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by scottsteel » Mon Jan 22, 2007 9:39 pm
I think I am going to get a pin, I have been spin fishing for steel for 10yrs and I think I am going to give it a try. The two rods I am looking at are the Raven matrix IM6 12'-9" three piece and the Okuma Aventa 13' 3 piece. Has any body know anything about these two rods. thanks
by Cornbread » Tue Jan 23, 2007 9:35 am
I would go with the Matrix over the Aventa if those where my choices. The Aventa is a bit of a whip. In the same price range you have the Guide Select from Okuma and the Endurance from Cortland, both with better warranties.
by fontinalis » Tue Jan 23, 2007 1:04 pm
I never bought a float rod I use my old drift rods and they seem to work fine. I built a 12 foot fenwick 15 years ago I use that on larger water I have a kinda stiff 10 foot fenwick and limper 10 foot [censored] swan that I use on smaller water and I have some 9 foot rods of varying stiffness that I use on really tight water. Even the noodley type rods seem to work fine. With the center pin there is no slack in the line and I don't miss hook sets with noodle rods and the extra give helps protect light tippits. I like the great lakes handle style for center pin 6to8 inches cork behind the reel and 8 inchs to a foot in front of the reel.
Get your centerpin and start fishing with your drift rods after you've used it for a while you'll have a better idea of what you want out of a float rod.
by Flawless Flies » Tue Jan 23, 2007 5:29 pm
If you can cough up the money a bit get the G-Loomis STFR 1601 =)
its a fine rod by any standards.... you'll love the handle of it......
I love my STFR.. and wont go back to the noodle rod ....
Or you can get the Fenwick HMG AV GAVS 1102 UL.... another fine rod a less expensive rod.....
or you can choose which ever rod that suite your budget for the time being..... you can never go wrong there!
Good Luck on find the rod... and welcome to centerpining!
by POOCH » Wed Jan 24, 2007 1:05 pm
I'm only a year into centerpinning, I bought the Aventa to start with. Rod is way to limber. Also, the top section broke on the first fish on it. Called Okuma and sent it in. UPS called said package arrived but no rod (stolen). UPS reimbursed me for a new rod. The funny thing, the theif only got the top section. I am using my St. Croix 11.6' for small steams and saving for a Loomis. I appreciate the suggestions for STFR. I buy all rods and reels with saved change. About $500 a year. A great way to get good stuff, with out putting the hurts to the wallet.
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