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If you had a budget of "only" $500 for a rod and complementing real what would you pick and why?

 

I just want to pose this question because I love to read the responses. I enjoy seeing all the different views and opinions from avid angler to weekend warrior. Who knows, maybe someone will see something that will just make them think or helps them make a decision.

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Easy a Metanium MGL and a Shimano Zodias Medium Fast for an all around combo.

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Wow, $500!?!? I don't even know where to start! Probably a lews team pro reel, I've only looked at them in passing due to the price. For the rod I don't know, I haven't even begun to research rods that will finish off that budget! 

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I already have that combo .... several times, GLoomis CR/MBR 723/4/783/4 IMX + Shimano Chronarch 50 Mg/Scorpion 1000 Mg/Daiwa Alphas Type F/Itö. 

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5 minutes ago, frosty said:

Wow, $500!?!? I don't even know where to start! Probably a lews team pro reel, I've only looked at them in passing due to the price. For the rod I don't know, I haven't even begun to research rods that will finish off that budget! 

only 500 i can barely find a decent reel for that much.  i would get a sv103 from tw and pair it with a Dobyns Sierra Series Casting Rod 7'3" Heavy and some 50 lb suffix 832.

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Going by retail prices. 

 

Chronarch MGL

St. Croix Avid

 

Going by what can be had with some searching 

 

Metanium 

Dobyns Champion 

 

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8 minutes ago, Angry John said:

only 500 i can barely find a decent reel for that much.  i would get a sv103 from tw and pair it with a Dobyns Sierra Series Casting Rod 7'3" Heavy and some 50 lb suffix 832.

Man I thought I was really  living with my lews lfs and fenwick hmg :D 

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A St.Croix Avid x and a Shimano or Daiwa reel under $300. Take your pic on the reel. If the rod was more important for like bottom baits, I would get a LTB and a Curado 70. 

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Dobyns Champ Extreme HP + Curado 200I HG

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I would try something new and grab a 7ft something Irod Air and the new lews reel. It would be crazy light and so much fun to fish.

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Can I keep the change? If yes I'd pick up another BPS carbonlite rod and reel (while on sale). If not, I have no idea.

 

Dave

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I put much more importance on the rod than the reel. 

I'd get a Loomis NRX and put a used Curado E on it. 

 

 

Mike

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a new chronarch mgl and a dobyns to fill the rest of the budget or a g loomis. If its an order from tw. If I can shop around then an Aldebaran since I ordered a metanium

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Gloomis IMX MBR 6'6" or 7'0" MBR in medium heavy and curado 70 or chronarch MGL Paired with some tatsu.

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Dobyns DX704C and a Team Lews LS reel.

 

Probably more than I will ever spend, but a nice daydream!

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Best Option: Shakespeare Spiderman Rod/Reel Kit ! 

 

spiderman-fishing-for-tarpon.jpg

 

 

On the Serious Side: 

 

St. Croix Legend Tournament Spin Rod 6'10" Medium ($260)
Shimano Stradic Ci4+ Spinning Reel (2500) ($229.99

 

Total: $489  <--- Paid by the Forum Members :)

 

 

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I'd be torn between either going high end on both, or going for an even better rod. I fish a TON of "finesse" stuff for river smallies: 2.5" tubes, 4"-5" grubs, 4" wacky rigs, etc, so a sensitive rod is a must. 

I'd have to think long and hard to decide between:

 

-610mlxf St Croix Legend Tournament Bass paired with a Shimano Stradic FK 2500. This is my best current setup actually. ($460)

 

Or....

 

-7mf St Croix Legend Xtreme paired with a new Shimano NASCI 2500. ($490)

 

It's a tough call for me haha

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2017 scorpion dc and a kistler klx.

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8 hours ago, Chatterbaiter said:

If you had a budget of "only" $500 for a rod and complementing real what would you pick and why?

 

I just want to pose this question because I love to read the responses. I enjoy seeing all the different views and opinions from avid angler to weekend warrior. Who knows, maybe someone will see something that will just make them think or helps them make a decision.

 

Spinning or casting?

Sorry... thats just not enough $$$ for a really good rod and reel.  

 

Try $700.00 and get ONE of the GOOD rods and reels instead of 2 or 3 cheapo's!!

 

Just about any of the latest ultralight weight casting reels that have 10+ bearings and the top of the line Loomis,Dobyns, Abu, Denali, PT, or some of the great  Japanese rods.

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17 hours ago, Burke said:

Best Option: Shakespeare Spiderman Rod/Reel Kit ! 

 

spiderman-fishing-for-tarpon.jpg

 

 

My grandson has outfished me 30 to 0 on that very combo on more than one occasion.

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Used 1st gen Daiwa Steez

$200-250

Used Megabass Orochi XX

$200-250

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Steez xt mh/f with scorpion xt1000. You won't find a sexier combo regardless of price. 

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