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I always answer this question the same way: My favorite is the one with a big honkin' bass on the end of the line...;)

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When you have 20 casting rod combos and 10 spinning rod combos narrowing it down to a favorite is like picking your favorite kid. Everything that I own I like and consider it a favorite. If I buy something and done like it gets sold, traded, or given away.

Most of my combos are technique specific with a few all around outfits sprinkled in. Some I like because they throw lighter weights better, some are better into a stiff wind, and some are flat out fun use.

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My favorite combo is a zodias on a chronarch ci4+. 

But i dont enjoy it anymore than my berkley emotion with a shimano casitas. 

Actually all my rods are my favorite

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I'd agree with Goose, but that would mean I hardly ever have a favorite rod or reel.  :sad78:

Therefore I have to go with "The reel/rod currently in my hand."  I do have a few favorite favorites, tho.

Reels: Zillion 50th Anniversary, Primmus Xi HS, Helios Air, Alphas, TD-Z 105H, Pro Z

Rods: Fenwick Smallmouth in a couple sizes, Aetos 6'6" ML, Rainshadow RX7 MHF, 704CB Glass, Diablo Spec R and a couple of the original Tatulas

You figured correctly.  I only have one rod that I actively dislike.

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my flipping stick that I made with my revo beast reel.

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I'll answer with two favorites.  I still fish with several of my combos from back in the 1970s/80s and I also have lots of modern combos.

So, my favorite vintage combo is my Ryobi AD4000V on a Berkley 5'6" Lightning Rod with a pistol grip handle.  I have two just the same, one with 14 lb Trilene XL and the second with 30 lb. Power Pro.  I use them for top water and crank baits.

My favorite modern rig is a Lew's Tournament Pro G with 50 lb Sufix 832 braid on a Quantum Escalade HD 7 foot Medium Heavy rod with micro guides.  This is my Texas worm combo.

Believe it or not, considering the difference in technologies, both of these rigs weigh almost exactly the same - 11oz. (6oz reels and 5 oz rods).  That surprised me.

 

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1 minute ago, Ray K said:

I'll answer with two favorites.  I still fish with several of my combos from back in the 1970s/80s and I also have lots of modern combos.

So, my favorite vintage combo is my Ryobi AD4000V on a Berkley 5'6" Lightning Rod with a pistol grip handle.  I have two just the same, one with 14 lb Trilene XL and the second with 30 lb. Power Pro.  I use them for top water and crank baits.

My favorite modern rig is a Lew's Tournament Pro G with 50 lb Sufix 832 braid on a Quantum Escalade HD 7 foot Medium Heavy rod with micro guides.  This is my Texas worm combo.

Believe it or not, considering the difference in technologies, both of these rigs weigh almost exactly the same - 11oz. (6oz reels and 5 oz rods).  That surprised me.

 

Wow thats great. Keep Fishing!

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Spinning: St. Croix Avid X 6'8" M-XF  + Pflueger Supreme XT 30

Casting: Fenwick Elite Tech Smallmouth 6'10' MH-MF + Lew's Tournament MB Speed Spool LFS 7.5:1

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Favorites? I do have some old friends that I appreciate owning very much. And some new friends too.

My favorite M spinning rod is a Skyline I bought in 1981. Still love that rod for light jigs, grubs, small jerkbaits, and DS. I have a Shimano Bantam 250 I bought in early 80s that I still love. It, along with a 1980's Berkley Bionix rod given to me by a Berkley rep, are my GoTo crankbait (and other treble-hooked lures) rig to this day.

Then there's my Kistler Helium soft plastics rod, and my Fenwick Techna jig rod. My BPS Carbonlite M spin is hands-down my favorite shaky rod. Ah! Can't forget my Shimano spinnerbait rod. And I'm really liking my Daiwa Ardito's... I could actually get teary talking about my fly rods so I'll stop there.

I have a lot of favorites.

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Rod:  Powell Endurance 723C

Reel: Quantum EXO HPT

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2 minutes ago, Chrismissbass said:

What would a M-XF rod be good for? 

The spinning rod I mentioned above is used mostly for weightless plastics, especially wacky worms and texas rigged stickbaits and flukes. Shaky heads and tubes/grubs work well with it too.

I also have a 6'4" M-XF casting rod I use for topwater poppers, propbaits, and walking baits around 1/2oz, as well as jerkbaits.

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6 minutes ago, MIbassyaker said:

The spinning rod I mentioned above is used mostly for weightless plastics, especially wacky worms and texas rigged stickbaits and flukes. Shaky heads and tubes/grubs work well with it too.

I also have a 6'4" M-XF casting rod I use for topwater poppers, propbaits, and walking baits around 1/2oz, as well as jerkbaits.

Awesome, Thanks

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I'm caught between my Dobyns DX745c and Lew's Super Duty, or my Dobyns D685cb and Lew's TProG. Both are pretty **** solid. 

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Should I mainly use spinning gear for fishing? I normaly use weightless worms, and occasionally a small or lipless crankbait. If so what line should I have on it and what spinning setup would be best for that kind of fishing. Thanks

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I'm of the same opinion as Kickerfish1 in that I have many baitcast and spinning combos that I prefer for different techniques, waters, etc., but to narrow it down to my favorite 'universal' setups, here you are:

My favorite baitcast rod/reel is my Abu Garcia Veritas 7' M/F that has a light blue 6.6:1 reel from ************ on it.  No matter what I baits I use, this combo just feels right to me.

My favorite spinning setup is an Abu Garcia Veritas 7' M/F with a Pflueger Patriarch XT hanging below.  It's my favorite spinning setup for the same reasons above.  I wouldn't have bought the Patriarch XT if I didn't get it for an unbelievable sale price.  The XT is feather light and S-M-O-O-O-T-H.

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I think the most useful  three rods to begin with are a 6'6 to 7' medium power fast or xf action spinning rod. This rod can handle a ton of baits we use to catch bass. They can trow unweighted plastics, 1/8 to 3/8 ounce texas rigs, shakey heads jigs with 4 to 6 inch worms, grubs tubes, creature baits, small minnow baits like lightweight Rapalas, and baits like 1/4 ounce rattle traps, silver buddies, even small top water baits like torpedos & jitterbugs, 

The second most important rod is a 7 medium heavy fast action baitcaster. This rod can throw baits from 1/4 to 3/4 or 1 ounce. This rod can handle a ton of texas rigged baits, 1/2 to 3/4 ounce carolina rigged baits, jigs and a lot more.

For probably 10 years or more I fished with two rods just like the ones I already mentioned. My third choice would be a 6'6" to 7 foot medium moderate tapered baitcaster. this rod handles almost everything with a treble hook on it.

I started with only one type of rod then grew into the three rod arsenal. Spinning equipment is best to start with. It handles a bunch of different baits. The baitcasters handle heavier baits and baits that have more resistance in the water.

 

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8 minutes ago, fishnkamp said:

I think the most useful  three rods to begin with are a 6'6 to 7' medium power fast or xf action spinning rod. This rod can handle a ton of baits we use to catch bass. They can trow unweighted plastics, 1/8 to 3/8 ounce texas rigs, shakey heads jigs with 4 to 6 inch worms, grubs tubes, creature baits, small minnow baits like lightweight Rapalas, and baits like 1/4 ounce rattle traps, silver buddies, even small top water baits like torpedos & jitterbugs, 

The second most important rod is a 7 medium heavy fast action baitcaster. This rod can throw baits from 1/4 to 3/4 or 1 ounce. This rod can handle a ton of texas rigged baits, 1/2 to 3/4 ounce carolina rigged baits, jigs and a lot more.

For probably 10 years or more I fished with two rods just like the ones I already mentioned. My third choice would be a 6'6" to 7 foot medium moderate tapered baitcaster. this rod handles almost everything with a treble hook on it.

I started with only one type of rod then grew into the three rod arsenal. Spinning equipment is best to start with. It handles a bunch of different baits. The baitcasters handle heavier baits and baits that have more resistance in the water.

 

Thank you so much, this was just what I needed to figure out what to get!

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It is funny if you read enough replies on the forums you would believe you have to have at last 20 rods. You can not live without a flipping stick, a frog rod , a swimbait rod etc. My wife and I fished several clear drinking reservoirs, small ponds, and small streams and 2 mid sizes river. We never needed any of these rods until I started fishing tidal rivers here on the Chesapeake Bay.  Now my frog rod, my flipping stick and several other rods get used all of the time.  It is funny. However I have been fishing tidal bass, and then vacation on gin clear deep lakes in Kentucky and Tennessee. Those rods go for the 14 hour drive, along with about 20 others just in case LOL. What I am trying to get across is in the beginning I always suggest buying the best gear you can afford.  i mean spend around $60 for a good spinning reel and around $100 for a baitcaster. Now if you have to save up for a bit do it. You will find, like I did, you never think about the money saved when using junk beginner gear, or having to upgrade. Back in 1980 I saved and bought really good Orvis brand fly fishing equipment.iu enjoy it everytime I use it even today!  Some of my Pflueger President spinning reels are just a couple of years old, but we also have some that are at least 10 years old.  Good Luck hunting your new gear.  Once you get it give me an note. I can give you a few suggestions of lures to use based on the type of water you fish.

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5 hours ago, Chrismissbass said:

Yeah, I figured most people would say that all of them are their favorites

 

^^^^ Guess what ?

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St. Croix Legend Tournament Walleye MLXF Spinning

Shimano Stradic 1000 FI or FK, take yer pick, they're
both awesome.

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