Cheap Vs. Expensive - Best Fishing Rods

Before you buy new fishing rods check out this video! What are you really getting for your money? Are all of these different rods worth it or are some a better value? Matt explains his 4 favorite rod lines (from cheap to expensive) and what sets each one apart. 

When choosing the best rod lines to invest your money Matt used the follow criteria... How sensitive are the rods? How consistent is the entire line? Do they make enough models to cover the average angler's needs? Is this the best all-around rod in its class? 

Dobyns Colt Series:

The Colt is a great line of rods in the $80 price range. They cover all of your basic techniques with fairly slow actions that will help you land fish. Quality is excellent for the price and best of all, they seem to be consistent. 

Standout Models...
7' Medium spinning- All around finesse
7' Medium Heavy Crankbait - lipless and deep cranks
7' Heavy- jigs, Texas rigs, small swimbaits

Dobyns Fury Series:

The Fury line covers everything from finesse to giant swimbaits. Its a true "do everything" line of rods and you can do if for $120 a piece. These are fantastic rods for the price which some great models to choose from. 

StandOut Models...
-7' Medium Spinning - Finesse Fishing
-7' Medium heavy - all around
-7'3" Extra Heavy - Frogging
-8' Heavy- Big Swimbaits and Glidebaits

Shimano Expride:

The Expride is currently our favorite rod line on the market. They're incredibly light and sensitive and perform along side rods that cost nearly twice their price. At $279, these rods are amazing!

Standout Models...
-7' Light + Spinning- Dropshot, Ned Rig, Tubes
-7'2" Medium Heavy- All Around topwater, Texas rigs, reaction
-7'3" Extra Heavy- Frog fishing
-7'11" Extra Heavy- Best Flipping Stick On The Market (at any price)

G Loomis NRX:

The NRX is the industry standard for sensitivity and ultra light performance. These rods are second to none and offer a variety of amazing models. If you're looking for high-end performance that you can rely on year after year, the NRX is for you!

Stand Out Models...
- 802S JWR: Light Dropshot and Ned Rig
- 852C JWR: Shaky Head, small keitech, worms, finesse
-853C JWR: Light Jigs, Texas Rigs
-894C JWR: Heavy Jigs, Texas Rigs, Jig Head Swimbaits, big spinnerbaits

Matching Reels...
-Casitas 150:
-Curado 200K:
-Chronarch MGL:
-Metanium MGL:

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G Loomis Conquest Rods - Are They Worth The Money??

We got the opportunity to check out the G Loomis Conquest and you need see what we found! This rod is a true hybrid between Shimano and G Loomis. For year's Shimano has been at the forefront of rod technology. With the Conquest we get all the advantages of that technology coupled with the build quality and sensitivity that G Loomis is known for. 

Shimano's Spiral X and Hi Power X technologies both make a huge difference in rod performance. Never before has this technology been mated with the incredible sensitivity of a Loomis blank. You've got to feel the difference for yourself!

The Rods...
G Loomis Conquest Casting Rods:
G Loomis Conquest Spinning Rods:

G Loomis NRX Casting Rods:
G Loomis NRX Spinning Rods:

Reels we recommend pairing with...
Stella 2500 Spinning:
Exsence 300 Spinning:

Antares Casting Reel:
Metanium Casting Reel:
Aldebaran 50 Casting Reel:

The Conquest is in a league of its own. The only rod that comes close is the NRX, also by G Loomis. Both rods are unbelievably sensitive but one (The NRX) is built for ultra-light weight sensitivity while the Conquest is built for Power and Sensitivity. Be realistic about your fishing style as you choose between these two amazing rods. 

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Fishing Rod Buyer's Guide

Ever wanted to buy a new fishing rod but can't decide which one to get? Tim explains what all the different actions, ratings, and sizes mean so you know what you're getting before it arrives.

Ever wondered what all the letters and numbers mean? Example: 845CBR. Well , if you're looking at a G Loomis that's 84 inches long, 5 power rod, CBR (Crank Bait Rod). If its a Dobyns (704C) that would be a 7'0", 4 power rod, "C" for Casting Rod. All of those numbers and letters can get pretty confusing but they're actually really easy to understand once its been explained. 

Rods Shown In The Video...

Dobyns Champion Extreme Casting:
Shimano Zodias Casting:
Shimano Expride Casting:
Daiwa Tatula:
G Loomis GLX Casting:
G Loomis Crankbait Rod:

Should You Buy a 2 Piece Rod?

We've been asked time and time again about 1 vs. 2 piece rods. Today we address the questions and explain the advantages of each style of rod. 

The answer really comes down to fishing style. If you're a bank fisherman or fishing from a smaller boat there are huge advantages to two-piece fishing rods. Under virtually any other circumstance the advantages of a one-piece rod far outweigh any disadvantages!

If you're shopping for rods, below are our recommendations based on budget...

7' Medium Spinning Rod:

Low $$$- Shimano Sellus
Mid $$$- Dobyns Fury
High $$$- G Loomis NRX

7' Medium Baitcasting Rod:

Low $$$- Shimano Sellus
Mid $$$- Shimano Clarus
High $$$- Dobyns Champ Extreme

7'-7'2" Medium Heavy Baitcasting Rod: 

Low $$$- Shimano Sellus
Mid $$$- Dobyns Fury
High $$$- Shimano Zodias

Reel Recommendations for each...

Spinning Low $$$- Shimano Nexave 2500
Spinning Mid $$$- Shimano Saros 2500

Baitcasting Low $$$- Shimano Caius
Baitcasting Mid $$$- Shimano Citica 7:1