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Would you rather get a rod or reel on sale?

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Just like the title asks, would you rather get a rod or a reel that is on sale for, let’s say, 25% off?

 

I’m leaning towards a reel, I think there might be just enough of extra workmanship in a reel that I could add a little bit to my price range and do a hair better on. 

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Reel for sure.

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Depends on which is more expensive. 

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Depends..

But, If I'm in the market for either and all things being equal it would be the rod for sure!

 

 

 

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It would probably be the reel. I don't buy any real expensive rods.

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I'd rather get whatever I have a need for at the time on sale, fishing or otherwise.

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Rods. I am a firm believer in investing in great rods over higher end reels.

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A good reel because generally they tend to run a little bit more pricy than a good rod.

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2 hours ago, HeyCoach said:

Just like the title asks, would you rather get a rod or a reel that is on sale for, let’s say, 25% off?

 

I’m leaning towards a reel, I think there might be just enough of extra workmanship in a reel that I could add a little bit to my price range and do a hair better on. 

Can see what your saying but most of the high end stuff never goes on sale or gets discounted until the model changes even if only slightly. 

 

That spring fling a BPS is decent if you bring in some old  rod and reel for trade in. Cabela's has a few discounts that I know worked on a few St. Croix rods over the years. 

 

They seem to to put the house brands on sale all year long. The TW sales a few times a year can't be beat either. 

 

Hope you got a good deal. 

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Full price for either is something I don't want to pay.  Sales and closeouts are my friends.  :D

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Probably the reel for me. However sometimes rods can be too good to pass up. Back when the crucials first came out the were about $129.99 msrp. 

 

I saw three in a local shop for $59. I learned they were used as demos hence the lowered price so I snatched one without a thought and was so excited. 

 

However, I was an idiot. I should have bought the other two also! I could have easily sold the other 2 for $100 each, still making a profit and giving some one a darn tootin’ good deal. Went back upon realizing that and they were GONE!

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2 hours ago, Dwight Hottle said:

Depends on which is more expensive. 

Agree. I think the question is supposed to read more like "Would you use 25% off to purchase a more expensive rod or more expensive reel than you originally planned?" Like if you are planning to spend $100 on each would you rather jump up to a $133 rod or reel?

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For me, it depends on the price point.  IMHO once you get above $150 in a rod, the performance increases above that are very incremental relative to price.  I could say the same about reels but there are some quality/mechanical/features that you get with better priced reels.  For me it would be a reel.  

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2 hours ago, Vilas15 said:

Agree. I think the question is supposed to read more like "Would you use 25% off to purchase a more expensive rod or more expensive reel than you originally planned?" Like if you are planning to spend $100 on each would you rather jump up to a $133 rod or reel?

Yes, I wasn’t an English major. I’m better at coaching than typing ideas. 

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Would depend on which I was in the market for.

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Doesn't matter, in the long run.

 

Looking back over the last several years, I can't recall the last time I paid retail for a rod or reel (and that includes fly rod set-ups).

 

  • I buy on sale.
  • I buy one generation old.
  • I buy with credit card points.
  • I buy gently used.

I have no burning need to buy the "latest and greatest" because at the end of the day it'll have zero impact on my fishing.

 

I do the same with vehicles, boats, clothing, pretty much anything I can.

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If I need a rod, I'd prefer the rod, if I need a reel, then a reel. However, it may depend on the specifics of the sale.

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I’d like to say rod but I think I’d have to go with reel. I seem to purchase rods with less concern about money then reels. Then I end up with a few rods without reels before I start purchasing reels 

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Rod for sure. My rod collection is far superior to the reels I own. I have quite a few budget reels that have held up a couple hard seasons well. I gotta be able to feel the bite and get the hook set before I even have to worry about my reel.

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Up until recently I would have said reel. In the last few months I have spent a lot of time researching both performance and price of rods and reels on the internet (thanks Bass Resource). Performance is mostly relative, but price isn't. I have noticed that pretty much any reel (especially in my price range) can be grabbed off ebay for significantly cheaper than retail year round. Rods are different, good deals on rods are out there but are much harder to find and I'm guessing that's because of shipping. 

 

So, because it has been my personal experience that good deals are more common on reels, I would prefer to find/use 25% off on a rod.

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15 hours ago, Further North said:

Doesn't matter, in the long run.

 

Looking back over the last several years, I can't recall the last time I paid retail for a rod or reel (and that includes fly rod set-ups).

 

  • I buy on sale.
  • I buy one generation old.
  • I buy with credit card points.
  • I buy gently used.

I have no burning need to buy the "latest and greatest" because at the end of the day it'll have zero impact on my fishing.

 

I do the same with vehicles, boats, clothing, pretty much anything I can.

I like your style.

 

I am quite harder to please when it comes to rods than I am with reels.  I typically will not buy something if I can't get some kind of deal on it.  

 

To answer the posted question though, 25% is 25%, don't see how it matters much if the saving is on a rod or reel.

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I'm more picky on reels than rods so I'd lean towards a reel. Maybe a combo deal?

 

I'm patient and already have enough stuff so I tend to wait for the really good deals now. I can only carry so much on my kayak.

 

Example would be someting like the BPS Carbonite 2 BC combo they had on sale  in Feb. Not like i really needed it but can put it to good use for $120.

 

I'd like to upgrade a spinning combo if a smoken deal comes along. Time is on my side.

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Most waters here are shallow with lots of cover so personally rods are more important than reels. I prob pitch more than cast most days on the water and rarely ever bomb baits. So I’ll take the 25% off a $250 rod and buy a $100 special reel off eBay 

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I’d go with the reel. IMO, rods are more important than reels, like Greb said, especially in shallow water. BUT, if you ask me, there is little improvement between a $400 rod and a good $80-$150 rod. You will notice a tremendous difference between an $80 reel and a $400 reel. If you look hard enough you can almost always get a rod under $200 that is equal or better than one that is $400 or more.  

 

 

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I would take a rod on sale.  I like to buy used but the shipping on rods is a killer so a sale including free shipping is the best deal.

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