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#149866 - 04/29/02 11:27 PM Re: Rods...final gauntlet...
rustyhook Offline
Parr

Registered: 11/14/99
Posts: 63
Loc: Spanaway, WA
Rainshadow custom 1084 by TH --- Tried Lami, Loomis, and Allstar --- Confidence that the Rainshadow rod will not let me down is why it gets my vote. The balance with the reel I use makes a long day on the river easy on the arms of this old man. The others may work better for others however, the Rainshadow works best for me. God Bless the U.S.A.
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#149867 - 04/30/02 09:51 AM Re: Rods...final gauntlet...
TH Offline
Spawner

Registered: 03/08/99
Posts: 633
Loc: Coos Bay, OR
Thanks FJ... focus, I just keep telling myself to focus..

Thanks Rusty

and TM.. there is sooooo much difference...

YES!!!
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#149868 - 04/30/02 09:52 PM Re: Rods...final gauntlet...
DM Offline
Smolt

Registered: 01/15/02
Posts: 91
Loc: WASHINGTON
TH are you saying there is a big difference between G Loomis and Rainshadow or are you saying there is a big difference between custom built Rods and factory confused

Also just wondering how you can sell a Rainshadow blank that is soposidly better quality than Loomis for so cheap. Is it just the Loomis name wich makes the money. confused

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#149869 - 04/30/02 10:04 PM Re: Rods...final gauntlet...
Sparkey Offline
Repeat Spawner

Registered: 03/06/99
Posts: 1273
Loc: Western Washington
Here is my take on it...and take it seriously as I've played around with alot of Rainshadows and fished with alot of Loomises.

Rainshadows ARE NOT a Loomis.

Respsonsiveness, sensitivity, weight are all in favor of GL3's and IMX's. Does that mean Rainshadow is a bad rod??...no, they are a great rod, for the MONEY.

Will you get a better built rod with a custom rod? Yes.

If you can not afford or do not want to spend the money for a GL3 or IMX, buy a Rainshadow. If you don't mind spending the money (like myself and many others), buy a Loomis.
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#149870 - 05/01/02 10:01 AM Re: Rods...final gauntlet...
TH Offline
Spawner

Registered: 03/08/99
Posts: 633
Loc: Coos Bay, OR
This can be looked at from many different points of view. I personally, and have heard from countless others that the Rainshadow blanks fish as well or better than a GL3. They are a mod/fast blank, making them a bit softer feeling, but as far as weight and sensitivity I feel they are right there..
and yes I feel a custom rod fishes better than a factory rod..TM but we can argue anything.
As for the price, I would love to be able to sell Loomis rods everyday... We make much more money on a Loomis rod.. due to the extreme mark up of their blanks/rods.
As for our prices on rainshadow TH Rods, this is a hobby business and we want to provide the best rod to fisherman who like to fish and we feel the Rainshadow blank is it. We have decided that we need to make a certain dollar figure on each rod and have set our prices accordingly. Are they I am anxious to see the new xcel line from rainshadow, if it is anything like the fly rods they have in their line it will be aswesome, and still moderately priced.
The great thing about all of this is you have a choice and get to have an opinion. Loomis rods rods are great, but not great for everyone.. Sage blanks are great too...

Anyone fishing for stripers?
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#149871 - 05/01/02 01:08 PM Re: Rods...final gauntlet...
Jerry Garcia Offline



Registered: 10/13/00
Posts: 9159
Loc: everett
If you read the original question posed on this tread there should not be any arguments over the best rod. It asks for your opinion about what rod YOU[your personal opinion] like best. It does not ask for your opinion about somebody else's opinion.
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#149872 - 05/01/02 02:03 PM Re: Rods...final gauntlet...
baitslinger Offline
Parr

Registered: 11/18/01
Posts: 53
Loc: snoho. co.
FENWICK-I fish a Fenwick boron when drifting and a fenwick glass when pulling plugs. Have fished fenwick for over 35 years and will probably kick the bucket with one in my hand. Anybody got an old fenwick boron drift blank they want to part with?

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#149873 - 05/01/02 04:18 PM Re: Rods...final gauntlet...
DM Offline
Smolt

Registered: 01/15/02
Posts: 91
Loc: WASHINGTON
sorry Jerry didnt mean to start an argument cool

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#149874 - 05/02/02 04:06 PM Re: Rods...final gauntlet...
okieboy Offline
Juvenille at Sea

Registered: 03/05/01
Posts: 122
Loc: Rockport Wa
I think that loomis makes the best BLANKS but not the best rods. Now there rods are cheap there guides bent the rings fall out, i think i will buy a lamiglas next time cause i am just sick of the petty problems.
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#149875 - 05/03/02 12:27 AM Re: Rods...final gauntlet...
Timber Offline
Carcass

Registered: 05/27/00
Posts: 2340
Loc: Stumpy Acres


TM laugh
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#149876 - 05/03/02 11:09 AM Re: Rods...final gauntlet...
Fish Jesus Offline
Spawner

Registered: 09/25/01
Posts: 768
Loc: Tacoma
TM, your obsession is bordering on whorification! eek eek laugh

I'm hoping to tally the poll when I get back next week...so get em in!

FJ...out.

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#149877 - 05/03/02 11:57 AM Re: Rods...final gauntlet...
Timber Offline
Carcass

Registered: 05/27/00
Posts: 2340
Loc: Stumpy Acres
OH yeah dd I say my choice was -----

laugh laugh laugh laugh laugh TM
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#149878 - 05/03/02 04:05 PM Re: Rods...final gauntlet...
Fish Jesus Offline
Spawner

Registered: 09/25/01
Posts: 768
Loc: Tacoma
TM, your votes are going to be logged as deductive votes if you keep that up! :p :p :p

I would hate for those other Loomis Ho tough guys out there to hunt your *ss down and bust a stump off in it! eek eek laugh

FJ...out.

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#149879 - 05/03/02 04:10 PM Re: Rods...final gauntlet...
Bigdog2250 Offline
Juvenille at Sea

Registered: 03/31/00
Posts: 216
Loc: Stanwood,Wa
My favorite would have to be Alloomiglas 985c. :p The Buzz Herzog model,of course!! eek

Hey you guys,when are we going to argue Ford and Chevy???
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#149880 - 05/03/02 06:11 PM Re: Rods...final gauntlet...
bank walker Offline
Spawner

Registered: 12/26/99
Posts: 771
CHEVY!!!!!! eek laugh
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#149881 - 05/03/02 06:33 PM Re: Rods...final gauntlet...
Fish Jesus Offline
Spawner

Registered: 09/25/01
Posts: 768
Loc: Tacoma
Bigdog, you standing down wind of Loose Bruce? eek eek laugh

FJ...out.

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#149882 - 05/04/02 10:11 AM Re: Rods...final gauntlet...
Bigdog2250 Offline
Juvenille at Sea

Registered: 03/31/00
Posts: 216
Loc: Stanwood,Wa
Every chance I get. cool
Boy,His rep sure spread like wild fire! Sure is fun to fish with. wink
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#149883 - 05/04/02 12:23 PM Re: Rods...final gauntlet...
Fish Jesus Offline
Spawner

Registered: 09/25/01
Posts: 768
Loc: Tacoma
Dog, Wiser and I anchored up next to him at F4. He does know how to have a good time!! cool

He must help to keep you spry. eek :p

FJ...out.

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#149884 - 05/04/02 06:06 PM Re: Rods...final gauntlet...
Steelymann Offline
Returning Adult

Registered: 04/14/02
Posts: 305
Loc: Salmon Creek, WA
I've been fishing a St. Croix Avid series rod the last year and love it! Landed many a silver and stellhead! Don't have to pay the big bucks for it either.
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#149885 - 05/06/02 02:44 PM Re: Rods...final gauntlet...
Dave Jackson Offline
Spawner

Registered: 04/18/01
Posts: 861
Loc: Milwaukie, OR
Orange Daiwa.

There. Now that is out of the way...
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