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.
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.).
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.