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Tube/multi purpose rod-One more time.

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So I'm ready to buy a tube rod finally.

I also need to use it for split shot rigs with 4" worms and 3/16 and under weights, 1/8-1/4 finesse jigs, and drop shotting using 1/4-3/8 DS weights.

I need to work on tube fishing but would like to be able to cover 1/8-1/2 with one rod, with 1/8-1/4 being the most used.

I'm looking at three Loomis rods and one rogue.

SMR 913S Bronzeback 7'7 rod, MH F, 1/4-3/4 10-17lb line

SMR 882S Bronzeback 7'4 M F 1/8-3/8 8-12lb line

BSR 852 Mossyback 7'1 M F 1/8-3/8 6-12lb line.

I'm also seriously considering a Rouge 7'6 Spin/Jig rod in M F 1/8-5/8. And for an extra $30 having the recoil guides put on.

I like the feel of the Loomis rods, I've checked out the Bronzeback rods in person, but not the Mossyback.

The rod I prefer is the Rogue and they DO have a lifetime warranty. But it isn't a no questions asked warranty like available from Loomis. Should I break the Rogue I'll be out another $240, vs another $50 for the Loomis.

Because of the warranty issue and because I want this rod to be a big water tube rod eventually I'm leaning towards the 7'7 Bronzeback. I've compared it side by side with an IMX and they are very similar in weight with the IMX being better balance and more $$ than I am going to spend.

I'm concerned the extra length will make this rod cumbersome when DSing, and fishing jigs and split shot rigs.

Thoughts or recommendations welcomed.

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My partner fishs a couple of Bronzeback rods,

but I think they are too wippy. My suggestion

is the SJR843S if you can find it on our Flea

Market. MSRP may be more than you want to

spend, but at $175-$200 it would be a great purchase!

8-)

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The only rod I have used out of what you are considering is the SMR882S.  Nice rod and I use this for my lighter tubes, scroungers, and smaller jerkbaits.

Pros for the rod:

- Very strong backbone (have caught up to 9 pound steelhead with it)

- Long Length (I like the 7'4" length)

- Moderate-Fast in Action (I like having a moderate-fast action for treble hook lures like smaller jerkbaits)

- Sensitive enough for what I use it for

Cons for the rod:

- Noticeably tip heavy (I had to solve this problem by counter weighing the butt section)

- Moderate-Fast Action (Being this is a benefit for treble hook lures, it is not the most desired action for soft plastics and loads too much during the cast for lures over 1/2 oz.)

- Not the most sensitive rod around (again, not a problem for what I use it for, but it won't excel with Shakyheads or Drop Shots)

Overall, this isn't that bad of a rod, but it isn't my all-time favorite G Loomis.  Good Luck in your search!

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I'm using a Kistler LTA 7ftM. It's very sensitive, and VERY versatile. It has an "odd" action -a strong backbone tapering very quickly near the tip. Took some getting used to, casting wise -very little effort needed. The long powerful butt made me want to strong arm it, and I can--with bigger baits-- so it doubles as my long cast rod, and a (light) worm rod as well with all that power back there. The really light tip even makes it a decent DS rod too. I have more extra spools for that rod than any other I own, ranging from 6 to 15lb.

Again, it is very sensitive, even when just hanging light tubes or worms on a semi-slack line. It's impossibly light in weight -at 3.6oz :) . 'Spose that explains it's ability to cover the light end despite all that butt power.

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I would suggest taking a look at the St. Croix Legend Tournament 6'8" MXF. It might be shorter than what you're looking for, but I have this rod for the exact techniques you listed and I am extremely satisfied with it. It's sensitive, lightweight, and comes with a pretty good warranty. Just another option to make your decision that much harder. :)

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if youre not going IMX or GLX, id suggest a st. croix avid. 6'9" mlxf or 6'8" mxf

i believe they have a similar warranty to loomis. $50 deductible :)

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if youre not going IMX or GLX, id suggest a st. croix avid. 6'9" mlxf or 6'8" mxf

i believe they have a similar warranty to loomis. $50 deductible :)

Good suggestions. I would lean towards the AVS68MXF.

8-)

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I would suggest a medium fast 6'8 cumara. CUS68M. I have it and i love it. There seems to be alot of cumaras for sale lately in the flea market too. Whatever you buy check the flea market every day and you will find a sweet deal in no time

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I would suggest a medium fast 6'8 cumara. CUS68M. I have it and i love it.

x2. I would take it over the Bronzeback only becuase of the warranty.

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it sounds like you are pretty set on a Loomis, and they are great rods. i've got a couple myself. however, in the price range you are talking about you should look at the Dobyns champion Series rods. they make a spinning rod (742) that is 7'4" ,medium, fast action that i think would be perfect. i've got a couple of the generation 2 Dobyns rods, and for the money they are awesome. i believe the 742 is $240. and if you went with a 7 footer it's $220.

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How do the Legend Tournament rods by St Croix compare to the Mossyback Loomis rods?

I think I have it narrowed to a 7ft Legend Tournament, and a Mossyback 7'1 M

I like the Legend Tournament. I checked that one out in person. I also like the mossyback, but haven't been able to check out the 7'1 in person, just a 6'8 version. :)

Anyone fished both?

FWIW I also checked out an IMX and at $265 I might have been interested but it was to moderate an action for what I want.

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i think you would like the Legend better of the two. and for the baits you have listed i would chose their XF action rod. it would be more sensitive at the tip. better for the finese jig,DS worms etc.

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