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Ya got so splaining to do!

One would think you're trying to get someone to notice the rod!

I did, so tell us about it especially that handle!

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I believe, someone correct me if I'm wrong, that that's a St. Croix Rage Rod.

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54 minutes ago, Catt said:

@Big-O

Ya got so splaining to do!

One would think you're trying to get someone to notice the rod!

I did, so tell us about it especially that handle!

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It's a discontinued St. Croix Rage rod that's been around for 4-5 years. If you want one, they're 89$ in the st. croix bargain bin. 

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I believe Big-O uses the 7' 11" H/MF Rage to deal with the monster bass and nasty cover he fishes. They have a neoprene handle on them that some guys love and some hated. I really like the handle on them, but they seemed to have breakage issues when they first came out and a lot of problems with the eyes being way crooked. They resolved the issues but it was too late, too many folks were turned off to them and now they're discontinued. Lots of them still out there for sale at a steal though. St. Croix has some on their website still for $89 with free shipping, but not that model.

http://stcroixrods.com/shop/freshwater/rage-casting-rods/

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I have a few Rage rods and really like them.  The idea behind the handle was to offer something that stayed "grippy" when wet better than cork or foam.  There are some pretty mixed opinions about them, but I kinda dig the grip for bottom contact baits and have had no issues with them feeling slippery, even while wading or in the rain.  Water drips off instead of being soaked up.  I don't like the split/blank contoured grip for crankbaits really, but I do like it for jigs and bottom contact baits.  

The only other criticism has to do with micro guides. Some folks love'em, some hate'em.  These are pretty bare bones (no fancy inserts), but they tend to fish well.  These were good $160 rods that became almost absurd $89 rods once they got canceled.  

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Both of mine had the reel seat come loose at the handle. Now they are up in my garage rafters.

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41 minutes ago, RyneB said:

Both of mine had the reel seat come loose at the handle. Now they are up in my garage rafters.

Did you contact St. Croix warranty?

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1 hour ago, RyneB said:

Both of mine had the reel seat come loose at the handle. Now they are up in my garage rafters.

Send them in and St. Croix will replace them, probably with the new generation Mojo since it's the closest thing. I'd call them first and let them know what's going on but St. Croix has excellent customer service.

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LOL, yes Catt that's a St Croix Rage Rod 7'11' Hvy action moderate fast tip... As has been mentioned previously, they had several problems early on including breakage, I brought that to their attention and they made the blanks much better. St Croix produced them in Mexico as a low cost alternative but other issues kept them from going mainstream.

I kind of like the Handle but like cork better... have several still in use and still swinging the brutes in with'em. Actually, I have several of the Legend tournament series in the same length weight etc and like them much better, and for sure I like the guides much more. Hope you're doing well! 

 

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3 hours ago, Big-O said:

LOL, yes Catt that's a St Croix Rage Rod 7'11' Hvy action moderate fast tip... As has been mentioned previously, they had several problems early on including breakage, I brought that to their attention and they made the blanks much better. St Croix produced them in Mexico as a low cost alternative but other issues kept them from going mainstream.

I kind of like the Handle but like cork better... have several still in use and still swinging the brutes in with'em. Actually, I have several of the Legend tournament series in the same length weight etc and like them much better, and for sure I like the guides much more. Hope you're doing well! 

 

The handle is what I'm curious about!

A young student of mine decided to start building costom rods & would like me to text drive em for him; I have the option of what handle material to use.

I have very limited experience with Rage Rod & need y'all input!

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That handle is fine except slippery when your hand has the slightest bit of oil or fish slime on it... Many of the foam handles now days are great with me and back when I built rods, I used a similar type of foam to what's on the 'Power Tackle' rods or Cork as they were my favorites. OLD School I guess B)

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We are looking at Winn grips y'all got any experience with these?

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6 hours ago, Big-O said:

LOL, yes Catt that's a St Croix Rage Rod 7'11' Hvy action moderate fast tip... As has been mentioned previously, they had several problems early on including breakage, I brought that to their attention and they made the blanks much better. St Croix produced them in Mexico as a low cost alternative but other issues kept them from going mainstream.

I kind of like the Handle but like cork better... have several still in use and still swinging the brutes in with'em. Actually, I have several of the Legend tournament series in the same length weight etc and like them much better, and for sure I like the guides much more. Hope you're doing well! 

 

I was one of the individuals that had issues with the Rage series when they first came out,  I switched over to the Legend tournament series, and never looked back. The LTB's are great rods. 

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4 hours ago, Catt said:

We are looking at Winn grips y'all got any experience with these?

I fish with hammer rods and the winn grips are amazing. No wonder more rod companies are starting to use them. I've never met anyone that has fished with them that dislikes them. Like them much better than cork or Eva 

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My jerk bait rod is a Rage. The handle is both awesome and awful. I just prefer the happy medium of cork. EVA is solid too. 

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I was hoping for a fight or a challenge. LOL 

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Really like the Winn grips.  Only have it on my newest rod, but will definitely be considering it on all rods in the future be it custom or stock rods. Really liked their grips on my golf clubs and think they're going to be great on the rods as well.

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On August 2, 2016 at 8:47 AM, Catt said:

We are looking at Winn grips y'all got any experience with these?

The Winn grips are about as close as you'll find to those. They feel decent and have held up to this point. 

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6 hours ago, Delaware Valley Tackle said:

The Winn grips are about as close as you'll find to those. They feel decent and have held up to this point. 

We are trying Winn's, thanks for the input!

@Big-O I'm gonna have him make 2, one with old school cork

When it comes to rods for Texas Rigs or jigs I'm extremely picky!

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