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300 for reel and 300 for rod is my limit but I have less expensive gear as well, I can't afford all of my combos to be that expensive. 

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I generally spend up to about $150 for the rod, and up to $200 for a reel for casting. 

 

I go cheaper on spinning gear, $70-100 for a reel and about $100 for the rod.

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I don't like to go more than $100 either.  I don't pay MSRP.  Having said that I have to admit that I've got about 5 reels I bought used in the low to mid $200 range and my most expensive was a new reel for $300 on closeout.  Was $500 MSRP.  Most expensive rod (my cost) was another used purchase for $175 and I now know I overpaid.  Rod is excellent, just was more than a used rod at its original MSRP should have been.  Now my most expensive MSRP rod cost me a whopping $75 on closeout....a $300 rod.  :teeth:

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15 hours ago, Angry John said:

I wonder of all the people who say they are only willing to spend 200 have ever fished a true high quality setup.  There is just a total difference in the experience.  The is always a sub group in every group that are enthusiast.  Those are the people willing to pay to fish what they want.  If you ask the question to the group at large you will always have more people who are not willing.  Are you trying to find this sub group or find comfort in a limit that you set for yourself.  How much money someone spends is very personal and those that spend the big bucks are not always ready to share due to being humble or deal with being called ridiculous. 

Define "high quality setup".  Just because the rod or reel costs a bunch of money, doesn't mean that you're guaranteed a difference in experience due to any significant higher quality of the product.  Take Big Baller Brand shoes for example.  They are a high dollar product but the level of quality definitely doesn't match the price point.  With JDM gear, you're also paying a decent chunk due to what it costs to get that piece of equipment into your hands straight from Japan.  

 

I definitely am not passing judgement on anyone that buys high dollar equipment.  I wouldn't even think of calling someone ridiculous for it.  It's a choice they made and I'll never begrudge anyone for making that choice.  I'm just interested in what makes someone choose that equipment.  

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My combos range from about $300-$500 with most right around $400 mark for the combo. The least expensive reel I own is a Citica (I have "hot-rodded" it with CU parts :) and the most expensive is a Calcutta D. Most of my bass reels are Curado's and Calcutta's. I feel like this is the best ROI as far as price meets performance. YMMV...

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4 hours ago, Shockwave said:

Define "high quality setup".  Just because the rod or reel costs a bunch of money, doesn't mean that you're guaranteed a difference in experience due to any significant higher quality of the product.  Take Big Baller Brand shoes for example.  They are a high dollar product but the level of quality definitely doesn't match the price point.  With JDM gear, you're also paying a decent chunk due to what it costs to get that piece of equipment into your hands straight from Japan.  

 

I definitely am not passing judgement on anyone that buys high dollar equipment.  I wouldn't even think of calling someone ridiculous for it.  It's a choice they made and I'll never begrudge anyone for making that choice.  I'm just interested in what makes someone choose that equipment.  

Buying reels from Japan is often FAR cheaper than sourcing them from American retailers. One piece rods usually get dinged in customs, so the price can jump a bit. As far as what makes me choose equipment, it's curiosity, I guess. I don't have to spenda ton of money either. My few most recent purchases were a $30 spinning reel, $50 baitcaster, and a $450 Steez...I was just as excited to receive each one. Fishing is essentially my only hobby, so I splurgea bit. I don't drink or smoke, no kids...might as well do what I enjoy.

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Some day I will order a custom ALX Zolo rod for bottom contact stuff which will hopefully be well under $300. Every other rod and reel I own retails for $150ish, and I like it that way.

 

$1000 for a used rod? No thanks, I got bills.

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I'll spend whatever it takes to get the exact gear I want.

 

Rods, I build whatever I want that is available, so they are probably more high-end than if I were buying them off the shelf or having them built for me. The guide train on some of my rods cost as much as, or even more than what some spend on a rod or a reel.  Why?  Cause I wanted to try Fuji Torzites.

 

Up until now, I haven't wanted any high-end reels. I Iave a couple Saharas, couple Stradics (FB, FI, Mg &CI4), couple older Sustains, few Chronarch SFs.  The TwinPower HGS is probably the best reel I own.

 

A Stella and Exsence are in the short term plans, but I'm working on buying a new house and shop right now, so they'll have to wait.

 

 

 

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$100 for a factory rod is my limit, my arsenal is mostly made up of $50 Abu Garcia Vengeance's, $55 Daiwa Aird-X's, $70 Daiwa Fuego's, $80 + $100 Fenwick HMX's and HMG's, and a few more expensive custom built rods.

 

$100 for a casting reel is my limit. Almost every casting reel I own are now Daiwa Fuego CT's which I paid $70 new for. Plus a few of the Abu Orra series which I like better than Revo's.

 

$75 for a spinning reel is my limit, mostly Daiwa Revros's, and Pflueger Predisdent's.

 

We have a really short season here, usually mid-April through early November.

 

I don't want/need to have a bunch of $$ tied up in stuff that sits around in storage for 5 months or more. 

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I would pay $1K for a rod/reel that would help me catch more fish but I'm absolutely convinced that I can catch just as many fish with a $250-$300 rig as I could with $1K rig.   

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Hard limit of $200 on a rod and $150 On a reel.  I don't get to fish often enough, nor am i financially blessed enough to warrant a $600+ combo.  

 

If I were able to fish daily and had money falling from my rear, I still wouldn't because I'm not skilled enough to reap the rewards.  

 

 

 

I have wondered though, is the difference between a $200 rod and a $500 rod as drastic as a $200 rod and a $30 rod?

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1000 dollars for a used rod, no thanks. But I don’t mind spending money. I am mainly a hunter and long range target shooter. So I’ve spent 7500 on 1 rifle. The girlfriend started to get annoyed and said fine a new hobby!!! Her mistake ;) lol  Now being in Canada prices are higher to begin with. A Shimano Zodias is 270, an e6x is 220-300, a loomis imx is 400-450, so an nrx is 650-700 roughly. Kistlers are 300-700 depending on models. A chronarch mgl is 379, and curado k is 250. So for me I’d be willing to spend 500 ish on a rod and 350-400 on a reel at most!!!

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I would never call someone spending $1000 on a setup ridiculous, what they do with their money is up to them. I say spend what you can but know your budget! What IS ridiculous is someone who overspends their means to the point they can't pay the bills or their children go without new school clothes because daddy needs a new ultra expensive fishing setup...unless you are a professional angler stop trying to live like one if you can't afford it. I have to reign myself in every now and then...I always see something new and exciting I'd like to have but I have a family and am a working class "Joe" who doesn't make close to 6 figures a year so I have to tell myself that if I really want that new exciting lure, rod, reel it can wait until I do have the extra money to spend. I really don't care if there is "that much of a difference" between a $150 rod and a $500 rod...I can afford the $150 and I can't afford the $500...end of story. I would love to live life like the guys who say "you only go this way once" or "life isn't guaranteed to last forever" but I can't, my life has priorities and my #1 priority is my 7 year old son...everything else comes a distant 2nd. So kudos to those who could spend that kind of money, I will live vicariously through you but in the mean time I am satisfied and catching fish with my $300 combos and that's good enough for me!!!

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On 6/13/2018 at 3:13 PM, Shockwave said:

This one is inspired by the post in the tackle section regarding $100+ swimbaits.  How do you guys feel about super high dollar rods and reels?  I was looking at some JDM stuff and came across these which made my jaw drop:

 

Megabass Monoblock

 

KALEIDO INSPIRARE TKIC-611XMH-BK USED!!!!!

 

We're basically talking about $1000 gear here.  The rod is almost a grand USED!  Would you spend that kinda cash on gear?  What's your limit?  

 

I set a hard limit at $200.  I'll drop $200 on a rod and another $200 on a reel.  I can tell the difference between a $100 rod/reel and a $200 rod/reel.  I'm pretty hard on gear so knowing that, I can't justify spending more on gear that I'm gonna be rough on.  Your thoughts?

My most expensive rods are GLoomis IMXs ans a GraphiteLeader Veloce, paid, give or take a few bucks, $250 for each, once I owned a GLX and to tell you the truth, the only difference I was able to tell between it and the IMXs was a slightly, barely perceptible lightness, so I see no point in me purchasing higher end rods if I’m not going to be able to feel the difference, so, $250 ish is my limit for rods.

 

Now reels ..... that is another story ! I like reels and collect what I like, would I shell out  grand for a Megabass Monoblok Bespoke ? Most probably not, it’s not my kind of reel, I like low profiles and I own several limited edition reels ( mainly Daiwa/Megabss ) so if I see something that captures my attention I might purchase it. One of the reels that just seem to elude me is the Megabass TD-Itö 103H, when it’s available I don’t have the money, when I have the money then the danged thing isn’t available, it’s been years and I haven’t been able to put my hands on one.

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These days you can get ggood setups for 200 to 300 dollars. Rod , reel, and line. I have a friend who has a hard line of 150, for combos.  He catches lots of bass .Will that 1000 dollar combo make all the difference?  Like many have said through the years,  the best tackle in the world won't catch fish in the wrong areas.Location is everything in bass fishing, then tackle and lures. We all love fancy tackle,  and if you can afford it, its all good. If not, buy the best you can, and take care of it. You'll still hook plenty of bass

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Academy manager told me the Abu Garcia Black Max casting combo 69.99 best seller...can't keep enough of 'em...

 

good fishing...

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1 hour ago, Mobasser said:

These days you can get good setups for 200 to 300 dollars. Rod , reel, and line. I have a friend who has a hard line of 150, for combos.  He catches lots of bass .Will that 1000 dollar combo make all the difference?  Like many have said through the years,  the best tackle in the world won't catch fish in the wrong areas.Location is everything in bass fishing, then tackle and lures. We all love fancy tackle,  and if you can afford it, its all good. If not, buy the best you can, and take care of it. You'll still hook plenty of bass

Nice equipment will not catch any more fish.  I never see the claim that it does.  Seems like it's the #1 reason given.  A picture for your wall from Walmart fills the spot same as a the famous painting like the mona lisa.  Only a select group could see the value and will take the time and effort.  

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My comfort zone on reels caps out at around $150 (after discounts), anything higher than that I'd need a really specific application or specialized need (i.e. heavy duty swimbait reel, offshore saltwater reel).

 

For rods I'm okay up to $200 (after discounts), with the same caveat as anything higher than that I'd need a really specific application or specialized need.

 

My most expensive reels at MSRP are probably my Shimano Curado 301 reels (though I did get a great deal on a used Metanium on the Flea Market on these forums).  My most expensive MSRP rods are my St. Croix Legend Elite (but it's a Salmon Steelhead rod) and my LDC swimbait rod, followed by a Megabass Orochi and Shimano Expride.  Note that everything above, I got at around $220 or under.

 

PS - Don't forget that Skeet Reese fishes the Elites with his $99 yellow rods, so take that for what it's worth.

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I have several rods I’ve paid up to $500 or a little more. Such as some Kistler Rods ZBones. I subscribed to their email so I get emails a couple times a year when they have 30-40% off sales.

 

I also have several Daiwa Steez. So when I pair up ZBones and Steez, the combo is pushing $1000.

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$100-$150 for a rod.

$100-$175 for a reel.

 

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When I first got back into fishing about $100-130 for a combo.

Now my last two setups cost me $310.......St. Croix Bass Mojo's combined with Quantum Smoke S3's. 

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On 6/14/2018 at 2:54 PM, MI.Kayaker said:

y’all should try saltwater fly fishing👍

Yeah it will!

 

Freshwater fly fishing for teeth'll get you there too.  Trout too...lot's of folks spend what sounds like crazy money to some people to present a tiny floating fly to  12" fish...

 

The 8 wt. rig (rod, reel and fly line) I just put together would retail north of $1500, and most people are paying all of that, eagerly.  I'm glad I didn't have to spend anywhere near that, and in 10 wt., or 12 wt., which a lot of folks are going to for big muskies, it'd be easy to add several hundred dollars to that.

 

I've mentioned this before, but when I looked up custom bamboo fly rods a while back it even caught me off guard what the high end looked like cost wise.

 

Really puts "...everything is relative..." in perspective.

 

If any of you want to really get your eyes opened, go look at the world of high end shotguns...I walked through a tent at a clays shoot on Friday and easily say a half dozen guns approaching or slightly over $80,000.  Bunches of them well into the low five-figures, and dozens and dozens well in the mid four-figures.

 

...and no, this wasn't a gathering of snooty elitists.  I met new friends and old friends who were machine operators, office workers, teachers, fork lift drivers, medical techs, office workers...Lots of Chevy's Fords and Dodge trucks around...most of 'em not new...

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