Rod And Reel

Discussion in 'Center Pin Fishing' started by steelhead1, Apr 23, 2006.

  1. steelhead1

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    I'm looking to purchase a Pin outfit this summer and was curious as to what everyone thinks would be a good starting combo(rod and reel). I'm looking to spend about $500 or less. Also, when I get my new toy is there anyone close by that would be willing to hold my hand through basics of using it? Thanks in advance for any help.
     
  2. Treven

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    For that $$ it depends on what you deem more important. My vote is an Islander IS (Contact Craig @ [email protected] ,awesome guy to work with and will ship anywhere). He has them for approx $300. I personally fish a 13' St. Croix Avid and love it-$230 @ Cabelas. So that's $530 close and you won't be unhappy in the least!

    Other choices:

    Rods:
    -Loomis Canada Frontier MX Line up (Look @ www.FishUSA.com for factory rods and blanks)
    -Raven Line up, especially IM9 and Matrix rods (www.FishUSA.com again)
    -Rainshadow are inexpensive, but nice (Blank prices @ http://www.shofftackle.com/shoffssh.html)
    -Cedar Rods (approx $375)

    Reels:
    Mykiss ($400 contact through www.******************)
    Okuma Sheffield ($160 Craig @ Erie Outfitters)
    Raven Matrix ($140 Craig @ Erie Outfitters)

    This is a huge question to ask since there are sooo many possibilities, if you want more indepth look at all of the possibilities email me @[email protected]

    Later,

    Trev
     

  3. MPsteelheader

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    for $200 bucks you can get an aventa reel(good starter) and an aventa rod (13'6" 3 peice)...

    that was my starter and did just fine...

    then i got too into it and now im 1500 in the hole with these setups and there's more to be bought!
     
  4. Hex4steel

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    Like Treven, I too am fishing a 13ft st.croix right now. I love that rod, tried several others and still haven't made any new purchases.......


    There's obviously nicer rods but from what I HAVE used I prefer my St.Croix.....very nice,light, sensitive tip section with alot of backbone in the lower section. 230 bucks, can't really beat it.

    I am still using an Okuma Sheffield right now. I really like the reel, gets the job done.....but after trying a few other types I will probably upgrade after I get the dough$$$$$. Although I haven't tried one, I have heard alot of postive comments coming from the Mykiss line. The islander is probably the nicest reel I have personally used thus far. Good luck on finding the right setup.
     
  5. TheSteelheadBum

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    As for the reel I would go with an Islander, but to keep you under $500 you should check out Raven's line of rods and reels. They are very nice for the money. I would go with the Matrix or the Vectra reel. I can not remember the price's but my favorite was the 14' IM8.
     
  6. MuskyDan

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    have a mykiss with the croix but frontier or cedar even loomis are alot lighter blanks. if you buy the croix done you have a huge diameter cork that is to large for the hand but the rod is nice
     
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    MuskyDan hit it on the nose with the heaviness of the blank. I use a Bass Pro "The Balancer" and it helps, but only a custom handle that is balanced is the only way to balance that rod perfectly and have over 10" of foregrip.

    For a comparison, the 15' Frontier MX (Loomis CA) is 4.6oz blank weight, while the beastly St. Croix is 5.0oz blank weight. Now the MX is 2 ft longer, so the 'ol Croix is hefty, but I still LOVE the thing. It's ability to protect light tippet, or jigs in my case, while being able to put the boots to a fish with a strong hook and 10lb lead it most certainly can. I landed a 15lb King in no time with it, but still makes steelies very fun as it bends WELL!

    Trev
     
  8. steelhead1

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    Thanks guys. It gives me alot of info to chew on.
     
  9. Henner

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    I have a Mykiss (2) and a 13' Frontier, and love it. I have fished with the same rod muskie dan has and my rod is lighter, but for faster water and bigger fish I would go with the st.croix. Like Trev said.

    Good luck,
    Bobby Sullivan
    (st.croixsuckerboy)
     
  10. MPsteelheader

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    henner you having any problems with the clicker on that 'kiss???

    heard alot of problems with that on 'kisses...
     
  11. TheSteelheadBum

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    I don't think its a matter of having a problem with the clicker I think its a matter of basically not having one at all. The clicker is not that big of deal since it has nothing to do with the fishability of the reel. Just carry a rubber band......
     
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    why complain about the clicker it isnt a downrigger reel does your clicker hold the line from coming off the spool when your retying the only time i use my clicker is when i put my rod away. other wise i hold the spool
     
  14. MPsteelheader

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    well i just wasn't impressed with that for a reel thats well over the $400 price tag...

    dont mean to be rude just asked a question...

    cya on the river,

    mark
     
  15. MuskyDan

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    maybe i did come off a little harsh