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Spinning rod selection help.

Looking to upgrade to a new rod this year for trout. To give you an idea I'm using a stradic ci4, it will be used 90% of the time as a spinning rod. Majority of the water I fish is tight with heavy over hanging cover and typically fast moving water, so I will need something to be tactical and maneuverable. Based off what I described what is the one rod you would purchase if you were me.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-23-2015, 02:22 PM
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Re: Spinning rod selection help.

I have a G Loomis trout series rod that I really like. It's a little pricey but it has a really good action. It's perfect for putting a spinner in a tight spot or drifting eggs or waxworms. You can get cheaper rods but this one is very light weight and well made.
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Re: Spinning rod selection help.

X2 on the G Loomis or a St. Croix.

Had a St. Croix in my hands at Cabelas the other day and if I weren't busy with my main reason to be there I would have bought it.

My G. Loomis I have for steelhead is the best rod I have ever fished with. Can't say enough about those rods either.

You almost have to go to a store that has what you may want and give them a test drive.

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Re: Spinning rod selection help.

I have a St. Croix Avid Series rod that I'm very pleased with.
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+1 on Avid. Great rods.
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Re: Spinning rod selection help.

You are going to get many answers and many variations. They are all correct but they are all a personal preference. Rather than point you towards the $230-$320 G.Loomis I would buy allow me to suggest some aspects to look for based on my experience;

Action
For the type of fishing you want to do, I would recommend a rod that is classified as "fast". Not Extra or Moderate. Extra Fast will decrease your hooking ability when spin fishing, it is just too aggressive. It is however a great rod for smallmouth fishing. Moderate will be a little too slow but is a great speed for bait fishing. "Fast" is the best of both worlds and has shown to increase my casting accuracy and hooking percentage over the other speeds.

Handle
What kind of handle material, thickness and reel seat do you like? I personally like a thicker full cork handle with slip rings. Cork IMO seems to transfer feel better than other materials I have tried and the diameter that matches your hand is important to reduce fatigue. I like slip rings because I can place my reel further back on the handle than fixed seats.

Length
For the type of fishing you are describing, I would look for something in the 5'-0" - 5'-4" range. If you are below 5'-6" tall, stay as short as possible to aid in casting accuracy but not less than 5'-0" as you want some backbone to handle a large fish. Not to say a 4'-8" rod can't handle a large trout but you'll land a trout much faster with a 5'-0" and you won't wear down the trout as much, increasing revival chances. If you are 5'-8" or over, 5'-2" - 5'-4" is a nice size. The key is having a rod that you feel is sized correctly for your casting style.

A couple other things I look for are quality guides and a quality warranty.

Once you find the combination that suits you, you will quickly see that your choices are quite narrowed.....I know for me, it always seems to come down to 1 which also always seems to be the most expensive.

Sorry for the novel, I obviously put too much thought into some things. LOL
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Re: Spinning rod selection help.

I like the fact that the good rods are in the 200-300 range. It gives me a reason to buy the supplies and make my next one.
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Re: Spinning rod selection help.

I remember when spin gear used to be CHEAP.

What happened?

I'm a flyfisher who hasn't really kept on spin gear developments, though I have a light spinnning outfit I bought as a rod and reel combo for about $35 and it still works.
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you can get combos for less than $50 at walmart, gander, and Cabelas. But there's a big difference between one of those cheaper combos and a good setup. do they work, absolutely. And I have some of them just because kids are hard on equipment and I'm not outfitting them with expensive gear until they are well into their teenage years.
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Re: Spinning rod selection help.

Yep, spinning gear is still CHEAP in most cases. Compared to what you used to get for the money you can get a really nice setup now for about $60-$70 total. Reels today are nothing short of awesome compared to the good old days. You can buy a reel with a balancing system for under $50 now. But if you're really into good solid feeling equipment there area lot of options that cost a lot but functionally speaking you defeinitely get what you pay for these day. The difference in the Stradic Ci4 vs. a $40 reel......well, you have to feel it to appreciate it. Night and day. But I hear what you're saying. 25 years ago those really expensive options hardly even existed.
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