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I looked at two today the falcon and the shimano crucial one 6'9 and 7'2 real liked the shimano would like to know what you guys think.Most of the time will be used for smallmouth on the chicago river and the great lakes.
 

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This is something I can help you with. Don Iovino has a line a drop shot rods that he is sellling out made by phenix for $60. Don has switched to Lamiglas for his signature rods and he will deal with you, mention my name.
Tom
http://www.iovino.com phone 818/848.6180
http://www.lamiglas.com/prod_indv.php?id=17 or go to Lamiglas and look at their certified pro graphite series drop shot rods.
 

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Bigdaddy , I'm thinking Shimano 7'9" med w/ extra fast tip. Hey but what do i
know about green fish, I love toothy critters, the bigger the meaner !!!!!!
Walleyes , northerns, and don't forget the badest of all MUSKY'S
 

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I own the Shimano Crucial 7'2" dropshot rod. I love it. I had tried to use other rods for dropshoting and struggled and had NO confidence in the technique.
My friend bought one and kept telling me how great dropshoting was. We were fishing together one day and it was a tough bite. He broke out that Crucial rod and started catching them pretty good. He offered to let me try out the rod. My first dropshot fish was a 3 1/2 lb smallie and I was sold. I went home and ordered the exact same rod and have been very satisfied. I can feel when the weight is on the bottom, what the bottom is made of and feel the subtle "mushy" bites.
I only have fished the Crucial but I love it.
 

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I thank yuo all for the response.I have tried to find a lamiglass dealer near me.I have trouble spendin that kind of money without putting that rod in my hand.
 

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I went with the shimano 6'8 because it handles a little heavier line and lure still has the fast tip and plenty of backbone.Put my stradic 2000 with 8 lb fluro (halo) and the second i picked it up it was perfectly balanced like the reel was made for that rod.First tourney on sat will let you guys know
 

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Rods are really a touchy feel product that each individual needs to determine for themselves.
I completely agree with you Tom!

The only rod i have bought without holding and using first was the loomis... but I have no complaints.
 

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The top brands have money back guarantees and ship the rods in reinforced tubes when ordered factory direct. This makes it convenient to check them out, however you still need the initial cash outlay. These rods are so light, sensitive, strong and high quality workmanship it's hard to imagine that anyone would be unhappy with the purchase. However it's still a good idea to pick up a rod and check it out with a reel, line and weight first.
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that was my only qualm about buying the phenix rods from Don. Ive never used one (or even heard of one to be honest) so I have no clue how they feel, even tho I am very interested.
 
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