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***Looking for New Rods, Need Advice and Suggestions***

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So I am set on buying a few Loomis Rods:

What I am looking for are 2-3 rods that can handle different types of fishing. So for example, a Senko Rod being able to handle jigs, worms, and topwater. I know this might not be the right combination, but I am looking for 2-3 rods which can handle a few different types of fishing styles. I can just afford 2-3 Loomis rods.

I know it is better to have like 6-7 rods, but I rather not. I don't want a rod for each fishing style, but rather keep it to 2-3 rods. Any suggestions would be much obliged.

Types of Fishing I do a lot: Senko, Topwater and Spinnerbaits. But with medium swimbaits and crankbaits. And I do fish areas with a lot of cover from time to time.

Reels I have Shimano Calcutta 200GTB, Abu Garcia Revo SX, and I will pick up a third soon.

Thanks in Advance Guys!

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You really only need three rods:

1. Spinning rig: 6 1/2' or 7' Medium Power/ Fast Action;

Stradic CI4). For all weightless soft plastics and light lures.

SJR783S or SJR843S

2. Baitcasting: 7' Medium Power/ Moderate Action;

Revo SX reel. For all treble hooks.

CRB843C

3. Baitcasting: 7' Heavy Power/ Fast Action;

Shimano CTE200GT. For jigs, weighted soft plastics

and just about anything up to an ounce or so.

MBR844C

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Here are the three rods I think will serve you well:

GLX BSR852 - This think is an amazing spinning rod and can handle all finesse techniques (shakyhead, drop shot, flukes, smaller senkos, etc).  Out of all the G Loomis spinning rods I have owned, this one is the most versatile. (I would suggest a Pflueger Supreme Spinning Reel as the reel you are going to pick up later).

GLX MBR783C - This rod can handle all your topwater, spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, crankbaits, smaller soft plastics, and senkos.  I would match your Revo SX up with this one.

GLX MBR844C - This rod can handle all your heavy cover applications like frogs, jigs, & soft plastics.  You cold also use this for small swimbaits.  I would match this up with your Calcutta.

Those three rods should be able to handle what you are looking for and as RW said, you really only need 3 rods to face almost every situation.  I would also highly suggest the GLX version, because they are that much nicer than anything else.  OhYa.com is having a great sale on G Loomis rods (30% off), which is an unbelievable deal on these rods.  Good luck in you selection process.

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The MBR series are great "all purpose" rods.  Select your blank material based on your budget - but go with either IMX or GLX for sure.  I would go with these three casting rods - since you said you fish areas with alot of cover, I would skip the medium or "2" power Loomis rods and go with the "3" and "4" power models.

1. MBR 783 - (insert Curado E7 here) :D 

2. MBR 843 - revo

3. MBR 844 - calcutta

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You really only need three rods:

1. Spinning rig: 6 1/2' or 7' Medium Power/ Fast Action;

Stradic CI4). For all weightless soft plastics and light lures.

SJR783S or SJR843S

2. Baitcasting: 7' Medium Power/ Moderate Action;

Revo SX reel. For all treble hooks.

CRB843C

3. Baitcasting: 7' Heavy Power/ Fast Action;

Shimano CTE200GT. For jigs, weighted soft plastics

and just about anything up to an ounce or so.

MBR844C

I have a great Spinning Set-up with that suggested spinning rod already for my light tackle/ finesse fishing any suggestions for another baitcasting set-up?

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Here are the three rods I think will serve you well:

GLX BSR852 - This think is an amazing spinning rod and can handle all finesse techniques (shakyhead, drop shot, flukes, smaller senkos, etc). Out of all the G Loomis spinning rods I have owned, this one is the most versatile. (I would suggest a Pflueger Supreme Spinning Reel as the reel you are going to pick up later).

GLX MBR783C - This rod can handle all your topwater, spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, crankbaits, smaller soft plastics, and senkos. I would match your Revo SX up with this one.

GLX MBR844C - This rod can handle all your heavy cover applications like frogs, jigs, & soft plastics. You cold also use this for small swimbaits. I would match this up with your Calcutta.

Those three rods should be able to handle what you are looking for and as RW said, you really only need 3 rods to face almost every situation. I would also highly suggest the GLX version, because they are that much nicer than anything else. OhYa.com is having a great sale on G Loomis rods (30% off), which is an unbelievable deal on these rods. Good luck in you selection process.

Thank you!!! I also like the GLX models, I know they are more in price but it seems worth it. And thank you for the website!!!!! I needed that to save some money and at 30% off, I might be able to get my reel now!!!

Update: I went to Ohya.com and I am not seeing the 30% off part or is this in cart? Also its weird because the MSRP to their Price is 20 bucks more. I would think its usually less?

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The MBR series are great "all purpose" rods. Select your blank material based on your budget - but go with either IMX or GLX for sure. I would go with these three casting rods - since you said you fish areas with alot of cover, I would skip the medium or "2" power Loomis rods and go with the "3" and "4" power models.

1. MBR 783 - (insert Curado E7 here) :D

2. MBR 843 - revo

3. MBR 844 - calcutta

I will look in the curado e7, since I get to save 30% off each rod I am going to buy the reel purchase may come a lot sooner.

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I just gotta say, I love you guys! When I have a question you guys are there to answer it. I am very glad I joined these forum boards!!!

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Can I also use any of these rods as a flippin stick? Or would a 7'6 rod suit me better?

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Everyone talks about how great the GLX is. I'm sure it is. But it SHOULD be. It's almost $400 ::D

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Well I figured, they must have found something special in how they make them. Or we are all idiots!

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I don't doubt for a second that they are GREAT. But everyone suggests them casually like anyone can spend $400 for ONE fishing rod.

I'll stick to the technique specific rods from Loomis, and to other brands in a similar ($250 max) price range.

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I don't doubt for a second that they are GREAT. But everyone suggests them casually like anyone can spend $400 for ONE fishing rod.

I'll stick to the technique specific rods from Loomis, and to other brands in a similar ($250 max) price range.

Yeah my only thing was I don't want 6-7 rods.  Maybe if I was a tournament angler, but I don't even own a boat.  ;D

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I'll have to agree to disagree with anyone about the value of the GLX. I don't care how good it is.

But I understand wanting universal rods. Fishing from shore has quite a few limitations on storage, transport, and even techniques that you can or will use.

I usually like to have 7 or 8 rods always rigged, and will leave one or two home depending on when and where I'm going.

Shakey head, tube, drop shot, jig, jerkbait, crankbait, worm/senko, and either a wacky worm, or another crankbait rod.

Some little lakes I can pare that down to about 3 or 4.

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Its funny because usually I am a stickler for detail, like I would normally buy every rod for every situation but i just don't feel like spending all that money because I will get out of hand.

I usually go all out, but I am trying to cut back lol

Hey I must say I really do appreciate your input!

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I'll have to agree to disagree with anyone about the value of the GLX. I don't care how good it is.

But I understand wanting universal rods. Fishing from shore has quite a few limitations on storage, transport, and even techniques that you can or will use.

I usually like to have 7 or 8 rods always rigged, and will leave one or two home depending on when and where I'm going.

Shakey head, tube, drop shot, jig, jerkbait, crankbait, worm/senko, and either a wacky worm, or another crankbait rod.

Some little lakes I can pare that down to about 3 or 4.

I generally recommend the IMX line when someone wants a Loomis; the IMX is 'where the magic starts happening' in the Loomis lineup.  Most Loomis users will agree that the IMX and GLX are very close in performance, and the IMX is more affordable.  If you shop properly (ebay), you should be able to buy a new IMX for around $200 or under all day long. 

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I'll have to agree to disagree with anyone about the value of the GLX. I don't care how good it is.

With that kind of attitude, you're missing out! :D  The fact remains, GLX rods can be purchased for less than $300 on a regular basis in the flea market. These rods carry a full lifetime warranty - even if they're used. I would argue that the value achieved at that price point is substantial and would be very difficult to beat. The GLX rods are legendary for a reason. They are that good, period. The company stands behind their products, no questions asked if necessary. I suppose it's a matter of how each of us perceive "value."

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I'll have to agree to disagree with anyone about the value of the GLX. I don't care how good it is.

With that kind of attitude, you're missing out! :D The fact remains, GLX rods can be purchased for less than $300 on a regular basis in the flea market. These rods carry a full lifetime warranty - even if they're used. I would argue that the value achieved at that price point is substantial and would be very difficult to beat. The GLX rods are legendary for a reason. They are that good, period. The company stands behind their products, no questions asked if necessary. I suppose it's a matter of how each of us perceive "value."

I'm with Bronzefly here. I have close to 10 GLX rods and I have never paid over $300 for any of them (I know I paid less than $250 for 5 of them). It does take some time finding deals, but when you do, you get a unbelievable rod at a price that would blow away any other rod in the $250 price range. I think The Natural is selling some new GLX's for $239 a piece + shipping. So if you look around, you won't have to spend $400 on a single rod, plus there is always that sense of accomplishment when you get a great deal.

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Im not tryin to compete with The_Natural but BLee I will make you a great deal if buy at least 2 rods.  Im selling some 6' Steez and GLX rods.

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Im not tryin to compete with The_Natural but BLee I will make you a great deal if buy at least 2 rods. Im selling some 6' Steez and GLX rods.

Oops!

Didn't mean to overlook your offerings:

http://www.bassresource.com/bass_fishing_forums/YaBB.pl?num=1257252010

Great prices, too!

8-)

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man, great price on the rod...need to get a part time job...

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Im not tryin to compete with The_Natural but BLee I will make you a great deal if buy at least 2 rods. Im selling some 6' Steez and GLX rods.

I will definitely keep you in mind!

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G Loomis products by agreement with the factory, when you become a dealer, can never be listed for less than the price in their catalog. To give a "deal" I have to list the reel or tackle bought with the rod at a discounted price. If you get caught selling G Loomis rods on sale you lose your dealership, that's why the dealer mentioned above started the list price $20 high.

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1. MBR782: Shallow cranks, buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, light plastics.

2. MBR843: All purpose rod up to 1/2oz.

3. BCR 854 or 855: Carolina rigs, jigs, frogs/toads

Either IMX or GLX. I will also agree that a new IMX can be found for less than $200 and a "like new" GLX for $225-$275. I have two of the above mentioned rods per talking with Bronzefly. He knows his Loomis rods. :D I do not have the 843, but do have the 783.

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