StrykerDM wrote:Man, you could be a g loomis sales person. I feel like I need one of those rods now. $400 isn't bad at all.
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IDK, I haven't had a lot of experience with higher end rods, not that $400 is a high end rod kind of price these days. But I think the blank on the Short stix is something like the once top of the line G. Loomis GLX technology that the lighter weight, higher modulus NRX replaced. Anyway, It was eye opening to cast this rod, especially side to side with my Minimag. I've never felt like I "needed" a higher end stick and that was just wasting money, unnecessary, blah, blah, blah, etc. but I am going to revise that position. Maybe my casting is maturing, although not great(something I can work on, I get sloppy) , is good enough now to appreciate something better.
The fact that I really like rods not much more than 8' feet when fishing off my kayak is going to greatly limit my choices. Maybe I'll have to revise that thought process towards the 9' standard. Scott make a skiff model Meridian in 8'4" that would work and I'm going to see if I can find one to try out. I think I want the 7/8 Short Stix too. The only downside to the 8/9 Short Stix is that a lower slot red isn't much of a test for it and kind of spoils the fight some for me. That's the best I've gotten on the rod in 2 outings, although I had a bigger fish on for about 5-10 seconds, but not long enough to get even a taste of what an upper slot might be like.
Anyway, there is always something to move towards in this sport. I still like fiberglass, but lately it's been mainly windy fishing and I do better with these graphite rods in the wind than glass.