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First impressions on my new Dobyns Extreme

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Well I finally came to the decision that the Dobyns Champion Extreme was the rod for me. I was having a hard time deciding whether I wanted this or an IMX. So I did a little research and found quite a few reviews of the Dobyns rods saying that the Champion series were either as good or better than IMX and that the Extreme series held their own ground with the GLX.

So I ordered the dx702sf Thursday morning and got it Friday. Took it out of the shipping tube and was just shocked by how light this thing was. The guides were tiny and I was a little worried about casting distance because they were so small. All I could think about was how gorgeous and light this thing was.

We got quite a bit of snow here last Friday so I haven't been able to take it out on the water yet. So I threw on my cheap Cardinal reel that has 8# ultra soft on it and tied on a little 1/8 drop shot weight to see how it casted in the yard. The guides being small didn't effect casting at all. In fact I casted farther with this rod than with any other spinning rod I've used (all cheap ones). When I was dragging the weight across the snow I could feel every little bump it hit.

I personally have never owned a rod that cost me more than 100 dollars before this one. I think this rod obviously blows my other rods out of the water, but I also do not regret my choice in buying this over everything else in it's price range (200-300). I feel like so far from what I can tell, this rod has everything I need/want in a rod. Extremely light, very well balanced, awesome sensitivity, and it's just straight sexy.

If you are looking for a new rod in this price range, please consider Dobyns. Worse case scenario you don't like it, there are PLENTY of people that love these rods and it won't take long at all for you to sell. All I'm saying is research them a little and you'll be convinced by all the supporters. Even better if you can get your hands on one I'm sure that will sell you right then!

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The Dobyns pro staffers on here are very convincing....  :)

They do look very nice though, I've been thinking about getting a DX702C to try.

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I bought the Champion 683C last year

and matched it up with a CH50MG. The

rod is light, well balanced, solid and

sensitive. However, I'm not all jazzed

about the split grip, it's not my style.

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I bought the Champion 683C last year.\

and matched it up with a CH50MG. The

rod is light, well balanced, solid and

sensitive. However, I'm not all jazzed

about the split grip, it's not my style.

Yeah they offer some in full grips, but not all. I do like full grips as well, but split doesn't bother me.

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I just got my DX704c yesterday from TW. You can see they went the extra mile on these rods. If this rod performs as good as it looks, it's going to be a winner in my book.

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I picked up a DX744 in a trade a couple weeks ago. We have frozen water here so I haven't had a chance to toss it. Still in plastic on the rod rack actually. :)  I also had a $200 gc to *** so I picked up a 735C for my froggin duties. Got the rod and it had a large "dent" in the cork. TW is sending me a prepaid label to send it back and exchange it. Both rods balance great and they have just the right action for what I intend to use them for.

I too hate split grips rods, I actually sold a 704c earlier in the year to someone on here. This has forced me to go with the champion 7'3's, DX7'4's, and crankbait models. Not really sure what I am going to do if I ever want to add a spinning rod.  :-/

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I'm not a pro staffer...

I own 2 of them. DX 703C and the Dx 704C. They have both treated me very well...

The 703 is a rod I feel that everyone should own. It's so versatile.

Congrats on the purchase as I remember the first "higher end" rod I ever bought. :)

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Nick,

I'm very glad that you are happy with the rod. There's many guys on here that are slowly starting to try the rods, and have all been quite pleased.

Congrats on getting the rod.

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uicdent,

I'm planning on picking up a DX744c to pair with my zillion 50th this spring (trying to hold off for a TW sale). I am very interested in your impressions, especially when you get it out on the water. Anyone else's experience with this rod would be appreciated as well.

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uicdent,

I'm planning on picking up a DX744c to pair with my zillion 50th this spring (trying to hold off for a TW sale). I am very interested in your impressions, especially when you get it out on the water. Anyone else's experience with this rod would be appreciated as well.

I've fished with one on several occasions, and own the 784 Extreme. Both are SICK rods. I'm happy with the Champion series, but every time I pick up that Extreme I say WOW. It's incredibly light and well balanced. The 7'3 and 7'4 , 3 and 4 power rods are the most versatile rods out there. 7'3 being the Champion and 7'4 being the Extremes. I list both powers because depending on where you fish and the cover you fish, some like the 3 power better, and others the 4.

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Congrats on the purchase. I just ordered my 8th dobyns rod yesterday. I have 5 champs and 2 extremes. I have a 702dxc that I have paired with the core 50 for all my finesse techniques. Also have the 784dxml which is the finest jig rod on the market. I am not sponsored by dobyns but have talked to Gary  and his pro staff on numerous occasions and let me tell you Gary is crazy picky about rods and would not release anything he wouldn't stand by 100%. The only ones I have not tried are the savvy series and just ordered a 766 flipping stick. So will post a review after I put some time in with it. Again congrats on buying such a great rod and you will not be dissapointed when you get it on the water.  8-)

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