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Have you ever "taken count" and realized...

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That you've got three or ten rods for each application?  I noticed tonight that I've got a whole bunch of duplicate rods (some from the series, some from different manufacturers...)

The reason I kind of "took stock" is because I'm in the process of turning everything over to Loomis, Shimano, and St. Croix.  Currently I've got everything from about 25 rod makers.  I'm so scattered across the board.  It seems, though, I've finally found the rods I like that fit my style, the proportions fit my body, and I can afford them now.  (Within reason;  I avoid picking up Steez for this specific reason... :D)

Am I alone in this?  Or am I just indecisive?

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I have tried really hard to do the same thing a few times in the 35+ years that I've been fishing. A few years ago I made up my mind that I wasn't going to have anything but Kistler rods from that point on. I did pretty well with that one and had it down to only 4 or 5 rods left from other manufactures and 15-20 Kistlers.

But there's just way to much cool stuff that comes out every year in the fishing industry for me to stick to just one rod manufacture. Just over this winter I bought 2 Cumaras because I just couldn't go on any longer without one! I've tried the same thing a couple times over the years with reels too. Again, I got pretty close to all Revo's and then they came out with the Curado E5 and E7 and the Core 50.....That was the end of my Revo only arsenal.

Hope that you have better luck than I have!

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Yep, this year I've been trying to get rid of duplicates while upgrading

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i wish i had the same problem. can you believe im using the same rod for cranks that i do for spinnerbaits? ludicrous!

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I'm scared to check. Keep them in hiding from the wife. I totally agree that I too have way more than anyone needs.

I just counted and I'm up to 25 combos so I just about have everything covered without TOO much duplication. However, I have sorta standardized on 7'm bc rods as my "standard" go-to rig for most applications and have duplicates of that configuration - with more planned :D

On hiding from the wife, I am preparing to build some rod racks up in the attic above the garage - my wife NEVER goes up there... ;D

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Not me!!

I've got 4 total combos.  Two casting and two spinning.

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uhh...no comment.

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It's good to have back-ups. What happens when you break a rod during the last day of practice before a tournament? Or when you take a buddy along and the fish are really keying in on a specific technique best presented with a certain set-up?

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i wish i had the same problem. can you believe im using the same rod for cranks that i do for spinnerbaits? ludicrous!

I do that all the time. A good crankbait rod should be a good spinnerbait rod as well.

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It's good to have back-ups. What happens when you break a rod during the last day of practice before a tournament? Or when you take a buddy along and the fish are really keying in on a specific technique best presented with a certain set-up?

I have 14 rigs designed to be technique specific.

Although I have no specific duplicates, there is

plenty of overlap. More importantly:

Technique specific rods are for "enthusiasts".

Almost all your fishing can be done with just

one rod. Beyond that, you only "need" three rods:

Spinning: 6 1/2' or 7', M or MH, Fast Action

(soft plastics and light lures)

Baitcasting: MH or H, Fast Action

(jigs, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and all single hooks)

Baitcasting: MH, Moderate Action

(all treble hook lures)

8-)

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Com'on Hooligan, pickup that Steez rod, just hold it in your hand for a minute, you know you want it.

Seriously, I started with an ugly stick, switched to BPS elite, upgraded to Steez, added mid-priced custom, Shimano Cumara, GLoomis GLX, JDM Steez and high end custom. Returned BPS elite, sold off mid-priced custom, Shimano Cumara, most GLoomis GLX.

Ended up with 7 Steez, 1 JDM Steez, 1 GLoomis GLX and 1 High End Custom NFC.

I promised myself I will never own more than 10 rods.

8-)

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Or when you take a buddy along and the fish are really keying in on a specific technique best presented with a certain set-up?

If they don't have their own setups then they won't be able to really tell the difference anyways.  If I had an extra and I was throwing single hook lures they'd get a MH or M fast, if I was throwing trebles they'd get a moderate action.

They'd never know the difference between a senko rod or a t-rig rod.

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I'm trying not to let the technique specific thing get out of control.  Sounds like you're well past that point.   ;D  JK

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I only have a few rods that are true "one trick ponies."  Basically cranking rods and my drop shot rod.  Everything else can do quite a few things, though I have developed preferences with each one.  Some are dupes, Johnny like 7' MH/F rods :D

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I'm trying not to let the technique specific thing get out of control. Sounds like you're well past that point. ;D JK

In some ways yes.  But then, since I'm switching over, most all of the Cumara Reactions, for instance, are doing double duty as crankbait/spinnerbait rods, as well as throwing buzzbaits and topwater baits.

I just found it funny how I ended up with rods from so many manufacturers that are the same length/action but totally different.  I'm happy to have found what fits and works now.

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I'm trying not to let the technique specific thing get out of control. Sounds like you're well past that point. ;D JK

In some ways yes. But then, since I'm switching over, most all of the Cumara Reactions, for instance, are doing double duty as crankbait/spinnerbait rods, as well as throwing buzzbaits and topwater baits.

I just found it funny how I ended up with rods from so many manufacturers that are the same length/action but totally different. I'm happy to have found what fits and works now.

It is interesting how that works.  Like Francho, I'm partial to 7' MH/F rods.  I have 3 of them and they are quite different in regards to action, power, and tip softness.  One is a spinnerbait rod, one a worm rod, and one a Senko rod.

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With 4 dozen plus rigs, I have about a dozen that I use for the same presentation. Sometimes I'll have 4-6 of them on the deck at one time rigged the same but weighted different. I do it for efficiency to cover a lot of the water column at a particular location without having to re-rig.

I never assume I know the most productive presentation for a particular location at a particular time.

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