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04/22/2012 01:16PM
A month ago I purchased a Pflueger 6935x and mounted it on a 7' split grip, one piece, medium-extra fast rod. This was my first quality rod/reel purchase. Now i want more. Looking for sugestions for another rod/reel that would compliment this one. Just a general purpose combo. Primary use would be for BWCA area. Smallies, eyes, some pike maybe. Would like to stay under $100 but if its that good, i can do $120 ish. Oh, my pflueger has 8lb mono on it.
Any ideas? if it helps, i have Dicks sporting goods, gander mtn and Scheels sports.
 
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mc2mens
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04/22/2012 02:40PM
I'd recommend a spinning reel and a 2-piece rod set up. I bring 3 of these along on my trips. My favorite set up includes a Shimano Sahara 2500 reel, Shimano Clarus 6.5' rod.
Arlo Pankook
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04/22/2012 03:00PM
quote mc2mens: "I'd recommend a spinning reel and a 2-piece rod set up. I bring 3 of these along on my trips. My favorite set up includes a Shimano Sahara 2500 reel, Shimano Clarus 6.5' rod."

+1 great suggestion.
04/22/2012 03:26PM
If you can spare the time on your next trip north, stop in at St Croix Rods factory. You might need to establish a limit first before you go in! Great deals on blems/over-runs/tournament rods and an occasional oddball (a 3 piece Avid 9ft. 8wt.).

butthead
jb in the wild
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04/22/2012 04:06PM
Shimano and Pflueger is always a good choice in my book. This year I switched to Cabela's rods and reels. The reels I chose are lighter than Shimano's. I can't vouch for how well they will work or hold up but the reviews are good. I like the fact that they are lightweight.

As for rods Ugly stick is good all around choice. You can't break them with a hammer. When your in the BW you want some thing that will hold up. I would suggest a cork handle, just my preference.

JB
04/22/2012 05:15PM
Thanks for the info. Keep it comming. I do love cork handles
04/22/2012 05:38PM
quote butthead: "If you can spare the time on your next trip north, stop in at St Croix Rods factory. You might need to establish a limit first before you go in! Great deals on blems/over-runs/tournament rods and an occasional oddball (a 3 piece Avid 9ft. 8wt.).


butthead"
thanks, we actually were going to pass thru the Minocqua area and stop at Paul bunyans And the cheese board. Not to far off the path!
jeroldharter
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04/22/2012 06:39PM
The St. Croix rod factory in Park Falls is worth a visit if you need a rod. They have a good selection of their rods for sale, plus lots of seconds and blems for 50% off. The discounted rods also have a weaker warranty but are a good deal.

If you buy a full price rod, they will let you trade it in later for a higher priced similar rod. I did that once and was pleased. If you wait too long, they start depreciating the original rod so it is a less compelling deal.
billsta
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04/22/2012 07:03PM
Both my spinning rods are St. Croix...I love them.
One is a 6 foot light weight fsst action.The other is my main use rod and works great for the vast majority of my fishing. It's a 6'-6" medium weight fast action rod.
Theyre paired with a shimano reel on one and an Abu Garcia reel on the other. I forget models, but they were in the $70 to $80 range and match the rod weights.
These rigs were more in the $200 range, with rods costing $100 and $140 respectively. The nice thing is I've had these for over 10 years with no problems other than usual care.
04/22/2012 08:46PM
St. Croix for sure, I would not take a 1 piece rod. Stick with two piece.
timhutson1
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04/22/2012 10:05PM
2 piece medium; fast action saint croix rod with the best shimano reel 2000 or 2500 model you want buy.
Jackfish
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04/22/2012 10:11PM
I'd get a 6' rod for jigging. A 2-piece is nice for packing and portaging, but a one-piece is doable. With the constant up-and-down action of jigging, anything longer gets cumbersome when doing it all day.

I like the longer rods for casting or trolling. For that, I use a 6'6" rod.
Basspro69
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04/22/2012 10:13PM
You cant go wrong with St Croix Rods, as far as reels go I have been changing all my old reels out over the past 3 years or so to the shakespeare Agility reel, they are very inexpensive but im telling you I will put their smoothness in reeling and their drag against much more expensive reels, I really am becoming a fan of them.
dutchman
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04/23/2012 04:22PM

Aaron,

I have g loomis 1 piece spinning rods. Put a blind fold on me and hand me one of these rods and I can't tell the difference. There about 220 bucks cheaper per rod. Buy these in either 1 or 2 piece and you won't be sorry. 2 piece does make BW'ing a heck of a lot easier though.

Then put one of these 11 bearing reals on-to top it off. These babies are smooth.

together they will set you back 110 plus tax.

No more secrets for today :)

d

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04/23/2012 07:24PM
I will agree, the Gander IM8 is sweet. And, yes, I have a GLoomis for comparison...
Basspro69
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04/23/2012 10:37PM
quote schweady: "I will agree, the Gander IM8 is sweet. And, yes, I have a GLoomis for comparison...
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Have two IM8s, they are awesome rods .
04/29/2012 12:39AM
quote Basspro69: "quote schweady: "I will agree, the Gander IM8 is sweet. And, yes, I have a GLoomis for comparison...
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Have two IM8s, they are awesome rods ."


I bought a MH 2 piece GM IM8 a month ago. I liked it so much, I went back and bought a M 2 piece to replace to replace the St. Croix that I broke on a trip last year. These things are sweet!
BigCurrent
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04/30/2012 10:10AM
St. Croix, 6' 6" Medium, Fast Action, 2-piece. I've had it for years and love it. I brike the tip off a few years ago and sent it in to St Croix. They sent me a new top section for $20.

Well worth the money and wouldn't trade it for any other rod. Perfect for the BW.

jfunk
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04/30/2012 10:25AM
Gander Mountain also stands behind their products. At least my store does. I've had 2 reels that have broken and they replaced them no questions asked and one was over 4 years old. I've also had them replace rods that I didn't like the action on after I've used them. I'm pretty impressed with their customer service.
MNDan
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04/30/2012 01:53PM
The Gander IM8 grip is the finest around as well. And compared to my St Croix's, the Gander IM8 is much more responsive.
 
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