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Have rods reached a plateau in technology for quite some time?

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You can demo one from TW. ;)

6 minutes ago, fishwizzard said:

I would love to try one, but don't want to blind-buy reels anymore, I guess I need to track one down to demo.  

 

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1 hour ago, J Francho said:

You can demo one from TW. ;)

 

Man, I always forget that they offer that.  I think once we thaw out I am going to take one for a spin.  

 

I would love love love to be able to demo rods for a few days, but I can see how that would be unworkable.  There are so many rods that I am super curious about, but really don't need to buy. 

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If I am interpreting the posts correctly it seems that some think nano technology is in the future.  It is already here on many rod models by St. Croix, Rainshadow, American Tackle, and Orvis (Helios has nano tech?).  As stated, it is only on the top of the line due to cost.

 

Speaking more on the general subject of have rods reached a plateau, it is my opinion that they are so good now that future improvements will be more subtle than many of the past "breakthroughs," like graphite and micro guides.  But there will always be improvements.  One obvious example we are now in the process of transitioning is that cork is becoming obsolete in favor of lighter, more sensitive materials like carbon fiber.

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"St Croix came out with a bunch of new...but hasn't updated..."

 

Thank you. I thought I was going nuts a little while ago going back and forth between the St. Croix site and TW site looking at a 7' LTB spinnerbait rod and 7' NEW LT with the same MHMF specs that wasn't on the St. Croix site.

 

I hate having to work to spend my money. They should make it easy on the consumer.

 

I have last year's 6'8" LTB spinnerbait MHMF rod and really like it. 

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I've never done it.  I just know it exists.

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5 hours ago, J Francho said:

They've been here for over a decade.  Calais DC. ;)

Thanks, man, I was trying to remember that name!

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1 hour ago, bugbee77 said:

How does that process work with them?

From what I jsut read, you pay shipping both ways and they put a $500 hold on your card until the reels makes it back.  

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19 hours ago, fishwizzard said:

From what I jsut read, you pay shipping both ways and they put a $500 hold on your card until the reels makes it back.  

$500? Holy cow. I could understand the cost of the reel +$50 or something like that. 

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Three years ago, my son sent me a giftcard for Fathers Day and since my Ambassador and Bantam setups were 'long in the tooth', I purchased a up-to-date setup. I still shake my head in amazement when I pick it up due to how light weight it is and how smooth and quiet it casts. Hard to imagine further improvements... but I'm sure there will be. 

 

 

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