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I've been looking for a cranking rod and came across the St. Croix Premier cranking rod. They sell it in a glass version or I guess the regular version and both are made for cranking. The glass version is more expensive. Is there really any difference in the two?

Heres the regular one...

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_74391_100002006_100000000_100002000_100-2-6?ordProd=Y&CMID=BOTTOM_selectitems#itemDetail

And heres the glass...

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_74395_100002006_100000000_100002000_100-2-6

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My crankin rods are unidirectional graphite, they are responsive, sensitive and have the right amount of action. I hear a lot about sensitivity in regards to crankin, but it isn't the same as jiggin, wormin, etc. After a while you begin to pick up what your bait is doing, slight pressure that increases and you are getting near an obstacle, hard ticks hitting hard bottom, instant slight pressure grass, instant hard pressure that takes off with your lure, a fish, lol. seriously as far as crankin goes, I would take the less expensive of the two and save the money to put toward your jig, worm or finesse rod, these applications are where sensitivity really comes into play. Good luck Nick. BTW I didn't answer at first due to not having first hand knowledge of the rods you mentioned.  

FWIW I noticed you are looking at bps stores, they just put the KVD Signature Crankin rod on sale for 59.99, that is what I would buy.

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My crankin rods are unidirectional graphite, they are responsive, sensitive and have the right amount of action. I hear a lot about sensitivity in regards to crankin, but it isn't the same as jiggin, wormin, etc. After a while you begin to pick up what your bait is doing, slight pressure that increases and you are getting near an obstacle, hard ticks hitting hard bottom, instant slight pressure grass, instant hard pressure that takes off with your lure, a fish, lol. seriously as far as crankin goes, I would take the less expensive of the two and save the money to put toward your jig, worm or finesse rod, these applications are where sensitivity really comes into play. Good luck Nick. BTW I didn't answer at first due to not having first hand knowledge of the rods you mentioned.

FWIW I noticed you are looking at bps stores, they just put the KVD Signature Crankin rod on sale for 59.99, that is what I would buy.

Alright thanks a lot! Yeah I saw that but I think I'm going to start getting mainly all St. Croix rods thanks a lot for the info!

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KVD suggests that all your rods be of the same manufacturer.  Right now I have three Quantum rods and 2 BPS rods. If I'm crankin it's a BPS rod, anything else is Quantum.  Good luck and btw that is a great looking fish on your avatar.

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I've tried owning a glass rod twice...I just can't do it.  I owned one a while back, and it was too 'floppy'.  Recently (October), I bought a Lamiglas 705R...'The Yellow Zonker' as I called it.  Still couldn't get used to it.  The aforementioned Skeet Reese stick is probably the best glass rod on the market, and it convinced me I'm just a 'graphite man'.  I am too accustomed to the light weight and sensitivity of graphite.  It's all preference....

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I've tried owning a glass rod twice...I just can't do it. I owned one a while back, and it was too 'floppy'. Recently (October), I bought a Lamiglas 705R...'The Yellow Zonker' as I called it. Still couldn't get used to it. The aforementioned Skeet Reese stick is probably the best glass rod on the market, and it convinced me I'm just a 'graphite man'. I am too accustomed to the light weight and sensitivity of graphite. It's all preference....

Could not have said it better myself.  I finally settled on an American Rodsmiths Team graphite series instead of their hallmark David Fritts glass rods.  I like to feel what the crankbait is doing.

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I have the Lamiglas SR705R which I consider THE BOMB!

for deep water cranking and other big treble hook lures.

8-)

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I'm only a fan of glass for big, deep diving crankbaits. The weight of the glass will actually lessen the strain and torque that you have to absorb... however, for anything less than the big cranks, I MUCH prefer graphite, as the weight savings is huge, they feel better (to me) and the actions are more finely tuned than any glass rod.

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