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Old 12-13-2019, 08:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Of the rods I own, these are my favorite:
Shimano Expride spinning 7'2 MH
Shimano Zodias 7'3" ML

Both with Shimano Ci4 Stradic 3000 (extra spool depth for deep lakers in Mi on a drifting boat in a lake Superior current).


Light, sensitive, great bottom contact gear.

What about you?
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The Phenix I built for carolina-rigging the Poudre is hands down the best setup I've ever fished. 7'6" XF blank, Fuji single-frame Ks. Reel don't matter much as long as it's a Shimano spooled with Berkely Transoptic.
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Old 12-14-2019, 09:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
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St. Croix Premier 7'ML paired with Sahara 3000. 6lb Nano. By far my favorite most versatile unit.
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Old 12-14-2019, 10:07 AM   #4 (permalink)
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7'2" Shimano Compre medium power, extra fast action or
7'2" Shimano Cumara medium light power, fast action

Quantum Energy 30 (aka 3000) or Quantum PT 30 Smoke (too many 3000 size reels to mention)

Various weights PowerPro or Suffix 832 w/ Floroclear or Vanish leader

Entirely different set ups for float tubing or icing.
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Old 12-15-2019, 05:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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For what?
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For what?
Good point. I like my Shimano Expride/Zodias rods for casting tubes/small swimbaits/small spoons/jigs, lindy rigging etc. So for me it's general all around that involves lighter baits and often involves bottom contact. If you have a favorite for some other application it's nice to know what people really like and for what. I might have to try or get one.
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Old 12-15-2019, 06:44 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Shimano all day.

Exsence Ci4 and Stradic Ci4 Spinning Reels.
Zodias and Expride Rods.

No need for any other brand...
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Hands down Shimano Stradic Ci4 paired with just about any St. Croix one piece rod. I own three St. Croix Legend Extremes (ML, M, MH) but I really prefer the Avid or Eyecon over them. Which has me asking myself: why did I buy three?
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No need for any other brand...

I'd agree, if they sold blanks.
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Old 12-16-2019, 11:40 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Spinning: Shakespeare Ugly Stick GX2 equipped with a Mitchell 300

Baitcasting: Shakespeare Ugly Stick GX2 equipped with a Zebco 33
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