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Offline srobocop

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Favorite High-End Rods?
« on: Oct 31, 2020, 04:03 PM »
I know there is Tuned Up Custom Rods, Thorne Bros, MAGS, and JT's.

I used to use Thorne Bros, but just switched over to MAGS after I got to use two of them last year.

Which company do you prefer?
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Re: Favorite High-End Rods?
« Reply #1 on: Oct 31, 2020, 04:08 PM »
No high end rods for me. Mine are around $30 or so and work just fine. My favorites are the Genz Panfish Poppers. Strike indicators on the other hand...I go the extra mile.
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Re: Favorite High-End Rods?
« Reply #2 on: Oct 31, 2020, 04:26 PM »
No high end rods for me. Mine are around $30 or so and work just fine. My favorites are the Genz Panfish Poppers. Strike indicators on the other hand...I go the extra mile.

Oh, I try avoiding strike indicators where possible. I feel that I get better jig/lure control if I pick a rod that suits the style of jigging I am utilizing.
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Re: Favorite High-End Rods?
« Reply #3 on: Oct 31, 2020, 04:30 PM »
Oh, I try avoiding strike indicators where possible. I feel that I get better jig/lure control if I pick a rod that suits the style of jigging I am utilizing.

Same for me...on the SI's. But hey, whatever works, right?  ;)
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Re: Favorite High-End Rods?
« Reply #4 on: Oct 31, 2020, 04:40 PM »
DH rods for me, started getting them 4-5 years ago

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Re: Favorite High-End Rods?
« Reply #5 on: Oct 31, 2020, 06:02 PM »
A pair of St. Croix Legends are my high-end rods.
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Re: Favorite High-End Rods?
« Reply #6 on: Oct 31, 2020, 08:14 PM »
St. Croix
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Re: Favorite High-End Rods?
« Reply #7 on: Oct 31, 2020, 10:14 PM »
I still like my older TB Perch Sweetheart Added a TUCR Fusion last year...that split grip thing is growing on me.

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Re: Favorite High-End Rods?
« Reply #8 on: Nov 01, 2020, 12:33 PM »
St Croix Custom Ice Trophy Taker is the most sensitive ice rod I've used for deep water jigs fishing whitefish.

It's too stiff for drop shot rigs and lighter tubes but for the heavier jigs bottom fishing for whitey's in the 30-75' range it treats me well.  I'll probably pick up a 2nd one. 

I can't compare it to any actual custom rods because I was always hesitant to drop good coin on a rod that I can't put in my hands first.

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Re: Favorite High-End Rods?
« Reply #9 on: Nov 01, 2020, 01:40 PM »
I prefer TUCR. I own 4. 3 Precision Noodle’s and a Bullwhip. I’m about to own a Deadstick. Excellent rods. Having said that, They are the only high-end brand I’ve tried. I’m capable of building myself exact copies so even “high-end” off-shelf rods don’t cut it for me and for what it’s worth, no ice rod is worth more than $50. Including the $450 worth of TUCR’s I own. There’s only so much a fiberglass/carbon rod can do before you’re either paying for brand recognition/warranty or aesthetics. In today’s day and age though, it’s hard to go wrong with 95% of the available rods.  :tipup:
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Re: Favorite High-End Rods?
« Reply #10 on: Nov 02, 2020, 11:57 AM »
Im a fan of TUCR (Precision Noodle, Bullwhip, Fusion & Commander). Also like DH Customs (Al Dente & Perch Pounder). The only JT I have is the Panfish Snare, works great for crappies

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Re: Favorite High-End Rods?
« Reply #11 on: Nov 02, 2020, 12:33 PM »
If I didn't make my own I'd be buying from these 3 guys

https://www.stantonrods.com/
https://www.vlinecustomrods.com/
https://www.facebook.com/906CustomRods

Off the shelf I'd rock St. Croix and Fenwick followed by Beaverdam

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Re: Favorite High-End Rods?
« Reply #12 on: Nov 02, 2020, 02:38 PM »
I'd add in Elliot ice rods to the list. Owners are Greg and Paul Thorne, the two brothers that orginally started Thorne Brothers Custom rods that we all know.

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Re: Favorite High-End Rods?
« Reply #13 on: Nov 02, 2020, 08:10 PM »
TUCR for everything but Lakers, a TB laker rod is awesome for deep jigging. Bullwhip is my all around favorite.

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Re: Favorite High-End Rods?
« Reply #14 on: Nov 02, 2020, 09:31 PM »
HT blue ice for me.  its not a custom rod but somebody had to make it.

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Re: Favorite High-End Rods?
« Reply #15 on: Nov 02, 2020, 09:52 PM »
HT blue ice for me.  its not a custom rod but somebody had to make it.

Nothing wrong with those or the Shakespeare ice noodle.. They can fit a specific need. There is a reason why some of the top ice anglers in a MN ice fishing circuit and the NAIFC run them with a few modifications.

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Re: Favorite High-End Rods?
« Reply #16 on: Nov 03, 2020, 05:39 AM »
My custom made by Matzilla has opened my  eyes to the benefit of a true custom rod, I wanted something I could feel.the bite on for my heavier walleye applications, I was amazed by the amount of perch and crappie that would bite and I'd actually feel it rather than just see the rod move. It was spendy but sometimes you have to treat yourself!

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Re: Favorite High-End Rods?
« Reply #17 on: Nov 03, 2020, 07:21 AM »
Bricker custom Rods.

No custom rod even comes close to a Bricker rod.

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Re: Favorite High-End Rods?
« Reply #18 on: Nov 03, 2020, 10:32 AM »
Bricker custom Rods.

No custom rod even comes close to a Bricker rod.

Until someone else comes in and says no other rod comes close to the one they have. 😉
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Re: Favorite High-End Rods?
« Reply #19 on: Nov 03, 2020, 10:52 AM »
" _____ makes the best custom rod there is" -Every fisherman with a custom rod.

I see a lot of people liking TUCR, and a lot of people bashing over-priced on the shelf rods....what's the difference? TUCR are sold at Scheels and you're paying for the name brand. For the price you pay for a TUCR I can buy two truly customized ice rods, probably even made with the same blanks. If you don't choose the coloring, the length, the number of guides, the type of guides, the handle style, handle material, how is it customized? Half the fun of buying a custom rod for me is throwing around ideas with the rod builder based on my style of fishing and lure preference.

Don't get me wrong, I have a TUCR PN that I bought when I was in a pinch and it's a super nice rod. But I don't even take it with me most days anymore as it's probably the 4th "best" rod I own now.

Just food for thought, TUCR opened up peoples eyes to 'custom rods' but are no longer custom or even top end IMO.
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Re: Favorite High-End Rods?
« Reply #20 on: Nov 03, 2020, 02:47 PM »
What Agronomist said.....

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Re: Favorite High-End Rods?
« Reply #21 on: Nov 03, 2020, 08:35 PM »
What blanks are people building these customs on?

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Re: Favorite High-End Rods?
« Reply #22 on: Nov 03, 2020, 10:36 PM »
What blanks are people building these customs on?

what are you targeting, I can toss out a few suggestions

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Re: Favorite High-End Rods?
« Reply #23 on: Nov 05, 2020, 06:58 PM »
HT blue ice for me.  its not a custom rod but somebody had to make it.

Lol....It’s about has “custom” a rod has any of these rods.

The word “custom” gets thrown around way to much. “Custom” rods IMO are when you talk to the rod builder and have a rod built the way you want it.....nothing else like it.

Way to many companies make mass produced rods and market them as custom rods....when they aren’t. I mean it’s off the shelf and three others are sitting next to it....how is it custom?

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Re: Favorite High-End Rods?
« Reply #24 on: Nov 06, 2020, 08:17 AM »
My custom made by Matzilla has opened my  eyes to the benefit of a true custom rod, I wanted something I could feel.the bite on for my heavier walleye applications, I was amazed by the amount of perch and crappie that would bite and I'd actually feel it rather than just see the rod move. It was spendy but sometimes you have to treat yourself!

check your PM's on here buddy!

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Re: Favorite High-End Rods?
« Reply #25 on: Nov 06, 2020, 09:11 AM »
I mean it’s off the shelf and three others are sitting next to it....how is it custom?

My favorite part about this is when it has the custom built price tag still applied to it......

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Re: Favorite High-End Rods?
« Reply #26 on: Nov 06, 2020, 12:48 PM »
It's all about marketing in most...not all...cases... Custom, Deluxe, Limited Edition, XL, etc. It's whatever they can do to catch your eye. And most of us are guilty of it at some point. It's the "Look at what I got" syndrome. And I was one. Now? My best equipment is far from custom. Off the rack is more like it. But I'm successful and don't mind saying it.
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Re: Favorite High-End Rods?
« Reply #27 on: Nov 06, 2020, 09:03 PM »
I've been rolling my own for almost 10 years now, decided to take the next step this year.  Got a business partner and started a company.

https://www.fish365rods.com/
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Re: Favorite High-End Rods?
« Reply #28 on: Nov 08, 2020, 10:21 PM »
Thorne Bros was my first high end production rod and I started with the $40 one.  Cheaper in cost than either the Dave Genz Gold at $100 plus and cheaper than what 13 fishing ice rod at that time at $100 plus as well.  The Thorne Bros was a no frill rod, just plain performance.

I went back and got a few custom made ones from Thorne Bros. and at the time no one else would do baitcasting rods and everyone only used it for heavy stuff.  So I prototype my first finesse rod that was a spinning rod conversion.  Ice fishing felt like, I was cheating with this finesse bait casting set up.  That maybe ten percent of fish that I lost on my spinning rod set up got reduce to less than 1 percent on the finesse baitcasting rod set up.  It's easy to lose smelt while jigging for them little snackers.  That's all I will say.
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Re: Favorite High-End Rods?
« Reply #29 on: Nov 08, 2020, 11:19 PM »
Until someone else comes in and says no other rod comes close to the one they have. 😉

Not really. A Bricker rod is actually a true custom rod. He takes orders, and builds it to your specs. It’s not walk in and buy one from scheels for $200.  There is not any builder to my knowledge that builds like Bricker does

 



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