also, mind that one manufacturer's MH or fast actions are another manufacturer's heavy and extra fast actions. 

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