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I'm looking into getting a g loomis spinning rod, but I want it to be versatile. I want to do dropshots and throw plastics etc. so with that being said should I was looking into the e6x dropshot rod or the spinning rod to do all those which one would you recommend or a different rod?

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I wouldn't call the E6X series as Gloomis's "creme of the crop". For the $200 you pay for the rod, you're mostly paying for the brand name, not the for the fishability. At the $200 price point, I would either check out some Dobyns rods or Kistler rods. I have also heard some good things about Phenix rods.  

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9 minutes ago, Nickthebassman said:

I'm looking into getting a g loomis spinning rod, but I want it to be versatile. I want to do dropshots and throw plastics etc. so with that being said should I was looking into the e6x dropshot rod or the spinning rod to do all those which one would you recommend or a different rod?

The only difference between the drop shot rod and 802jwr spinning is the split grip handle, same rod blank.

Tom

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1 minute ago, WRB said:

The only difference between the drop shot rod and 802jwr spinning is the split grip handle, same rod blank.

Tom

So would you recommend the dropshot rod or the 802? Because I'd also like to throw plastics so what I'm saying is which one would perform better?

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1 minute ago, Nickthebassman said:

So would you recommend the dropshot rod or the 802? Because I'd also like to throw plastics so what I'm saying is which one would perform better?

Same rod, it comes down to your personal choice of handle style, both will work for you.

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2 minutes ago, WRB said:

Same rod, it comes down to your personal choice of handle style, both will work for you.

Tom

Ya I was looking at the 842 rod because it says it's more versatile? Can it preform more better all around with drop shot and plastics. Since the dropshot rod it's clearly for dropshots and not leaning towards plastics.

26 minutes ago, NYBasser said:


I wouldn't call the E6X series as Gloomis's "creme of the crop". For the $200 you pay for the rod, you're mostly paying for the brand name, not the for the fishability. At the $200 price point, I would either check out some Dobyns rods or Kistler rods. I have also heard some good things about Phenix rods.  

Which line and model would you prefer then?

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Drop shot can be presented effectively with several rod actions, power and lengths. All you do is shake slack line against the weight, lift the rod to hook set. What is important is how the rods feels to you, balances with your reel and hand position. The 7' rod is 4" longer than 6'8" rod, both have very similar upper rod action, shorter rod is a little easier to control rod tip movement. Longer rod will cast the same weight lure a little easier and further.

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6 hours ago, Nickthebassman said:

Ya I was looking at the 842 rod because it says it's more versatile? Can it preform more better all around with drop shot and plastics. Since the dropshot rod it's clearly for dropshots and not leaning towards plastics.

Which line and model would you prefer then?

 

The general consensus seems to be that GLoomis rods are more worth it at the GLX and NRX series. Not saying that the other rods in their lower series are necessarily bad, but they are certainly overpriced.

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The last two seasons I have used the E6X 822S DSR and actually prefer it over my Dobyns Champion 702SF for dropshotting. The Champion is a better "all around" rod. 

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8 hours ago, WRB said:

The only difference between the drop shot rod and 802jwr spinning is the split grip handle, same rod blank.

Tom

 

No, they are far from the same blank. The 802jwr is what you want if you intend to use other techniques besides the drop shot. The drop shot specific rod is 6'10" and has a really soft tip section, much softer than the 6'8" JWR in the 2 power, a guy in our club now has all of his spinning rods converted over the E6X series, I got to fish them to see if I could find a hair jig rod I liked from them and I didn't care for any of them. I'm not arguing but maybe across other series but the DSR rod is very different from the JWR in the E6X spinning rods.

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I bought two E6X one bass rod (6'6 M Fast) and one inshore (7 M Mod-fast). I returned both. The 6'6 felt like a decent bass rod but not for the $180 price tag. I returned and got the same profile rod but in St. Croix for about $60 bucks cheaper. The inshore e6x I returned and got the 13fishng green inshore rod. Still waiting on this one to come in the mail but I read very good things about them.

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2 hours ago, smalljaw67 said:

 

No, they are far from the same blank. The 802jwr is what you want if you intend to use other techniques besides the drop shot. The drop shot specific rod is 6'10" and has a really soft tip section, much softer than the 6'8" JWR in the 2 power, a guy in our club now has all of his spinning rods converted over the E6X series, I got to fish them to see if I could find a hair jig rod I liked from them and I didn't care for any of them. I'm not arguing but maybe across other series but the DSR rod is very different from the JWR in the E6X spinning rods.

I am not a fan of E6X series rods, the quality doesn't  equal the price point. The OP prefers Loomis rods, that is his choice. There maybe a slight difference between 2 power DS and Spinning blanks, your experienced touch, feel and fishing with both rods means a lot more than me picking up a rod in a shop. I would suggest Major Craft Iovino finesse spinning rod $120.

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If you are set on the e6x, get the med jig rod......I love everything mine and it is very versatile.

I have seen them for 175.00

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If you are set on the e6x, get the med jig rod......I love everything mine and it is very versatile.

I have seen them for 175.00

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With. The sale on IMX at 220 at TW, I would do that.  IMX's are on close out.

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imx is great.  guys at A.L. also recommended trying the e6x they offer me a great deal on both,  I was thinking 160 range on e6x. 

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My wife and I each love the older series of G Loomis rods. Specifically the IMX and GL3 SJR classic series of rods. For really light baits like ned rigs and drop shots we fish a pair of SJR721 IMX rods. These handle 8 pound test great and are rated for 1/16 to 5/16 ounce baits. We have caught bass, crappie, stripers, and even some big catfish on these rods. 

No, we did not go catfishing on purpose, but an 8 eight pound channel cat ate her 1/10 ounce ned rig while smallie fishing along a steep rock bluff.   It was fun watching her do an "IKE" imitation running around the boat from the front to the back deck and around again.  We also fish two of the 6' SJR722 IMX rods.  Again these are work horse rods for us.  We both fish lots of grubs, shakey heads and small to mid sized plastics on these rods.

 

My suggestion would be to look at the SJR781 IMX rod. It is basically a 6'6" version of my 721.  If you read the description on G Loomis's website they talk about it being a special rod designed to fish light lures in deep water for bass and walleye, but can handle some saltwater fishing as well.

 

i am not a fan of the E6 rods.  However I have been fishing some Classic series rods ( of course when I first bought them they were not"classics" originally LOL) since 1980. These include 98% graphite, IM6, GL2, GL3 and IMX rods.  That would be where I would look for your next rod.  Our 6 foot 721s had no problem with ned rigs in 20 to 30 feet of water and feeling the bite from big post spawn female smallies on Dale Hollow last April. The fish were 2 days off of spawn lieing on grass beds leading out to the 25 foot range, they hads their mouths shut and Neds were the only answer for the first 4 days there.  Later in the week a jig worked.  I am sure the jerkbait bite was on during the following week, but I was home then.  

 

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On 3/28/2017 at 5:58 AM, NYBasser said:

The general consensus seems to be that GLoomis rods are more worth it at the GLX and NRX series. Not saying that the other rods in their lower series are necessarily bad, but they are certainly overpriced.

I agree with this sentiment.  There are better rod options around $200.  If money is less of an issue, I'd recommend a GLX 852S JWR for a versatile spinning rod.  Alternatively you could also do their Dropshot rod in the same family...

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