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What Grade Of Graphite Are These Rods?

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The field and stream tec spec rods from Dick's Sporting Goods. I have searched all over the internet and either there is no info or it seems to be hidden from my view. I replaced a 7'6"basspro graphite series rod with this one http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3986142&cp=4406646.4413993.4414792.4414795 a field and stream tec spec 7' medium xtra fast casting rod. I am amazed at the difference in build quality and the overall aspects of the rod. Does anyone have any clue as to what kind of graphite this rod is? im6? im7? higher? half graphite mixed with something else? It seems f&s and Dick's are trying to keep it a secret. Darn good rods to not be boasting about them. It is slightly heavier than a st croix mojo of the same size, I compared the two, and they felt identical(in the store that is). Any info on them anyone? Thanks for the help. Murph

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I'm not sure but they are a very good rod for their price. I try not concern myself with IM ratings, as others will tell you, there's no standard, so one makers IM 7 can be another's IM 8 or 10. It really seems like a crutch to add appeal, like a $50 baitcaster that has 11 bearings, just there to impress you but 11 cheap bearings can't stand up to 5 well machined, quality bearings.

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I've actually found that most of the graphite designations are relatively similar. They tend to stay within a very distinct modulus for a given grade of graphite. One of the most important things to take into account when looking at rods is what components are on the rods, too.

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That's good to know that Im ratings dont really matter to one aspect. I have read reviews that some folks break these rods among others on the first, or third cast. I really dont see how. I have a medium and muscled a small bass that wrapped around a log, took some patience, but I finally got him free, and I was really working that rod and had no issues. Glad to know I got a decent rod.

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Modulus, scrim, resin and wrapping process all affect the characteristics of a blank and unfortunately, there are no industry standards as mentioned. Components like guides and reel seat also vary. 90% or better of rod failures are the result of mishandling or misuse of type. I'm not familiar with the Field & Stream line but if I were to consider a store brand, BPS seems to do pretty well. At the end of the day, rely on your own experience. If the rod lasts and does what you want at a price you're ok with, that's all that matters.

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