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Irod IRG703C Input please

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Hey guys, looking to possibly pick up an Irod IRG703C or the equivalent in the fiber series, but I'm looking for input from other users before taking the plunge. I know Irod makes a great product but the fact that the rod is a MH only rated to 3/8oz seems odd. I contacted Matt and he said the rod would work well for my applications (flukes, lighter jigs/t-rigs) but I wanted to get some impartial opinions. For what it's worth, other rods in the running are the Dobyns Fury and Bass X. 

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There are no standards in the rods industry!

 

One company's MH will be rated for 3/16-3/8 while another will be rated 1/4-3/4.

 

I have tried irod's Fiber series I have fished their Genesis II, light, sensitive, strong.

 

FYI: IRG designates Genesis & IRF designates Fiber, sames specs!

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I definitely know there are differences between companies, a MH only rated to 3/8 just seems weird to me. Ill prob just suck it up and place my order haha 

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I have the 703 in the Fiber. Traditional MH. It is capable to a 1/2 Oz. But it's sweet spot is 3/16 to 3/8. The 703 won't disappoint. I use mine for flukes, tubes, and light t rigs.

 

I have a bunch of Irods. Crushers, Genesis 2's, and Fibers. I would be happy to answer any questions in the future. 

 

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3 hours ago, evilcatfish said:

I definitely know there are differences between companies, a MH only rated to 3/8 just seems weird to me. Ill prob just suck it up and place my order haha 

 

If you are going to be throwing presentations heavier than 3/8oz I would not buy that rod.  I have no experience with it but they use those ratings for a reason.  

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I have never fished that one, but I absolutely love my IRG703CC.  It is one of my main rods I use for small to mid size cranks, squarebills, and traps.  Works exactly as the factory told me it would. I use it for both bass and salt water stripers here on  the Chesapeake Bay.  Forget the spec but if the factory said it will handle the task you want it for I would tend to believe them.  One thing I know money makes the final decision often, but if you can step up to the Genesis II series I think I would.  I prefer the feel and components on the Genesis II, but it is your money!  I do not think there is a bad decision here either way.

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On 7/22/2017 at 3:12 PM, Finnz922 said:

I have the 703 in the Fiber. Traditional MH. It is capable to a 1/2 Oz. But it's sweet spot is 3/16 to 3/8. The 703 won't disappoint. I use mine for flukes, tubes, and light t rigs.

 

I have a bunch of Irods. Crushers, Genesis 2's, and Fibers. I would be happy to answer any questions in the future. 

 

What constitutes the $50  difference between the fiber and the genesis? is the extra money worth it? 

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Yes the money is worth it as the components on the IRG series are of better quality. There is nothing wrong with a fiber rod  but that series was brought out later than the Air and Genesis II rods. It was designed using the same blank as a Genesis II rod but uses less expensive components to compete in the lower price market.

 

 

All the rod companies have been hammered to produce very high quality rods to fit in the $50 to $100 price range and then the $100 to $150 range.  That is why Gary Dobyns worked on his Fury line of rods for over a year to find a rod blank material and group of components that would meet his strict demands before he would put his name on them and sell them. Now he pushed it even farther into his Colt series.  Sometimes in order top get in a price range the factory will have to drop some of the "lifetime warranties" offered.  Read each rods warranties carefully before making your decision. I own several Dobyns, Powells, and Irods.  They have all treated me well.  I have Dobyns Sierras, Champions, Irod Genesis II rods and a Powell Max I love. I would not hesitate to choose another one from either brand.   

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On ‎6‎/‎13‎/‎2018 at 1:23 PM, fishnkamp said:

Yes the money is worth it as the components on the IRG series are of better quality. There is nothing wrong with a fiber rod  but that series was brought out later than the Air and Genesis II rods. It was designed using the same blank as a Genesis II rod but uses less expensive components to compete in the lower price market.

 

 

All the rod companies have been hammered to produce very high quality rods to fit in the $50 to $100 price range and then the $100 to $150 range.  That is why Gary Dobyns worked on his Fury line of rods for over a year to find a rod blank material and group of components that would meet his strict demands before he would put his name on them and sell them. Now he pushed it even farther into his Colt series.  Sometimes in order top get in a price range the factory will have to drop some of the "lifetime warranties" offered.  Read each rods warranties carefully before making your decision. I own several Dobyns, Powells, and Irods.  They have all treated me well.  I have Dobyns Sierras, Champions, Irod Genesis II rods and a Powell Max I love. I would not hesitate to choose another one from either brand.   

This. It's all in the components. I wouldn't be afraid to pick up the Fiber if it is more in your price range. 

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