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Jimmy RodandReel

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T-rig rod?
« on: February 13, 2015, 02:44:19 PM »
What type .......... power/action/length/grip design do you use to fish you T-rigs?
AND.......If you could build your "ultimate" T-rig rod, what would you want?

Mine:
Depending size T-rig I'm fishing............1/4- 3/8oz I fish a 7ft med/hvy with a extra fast tip. Split grips.

Larger than 3/8.............7ft 6in Med/hvy with fast tip. Split grip

 (hmm)

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Re: T-rig rod?
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2015, 03:18:39 PM »
Whatever you build me for it  (y)

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Re: T-rig rod?
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2015, 08:24:41 PM »
Hmmm... those are a lot of questions for a fishing rod  (hmm)

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Re: T-rig rod?
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2015, 08:54:04 PM »
These questions are not even a 1/4 of what I would ask
If I were building a rod for a customer. I'm trying to get
a feel of what folks like here on BBB.   (nope)

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Re: T-rig rod?
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2015, 09:14:22 PM »
Dang it @Jimmy RodandReel just build the dang rod  (fp) To be as picky and OCD as I am with installations...I'm probably the easiest rod customer you have ain't I?

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Re: T-rig rod?
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2015, 09:16:38 PM »
Your close.    (yes)

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Re: T-rig rod?
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2015, 09:34:45 PM »
Hahaha

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Re: T-rig rod?
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2015, 09:40:24 PM »
These questions are not even a 1/4 of what I would ask
If I were building a rod for a customer. I'm trying to get
a feel of what folks like here on BBB.   (nope)

Yep... I hear ya!

I was in the middle of working on about 3 other things when I read that the first time, so it overwhelmed me a tad  (giggle)

MH, 6' 9" - 7' would be my preference, good backbone with a fast tip, but enough flex to pitch baits that aren't overly heavy. 4-5 inch flipping tubes or 4 inch beavers with a 1/8 oz. bullet weight.

As far as split grips or not, I like them, but they're not a 100% necessity.

Is that the kind of info you're looking for??

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Re: T-rig rod?
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2015, 09:42:43 PM »
I love, love, love the cranking rod you built me!  (y)

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Re: T-rig rod?
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2015, 09:45:47 AM »
@Curt   Yep!   Thanks!  (y) (y)

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Re: T-rig rod?
« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2015, 08:03:21 PM »
I'm trying to get
a feel of what folks like here on BBB.   (nope)

I have 5 specific "plastics rods" (And besides plastics I likewise throw C-rigs and jigs on some of them) When I started bassin 35+ years ago as a kid I quickly fell in love with the Texas rig and because back then the vast majority of rods were still 5'6" pistol grips, I looked for a virtual pool cue! The casting accuracy of such short rods weren't really hampered by such stiff actions because the rods were so short and I do alot of underhand and "roll casts" when target casting anyway. But as we progressed to longer rods and more specific actions and powers, suddenly a "pool cue" tip wasn't as desirable because they weren't accurate and a softer tip was needed. Thus most of my plastics rods are faster actions with Med/Hvy being the usual power that "feels right".

My main/preferred rod is my G-Loomis "TopWater Special" that is 7'2" Hvy, Fast action. (Reel is a Curado 300E) I guess because this rod was actually built for frogs and what not, it has a much softer tip than the description would lead you to believe. This rod feels very much like a "med/hvy" out on the last 2ft of tip, casts very well and handles like a dream, especially for a 7+ftr. (Handle wise it's a typical exposed blank under the reel seat, twin cork handle.) I actually like some cork on the front of the handle/seat because I palm the reel while working bottom bumpers. Split grips and no front grip rods have taken some getting used to for me. With this rod I can throw everything from 1/4" weights with 4/0 hooks on Brush Hogs and 6" worms (as well as jigs that weight) up to a 11/0 hook with a 12" Manns Jelly worm with a 1/2"+ weight on the ledges of Pickwick/KY Lake in the summer. But I typically just throw the 1/4-1/2oz "med. size plastics" and rig jigs & the BIG plastics on other rods.

My 2nd plastics is as "universal" to me as the above Loomis, it's a St. Croix Avid (SCiii) 7' Med/Hvy, Fast Action. (Pflueger Summit reel) I actually used this rod as my main plastics rig for a couple of years before I bought the Loomis. Like I said, casting and feel wise it'll do whatever the Loomis will do so alot of times I have it rigged up identical to the Loomis except I just have a different style or color plastic on and swap back and forth between the two. Tapered but again "standard" dual cork handle setup.

3rd plastics rig is my "downsize" rig, it's a Falcon Lowrider XG 6'10" Eakins Jig Special, Med/Hvy. (Shimano Castaic SuperFree reel) This rig has a split grip and no cork on the front. I REALLY like this rod for 1/4" or less, under 5" plastics on a 3/0 or smaller hook. Baby Brush Hogs and 1/4oz jigs, especially casting around tight cover are REALLY where I like this rig!

4th is for "HOSS" rigs, it's an ol Challenger IM-8 Doug Hannon 7' Hvy rod. (Pflueger Summit reel) This rig is pretty much only used in the summertime for ledge fishing with 1/2oz+ weights, 7/0+ hooks and 10" or longer worms. (I use Zoom Ol Monsters alot on the TN River ledges in the summer) Again, another traditional 2pc handle.

5th, All-Star T-Series, 6'10" ExFast, Hvy. (Shimano Castaic reel) This hoe handle is a pool cue that I don't even really like it (Bought it for a steal many years ago thinkin I might use it for a backup rod) the tip is so stiff I don't like the way it feels casting so I just use it to "lob" C-rigs with. Some summers this one never even leaves the rod locker. Yep, standard dual cork grip.

So Jimmy, I guess you could say I like a 7ish ft, fast action, med/hvy power rod with some tip for easier/more accurate casting. ALL of the above rods are spooled with 15# fluoro line. The older I get the more I like lighter (physical weight) rods BUT the newer reels keep getin smaller and smaller and actually tiny. I HATE those! I aint the smallest fellow and my hands are rather large so I guess I feel like a bear pawin a golf ball when I try to use the newer reels. Plus it just doesn't make sense to me, rods gettin longer and longer yet the reels gettin smaller and smaller seems like!  (hmm)
« Last Edit: February 20, 2015, 08:04:53 PM by RedAllison »
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Re: T-rig rod?
« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2015, 08:59:04 PM »
Thanks RA!   Great run down of your rods.  (y)  (y)

Only one question.   Why a 300E on a worm/plastics rig. That's a big ol reel for a t-rig and HEAVY?
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The older I get the more I like lighter (physical weight) rods BUT the newer reels keep getin smaller and smaller and actually tiny. I HATE those! I aint the smallest fellow and my hands are rather large so I guess I feel like a bear pawin a golf ball when I try to use the newer reels.

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Re: T-rig rod?
« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2015, 11:24:48 PM »
Why a 300E on a worm/plastics rig. That's a big ol reel for a t-rig and HEAVY?

The E "looks" big but when I put it on that light rod it really isn't any heavier than any of the other rigs I use. Like I said, I can't stand the super small "tiny" reels today and that E just fits my hand better, especially when "slammin home the steel" during a hookset. I keep my plastics/jigs reels dialed back as loose and easy as possible so that when the lure hits the water I let it free fall straight down until it hits bottom. Even the lightest lure strips line easy off that big E, a wider spool casts smoother and farther than a narrower spool because inertia isn't as "interrupted" by the line and line guide changing directions so much.
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Re: T-rig rod?
« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2015, 08:55:45 AM »
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