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Stinkfinger
12-19-2006, 12:58 AM
Anyone ever used one of these high dollar rods?

drifter106
12-19-2006, 01:29 AM
Bought my first g-loomis 15 years ago. Use them for crappie, channels and flatheads. If I was to compare them to other brands...well, a good analogy would be like a chevy vs ford, dodge or nissan. Some people are in the chevy camp with others swear up and down with other makes. Good rod makers use material that produces a quality rod.

If my memory serves me right, g-loomis, at the time I initial purchased my first two, had a lifetime warranty. I used it once with no problems but haven't inquired lately as to how they cover their products. Major brand name with quality graphite will provide a person with hours of fun. Hard to beat the sensistivity of those rods.

Have used other rods that don't really stack up to a good graphite and its kinda like a duck out of water. For me, thats a major part of fishing. Right tackle, weather cooperating and good company. Priceless!!

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FIRE IN THE HOLE!!


regards,

drifter

crappiencali
12-19-2006, 02:46 AM
I use them for crappie and have used them for bass. Great rods and you can definitely feel the difference from other brands. They are expensive and come with a life time warranty.

deathb4disco
12-19-2006, 07:41 AM
Great rods -- very light and sensitive! I've got four of them, one of the SJR models and three lighter spinning rods.

skiptomylu
12-19-2006, 08:17 AM
A few years ago I was still big in bass fishing and bought a rod that I was looking for that had very particular set of numbers. I wanted a 7' rod with the ability to use a fairly light lure and still go to at least a 1 oz lure. The only one I could find then was a GLoomis and it was their high end rod. I had bought a lot of rods that were in the $100-$150 range, but never anything like this as it was $315. Well I got it and love it. My favorite heavy rod by far.

Now a couple of years ago I was having some trouble with my boat and the rails I use to put it in the water. To make this story short, I ended up sitting on that rod and broke it. It has a life time warranty that if you pay shipping of $50 they will replace your rod free. They sent me a rod and after that I sent them my broken one back. No questions ask! That rod then had become a $345 rod.

Also don't over look St. Croix rods. I bought a rod that I had intended using wile fishing wacky worm for bass and it has become my favorite crappie rod and it is AS70MLF Model and here is a link to it...
http://www.basspro.com/servlet/catalog.TextId?hvarTextId=29742&hvarTarget=search&cmCat=SearchResults

Hope this helps.

TampaJim
12-19-2006, 08:19 AM
I build rods for a living ... G Loomis, St Croix and Lamiglas. All of them produce blanks range from above average to exquisite. St Croix builds the best high end blanks - SCIV and SCV. Lamiglas is the least expensive of the lot but has very good quality control. G Loomis is the most expensive and the least advanced technologically, they haven't done much in the last 5 years to improve their product - they are owned by Shimano and taking the $$$ back home. All that said - G Loomis is my number one seller, marketing pays!

If you have particular questions, fire away and I will do my best to answer them.

skiptomylu
12-19-2006, 09:02 AM
I build rods for a living ... G Loomis, St Croix and Lamiglas. All of them produce blanks range from above average to exquisite. St Croix builds the best high end blanks - SCIV and SCV. Lamiglas is the least expensive of the lot but has very good quality control. G Loomis is the most expensive and the least advanced technologically, they haven't done much in the last 5 years to improve their product - they are owned by Shimano and taking the $$$ back home. All that said - G Loomis is my number one seller, marketing pays!

If you have particular questions, fire away and I will do my best to answer them.
I remember when Shimano bought them and it was just before this I bought my GLoomis and I would guess that was about 5-7 years ago. I know I love it as well as the St Croix and if I were to buy another high end rod it would probably be a St. Croix.

It's good to know the info you provided about GLoomis and how they have remained stagnate.

Thanks,

Skip

Stinkfinger
12-19-2006, 12:25 PM
I appreciate all the feedback, very helpful, thanks. I like a medium length rod and usually fish from my small V-bottom boat.

"Sensitivity" is the key issue with me. We all know how funny these danged crappie can be and I want to feel those really light nibbles.

I've found a good selection of GLoomis rods on Ebay, any other suggestions on shopping for price?

Are the St. Croix rods the pick of the litter?

Thanks again, Jim

TampaJim
12-19-2006, 01:17 PM
I would HIGHLY recommend against eBay. As much as I love the site, there are "fake" G Loomis rods on the site (and other high end rods as well). Not to mention that even if it is legitimate, the warranty is not valid since you are not the original purchaser - licensed dealers are NOT allowed to sell product through eBay.

If you want to purchase a "factory built" rod I will help you with selection of a proper model and point you to a reputable vendor and a valid warranty - heck, I might even have a coupon you could use.

If you would like a "custom built" rod I will help you as well. I will mention that my G Loomis and St Croix rods are one penny LESS than the same model in a factory rod - yet with many upgrades and improvements.

I have a website you can go to and look around ... www.dudleyrods.com (http://www.dudleyrods.com).

I don't have St Croix pricing posted, G Loomis is a larger share of the local market here in Tampa. I do stock a large number of blanks and can get anything else PDQ.

Here's a link to the G Loomis website ... http://www.gloomis.com

And another link to St Croix ... http://www.stcroixrods.com

Take care and have a crappie day!

deathb4disco
12-19-2006, 01:27 PM
Here's another option:

http://www.roguerods.com/

They're former Gloomis guys who went out on their own.

If you're after more sensitivity, you could always try some type of braided line. That's cheaper than a new rod!

skiptomylu
12-19-2006, 01:44 PM
Here's another option:

http://www.roguerods.com/

They're former Gloomis guys who went out on their own.

If you're after more sensitivity, you could always try some type of braided line. That's cheaper than a new rod!

Interesting to say the least. If I was in the market for a rod i sure would look at these as well as the St. Croix. Would probably look at TampaJim's rods as well.

I do love a good rod!

Jigster
12-19-2006, 03:00 PM
Tampa Jim you have a pm.

Jakekatfishin
12-20-2006, 10:02 AM
I think you may want to chek these guys out. They make some of the finest blanks I have had the opportunity to work with. They have made it a point to give you the best blank and rod at a resonable price, none over $250. I would put it along side any other rod I have used or broken with out the price. They have finished rods, blanks, and will be more than willing to put together a custom rod for you. They are the mom and pop of the rod world, not well know, but those who do will 20 miles out of the way for the fried chicken.

http://www.dorber.com/rods.html

gonefishingee
12-20-2006, 10:11 AM
I have used all different types of rods and now have settled on a Ozark Rod Company rod. The 10' dipping rod is my favorite and it only cost $45
They are in cabelas and allot of other places.

They are Tony Edgar signature series.

Tony sells them out of his shop in Versalies ,MO also.
1-573-378-2220

deathb4disco
12-20-2006, 03:01 PM
I have also heard nothing but good things about Dorber.

Greenwing
12-20-2006, 09:25 PM
I have a St.Croix Avid and a Gloomis GL3 spinning rods the GL3 is a little more sensitive not sure if it is worth 75.00 dollars more. I will be sure to check on some of the rods mentioned above if I decide to buy another one. Several guy's at work think it is crazy to pay that kind of money for a rod but the way I see it fishing is my favorite hobby so if I want to use good equipment it is no different from someone who enjoy's hunting and buys an automatic shotgun vs a pump shotgun both will get the job done but maybe the automatic is more comfortable.

TampaJim
12-20-2006, 10:00 PM
Give a St Croix Legend Tournament a try ... in the same general price range as the GL3 and a much better rod.

I am surprised that you find the GL3 more sensitive, something other than the blank must be causing it. The Avid is a SCIII blank - essentially the same level as the GL3 and actually a touch better.

I have found one thing over the years - the folks that buy better quality rods don't own nearly as many. So ... it might just be cheaper in the long run to buy rods that you are truly happy with and can get many years of use from.

Greenwing
12-20-2006, 11:14 PM
I am planning on trying a legend tournament after the first of the year planning on buying a meduim spinning rod for Bass and Stripes. The Avid is new only used it a few times whereas the GL3 has been used since last fall it could be more of a confidence thing or could be the GL3 was giving to me and I had to buy the Avid.