Casting Rods... What will you spend?

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What's your comfortable price range when looking for a new casting rod?

Under $100
2
2%
$100 - $125
3
2%
$126-$150
4
3%
$151-$200
19
14%
$201-$250
19
14%
$251-$300
25
19%
$301-$350
12
9%
$351-$450
12
9%
$451 and above - the only holes I have are in my wallet
36
27%
 
Total votes: 132

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Re: Casting Rods... What will you spend?

Postby kercha83 » Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:07 am

Most I would spend on a rod now is around $250. I spent over $500 dollar one time on a rod and I didnt think it was that much better or sensitive than the $250-$270 price range.

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Re: Casting Rods... What will you spend?

Postby MardukFIN » Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:38 pm

Hard to say. I'm building my own rods. How to measure price for work? If parts cost ~300$, what's price of finished rod?

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Re: Casting Rods... What will you spend?

Postby ccass » Thu Jan 05, 2017 12:23 pm

MardukFIN wrote:Hard to say. I'm building my own rods. How to measure price for work? If parts cost ~300$, what's price of finished rod?


I've been leaning that way too. I am about half and half, custom to factory. I really enjoy my customs. I built a couple of BFS rods, a jig rod and a flipping rod. My favorite rods besides my Steez Fle X Lite. I haven't tried out my latest creation yet (punch rod). I only tested in the living room.

Customs are pretty good bang for your buck for a rod that is usually light and just the way you want it.

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Re: Casting Rods... What will you spend?

Postby bigfruits » Sat Jan 07, 2017 1:27 am

my current collection ranges from a few Avids ($150) to a LWL at US retail ($700) with most of the rods being NRX and the old GLX MBRs and BCRs.

$350 is comfortable for me to spend on a rod, especially if it has a lifetime replacement plan. NRX has to be on sale. I have no problem buying another $300 MB rod from the XX line.

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Re: Casting Rods... What will you spend?

Postby Cristo » Sun Jan 08, 2017 11:01 am

+1......i remember i had the plan to by nrx rods when i stepped into a tackle shop. I ended up handling the phase 3 nautilus and never looked back. Could have had 2 NRX rods but went with what made me smile the biggest :D
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Re: Casting Rods... What will you spend?

Postby OhioChamp183 » Tue Jan 24, 2017 11:11 pm

I've owned $300 rods and $300 reels, and in my opinion, the best " bang for your buck" is in the $100-150 range for rods and for reels.

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Re: Casting Rods... What will you spend?

Postby ayo8 » Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:30 pm

I really like to keep my rods around the 300-600 range. But wont hesitate to spend more if the monkey goes crazy. I do have ceiling of 1000$. But most high end bass rods that aren't 'custom/made to order", rarely hit over the 1K mark.

Id like to go custom, but neither have the inclination or time to do so at this time.

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Re: Casting Rods... What will you spend?

Postby bigbaitfishing » Thu Feb 02, 2017 3:26 pm

i chose $351 - $450 , i only have customs , they average at that price but have one that is around $500

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Re: Casting Rods... What will you spend?

Postby JigginOG » Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:33 pm

You get what you paid for....

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Re: Casting Rods... What will you spend?

Postby RazorCat » Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:23 am

St. Croix Legend Tournament rods are my first choice.
Avids for cranking.
Exceptional build quality, and they've never disappointed on performance for the specific techniques.
Lifetime warranty.

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Re: Casting Rods... What will you spend?

Postby BucketHunter » Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:18 pm

I try to target the 300 range, looking for deals and closeouts on vetted performers that were formally much more expensive. I initially filled my stable with cheaper available stuff like Quantum, then slowly started to isolate techniques that I really leaned on and then what I valued in that setup. It took me nearly 10 years, but I am really comfortable with the lineup I have, even maintenance wise, for a long while. The only scare is replacing those rare gems down the road! I hate the thought of breaking any of them, they are like old friends. I have many old greenies and some of them I can identify by the memories of the pigs I caught on them :lol:
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Re: Casting Rods... What will you spend?

Postby brrrnt » Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:44 pm

Well I have a Destroyer phase 3 Elseil, a 2016 Super Destroyer on the way and multiple XX rods, I probably wouldn't buy anything higher than 600 but I have been hunting for an arms ](*,) 8-[

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Re: Casting Rods... What will you spend?

Postby Bronzeback91 » Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:45 am

The most I've spent is just under 200, for a used rod retailed at close to 400. Seems like I'm willing to pay a little more for my reels than anything. I use all Denali rods and for lower to mid price range, I love em. Now I know if I got to use a MB rod all day, besides the few times I've handled them, then who knows..lol

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Re: Casting Rods... What will you spend?

Postby Jason Penn » Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:59 pm

my range has actually dropped over the years due to the fact that cheaper gear is just much better now. i chose the 150-200 range, but only because i picked up a rod for 160 around xmas.

i really think the 100-150 range is the sweet spot nowdays.


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