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SUBJECT: # 42259: The quest for the ultimate jig rod?

Submitted by Ruck ( from VIRGINIA on 8/1/2007 12:01:00 PM


I have started fishing jigs quite extensively these days and am searching for the perfect jig rod. I throw and pitch 5/16 and 7/16 oz eakins jigs routinely. I have been throwing them on a Compre 7'MH rod but it lacks the tip for pitching. I've been looking at the falcon 6'10 jig rod. I haven't heard anything but good stuff. What do ya'll think?


  1. 8/1/2007 12:09:00 PM Submitted by john goul ( from MS says my ultimate jig rod
    i throw a p&j small jig quite a bit. i had george roth build me a gloomis imx 743 cut down to 6' 10". it has plenty of backbone and a softer tip that lets me pitch the smaller jigs with ease and accuracy. it doesn't weigh anything at all and is worth the money.

  2. 8/1/2007 12:10:00 PM Submitted by Bassboy ( from NC says Jig Rod
    Ruck, I exclusively fish the same jigs and finally found my ultimate rod last year. The GLX BCR809 is a 6'8" rod, fast action and it is awesome. It's expensive (I found one for $200 instead of $345 MSRP) but it's the lightest/most sensetive rod I've ever had. I cast more than I pitch put but it works well for both. There is a 7'1" version of the same blank that would do the job as well. The Mossback series is cheaper than the GLX but uses the same blanks. That might be an option as well. The GLX is worth every penny and in my mind it was made for the Eakin's finesse jig.

  3. 8/1/2007 1:33:00 PM Submitted by Big Gilbert from AR says I am on the same quest
    Funny I am looking for the same type of rod and fishing with the same rod as you. I thought about Kistler but heard G Loomis is where it is at with sensitivity.

    Big Gilbert

  4. 8/1/2007 3:07:00 PM Submitted by Mike T. ( from PA says Powell is an option
    Powell also makes a 6'8" rod that is a whole lot cheaper than the GLX.


  5. 8/1/2007 4:39:00 PM Submitted by California Kid ( from CA says I'm goin' with the Dobyns rods personally:)!
    What's up guys?

    I'm currently using Shimano Crucials for my jigs; but am also in the market for a killer jig rod. After looking at the Dobyns rods multiple times and talking to Gary; I've decided to go in that direction.

    I'm going with the DX705C Champion Xtreme; which is a 7" Mag Hvy Ex Fast rod rated for 12-25# line and 3/8oz+ lures.

    Now I don't think this would be a good rod for the 5/16oz Eakins jig because it has a lighter hook. BUT I do think it will be good for the 7/16oz Eakins, the Heavy Cover Finesse Jigs; and similar.

    You'd be better off with the DX704C or 704C; which is the Champion series. They're also 7' rods rated for 10-20# line and 1/4 to 1 ounce baits. There is also the DX734C and 734C; which are 7'3" models. Either would make a good rod for the jigs you're fishing.

    I haven't fished either of these rods, but I've handled all of them and I liked what I felt/saw.

    Take care and Good Luck Bassin'!

  6. 8/1/2007 9:38:00 PM Submitted by bassrod from IL says Ultimate light jig rod - Powell
    I pretty much fish the 5/16 oz. Eakins jig all the time. I just sold 2, 5-1610 Falcons 'cause they just didn't suit me in terms of sensitivity and their overall weight for light jig fishing. I recently bought a Powell 683C and think I'm in love. This thing is light, sensitive, casts and pitches with ease, and is probably the best rod I have ever owned. I have fished with the Loomis GLX MBR844C and it is a great rod, but not $150 - $200 better than the Powell rods. I think the Dobyn's rod would also be a great choice for the $$.

  7. 8/1/2007 10:17:00 PM Submitted by Rex from AL says Hands down...
    Luckily, I've had the opportunity to fish just about every rod mentioned here so far. My hands down favorite is the Dobyns 705C. I've never fished a more sensitive rod that is as light and has more jaw breaking backbone that the 705. Excellent for mid to upper range jigs, and you don't just have to throw jigs on it either...

  8. 8/2/2007 8:23:00 AM Submitted by Ruck ( from VA says sounds good...
    Thanks for the good input guys! I'm looking into several of these options and will keep you guys posted! Keep the info coming


  9. 8/2/2007 1:44:00 PM Submitted by 5Fish ( from MS says I had the same goal .............
    some time ago and I fished many rods until I settled on a Custom Spiral wrapped MB844IMX. George Roth should be able to take care of you on this if needed. I even tried the GLX and still preferred the was not the issue. My goal was to find the best jig rod out there. I also tried the St. Croix Legend Elite and the Falcon Expert 6-610 to mention a few. The 844IMX was best for me. I have not used the Dobyn's rod so I have no opinion.

  10. 8/2/2007 5:56:00 PM Submitted by Frank a. ( from NC says BEST Jig Rod FOUND!!!!!!!!!!!
    without a dought American Rodsmith HG42CRMH 7ft fast action...$75.00 used like new to $159.00 new. I tried many and for 17 -20 lb line pitching or casting it will pop the hook thru the nose of 4lbers like it nothing. I know its listed as a carolina rig rod but Rodsmith missed their calling on this one. It great skipping under piers also. You get one and don't like I'll buy it!!!!!!!If anyone has one they're not using get up with me.

  11. 8/3/2007 11:32:00 AM Submitted by djd ( from MI says Look at Powell or Dobyns
    I several Powell rods. They are lightweight and sensitive. I really like the 734 for lightweight T rigs, spinnerbaits, and jigs up to 1/2oz. However, this rod is 5" longer than you specified, therefore I would recommend the 684. If you prefer a softer stick than most jig fisherman, you could also look at the 683.

    I imagine the Dobyns rods would be very similar to the Powell rods.


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