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I really like Loomis'drop-shot rod (6'10" spinning) and it's pretty much all I have been using. But I really don't want to drop 250 on another. The Carrot and Croix rod's were a little too stiff for my liking. Has anyone used the Loomis and say the Crucial or another brand drop-shot rod. I'm looking for a back-up that is close to the Loomis but don't feel like dropping that much money.

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Have you looked at the Kistler KDSS69 or St. Croix AVS69MLXF, at $150 and $170 respectively?  I didn't find the Avid too stiff at all - maybe you want a slower taper like a fast or moderate?  I know a few guys using parabolic rods for DS in DEEP open water.  Not my cup o' tea ;)

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Look at the Lamiglas Drop Shot Special (either I or II).  Lamiglas is so underrated. They make great rods. I have the DS I and can vouch for it. The I has a Moderate Fast action and the II is the one for deeper water and therefore has a touch more power, sports a fast or extra fast action. I can't recall for certain, but it is not moderate fast like the I.

If I went outside of Lamiglas, I wouldn't mind checking out the Shimano DS rods.

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I have a Crucial 7'2 ML with Extra-Fast tip dropshot spinning rod and I really like it, though I'm just getting into dropshotting and haven't caught a lot of fish with it yet, much less any of decent size (I'm hoping to correct that situation this weekend at Lake Washington).   It has a very soft, sensitive tip that's perfect for lightweight dropshotting rigs, but if you use more than about 1/4oz (the upper end of the rating) of weight, the tip will get overloaded rather quickly.  Now that I've used it for a little bit, I would probably prefer the M over the ML, but I'll stick with  this one for a little longer before I look into swapping them out.  But I really like the split grip with plenty of contact with the blank and think the Crucials are a great class of rod altogether ( I also have the 7' M non-dropshot spinning rod and managed to haul a nice 5.5 lb LM out of some lilypads with it).

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I seriously consider the crucial dropshot rod. I ended up w/ a loomis d/s rod instead just because the handle felt more comfortable. You can get a loomis d/s non glx for around 180 new online or if you know a tackle shop that gives discount.

May I ask why do you need(want) another d/s rod for? If I were you I'd rather get another rod for another application.

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I want an extra so if it's windy and I'm getting blown off a spot and have to break off I can just grab my other one, or I will have them set up with differen lenth leaders/weights. I always have more than one of whatever is working best. If I have a good jig bite going, I will go out with 4 MH rods with jigs tied on. Maybe the trailers will differ or the weight. But I just hate to have to re-tie things. I like to be able to just put the rod downd grab another.

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I picked up a 7FT. Rogue dropshot rod awhile ago here in utah for a $149.00. All I can say is it's freakin' awesome. Very sensitive and the recoil guides are pretty cool. So I guess what I'm trying to say is if you can find one on sale don't hesitate to get it.

Jacob

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I picked up a 7FT. Rogue dropshot rod awhile ago here in utah for a $149.00. All I can say is it's freakin' awesome. Very sensitive and the recoil guides are pretty cool. So I guess what I'm trying to say is if you can find one on sale don't hesitate to get it.

Jacob

;D

Guy was owing me one after a tourney one day, and it was the drop-shot one. e is showing me the guides and everything, and snap. One didn't recoil back. Kind of a turn off.

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I own the kistler magnesium 6'9" drop shot rod ( spinning ) awsome rod can't say enough about it. and for $175 i feel like it is an awsome rod for the money. plus with the 2009 models coming out and being only $150 the 2008 models should go on sell and be dirt cheap if you can wait till around november.

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Okay okay! Fine! I'll finally buy that Crucial that we were both looking at!  Maybe I'll let you borrow it once in a while since you were generous enough to lend me the Tracker for the day.  ;)

Oh wait, I was saving for that 8'6" Premier surf rod......

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