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Dobyns Sierra Power Ratings

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Hey all, can anyone confirm for me that the Sierra ratings are similar to other Dobyns in that they fish a little light? I did a search but with this series still being on the newer side there isn't a ton of info out there. I'd really appreciate any input ya'll have to offer

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Yes definitely. These rods fish really nice. My wife and I own some Sierras and some Champions. The Sierra series uses a slightly slower graphite compared to their Fury and Champion series brethren.  I find that if I read the lures suggested and the weight the rods list for then shoot for lure a bit below the top rate I am fine.  For example if you are looking for a bottom contact rod to fish standard jigs and texas rigs that weigh 1/4 plus a trailer all the way to 3/4 plus a trailer I would go for the 734, but I consider it more of a slightly heavy medium heavy, not like a standard heavy.  I hope that makes sense.  That is also an awesome rod.

My wife does not like baitcasters. SHe will handle any fly rod or spinning but hates baitcasters. This has made it tough for me to find just the right jig rod and frog rod. I fish a Dobyns Champion Xp DC 705C as a frog rod. She now fishes a Sierra SA 705C and it that spinning rod is perfect for throwing the frogs, Strike King Popping Perch and other baits that require a soft tip and a ton of backbone.  If you want more info on the Sierras you are welcome to call out and talk to Gary Dobyns or his son Kieth. They enjoy helping their customers decide which rod fits their needs.  If you would like more info on Gary"s rods, I have another way to get those questions answered to. Just email me at fishnkamp@comcast.net.

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13 hours ago, fishnkamp said:

Yes definitely. These rods fish really nice. My wife and I own some Sierras and some Champions. The Sierra series uses a slightly slower graphite compared to their Fury and Champion series brethren.  I find that if I read the lures suggested and the weight the rods list for then shoot for lure a bit below the top rate I am fine.  For example if you are looking for a bottom contact rod to fish standard jigs and texas rigs that weigh 1/4 plus a trailer all the way to 3/4 plus a trailer I would go for the 734, but I consider it more of a slightly heavy medium heavy, not like a standard heavy.  I hope that makes sense.  That is also an awesome rod.

My wife does not like baitcasters. SHe will handle any fly rod or spinning but hates baitcasters. This has made it tough for me to find just the right jig rod and frog rod. I fish a Dobyns Champion Xp DC 705C as a frog rod. She now fishes a Sierra SA 705C and it that spinning rod is perfect for throwing the frogs, Strike King Popping Perch and other baits that require a soft tip and a ton of backbone.  If you want more info on the Sierras you are welcome to call out and talk to Gary Dobyns or his son Kieth. They enjoy helping their customers decide which rod fits their needs.  If you would like more info on Gary"s rods, I have another way to get those questions answered to. Just email me at fishnkamp@comcast.net.

Thanks for the quick and thorough response my friend! This was the kind of info I was looking for. 

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What baits did you want to fish with. That would help me make a suggestion of which model will work well for you.

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23 minutes ago, fishnkamp said:

What baits did you want to fish with. That would help me make a suggestion of which model will work well for you.

Mainly shaky head, tubes, and lighter texas rigs-so kind of an all around spinning set up for light to mid weight plastics.  I'm currently leaning towards the SA 703SF model, but was also considering the 702SF

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1 hour ago, evilcatfish said:

Mainly shaky head, tubes, and lighter texas rigs-so kind of an all around spinning set up for light to mid weight plastics.  I'm currently leaning towards the SA 703SF model, but was also considering the 702SF

703 SF will suit you the best.

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Agree with iabass8 703sf is what you are looking for .  The 702 is too light and hook sets will not be good. Agree if you are waivering call Dobyns and they will walk you through what rod you should get. I would say look around as every rod from Dobyns I have purchased I was able to get at a reduced price. I have a Champion 734c, 705cb, 805cb, and a 703sf extreme. I will say I use Dobyns for moving baits mostly vs bottom contact. I find Gloomis more sensitive for dragging plastics or jigs. 

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My 703 fishes like a solid medium. I would also suggest the 703 over the 702 because most of the baits you listed while light weight often have a stout hook and the 702 would struggle to get a good hook set.

 

 

Also as stated above Dobyns arent the most senstive sticks at the higher price points but the Sierra is really good at 170.

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On 8/21/2017 at 4:33 PM, evilcatfish said:

Mainly shaky head, tubes, and lighter texas rigs-so kind of an all around spinning set up for light to mid weight plastics.  I'm currently leaning towards the SA 703SF model, but was also considering the 702SF

 

The 702SF doesn't ahem the backbone to set hooks through plastic, as in a T-rig. It's better suited for open hooks: tubes, grubs, dropshot, etc.

 

Go with the 703. I own the 704 Sierra. It would be a little stout for the lures you mentioned.

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Don't really understand why everyone says the SF 702 doesn't have enough hook set.  I have the Sierra SF 702 and I feel it is more like a medium vs a medium light.  I have plenty of hook set using tubes, ned rigs, small swim baits.  I was actually wishing it was a little lighter. I am targeting smallmounth in open water, not heavy cover.  My thoughts!      

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