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you have $350, do you spend more on the rod or the reel?

i chose to spend more on the reel ($229) and less on the rod ($109). i did however spend some quality time fondling the G-Loomis rods until my wife ordered me to move on.

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rod but if it were me each one would be mid priced and i would spend the rest on new lures

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Rod..line..then reel.

You can land a fish with a broken rod, you can land a fish with a broken reel, but you can't land a fish with broken line. ;D

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you have $350, do you spend more on the rod or the reel?

i chose to spend more on the reel ($229) and less on the rod ($109). i did however spend some quality time fondling the G-Loomis rods until my wife ordered me to move on.

The MSRP on my 4 spinning reels, combined, is $5 less than the MSRP of my worm/plasics rod. Wouldn't do anything different if I had to do it again.

At any rate, buy what you like, like what you buy. There is no set requirement that say's the rod must be better. As long as it works for you, that's all that matters.

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$350 divided by 2 = $175   :)

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Hey skunked_again!

I'm with you, buddy! Maybe rods are more important for "catching" fish, but the fun factor skyrockets with a great reel! On average, my reels represent 67% of the cost of a combination: 1/3 rod, 2/3 reel.

To be specific regarding your $350 question:

Pay $225-$250 for Shimano Chronarch 50MG.

Find a St. Croix Avid AC70MF on sale for$70-$100.

(Sightings have been reported at Gander Mountain).

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To be specific regarding your $350 question:

Pay $225-$250 for Shimano Chronarch 50MG.

Find a St. Croix Avid AC70MF on sale for$70-$100.

I like how you think roadwarrior! Although, the Chronarch is a 51MG for me ;D .

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It depends on the purpose of the setup, my most expensive rods are the rods I use for baits and techniques where sensitivy is a factor ( worming & jigging ).

My least expensive rods are for baits and techniques where sensitivity is not such an important factor ( crankbaiting and spinnerbaiting ).

Reels, most of my reels are in the $2-300 range for BCs and $80-150 in spinning.

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As much as I'd like to spend more than I have on my rods, my reels have cost way more. Still, the rods I did buy are the best I could afford after paying for the reels and are way better than the cane pole I used as a kid eons ago:o) I totally agree with the sensitivity/rod cost comments. Quality/sensitivity does cost more, but since I fish mainly for fun, if I miss a strike because my $100 - $150.00 rod didn't detect it, oh well.

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$350?

Rod: St. Croix Avid, $180

Reel: Abu Revo SX, $150

so... the rod.  :)

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the rod choice was easy, the johnny morris rods were on sale. i thought the reel choice was also going to be easy, a revo stx but hey shimano has a rebate going so i started messing with the chronarch reels, then the daiwas and before i knew it i was walking out with a daiwa sol. it was a tough choice an i know at least one forum mod will think im crazy but after i mounted the reel on the rod i had to have the sol over the chronarch.

the sol does cast oh so well though............ :)

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I'd vote MORE ON REEL, LESS ON ROD, only because this is the way it has worked out for me.  But, I guess you can pretty much spend as much as you want on either.  

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Even though in the "initial" cost of a combo I seem to spend more on the reel I don't seem to break as many reels as I do rods.  :'(

So the answer is Rods.

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i know at least one forum mod will think im crazy but after i mounted the reel on the rod i had to have the sol over the chronarch.

Well, probably just one.   ::)

8-)

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i would try to spend equal amounts on both, but if one had to be higher it would be the rod. because the imo the rod is much more "involved" than the reel.

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I spend more on the rod. that is where you get your sensitivity. and for me it is all about sensitivity. the reel just holds line and has a drag. but i will say that for a spinning reel my max would be around $80 (symetre) for a casting reel my minimum would be $120 (citica)

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