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Best Spinning Combo from Cabelas?

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Hi all,

I am visiting my Dad in Pennsylvania this week and we will of course be hitting up the Cabelas flagship store in Hamburg. I just wondered what's the best bang for your buck multi-species spinning combo for $100?

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I'd take a look at the Pflueger president /cabelas tourney trail.

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I suppose it depends on which species you're targeting and what weight lures you might use. 

I haven't been in a Cabelas for years, but I bought a Cabelas spinning rod/Pflueger President reel combo online a couple years ago for about $80 and it was a steal. 

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I see that the Fenwick Silverhawk is on sale for $59 and the Fenwick Fish Eagle is the same price...are either of these rods any good or are they the cheaper knock-offs of the nicer Fenwick's made just for the big chain stores?

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The silver hawk is the better rod.

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I have a silverhawk and really like it for the price. It may be better than the HMX. I have a 7'0" medium -- It is not the lightest-weight or most sensitive rod I have tried at this pricepoint (EDIT: normal retail price, that is; it's pretty good for the sale price) but it has an excellent backbone for a medium spinner, and the materials are very good quality.

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I can't speak for the others @MIbassyaker, @Yudo1 and @d-camarena), but I can tell you that I recommended them because they suck

Do you want a good rod?  Or do you want a $100 combo?  What would be a good rod to you...that you would get in a $100 combo?  For example?  Maybe if we understand more about your expectations, we can recommend more stuff that we think isn't any good.

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I guess i just mean you know how you shop at the grocery store and get the store brand versus the name brand and sometimes it's just as good while other times it's just not the same as the name brand. That's what I'm talking about here with the Cabelas rods. What I'm looking for is a medium-light rod about 7ft. that would be good for trout as well as bass although i do have a medium action rod that I will be using exclusively for bass once the season opens. Not trying to insult anyone...just trying to gather information.

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Very true, I recommend it for a $100 combo. But thats it, its definetly the worst rod I own. But for the 60 I payed im happy

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I have 3 silverhawks and they are very nice.  I'd get the 6'6" medium and match it up with a 30 size Pflueger in your price range

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The President reel is the way to go.  I was at Cabela's in Hamburg over the long weekend.  Got to handle the Tourney Trail.  Seemed like a decent rod.  However, checking the reviews on Cabela's website tells a different story.   I am a fan of Fenwick rods, so that would probably be my first choice.  I have 4 of the Prodigy casting rods, and they are nice rods for the price.  I bought mine on sale.

I didn't take the time to look at the Fish Eagle rods this last time, but I checked them out the previous visit, and thought they looked like very nice rods.  They get great reviews on Cabela's website while the Tourney Trail reviews are pretty bad.

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Out the house brand rods, the XML and the Fish Eagle rods are really decent, the rest aren't bad but will suffice for the casual angler. The problem with getting the kind of help you need from a bass board is that $100 is considered entry level for just a rod or a reel and you are looking at a combo which is most often a lower end rod with decent reel or vice-versa or both are lower end. For $100 if they have the Silver Hawk on sale get it, and then grab a Pflueger President reel, you may go over your budget by $10 or so but you'll have a much better combo that what you will get for anywhere close to that price. The Silver Hawk feels like a decent rod, it has a 30 ton blank which isn't bad and it has Fuji Alconite guides, you are going to have a hard time finding a rod under $100 with those guides, in fact this is the only time I've heard of a rod under $100 with Alconites.

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^this^.  President/silver hawk would be the best bet.

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