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Hi Everyone,

 

I'm about to build my first rod and was hoping to get some help in selecting a blank. I've done a fair amount of reading and research, so I hope I alteast have a decent idea of what's going on.

 

There is no doubt this will be the first of many questions, so I'll offer my appreciation in advance.

 

I'm looking to build a 9ft (1-peice) rod for Stripers. I typically use lures from 3/4 - 3. More so in the 3/4 to 2 range, but would like the flexibility of going to 3 for the occasional tin or wood. The upper limit doesn't have to be optimum, just doable.

 

From reading prior post and manufacturer's specs, I'm leaning towards a 1087 (Rainshadow or Patriot), but there were a couple of others that I found intriguing:

 

Lami MB 108 3M

Lami SMB 108 3M

Croix F90M-BK

 

I found conflicting info on the Lami's, so I was wondering if some on could shed some light on those. The croix seems to be rated (and priced) right, but I couldn't find much about it.

 

It's the first rod, so I'd like to keep the blank under $100. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks Again...

 

Mike

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Off the shelf I like the XRA 1083 or 1084...I think you would be more than happy w/ the 1083 for the range you posted...Less than 1oz seems kinda light on my 1084.

 

S/F

Mike

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I think your looking at the right blank(Patriot or Batson 1087). I built myself one last month and it feels really nice. Ended up selling my Lami 108 1L after I built it!

If your going to be using braid with this rod I would suggest going with Fuji BHVLG's for the first two guides and then single foots the rest of the way. Makes for a really light rod.

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The XRA 1083 is a very sweet blank in the range you are primarily interested in but it will exceed your $100 budget. Price it out, if you can afford it you will find it is well worth the extra dollars. The Rainshadow 1087 fits and is an excellent product. The 2 lamis you mention are both fiberglas, the (MB) or (SMB)"S" glass will have a different action when compared to the Graphite XRA or even the composite Rainshadow. This is NOT bad just a different feel. All things considered I think the Rainshadow is your best bet. And yes, I have built one set up exactly as Bud Fan described.

 

Steve

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I would say hands down in that price range the Rainshadow 1087 is the winner,ideal for up to 2oz, or the 1088 if you plan on throwing 3oz plugs.

 

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I've got a rainshadow 1087 all speced out, just not built. It feels awesome. Very light and most importanly very cheap. I think I paid 42. for it on sale !!!

 

I'd suggest two rods as well. IMHO 3/4 oz. - 3oz. is just too wide a range. I bet the 1087 would throw 3, but I'm not sure how well it would do it.

 

Good luck, and tightlines --

 

Oh if you end up with the 1087 PM me. I've got a bunch of info on different set ups for that rod from searching here.

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Thanks for the input guys. Rainshadow 1087 seems to have the most positive feed back, so I think that's the one.

 

Stroth - I'll probably take you up on that. Looks like where in the same neck of the woods, too.

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