Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
LBSPORTSMEN

Fenwick, St. Croix, or G-Loomis?

Recommended Posts

LBSPORTSMEN

Hey all, I'm looking to get some opinions on a 6'6" 1pc jig/live bait rod. I have been looking at Fenwick's Techna AV, St.Croix and G-loomis. Is there anything out there that is as good, but easier on the pocket?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
opsirc

I was looking for a graPhite rod earlier this year myself. do a search in this forum for "graphite rod" for the topic. alot of good info there.

O

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Bobb-o

take a look at the Rapala line of rods, very reasonably priced, and just as sensitive. They alos come with a warranty.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
iffwalleyes

Those three I consider to be the top three out there. I personally have a 6' GLoomis that I really like. I personally don't like St. Croix as well. Fenwicks are a very nice rod also.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Chuckster

Might want to add some of the new Shimano's into that category as well. Some like them....others dont. I just bought a new loomis and a St Croix jigging rod this year. Havent tried out the Loomis but the Croix landed a couple eyes already.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Scott K

I hav a st croix, and a gloomis, like them both. Grab a rod mount a real on it when your in the store, then buy the one you think feels the best in your hand!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Lotwfisher

I would look at the shimanos if you want something cheaper than g-loomis etc. I have g-loomis, st.croix and fenwicks and they are all great. But shimano has released some amazing rods for the cost of them. Also remember the over the counter lifetime warrenty.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
hoggs222

I have 2 loomis IMX spinning. They are great rods. G Loomis got bought out by Shimano. I also have 3 St. Croix, 2 casting and 1 ultra lite. St. Croix, mid-line & up has a 5 yr to lifetime warranty. Loomis, $50 gets you a new rod.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Fish Head

They are all good rods, but make sure you check out the Shimano Crucial! A 6'6" rod will retail for $139.99. It has a lifetime over the counter warrenty. Great rods!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Eastwind

I have had a 5.5' Fenwick HMG series for 20 years and an additional 6' HMG for 5 years. I think both of these rods are good walleye rods. The Fenwick HMGs sell for $120.00 to $130.00 at Cabela's I also have a 6.5' Fig Rig walleye rod that works very well. The Fig Rigs are a Minnesota made rod that sells in the $100.00 range. I've never fished with a St. Croix or G. Loomis but I would think that they are also good rods. I've just never been willing to pay for them. The most important thing is that you get the right rod for what you are going to use it for, regardless of who makes it or how much it costs. Sensitivity is everything when you are jigging walleyes.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
smg04

the gander mt. guide series rods are awsome for the price IMO, check them out u'll prob be able to get 3 of them for the price of one st.croix or g-lomis,

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
SWMuskeye

I also agree with the posts on the Shimanos. They are excellent rods for the money, and they have a great warranty.

As far as the other big three go, I think that the Fenwick Technas are fantastic, I don't think you'd be disappointed going that route. I think they go for around $205 currently.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
magic_minnow

Hello:

All 3, in my opinion are great poles. I personally have a 6'6" St. Croix which was really great for 2 years until the top ring fell off. Thinking that it was just a fluke, I talked with my brother who has 2 St. Croix's (Premiers) and he told me the same thing happened to him. My suggestion is: If you want to buy anyone of these poles, id recommend a G. Loomis all the way. BUT if your kinda worried about your checkbook, you can never go wrong with the store brands like Gander Mountain Guide Series or Cabelas poles. They are considerably cheaper and, in my opinion, are sturdy and reliable poles with a great feel to them. Very Balanced and well built, comparable to ANY of the top brands. I personally like the Cabelas IM8 Graphite Brands and own 2 of them. My personal, top 3 Rank 1) G. Loomis 2) Cabelas brand 3) St. Croix. BUT either way...your getting a new fishing pole...and that all itself is awesome. Good Luck!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
mtwalleye

I would also recommend looking at the Falcon line of rods. I started using Falcon rods for jigging and lindy rigging walleye about two years ago. The sensitivity of these rods is awesome allowing me to keep in contact with the bottom and feel the bight. I came across the Falcon rod line at my local bait shop in Madison Lake MN.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Dahitman44

All GREAT poles -- So are some of the "Big Store" Outfitter rods. They are made by some of the bigger names in the Biz so I would look at them too. Plus when your "kid" braks the tip off, just bring it down and many of them will replace them right off the shelf, no questions asked.

Ask them before you break last year's rod and look for a new one.

As far as the Big 3 -- My Bro-in-law and one of my buddies LOVE the G-loomis -- I have a St. croix 5 footer and love it for jigging.

Someday I am going top spend the money and check out the "G."

My $1.25

Hitman

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
anchor man

I have both St. Croix and now a Guide Series. One of my St. Croixs has IM8 graphite, the Guide Series has IM9 graphite for the same price...about $80. All the rods you mention will be more than enough to do the job, just comes down to how they feel in your hand. I'm not willing to spend $200 on a rod, but the St. Croix Tournament Walleye rod feels like a great rod.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Bob Horn

My vote is for Shimano Crucial Rods. I have had one for two years now and love it. I will be buying at least 3 more in the next couple of weeks. For the money it's a great deal. Very senitive and strong. Do yourself a favor and at least take a look at them. I think you will be bringing one home.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
LBSPORTSMEN

Thanks for all of the good info. I am not so much worried about the pocket book. It's my back! Holding one of those rods I will have the wife smacking my backside with one of the unbreakable "Ugly Sticks"!!!!!!!!!!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Superduty

IMO the st croix avids are one of the best deals out there. $150 and a lifetime warranty. Very light and sensitive. Check around with some custom rodbuilders. I found a guy that builds rods on an avid blank with identical guides and handles as the factory. Paid $130 plus shipping.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
SUNNYD

St. Croix hands down...especially the top end...I have 2 legend elite's, 2 legend tournament and a few Avids....all lifetime warranteed. However you compare an elite with an avid you are comparing a filet mignon to sirlion. Seriously speaking they are the best rods I could imagine and I have never had issues with them and never had to use a warrantee, but at least the comfort level is there just in case. Now don't get me wrong I wouldn't mind trying a couple GLX's or IMX's but St. Croix has treated me well and I haven't had the desire to buy anything else.

Any GLX user out there that can compare the differences between it and the IMX? Would love to hear if the differences are the same as the St. Croix models and my perception of the differences.

Thanks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
PikeBayCommanche

Loomis no question. smile.gif

If money does not matter you can't beat a loomis in my opinion.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
The Yeti

I have both Loomis and St. Croix. I prefer the Loomis.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
walterking

Loomis is the best of the best in my opinion,imx 8400 one of the best rods ever made until the glx srj722 came along you can actually feel the jig or live bait rig being picked up the glx is worth the extra $100 you will catch more fish with a glx just by having it in your arsenal they are very very light and ultra sensitive just my opinion,and thorne brothers can make you a great rod perfect to your liking for around $350 with a glx blank.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
fisherdog19

Check into the Fig Rig line of rods. Made in MN, very sensitive, and reasonably priced.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
anchor man

Do the lifetime warranties on the high end rods include only manufacture defects, or do they include any type of broken rod-ie car door snap?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • DLD24
      Is it always impossible to get a hold of Jeff?? It took me like 8 calls to get a hold of him, brought my boat down after I got a hold of him. I told him I was hoping to use it this weekend for one last trip...I've called him multiple times for an update and he never answers... Seems odd for a business.
    • MinnowBuckets
      You know it’s a good day when you’re thumb looks like that from lipping the fish! What sizes are you getting right now, Rick?
    • Rick G
      Last two days have been incredible for both size and numbers
    • Rick
      Recreational netting for whitefish and tullibee (cisco) is anticipated to open on several Schedule I Lakes in the Grand Rapids fisheries work area beginning in late October, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Schedule I Lakes, which are more susceptible to sudden changes that impact water temperatures, will be opened and closed on a 48-hour notice posted at lake accesses, other public places, and the DNR website. Schedule II Lakes, will open Nov. 3. Schedule I Lakes (48 hour notice) Anticipated opening dates are as follows: Friday, Oct. 27 through Sunday, Dec.3, for Deer (near Deer River), and Turtle (3.5 inch mesh). Friday, Nov. 3 through Sunday, Dec. 10, for Side and South Sturgeon (1.75 inch mesh). Friday, Nov. 10 through Sunday, Dec. 10, for Big Balsam and Nashwauk (1.75 inch mesh). Schedule II Lakes Lakes open to whitefish and cisco sport netting Friday, Nov. 3 through Sunday, Dec. 10: Bass (north basin). Ball Club. Bowstring*. Little Bowstring. Cut Foot Sioux*. Deer (near Effie). Grave. Jessie. Maple. Pokegama. Round (near Squaw Lake –1.75 inch mesh). Rush Island. Sand (near Max)*. Swan.  (1.75 inch mesh) Twin Lakes (near Marble). Winnibigoshish* and Little Winnibigoshish* (1.75 inch mesh). *Bowstring, Cut Foot Sioux, Sand, Winnibigoshish and Little Winnibigoshish are designated infested waters because of the presence of faucet snails or zebra mussels. Nets and equipment used in infested waters may not be used in any other waterbody unless they have been dried for ten days or frozen for two days. Fishing regulations require that: Netters purchase both a whitefish netting license and angling license. A person may use only one gill net, not exceeding 100 feet in length and 3 feet in width. One end of net must have a pole, stake, or buoy projecting at least two feet above the surface of the water or ice. Nets must have an identification tag attached near the first float of the end that is projecting from the surface of the water or ice. Identification tags must be a minimum of 2 ½ inches by 5/8 inch permanently bearing the name and address of the owner. Identification tags for marking nets are provided by the owner. Nets may not be set after sunset or raised before sunrise. All gill nets must be set and lifted by the licensee only. Anyone assisting in the taking of whitefish or ciscoes must have proper licensing. Nets must be tended at least once every 24 hours and all gamefish and non-target species must be immediately released from the net. A net may not be set in any water deeper than six feet. A net may not be set within 50 feet of another net. Minimum gill net mesh size shall be no less than 1-3/4 or 3-1/2 inch stretch measure depending on the lake (see full list of lake and size regulations online). Nets used in designated infested waters must be dried for a minimum of 10 days or frozen for 2 days before using in a different water body. Nets should be dried for 10 days or frozen for 2 before moving from any lake to another. Nets used in spiny water flea and/or zebra mussel infested waters should be not used in any other waterbody Nets should be transported in sealed container. Whitefish and ciscoes taken by sport gill-netting may not be bought or sold. Whitefish and ciscoes taken by sport gill-netting may not be used as bait. Within the Leech Lake Reservation boundaries, the possession limit for whitefish taken by sport gill-netting is 25, and the possession limit for ciscoes taken by sport gill-netting is 50. Net placement should not inhibit use of the lake by other boaters. About 700 people obtain special permits to net for whitefish-tullibee each year. The DNR bases netting schedules on expected water temperatures, fish abundance and vulnerability of game fish. As the water temperature cools, game fish head to deeper water and whitefish-tullibee come to shallow water for fall spawning.  Netting is allowed when there is little chance that game fish populations would be negatively impacted by recreational netting in shallow water. Find information about sport netting by lake, minimum mesh sizes, and fishing regulations at http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/rlp/regulations/fishing/whitefish-tullibee.pdf or contact the DNR’s Grand Rapids area office at 1201 East Highway 2, Grand Rapids, MN 55744, or call 218-328-8836. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • bbfenatic
      It seemed cheap to me for all the functionality.
    • Coleman
      I think I'll give it a try today.  Looks like it could be windy, which can help a bit with the down river drift.   I might try to get out Sunday as well after the game.  But, I think it's time to start putting the summer toys away for the year.  Just not the boat yet.  Will keep that out for a another 2-3 weeks.  Will tell you how I do if I get out today.   Another thing I'll add.  I've fished above the SCSU dam a bit this time of year.  Always just went a bit north of the Wilson Park landing and pulled some cranks along the east banks.  Normally did pretty well. Would normally work all the way up past the Hospital.  
    • fishingdad
            I was wondering if anybody that lives on the lake has Satellite Internet Service?  If you do I have a couple of questions-  Who is it through?  What does it cost for the applicable data plan you have?  Do you have any complaints, compliments, concerns about it.         I would like to sign up & do it but I don't want to regret having a 2 year commitment or similar & find out it is bad-horrible connection. Do you burn through the Data extremely fast?  We are up to the cabin almost every weekend April - October  & then every other through the winter so not being there enough isn't the issue just wanting to justify having it.  
    • ZachD
      250 bucks no thanks
    • Bobber221
      Can anyone report on fishing on Rainy River this week?
    • Tony S
      Headed up this weekend for the first trip of the fall.  Thinking about fishing the lake with all the good reports from there, but has anybody been up to Clementson, Frontier or Birchdale  areas recently that could give a report?  Thanks.