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Not that I really need the rod but it's a tough find. It would fill a void for me and get used pretty hard with smaller (lighter) 1/4 - 3/8 oz. crankbaits. Tough to find a softer composite or graphite rod on the shelf. Fiberglass is even tougher. Most manufacturers want to push fast and xfast actions. Moderate and Moderate Fast are hard to stumble across. I'm not much for buying a rod sight unseen or not handled. May have to order in a few from Cabelas or Bass Pro Shops and take home what I like the feel of. Maybe they will ship to store and I take what I like the best. Really need to have a few in my hands for comparison.

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 Fenwick had a rod in the previous HMX line that was exactly what you are looking for! I don´t know if the same model is available in the new ones, i don´t remember the model designation but it was a 6.6" medium mod fast action. I had one for a while and really liked it...

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St Croix Eyecon walleye model ECS70MM is a 7'0 Medium Moderate rated for 1/4 to 5/8 oz. And if you'd like to spend a little more theres a legend tournament walleye LWS70MM. If you want glass there's the Legend Glass LGS72MM. You're right out of all the other St Croix spinning lines there no moderates, especially not in the ones aimed for bass.

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I bought a Penn Battle combo, and the 6'6 that came with it is a M/MF rod.

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if you buy a cheap "medium" spinning rod (whether it says "fast" or not), the action will probably be pretty moderate. 

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Award winning Legend Glass completely redefined performance in the crankbait category. Unbelievably light in weight, the linear S-glass blanks with IPC mandrel technology give reason to why this series quickly became the preferred rod for serious crankbait anglers. 

 

https://stcroixrods.com/collections/freshwater-legend/products/legend-glass-spinning-rod

 

 

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A medium fast spinning is basically a moderate by bait casting standards from what I've seen.

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1 hour ago, MIbassyaker said:

if you buy a cheap "medium" spinning rod (whether it says "fast" or not), the action will probably be pretty moderate. 

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Besides the ones mentioned, Falcon makes several and Kistler has a couple Mod fast in the KLX line. Hammer Rods has a few too.  If you can find a gen 1 Megabass Orochi XX Dropshot Rod it was a Mod fast taper as well. 

 

Theres not not a ton of the, but there’s a few out there. 

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The falcon bucoo cranker is a little gem at a great price. Very lightweight & comfortable. The blanks are tough yet dont weigh anything. The rating of 1/4- 1/2 is slightly high though... Its great for say, the 1/8oz medium sized rebel craws up to 200 series bandits and maybe 3/8 or so traps.

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The only moderate rod i have is an okuma celio light moderate. funny tho, lure rating goes up to 5/8. It was given to me by someone, think it was just used for trout or something. But yeah bass pro around here didnt really have much in medium moderate

 

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10 hours ago, MIbassyaker said:

if you buy a cheap "medium" spinning rod (whether it says "fast" or not), the action will probably be pretty moderate. 

Doing a local search that is what I found to be somewhat true. Off the wall type stuff. I’ll go that route if I have to. I just need to get to someone with a nice selection. I see on line where Abu has a few that are moderate. I believe Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops carry almost a full line of Abu rods. Maybe I can order 3 or 4 of them in and I’m sure I can make one of them work for me. 

 

I’d like to get my hands on one of those Fenglass Rods. Only a few reviews but they are good reviews. 

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Look into a steelhead/trout/kokanee rod, they come in the power and action you are looking for.  Most start ~7ft and go up from there.  The Okuma SST Kokanee is a nice one under $100.  It's 7ft moderate action and made to throw baits from 1/8oz to 3/4oz.  I have the 7'6" variant and have caught lots of smallmouth with it, but it's primary duty is for brook trout.  Tons of backbone in that rod.

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2 minutes ago, redmeansdistortion said:

Look into a steelhead/trout/kokanee rod, they come in the power and action you are looking for.  Most start ~7ft and go up from there.  The Okuma SST Kokanee is a nice one under $100.  It's 7ft moderate action and made to throw baits from 1/8oz to 3/4oz.  I have the 7'6" variant and have caught lots of smallmouth with it, but it's primary duty is for brook trout.  Tons of backbone in that rod.

That’s something I just might be able to find at the fly shop locally. Don’t want to go longer than 7 foot. 7 foot is where I want to be. Thanks for the heads up. My serious search is gonna start this weekend. 

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1 minute ago, Spankey said:

That’s something I just might be able to find at the fly shop locally. Don’t want to go longer than 7 foot. 7 foot is where I want to be. Thanks for the heads up. My serious search is gonna start this weekend. 

You may have a hard time finding the specific rod I mentioned in a brick and mortar out East.  It's a kokanee rod, and kokanee are land locked sockeye salmon found out West.  Most brick and mortar places will sell gear according to the fish found in their area.  I got mine from FishUSA.  Have a look https://www.fishusa.com/product/Okuma-SST-Kokanee-Spinning-Rods

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Well that’s an overall issue. You can find stuff on-line. Almost limitless on line but the rods are just not at your(my) finger tips.

 

I would like to touch the Abu Garcia Veritas Spinning Winch Crankbait Rods. 

 

Specs on the 7 ft. 1 pc. version I really like. Only $99. I’m not trying to be cheap or anything but I can’t spend $230 for the St. Croix fiberglass now. I’m all about St. Croix, majority of my rods are SC. And that series is not going to be in stock at any local guy to me. 

 

I’m just anal and if I’m not 100% satisfied when I put down the cash it ain’t gonna work. Doesn’t have to do with money. Has to do with touching it, putting my reel on it, messing with the tip on a piece of carpet and all that BS. I’m so anal it becomes a major project. 

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Check out most of the ones labeled fast, more than a few are mod or mod/fast. 

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I'd take a look at the Kistler KLX Feel and Reel series.. Excellent for cranking.

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If you have a Field and Stream nearby, they sell the Okuma Celilo trout rods which come in a similar power/action.  Look for the 7' L 3/16-5/8.  They stock them here at the SE Michigan store, so I'd think they may have them near you as well.

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Ugly Stick with the glass tip.  For more...Witch Doctor 6'10" Medium Surman 50G or Voodoo II in a couple different lengths...down to 6'2" ML for 1/8-3/8 oz.

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St. Croix Legend Tournament 7' Medium Moderate spinning...I guess it's a dynamite small shad rap rod too!

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I'm surprised nobody mention Fenwick Lunker Stik. I also used a Fenwick Elite Tech Bass 6'9" M/MF and was ok with smaller cranks.

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5 hours ago, Spankey said:

I’m not trying to be cheap or anything but I can’t spend $230 for the St. Croix fiberglass now. I’m all about St. Croix, majority of my rods are SC. And that series is not going to be in stock at any local guy to me.

The Eyecon is only $120. Carried by BassPro and Cabelas, and if they don't have it stocked just order to store and try it out. Return it if you don't like it. Trust me the bass don't know it's a "walleye" series 😁.

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I have a couple Eyecon spinners, though they aren't moderate.  The build quality is good, and it's one of my favorite handles for spinning.

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Here are two of my "poor man's cranking rods :

 

1) Square Bills : Berkley Lightening Shock 6'6" M casting rod

2) Lipless Cranks : Berkeley Lightening Shock 7' MH casting rod

 

The above are both under $50 each and made softer with a combination of graphite / glass to absorb the shock of using braid on hook sets.  However I use them with a low stretch co-poly line instead (for cranking)  and they work fine until I can decide what I would like to upgrade to !

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