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Old 12-03-2004, 07:46 AM   #1
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Default What rod would you buy for Steelhead fishing??


I just recived some extra $$$ and I going to buy a new rod for Steel head fishing.

I have been using a Lami Keni spacial, but I think it's to stiff!!!

I have looked at Buzzie's 10/20, but with the luck I have had with this 10/50, guides busting, I think maybe another Lami is in order.

What would you recommend??? ("O Yea" BAIT CASTER)

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Old 12-03-2004, 07:50 AM   #2
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Assuming that you will be drift fishing:

Many will profess a Gloomis IMX 1084 is the best money can buy. I own one and it sure is good! $365 unless you can find a deal.

Others swear by the Lamiglass Titanium. I've never used one but I hear they're good. ~$390 I think.

I hear good things about the TH rods but don't own one yet. (One day I will)

Good luck and let us know what you get.
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Old 12-03-2004, 07:51 AM   #3
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I've got Loomis GL2s in 1024 and 1086. I think I'd split the difference and do a 1025 if I were to do it again, probably from TH.

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Old 12-03-2004, 07:57 AM   #4
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I have a TH 1084c on a rainshadow blank and I love it. $200 cheaper than the Loomis.
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Old 12-03-2004, 08:20 AM   #5
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Old 12-03-2004, 08:54 AM   #6
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I just picked up a Lami Rogue river special. Very nice. But will it catch fish anywhere but on the Rogue?
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Old 12-03-2004, 08:58 AM   #7
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If you want a versatile rod, got with a 1025, either Loomis, or for a better price, have Tom and Travis at TH wrap one up for you...great business!! :grin:

If you're a "finesse" fisherman, go lighter, such as a 9 foot rod rated for somewhere between 6-12lb.

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Old 12-03-2004, 09:08 AM   #8
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I bought a $17 Berkely 7ft rod made for walleye and it has been great. It has caught me many many steelhead. In fact, I can't remember losing any on it. :grin:
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Old 12-03-2004, 09:15 AM   #9
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Check out the Lami Certified Pro's in 9'6". The X96LS, X96JC, X96MTC, depending on the power you want those are awesome choices. I fish the LS and absolutely love it, but it is light. I drift fish 20# fireline on it and oh boy it's a fun rod from the boat. If I were on the bank more, I'd be into one of the other two rods for the extra power to move fish from the bank.
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Old 12-03-2004, 09:35 AM   #10
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Go with the IMX if money isn't the issue. Best rod made IMO. If you want to save some bucks look at the 1143 from different manufacturers. I have a spinning 1143 but a casting one would be nice too.
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Old 12-03-2004, 09:42 AM   #11
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For under a 100$ I would go with the Fennwick 9' 8-17, Or a buzz ramsey, I use a Lami 1000 series, it works for me.. I have used shakespears and they have worked for me.. but then again, I can drift fish with a plunking rod!
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Old 12-03-2004, 09:53 AM   #12
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I love my TH1025c on Rainshadow blank. Great workmanship and it even has my name on it!
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Old 12-03-2004, 09:57 AM   #13
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What Cosmo said on the Certified Pro. If your'e a bankie a 10ft 8-17lb gives you a little more umph.
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Old 12-03-2004, 10:00 AM   #14
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I would recomend a 9'6" Lami Certified Pro too. The two I have are my favorite rods.
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Old 12-03-2004, 10:08 AM   #15
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Lamglass ti2000 tbc86h 12-25 If your thing is drift fishing.This rod is more sensitive than my Esprit series 6-10 was yet can handle 20+# natives. It's hard to find ( Dealer will have to special order it)but It's the finest most versitle Drift rod I've had.
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Old 12-03-2004, 10:11 AM   #16
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My choice would be the Rainshadow 1084c -- TH

If you see this in time. There is one on ebay!

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Old 12-03-2004, 10:54 AM   #17
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you cant beat the lamiglas cascade pro series from bimart , made in china, and awesome quality! i love mine. hotslam!!!
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Old 12-03-2004, 03:41 PM   #18
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lamiglas cascade pro series from bimart , made in china
Poor warentee and not near the rod one would want for lots of fishing. In fact, I had one, used it once and gave it away.
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Old 12-03-2004, 03:50 PM   #19
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I dont get why you need a 365 doaller loomis for chirst sakes or even a titanium just get a certified pro good rods and serivice what else to ask for you dont need to spend mor then 300$ thats just crazy i have a certifed pro and am happy with it I dont need anything more then a bend in it as for model mabe 9 ft or 9'6 i have the 9 ft X 90 HC
its just barley to heavy but i like it. X 90 HC on the page says 12-25 mines 12-30 but it still picks up what i want, as for strictly steelhead get a 10-20 or a 9'6 8-12 i just have a heavier rod cause i fish salmon and steelhead and think i should just fish one rod its all around tho
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Old 12-03-2004, 04:26 PM   #20
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Id get a berkely IM7 8.5 ft 8-12 and put a curado on it. I have one and like it more than the TH1025 rainshadow or the lami G1000 1306 for driftfishing steelhead. I also got a TH1024 for my dad and a its a little nicer than the berkely but not enough for me to justify buying one for myself. I just cant say enough about the berkely rods. I would much rather have multiple berkely's so i have a rod ready for every application than just one steelhead rod. In fact i just bought a new berkely, 9ft spinning rod for steelhead.
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Old 12-03-2004, 04:44 PM   #21
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SeanD makes good sense. But I drift with a Sage. If $$ are limited though Berkley and curado make a great match
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Old 12-03-2004, 04:54 PM   #22
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i love mine keta, i would not trade it for any loomis or berkley. they are very sensive and lots of backbone, you did not give yours much of a chance with only 1 trip! i catch hundreds of fish year round on mine and they are priced right! cheap! hotslam!!
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Old 12-03-2004, 05:51 PM   #23
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Pick up a Lami Certified Pro and you will think different. The guy I gave the other rod to loves it but he doesn't own anything better. The Certified Pro is much lighter and has far more sensitivity.
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Old 12-03-2004, 06:06 PM   #24
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I agree on the berkley IM7 8-12 for the money they are hard to beat... put a corado on it and you are fishing sweet for the money.....
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Old 12-03-2004, 06:09 PM   #25
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Lami Certified Pro X86 MTC with a Daiwa TD-Advantage.
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Old 12-03-2004, 06:30 PM   #26
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Thanks for the nice comments guys
There are a lot of options out there
depending on what kind of money you want to spend.


the biggest thing is that you are happy with your purchase!
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Old 12-03-2004, 08:09 PM   #27
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OrDella Rods in Vancouver has everything you might desire. No Compromise just awesome rods. Drift rods from 8'3" to 13' including a rockin 9'6" 4 to 8lb with Weibe handle and Recoil guides. Love mine.
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Old 12-03-2004, 08:21 PM   #28
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I am content with my North X Northwest IM6 6-17. Its sensitive and fairly light weight. Also has a lifetime warrenty with GI Joes. Caught countless amounts of fish on it. Springers and steelhead.
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Old 12-03-2004, 08:26 PM   #29
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I would go with the 1025 too. Nice rod that has some backbone.

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Old 12-03-2004, 11:00 PM   #30
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I have a titanium lamiglass and absolutly love it!!!! I also have a 2 lami certified pros one a 9'6 rated for 6-15 and a 8/6 fast action 8-17 for drift for nooks.

for a bankie i would suggest the bill herzog certified pro 10ft 8-17lb I am buying one on christmas and checked it out. This one has a very sensitive tip and a very strong but section. I will use it for chinook drift fishing because of the length, power and because it is very very sensetive.
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Old 12-03-2004, 11:42 PM   #31
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TH Rainshadow 1143, either spinning or casting.....your best bang for your $$$!
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Old 12-04-2004, 08:03 AM   #32
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Lamiglass G1324T 9' 8-12, Curado BSF - should be able to get into this rig for under $300.00

If money is not a factor go with the Loomis IMX or the Lami Ti2000, but the Curado (superfree) is the best reel I've fished with

In my opinion you cant go wrong with a Lami

If funding is limited
Buzz IM7 with a ABU 5500 would be a good choice
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