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: rods under $200

10-26-2001, 08:24 AM
Joev's inquiry into start-up outfits spawned this question.

How do 9wgt. rods under $200 compare with each other (from a users perspective, not a numbers comparison)? I'm sensative to the objectivity of individual preference & casting styles.

Right now I have a Diamondback All-American that I feel has a slower casting rhythm than I'm used to using (o.k. I get excited when the stripers are blitzing...). I'm looking to get one I'm more in tune with, preferably in a 3pc configuration.

The four names that come to mind are:
D-back AA
St.Criox Avid
Redington Red Start & RS2
Sage DS2 (I did not see these when i was shopping in the spring)

10-26-2001, 10:12 AM
I was amazed at how well the Redington cast for the money. The Dback and StCroix are great values. The St.Croix gives a better all-around package (reel-seats,etc) but in the end it's what the blank does for you that counts so you have to cast them all. The Sages are over $200, ~$240.

10-26-2001, 11:30 AM
The other day I threw the Diamondback 9'6 #8 which runs around $170, I believe that is the AA. I was very very impressed, it wasnt a fast rod by any sretch of the means but it was a responsive rod that with one false cast shot an incredible amount of line.

The St. Croix Imperials are nice rods but too slow and soft for an heavy line fishing. The Avid's are excellent rods as well and very light in the hand and fast but the Diamondback would be choice.

10-26-2001, 12:09 PM
NF16 - I've got a 9wgt I could part with - contact me via email if intersted.
JoeV same goes for you, it's used, 3pc but clean etc. I plan on putting into the "spare rod" category otherwise...

10-26-2001, 06:18 PM
[quote]Sprocket (10-26-2001 09:24 a.m.):
Joev's inquiry into start-up outfits spawned this question.

Redington has a Wayfarer series priced at $195. This is a five piece outfit that has a moderate to stiff action. An amazaing rod for the price. Tube and unconditional lifetime warranty included. Check out their website for details at

If your are interested in a 10wt, I've got an ultra legend 10wt that I built last year as a backup that has been fished very little. Price including tube and warranty on the blank for $200. I just bough a Sage RPLXi.

I also concur that the St. Croix Avid is an excellent value for the money. I have spent time at the factory and have been duly impressed with their blank manufacturing and their outstanding quality control, not to mention the quality of guides and reel seats used on that series.

10-28-2001, 08:36 AM
I'll have to put in another plug for the redbone!
there are 8 and 10 wt 3 pc, and 8-12wt 2 pc with sock and tube... and you know how cabelas stands behind things. these have great hardware, are made from im7 blanks and are a great casting rod. the best thing is, for $200, you can get 2! everyone I've let cast these rods has been totally amazed when they found out the cost. try em, you'll like em! Tom D

Dble Haul
10-29-2001, 01:35 PM
Tom- Thanks for the head's up about the Redbone rods. I'm seriously considering getting one for next season, and appreciate your input.


10-29-2001, 08:44 PM
Check out L.L. Bean's 6-piece rod. (