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Went fishing this past weekend and took my old rods and reels with me. Quickly found out how outdated they were. That being said, looking for a new MH rod and reel. I'll use the old ones for backups if needed. Just another reason to get new stuff.....

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Clarify, what is old? One year? 10 years? Longer?

I've got rods going back to the 1960's almost as old as I am. And I now have inherited my dad's old reels dating back to the 1940's. (Haven't used those yet, but plan to for dad and his memory one day soon)

Right now I am "restoring" some old rods and can't wait to use them! Some of them are 25 years old or older. But I hear ya... old is not always bad! I use a mix of rods, some old, some brand spanking new. I like all of them or I would not use them.

But please clarify what you mean by old!

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They are 18 yrs old, both Falcon rods and Shimano reels.

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If you need to relocate those old Falcons, I can provide a TW tube and my address. 

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On 01/07/2016 at 9:53 PM, Justbass11 said:

They are 18 yrs old, both Falcon rods and Shimano reels.

Both quality products, but the Bait Monkey has to have his due occasionally.  :teeth: 

Don't know your budget, but look at the Pinnacle Primmus at slightly less than $160 with a bit of searching.  The Okuma Helios Air can be found around $200.   Both reels weigh less than 6 oz.  I realize these 2 brands don't have the popularity of Daiwa, Shimano, Abu, Lews or even Pflueger, but I have been very impressed with mine.  My reels consist of all 7 of those brands plus BPS.  The Tatula is an excellent reel that can often be found for less than $100.   I personally prefer the looks of the Tatula Type R (around $130), but am not good enough to notice a difference in their performance.  Don't forget the classifieds.  Some very good deals occur.  Right now seems to be a buyers market.  Only wish I had the means to take advantage of it.  :cry:

The Fenwick Aetos is not only a very nice looking rod, but quite sensitive as well.  I'm also rather fond of my HMG rods.  I also like my Tatula rods.  I've been reading good things about the Hammer line.  Thinking one may be in my future before next season.  While in Florida last year I picked up a Hurricane Redbone that stays there for future visits.  Very nice looking rod, and I thoroughly enjoyed using it the 2 weeks I was there.  It is another brand that you won't see mentioned here.  Was recommended to me by a bassresource member who fishes about 365 days a year.  :teeth3:

Man, I love spending someone else's money.  :lol:

 

EDIT:  Primmus currently $148.80.  May have to add a second one to my arsenal.

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I can still catch a truckload of fish with my "outdated" Berkley Lighting Rods and Abu XLT Plus Ambassadeur/ Cardinal 62 reels..... from the 90's, that's what ? 25 years old, so to me 18 years old gear is pretty much brand new.

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Most of my rods are at least 5 years old with most in the +10-25 year old range.They are in great shape and I would never consider replacing them for a new rod since they do a great job at helping me catch fish.

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I really think that there is nothing outdated about fishing.some places they dont even have rods or reels only use line and still catch fish each day to feed there family.so bein in the states there is nothing really outdated.most of us use rods and reels that puts us in the new millinium.

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It is tragic that you're using outdated rods and reels, but I guess that is just a cross that you'll have to bear.  You need to spend money on new gear . . . .and beer.  New gear, because, hey, you need it.    Beer because hey, you need that too.   Glad I could help.   I am  a helper.

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1 hour ago, Fishes in trees said:

It is tragic that you're using outdated rods and reels, but I guess that is just a cross that you'll have to bear.  You need to spend money on new gear . . . .and beer.  New gear, because, hey, you need it.    Beer because hey, you need that too.   Glad I could help.   I am  a helper.

Screw spending money in gear, let´s spend it in beer !

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I don't drink beer anymore so I rather spend it on gear :D

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I have my old kiddie rod that is about 48 years old.  Both of my daughters used it with a Zebco 33 when they learned how to fish about 10 years ago.  Last fish that was caught on it was a channel cat about 3 pounds.

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Years ago (I think it was 1989), I lost my pride and joy (1987) Shimano Magnumlite XL 2652 spinning rod and Speedmaster reel. I came home from fishing one day and it was gone. It's still a mystery where it went. At the time, I was crushed.

A few years back I came across the same rod at a flea market and bought it. After re-bonding with this rod, I think it still holds its own in certain applications. I have other fairly high end modern sticks, but the Magnumlite XL is still a good stick in my book. Other's obviously have the same opinion as I see these rods commanding a decent buck on ebay all the time.

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My $$$ Fenwicks from 1993-95 are still excellent. Granted, I take really good care of my stuff and try to buy top shelf, but I hope to use them for a long time to come.

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On Sunday, January 10, 2016 at 6:29 AM, Bankbeater said:

I have my old kiddie rod that is about 48 years old.  Both of my daughters used it with a Zebco 33 when they learned how to fish about 10 years ago.  Last fish that was caught on it was a channel cat about 3 pounds.

I have a pistol grip rod with a Zebco 33 on it that was my first rod and reel after my Snoopy pole and it still catches fish for me every year.  Granted it's been downgraded to my backup's backup for panfishing, but it still gets use every now and then!  25 years and counting!!!

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