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I am looking to buy a new rod and reel (as mine recently broke) and have been trying to gather information.  This forum has been a great help.  I am recreational lake fisherman (twice a week or so during the season).  However, a buddy of mine recently got a boat so I hope to be fishing more.  I have only ever used spinning equipment and I think I would rather avoid switching to baitcast for the time being.  What spinning rod would be a good all purpose rod that I wouldn't feel the need to upgrade in year and would complement other setups down the road?  I have around $400 to spend and am considering the Stradic CI4.  Would medium or medium heavy be a better fit?  Likewise fast or extra fast?  Thanks in advance for your help.

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Welcome.

Good choice for the reel.

7 ' , MH , FAST ACTION ROD is a good all purpose rod.

Thre are many great rods in the 200.00 price range that would make you a good outfit.

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If you know you want the ci4 you might as well go ahead and get the one in the flea market for 190 brand new. You're going to have a hard time finding places with them in stock, plus you can save a few dollars!

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I have been looking at rods keep coming back to two.  Shimano cumara and Powell.  How do these rods compare?  As a novice would I notice any difference between these rods as there is an $80 price difference.  From what I am reading people seem to be split between medium and medium heavy for an all purpose rod.

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If you know you want the ci4 you might as well go ahead and get the one in the flea market for 190 brand new. You're going to have a hard time finding places with them in stock, plus you can save a few dollars!

He'll want a larger reel than a 1000.

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Take a look at the Powell 683 or 684. I've never used

a MH spinning rod before, but the 683 MEF is a great rod. I use spinning gear for shakey heads, small jigs with grubs, and wacky worms. Another good rod to look at is St. Croix Avid series.

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i get a st croix avid or g-loomis imx with the change.

id go with the CI4 or the stradic FI (on sale) in 2500 size.

id get a medium action 6'6"-7" rod. MH if you are using heavier baits or fishing alot of cover.

XF for jigs,softplastics

F for anything

MF for crankbaits

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If you know you want the ci4 you might as well go ahead and get the one in the flea market for 190 brand new. You're going to have a hard time finding places with them in stock, plus you can save a few dollars!

He'll want a larger reel than a 1000.

Oh I didn't even realize it was a 1000. Good call!

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I have a 2500 CI4 paired with a 7'M Damiki Dark Angel and really like them together.  It's light, sensitive, balances well, and looks really good with the Stradic.   

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Thanks for all the input.  I was able to get my hands on a Dobyns Champion 683 and liked the feel of it.  So I think it is between that and the Cumara.

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