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Do you have a favorite "inexpensive" rod?

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Do any of you guys have a favorite inexpensive rod? I have my G.Loomis and St.Croix rods, but I have two inexpensive rods that I lstill like to use. My two are; 7' MH Lightning Rod and a 7' M Quantum Tour Pro IM7. Neither of these cost over $35 and still do their jobs well.

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I was out at BPS and they had rods on clearance I pick up a Graphite Series rod for 11 bucks I was shocked at how sensitive it is I all so have a St. Croix Avid and a Shimano Crucial and Compre at 10 times plus the price so I don't know if this rod is a freak or what. Think I'm going to buy other one just to see. Only I better not let my wife find out or I can say good by to my St. Croix's. But that was a sweet deal :)

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6'6'' MH/F Bionic Blade. I wouldn't call it my favorite but i still use it from time to time.

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I've got a Pflueger UL combo that I bought at Dick's.  Think it was $59 and it was on sale $39.  Used a discount and GC I had and think I ended up paying around $9 for it.  I love that little set up.

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Ive got an old Browning 5'6" pistol Grip crankin rod that I use when fishing jetties on the river. I only use it on the river but it is one of my favorites. It is probably 15-18 years old and I have no idea what I paid for it but it is worth every penny and then some.

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I currently favor Shimano Convergence rods as the best "inexpensive" choice.  I have an older 6' MH that I still have a lot of confidence in.  I also have a slew of Berkley Lightning Rods from many years ago and still feel I could fish well with them if the need arose (but it's not going to  :)).  

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This is a great subject and will hopefully illustrate to the young ones and those not willing to spend for pricier combos that there are deals to be had if you look hard enough.

My Okuma Celilo UL Rod. It was less than $20 and it is mated to a 101a Cardinal. I love using this setup. It opened my eyes to the fun of UL fishing.

My Berkeley Cherrywood spinning rod. At $15, it is such great bang for the buck.

And after conversion from full to split grip, my casting berkely lightning rod. Did I mention is was on clearance at Wal Mart for $9.99? Unbelievable. Even I couldn't say no to that.

My daughter's 6' casting Daiwa Strike something rod. Great deal at $12.99. She puts old reliable greenie curado on it. She's now 8 but she learned to use a casting reel when she was 6 1/2.

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This is a realy good post for the guys on a tight budget !!!

There are good inexpensive rods to be found but you have to have an open mind and be willing to at least look at them. Some guys wouldn't even consider a "cheep" rod as an option.

My "best find" is Daiwa Triforce Z. I own 2, 6-0 ML and 6-6ML spinning and Id like to buy more but they don't make them anymore. Cost me about $15 each (clearance at K-Mart)

Next would be the Mitchell Copperhead 7-0 M; got it at FFO for $17 was my favorite allaround spinning rod until this season when I started using the new Avid 6-8M/XF(clearance at Gander Mountain $87). The Copperhead still casts better and farther then the Avid but the Avid is more sensitive.

As baitcasters go, the BPS Graphite Series is a great value in sale/clearance( $ 19.99). It's my spinnerbait rod(6-6MH)

Tight lines, Alex

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Really really like my Shimano Clarus 6'6" medium power moderate fast action. IM7 graphite. Caught seven LM yesterday from 12"-16" and the rod just feels great when a fish is on. For 50 bucks this rod was a steal IMO.

Denea just picked one up and I hope he likes it as well as me.  :)

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There's a store in Dexter, Missouri that sells All-Star Classics, 3 for $100 (or $39 / each). No warranty, but still a great rod for the money.

I also have a Quantum Tour Edition IM8 that retails for about $25 that I still use often.

And I'll agree with others that Lightning Rods catch a lot of bass.

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berkley lightning rods! i have some pretty expensive rods now but i still love my lightning rods, one in particular.

i have a 6' medium action trigger grip lightining rod paired with an inexpensive abu garcia black max and that combo casts amazingly far. i am not exaggerating: i can literally spool my reel on a cast (and i'm even using 30lb. braid). i've found that i actually prefer that rod for working ripbaits (e.g., lucky craft staysees) to my lamiglas XCF705R!

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6'6'' abu garica super 7 MH rod $25 @ walmart....I abused the heck out of this rod when i started fishing again.It held it's own with all the abused it took.Now it's put aside and pretty much retired.

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Quantum Dance Class spinning rod, Bill Dance signature series, 6'6" long, medium power/fast tip. Sold originally for $50 at Wal-Mart but I acquired mine in a trade of one rod for another instead of buying it. I had a rod/reel combo that was only $30, made by Mitchell, but had the FLW logo on it from Wal-mart. The reel went bad after only a couple uses ::). I didn't care for the rod so I never used it again. My buddy had that Quantum rod and didn't like how long the handle was on it. I told him I had one that was shorter and we swapped them. He was happy............AND SO WAS I!!!

I have a Pflueger President 6735 spinning reel on it, spooled with 8 pound mono and man what a cast that combo will make. With a 1/4 or 3/8 oz. bait on it, 70 feet would not be an exaggeration. Being that it's graphite, it's pretty sensitive (to me), but I don't really have a comparison on it to a more expensive rod cause up until now I have never been willing to pay more than $30 - $40 for a rod. Starting to open up to the possibilities of it now though.

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E-21 for me

LOL....uh, that is kinda pushing the upper limits of "inexpensive", don't you think?

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All of my Pfleuger President Spinning reels are on the Abu Garcia Conolon Primier. (spelled wrong)  They sell at Walmart for $39.00.  I just bought a 2 piece 7' medium light action.  Have caught 4lbers. on them, and no problems.  I have never had a any eyelet problems yet, but at $39.00...I can get a new one if there's a problem.  I prefer the 1 piece, but got the 2 piece by mistake, but my first 7' spinning rod.  Great rod---even greater price.  I know it's no Kistler, but it works.

Peace-

Jamie

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I became a fan of BPS Crankin Sticks this weekend....it caught my PB at 6 lbs 10 oz and another at 5 lbs and another at 3 1/2 lbs all in one day.

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Berkley Bionix Pulse 6' love that little pole has eva foam grips and was way ahead of its time in the mid 90s still have it

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How about the Browning Medallion GT? Bought a 6' Med action last summer and it has worked great. Sensitive enough and powerful enough.

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