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You guys got any of your favorite setups or good deals you would recommend? Looking to add to my arsenal.

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Most of my arsenal is inexpensive. It would help to know what type of fishing you're planning on doing. Between my 5 rigs I can handle anything except heavy punching/swimbaits/topwaters...though I can do the lighter ones.

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Stating a budget would help give people an idea of to recommend.

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SLX Combo for $125.99 TYD from ALF&O (hope I'm not breaking any rules) is hard to beat IMNSHO. (Monkey got me on that one) I would also consider getting separate rod/reel starting with a Fuego, Mettle or Black Max depending on your budget. Lots of good sticks for little money out there. Finally some of the "more basic" Lew's combos are pretty decent.

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I bought a 8:2:1 SLX reel for flipping, liked it so much bought another to replace a Lew's. Excellent budget reel, I don't know about the rods.

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3 minutes ago, NittyGrittyBoy said:

I bought a 8:2:1 SLX reel for flipping, liked it so much bought another to replace a Lew's. Excellent budget reel, I don't know about the rods.

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+1. I just got one for all around stuff and I love it.

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This is a great combo for Frog fishing. 

 

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The Fuego CT and SLX are great budget reels.  If they are over your budget then Kastking Spartacus is good for under $40.  I think they can be had for $35 on Aliexpress from the Kastking store with free shipping.  They are more expensive on Amazon.  

 

It's a cheap plastic reel but it performs well with a real 6 pin centrifugal brake, palms well, has a 90? millimeter handle and looks pretty decent.  One of those and the current gen regular lightning rods and you're under $80 total.  

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Spinning or baitcasting?

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How cheap is cheap?

 

A Berkley Lightning rod and Abu Garcia Silver Max reel is cheap and decent, and can be had for $100 retail or cheaper with sales and deals like on Amazon.

 

A Daiwa Aird X rod and Daiwa Fuego CT reel is the best budget setup, in my opinion. The setup can be had for $165 retail or much cheaper if you again use Amazon.

 

A Dobyns Fury rod with a Daiwa Tatula CT reel would probably be the best setup for the best economical cost. The setup can be had for $250 retail or cheaper with sales or utilizing Amazon. 

 

There are many more options too. These are just ones that stand out best to me personally. 

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Just now, Glaucus said:

A Daiwa Aird X rod and Daiwa Fuego CT reel is the best budget setup, in my opinion. The setup can be had for $165 retail or much cheaper if you again use Amazon.

Awww how sweet - he likes my #1 rig.

 

My cost using Amazon for that rig was $129.

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3 minutes ago, MN Fisher said:

Awww how sweet - he likes my #1 rig.

 

My cost using Amazon for that rig was $129.

I got that setup for my son and it's great. Hasn't caught a fish with it yet, but the rod has good feel and good components for $55. Seems like it should cost at least $80. The Fuego on his rod is why I decided to put Fuegos on my Furys. Much cheaper than Tatulas on Amazon. If I didn't have OCD about my Tatula rods having Tatula reels, I'd have regretted not having all Fuegos for the cost.

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10 hours ago, MN Fisher said:

Most of my arsenal is inexpensive. It would help to know what type of fishing you're planning on doing. Between my 5 rigs I can handle anything except heavy punching/swimbaits/topwaters...though I can do the lighter ones.

Any medium rod you have will cover the 90 WP, and your heavy Aird X will handle the 110 WP and more.

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1 minute ago, Glaucus said:

Any medium rod you have will cover the 90 WP, and your heavy Aird X will handle the 110 WP and more.

I mention in the 'Dedicated Rods' thread that I can handle up to the 130 WP with what I have now - as well as smaller swimbaits. Next year I might get a heavier rig for the larger WPs and Swimbaits.

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