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Rogue Hunter

Rod sensitivity-part 2 of my rod/reel combo thread

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In my rod/reel combo recommendations thread, Slick814 brought up the idea that a one piece rod is more sensitive than a two piece...and I could agree with that.

Without looking, I believe the longest storage compartment in my boat is 6ft. So, if I went with anything longer than a 6' rod, I'd have to store it off the boat. On the other hand, if I managed to "wingle" a 6'ft rod into the compartment, it might get "jammed" against the end of the storage compartment.

What does everyone use? And is there a noticeable difference in sensitivity...one vs. two piece rods?

Thanks much,

Rogue Hunter

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I think the advantage of a 2 piece far outweighs any loss in sensitivity. When is the last time, you were out fishing and said "I would have caught more fish with a more sensitive rod."?

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the fenwick hmg has a a place for your thumb that goes directly to the graphite of the rod so you can feel anything and everything.

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The last time that I tried jigging with a two piece rod.

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I think it is a matter of personal preference. I like the one piece rods for the fishing I get involved in, but sometimes length/#pieces becomes a matter of common sense. Its tough trying to fit the 10'6" Superior casting rod into the van for the trip up to the lake.

Eastwind made a comment about jigging with a two piece and I guess I really would rather have the rod in one piece for that use, but if you are trolling or casting cranks or whatever the two pice will work well for you. Besides, I think the best length of rod for most jigging is 6 foot anyway.

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I would get a 6-foot one-piece rod. That's a good average length anyway. I've never compared the two, but I'm sure a one-piece rod is much more sensative. I've only purchased one 2-piece rod in the last 20 years, and that was because I needed to carry it on a plane to Alaska. - Vern

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a 6 foot rod is plenty of rod, I myself perfer longer rods usually.

With technology now days and how they make the ferrels for 2 piece rods. If you get a quality 2 piece rod, you really are not loosing too much sensitivity. Shimano Compre makes some very nice 2 piece rods for about $90 if your looking for a mass produced rod.

I would also look at Midwest Rod. They are a sponsor of Fishing Minnesota.com and make very quality rods. I would be able to bet they could make you an awesome 2 piece rod that would have little to no sensitivity loss. If you got it with thier new sesitive handle you may end up with a rod that was actually more seensitive than any rod you have now. I would deffinatly give Bill and Al a look!

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Like I said, I prefer the one piece. For jigging, I don't think that a two-piece is as good. For trolling, I don't know if there's that much difference, because there's a different feel for it when you get a strike. I guess I prefer my 6' one piece for most applications, as it's a good all around rod, and when space in a vehicle or boat is at a premium, or when you can only take one rod (I know... but it has happened!!) it's my go to setup.

I guess the big thing, especially if you're looking for a walleye rod, is a fast tip. It'll help with thejigging feel, and will also help with feeling the strike a little easier while trolling.

Just my $.02, but I get the feeling that sometimes we all get wrapped up in, "Get a St. Croix, G-Loomis, or Midwest Custom." All of which are excellent quality and worth the price, but... I know that I personally don't necessarily have the extra funds to go that expensive, but have found that there are a lot of less expensive options that are quite good.

Rogue, check out Cabela's website for spinning combos. They have some really good deals going on right now for Father's day. You might just save $25 or so, and get a little better setup than you might paying full price. That's what happened with mine last year. I was looking to spend around $100 on a setup, and found a combo with a Cabela's Fish Eagle II and Pflueger President spinning reel combo. Separate it would've been about $125-$130, but as a combo, they were selling it for $105... I couldn't be happier with it!! grin.gif

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I'm with Dietz- I too prefer a little bit longer rod - both walleye rods are 6'3" and 6'6".....but nothin' wrong with a 6' rod.

Though if you are "crammin" that rod into your storage compartment in the boat, I'd feel better about a 2 piece rod made by the manufactor than a 2 piece rod made by your crammin'......I'd be steamin' mad.gif at myself if I did that to a $$$ rod.

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