Which is your favorite rod company?

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Which rod manufacturer is your choice?

G.Loomis
279
22%
Shimano
84
7%
Daiwa
65
5%
St. Croix
191
15%
Lamiglas
4
0%
Kistler
59
5%
Phenix
46
4%
Abu Garcia
18
1%
Berkley
5
0%
Powell
58
5%
Dobyns Rods
228
18%
Zombie
3
0%
Damiki
1
0%
Falcon
23
2%
Quantum
5
0%
e21
2
0%
Airrus
9
1%
Duckett Fishing
6
0%
Denali
8
1%
Power Tackle
2
0%
Castaway
2
0%
iRod
4
0%
Lucky Craft
0
No votes
Wright & McGill
0
No votes
Temple Fork Outfitters
6
0%
American Rodsmith
0
No votes
All Star
1
0%
Pinnacle
3
0%
Okuma
3
0%
I'm a JDM Rod Guy. Given a choice, I don't touch the domestics
140
11%
 
Total votes: 1255

Carylab
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Re: Which is your favorite rod company?

Post by Carylab » Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:43 pm

Megabass all day! Have acquired 17 of them over the last 2 years.

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Re: Which is your favorite rod company?

Post by Reel Assassin » Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:29 pm

St. Croix, All Star, Dobyns, United Composites, Calstar, Seeker & a number of my rods are custom builds on blanks.

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Re: Which is your favorite rod company?

Post by Nytron » Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:04 pm

Shimano/G.Loomis and St. Croix

If I was a deca-millionaire or more, I'd rock JDM rods probably though.

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Hogsticker2
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Re: Which is your favorite rod company?

Post by Hogsticker2 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:09 pm

I'll stick with building on Point Blank rod blanks moving forward. Or at least until someone creates something better at a reasonable cost. I really wish Point Blank and Fuji would would find a worthy and reliable rod manufacturer to start building and producing for the masses, so everyone could experience and enjoy these top notch blanks. Or maybe I don't ..... :-k
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Re: Which is your favorite rod company?

Post by Smalleyez » Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:37 pm

St Croix and Loomis (but I also use others)
RRR (Round Reels Rule!)

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Impreza619
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Re: Which is your favorite rod company?

Post by Impreza619 » Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:29 pm

Gloomis... but lesser known but very popular in socal is Initex Composites AKA Graphite usa.

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scrapiron
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Re: Which is your favorite rod company?

Post by scrapiron » Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:47 am

After multiple St.croix, Shimano, Loomis, and Megabass tours, I’m back with Kistler. For me, they just fish right. Nothing against or wrong with other manufacturer’s lineups, and it’s been a fun journey to try and fish with multiple high end rods (and quite a privilege/luxury).

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bwjay
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Re: Which is your favorite rod company?

Post by bwjay » Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:28 am

I've had a few St. Croix, Shimano, and Kistler rods. St. Croix rods are generally pretty decent in my experience and they're all over Minnesota so it's easy to find people with one to try it. That said, my Expride was a great sensitive lightweight rod until I broke it with a Ned head, and I enjoyed using it (will be replacing it with another). I also got a couple Kistler Helium3s recently and so far I am impressed. They are fun to fish and look great doing it (IMO). I still feel like I need more time with them, and a couple big ones, before I can really say how I feel about them. But right now I don't have a clear favorite brand, honestly. I want to say St. Croix because I've used them the longest, but I really like the look and feel of the Expride and Helium3, and I have more Helium3s, so it may end up going to Kistler, once I get another couple dozen hours on the rods.

Do people really have to prefer a single brand? Every brand has weak offerings and strong offerings... most of them anyway.

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Re: Which is your favorite rod company?

Post by Lightning » Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:47 am

Cashion. Their rods are lighter and the builds are much cleaner than they were. I don’t know what they did but they are even better than they were.

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Re: Which is your favorite rod company?

Post by Cranky » Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:51 pm

Gloomis for USDM, Evergreen for JDM.

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Re: Which is your favorite rod company?

Post by Shimano man » Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:55 am

G Loomis!
Nothing is more sensitive IMO!
and excellent warranty!

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