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I reviewed archived posts and reviews but I need an update.. Im up north not alot of heavy stuff. I dont need a broom stick and im fishing the soft plastic ribbits. Maybe a hollow body time to time. GLoomis has resigned their frog rods with a lighter weight but I can't find any reviews and 260.00 seems steep. Dobyns and ST Croix Legend seem to be the best reviewed but seem just as expensive. The sites are hard to navigate with all the different "series" they offer. I need the series name with the model number. Fishing tournaments and Im looking for the best all around stick. Appreciate all info, thanks

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Everyone makes medium heavy sticks and there are lots of decent ones in almost every price range. You wrote that $260 "seems steep," implying to me that that amount could be affordable for you if the rod is worth it, and that you were impressed with GLoomis St Croix and Dobyns.

When I want to toss a soft frog, I usually grab my Dobyns Champ 734c, which to me seems the perfect rod for that application. It's listed as heavy but I'd say it's medium heavy, and can toss a toad a mile.  And, yes, it is $260.

Not everyone is a big Dobyns fan, but that's true for any brand. I like my 734 a lot. You'd probably be very happy with it. People often regret having bought something of poor quality, but rarely regret having spent a few extra dollars on something good.

 

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I have used several different rods for frogs, including some from the St. Croix LTB line up, but eventually settled on a 7' 3" H/F Ethos Micro from Academy. It's the best frog/toad rod I've owned and even at full price is only $80. 

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I'm not sure where up north you are, but in WI we have quite a bit of grass and pads. They aren't always the thickest, but I still opt for a heavy power rod for frogs. Usually if you do find a section of thick stuff you can find a fish in it and that heavy power really shines when you do, plus it can be used to punch if need be. Personally my frog rod is a St. Croix Mojo the older version of the frog and slop rod. I'm sure the new one works just as well if not better. It's model number is MJC74HF. If you're sure you can get away with lighter I have also thrown them on a Legend Tournament 7'1" MH/F. That one is also available in the Mojo line model number MJC71MHF. I really like the Legend Tournament version though, model number TBC71MHF.

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I use the Wright & McGill Skeet Reese Senko/Toad rod for both soft plastic frogs and hollow body frogs, and have been very happy with the rod. It has taken a beating and keeps of froggin'. Durable and strong and affordable. If you look around you can probably find one on clearance or marked down for under $80. I got lucky and found one in the clearance section at Walmart for $49.97 last year...

It looks like you might be able to get one for that price at Dicks SG online right now:

http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4009061&camp=CSE:GooglePLA:4009061:7279538-DSG:TACKLE_FRESHWATER-RODS_SPINCAST%2FBAITCAST-RODS&gclid=Cj0KEQjw0MW9BRDxtYTn2_S699MBEiQAw33y499Edpe_PW-0UWS4AGTgTg8nB-71JiMkJ1TL4MH-RdEaArnJ8P8HAQ

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Any MH/F rod around 7' or a little longer will work.  It's not a complicated bait or fussy technique.

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17 hours ago, hawgenvy said:

Everyone makes medium heavy sticks and there are lots of decent ones in almost every price range. You wrote that $260 "seems steep," implying to me that that amount could be affordable for you if the rod is worth it, and that you were impressed with GLoomis St Croix and Dobyns.

When I want to toss a soft frog, I usually grab my Dobyns Champ 734c, which to me seems the perfect rod for that application. It's listed as heavy but I'd say it's medium heavy, and can toss a toad a mile.  And, yes, it is $260.

Not everyone is a big Dobyns fan, but that's true for any brand. I like my 734 a lot. You'd probably be very happy with it. People often regret having bought something of poor quality, but rarely regret having spent a few extra dollars on something good.

 

Yes most of my rods and reels are in the steep range. When you spend the kind of money you expect superior quality. 

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2 hours ago, J Francho said:

Any MH/F rod around 7' or a little longer will work.  It's not a complicated bait or fussy technique.

This is true. If you want versatile and don't have really heavy cover a 7' mh should work fine and can be used for many other things. If you just want to save money ffo-tackle.com has a 7'mh abu vendetta for under 50 bucks. For a little more Fenwick has the aetos on clearance on its site and the *** black or tatula mh are very nice rods and all three can be found around 100 bucks. If you have 260 you do want to spend I suggest taking a look at the *** black or helium 3 over the Dobyns champion

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On 8/15/2016 at 0:44 AM, hawgenvy said:

Everyone makes medium heavy sticks and there are lots of decent ones in almost every price range. You wrote that $260 "seems steep," implying to me that that amount could be affordable for you if the rod is worth it, and that you were impressed with GLoomis St Croix and Dobyns.

When I want to toss a soft frog, I usually grab my Dobyns Champ 734c, which to me seems the perfect rod for that application. It's listed as heavy but I'd say it's medium heavy, and can toss a toad a mile.  And, yes, it is $260.

Not everyone is a big Dobyns fan, but that's true for any brand. I like my 734 a lot. You'd probably be very happy with it. People often regret having bought something of poor quality, but rarely regret having spent a few extra dollars on something good.

 

Yes most of my rods and reels are in the steep range. When you spend the kind of money you expect superior quality. 

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I'm new and don't know how to reply properly. The 734 seems more of a jig rod but that great it's so versatile. I'm thinking Dobyns 734 Fury series. I can pick one up at my local Dick's for 109.00. Other Option is using a MH I have for the rest of the year and picking up the Champion series for next year. But right now those big summer bass are hiding in grass in 6 inches of water. That morning top water is the ticket and this technique is crucial. OH ONE MORE QUESTION, SLIPT HANDLE OR FULL HANDLE??? Decisions...lol

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Look at Cashion 7'4" MH frog rod. 

You are not fishing heavy cover or slop but frogs and toads have heavy wire hooks. A good frog rod should have a softer tip with good hook setting power.

Greg Hackney won a few northern MLF series events using a Quantum 7' crankbait rod with 40 lb braid to fish frogs with, you might want to look up the event he detailed what he was using and why.

 Tom

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