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Which rod?

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My budget is small (<$150), I currently own one cheap 5wt Cortland rod/reel and was looking for a decent bass rod and came across these two: Powell TMX 4-piece 9’ 7wt or Redington RS4 4-piece 9.5’ 7wt.
Any recommendations or experience with either (or any info on the manufacturer) would be appreciated or if you know of any other rod that fits my budget.
Also looking for inexpensive reel suggestions that would match up with one of these rods.
Thanks.

Posted on: 2011/11/6 15:33


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Broken record: 7'6" 7/8wt cabela's cgr and a pflueger 1495. add a 7WFF line. enjoy.

Posted on: 2011/11/6 16:19
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Berks, I own a Reddington RS4 and really like it and has received high praise from others. Just my two cents and that's all I've got.

Posted on: 2011/11/6 16:22
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I have a 9 foot 5 wt RS4 and a 9 foot 9 weight RS4. I love them both and find them a pleasure to fish. I wouldn't hesitate to pick up the 9.5 foot RS4 for 7 weight.

My 9 foot 6 wt is a Powell TMX and I like it too, just not as much as I like the RS4s.

Posted on: 2011/11/6 17:15
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Great info!! I went with the Redington. Sierra TP had a special running for <$100. Nothing like doubling your rod inventory with one click of the mouse. Pretty pathetic...
Now I just need to pick up a reel and I'll be set.

Posted on: 2011/11/6 18:24
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3 rods to cover most needs is praised by most people on this board. Not that you need to but fill in the missing gap when you get a chance.


7-8' 3-4wt rod for small streams

9'5wt for general fishing

9' 7-8wt for bass/steelhead/light salt.


I could catch just about any fish in PA and feel comfortable doing so with these 3 rods.

Posted on: 2011/11/7 16:12
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Hey don't knock the Cortland! One of my favorite rods is the Cortland GRF 1000 8' 5 weight that I have. I've used it for 15 years (it was my 2nd rod and a huge step up from the Ballfart special I began on) and I still go for it 8/10 trips.

Posted on: 2011/11/7 16:22


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Sasquatch,
I've got that same model Cortland. I bought it almost 20 years ago for about $50. I've only been fishing with it seriously for the past two years and the thing works. And I won't need therapy if I accidently break the tip off in my car door...

Posted on: 2011/11/7 19:11


Re: Which rod?

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The only reason I'd panic is 'cause I've had the rod for so long now, its got sentimental value for me.

Its definitely a solid rod, especially for the cash! Its the only 8' I have. Never felt I had any reason to dethrone it from its position.

Posted on: 2011/11/7 20:53


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Sasquatch,
I've got that same model Cortland. I bought it almost 20 years ago for about $50. I've only been fishing with it seriously for the past two years and the thing works. And I won't need therapy if I accidently break the tip off in my car door...


Well you have been good doing fishing since 20 years but for your car door you may nee a car accident lawyer to help you out :)

Posted on: 2011/11/21 9:38






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