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Looking to get a dobyns rod but debating to get the sierra spinning rod or the savvy micro guide spinning rod. I'm looking for a more versatile rod between the two for dropshots, plastics, and tubes etc. also, I have heard dobyns rods run a little light is that true?

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I have a Sierra 703 and it is the most sensitive rod I have used around 200 bucks. One hit to the rod is it is slightly tip heavy with my Stradic FK 3000 on it.

 

I think the Avid balances better but the Dobyns is more sensitive in my hand. Never used a Savvy because I hate micro guides. I would say the 703 fishes pretty close to a true medium.

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I would pick up some St.Croix Rods instead of Dobyns on this price range

Dont get me wrong on this, I have the Dobyns Champion 705 Crank for Lipless and 734 for Chatterbaits/Jigs. I have the Mojo Wacky for Senko. The Dobyns rods are little heavier than St. Croix but balance better from my experience. 

 

For the Serria - Its duplication of Savvy. 

 

From another forum Im in: 

This is what Garry has told me about it so far, "Same actions as old Savvy. Better guides ( Fuji Alconite ) Better cork ( Portugal AA grade ), slightly better and adjusted blank, and a whole new look. Very clean look. We have no pics yet but will have some soon. A better rod at same exact price as old Savvy."

 

I would pick up the Avid X if you are going straight line only

Reason I havent gotten the Avid X yet due to top guide being so small.

But I am 80% ready to make the jump....

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1 hour ago, PatrickKnight said:

I have a Sierra 703 and it is the most sensitive rod I have used around 200 bucks. One hit to the rod is it is slightly tip heavy with my Stradic FK 3000 on it.

 

I think the Avid balances better but the Dobyns is more sensitive in my hand. Never used a Savvy because I hate micro guides. I would say the 703 fishes pretty close to a true medium.

Now I have a daiwa Procyon 2500. So it's lighter than your 3000 Stradic will that help with it not being so tip heavy? Would you go with more sensitive with your rod or balance? Also why do you not like micro guides I don't have a pole with em and was looking into them. 

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I've heard more good things about the Avids than the Sierras, and this is coming from a die-hard Dobyn's guy. The Avids are some great rods, and I think they've got a better spinning rod than Dobyn's. See if you can get a refurbished Savvy from their website. A better deal is always welcome.

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The Sierra blanks are more sensitive then the older Savvys were.  That Sierra SA 693SF is going to be my next rod purchase. I have had both the Sierra 693SF and a ST Croix Avid X 6'8"MXF in my hand and much preferred the feel and taper of the Dobyns than the St Croix. I suggest you put both in your hand with a reel on them. 

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Lots of people say the Savvy series feels dead, as far as sensitivity. I don't agree with that assessment. I find it to be a very sensitive rod.

I haven't used their spinning gear, but I do have a Savvy 734C (Casting) and it is my versatility all round rod. Love it.

I have a Champion 765Flip stick and I love it for that purpose.

Dobyns also has excellent customer service and warranty.

 

As far as how they fish, yes they fish about 1 power less than the rating. For example my 734 is a 4 power (heavy) but it fishes like a MH.

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Bought a Sierra 703 for the wife...

 

 

...I do not believe she will get it!

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7 hours ago, fishnkamp said:

The Sierra blanks are more sensitive then the older Savvys were.  That Sierra SA 693SF is going to be my next rod purchase. I have had both the Sierra693SF and a ST Croix Avid X 6'8"MXF and much preferred the feel and taper of the Dobyns than the St Croix. I suggest you put both in your hand with a reel on them. 

Now I have a daiwa Procyon 2500 which would you recommend to get between the rods? I know avid x has better balance but the dobyns has better sensitivity which one do you like?

1 hour ago, XpressJeff said:

Bought a Sierra 703 for the wife...

 

 

...I do not believe she will get it!

What reel do you have on it? Then why did you choose that? The sensitivity of it. Does it have good balance?

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Your Daiwa and a Stradic weigh very close to the same. Both come in at about 9oz. 

 

I would not put a reel that weighs less than 9oz on my Dobyns and in fact I might buy a heavier reel to help balance it out.

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20 hours ago, Nickthebassman said:

Now I have a daiwa Procyon 2500. So it's lighter than your 3000 Stradic will that help with it not being so tip heavy? Would you go with more sensitive with your rod or balance? Also why do you not like micro guides I don't have a pole with em and was looking into them. 

 

I am in the minority, but I hated the one micro guide spinning rod I tried.  Took it back.  I felt it severely restricted my casting distance.  Probably me as I only used a spinning rod from 6 years old until 37 years old with about an 8-1/2 year period where I didn't get to fish much due to the job I had at that time.  Like I said, I am in the minority.  Most seem to love them.

 

I don't mind them on a casting rod, but prefer standard for their looks and ease of stringing.  Younger lads (and lasses) and people with better eyes often like micro guides on their casting rods.

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I have a Stradic 3000 on it with 20 # Suffix 832 and a 12 # Seaguar leader,  and I love it. I have no balance issues with it. She has not used it yet cause she has had back surgery today. d**n the luck, I will have to break it in for her.

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The funny thing is, I did not feel the St Croix had a better balance and the blank never seemed to me to be a medium fast action. That blank feels way more parabolic to me.  I have a friend that dearly loves his, but I prefer the Dobyns more than the St Croix. In fact I have sold off all of my ST Croix rods in favor of Dobyns, Irods and Powells.

 

If I had to choose between a Sierra SA703, the Avid X or an Irod Genesis II 712S, I would choose the Sierra first, the Irod next and the St Croix last.  That is just the way it goes for me.  Since I began using Dobyns, Irods and Powell rods I have sold off all of my St Croix rods. 

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Take note that Savvy micro guides are Kigan and are not tangle proof.  Sierras are Fuji and tangle free and alconite. Kigans are not bad guides, they're just not Fuji.  If you plan to use braid to leader at all, I would shy away from micro guides.  I'm not sold on mirco guides and sold the two I did try but they were casting models.  Something to think about. 

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