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I am in the process of looking for some new rods, going to be focusing on crappies and trouts, I already have my walleye rods, whats you people using out there that won't break the bank and can reasonbly add to the collection.

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I don't know how much you are looking to spend, but I love my st. croix's as well. I typically only use my premieres when fishing on a local lake for trout, they work just fine and they are only $20.

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I was reading in the sponsor section of the site that Thorne Bros came out with a new series of rods. Similar to their custom rods, but made "offshore" instead.

$29 or something close to that.

I love my panfish and walleye sweatheart, and if they are even close to those it is money well spent.

The only downfall that I see is that they are made "offshore", I'll continue to try to buy American.

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My Thorne Bros rods are the best by far. You dont realize how much until you have used one and then try something else.

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I have not used a Thorne Bros Rod, how would you describe them compared to the st croix's? Pros and Cons?

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The St. Croix are muddy, and have their eyes on crooked. Even the Legend ice rods aren't nearly and light and sensitive. You're basically buying a spring bobber mount.

They are far superior rods, it is hard to describe without fishing one. They detect bites great, are perfect lengths, load up nicely, and are just works of art.

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one of my rods is a genz stick and i love that rod. but i think i am going to buy a couple jason mitchell rods in the next week or so. i have heard they are great rods

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I just got the Jason Mitchell Panfish 24' ML combo for a great price $39.99 here in Grand Rapids at an army navy store. My only complaint is the eyes are kinda small and ice up.

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I have not used a Thorne Bros Rod, how would you describe them compared to the st croix's? Pros and Cons?

you can watch them make the rod if you want, here is a little info from the st.croix HSOforum.

Reign, Triumph, Premier Ice Rods - China

It says most of the legend edition rods are made in us, but I can't find the info on the legend ice rod...

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Jason Mitchell offers a complete line oif very good ice rods. My favorite may be the Perch rod or the great meatstick.

Check out the Mitchell combo's as they are a great price with a nice smooth 3 bearing reel. The drag also seems pretty smooth.

I have numerous Thorne Bros rods and they are a very nice rod but I am just as happy with the Muitchell rods. They are also alot easier on the pocket book. They will catch one just as many fish.

http://jasonmitchellrods.com/ice.php

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The TB rods are the way to go. The JM rods are good, but not to the level of the TB rods. I have used almost every rod out there and TB are second to none.

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I have a JM Meatstick, and a Perch rod, all I can say is they are top quality for the money! I let my son use the Perch rod, now he wont use any other rod. He is 11, so for him to notice the difference in quality it is obvious over your everyday mass produced rod!

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Thorne Bros. rods hands down... Hand made one at a time and are beautiful! The bites you never ever thought you would feel are a thing of the past with Thorne Bros. I also own St. Croix rods premiere and legend, they are decent, but not even in the same ball park! The Jason Mitchell rods look like they are in the same range as St. Croix's thus the price and also made in CHINA. I know a lot of folks like there JM rods, but once you go TB you never go back! Enough said.

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I went back Jag. I truely feel that the Mitchell rods will catch one all the fish any other rod will out there and yes, I do also own numerous Thorne Bros rods and they too are a very nice rod.

Both rods get the job done for me.

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I have been useing the Jason Mitchel rods alot lately and I am impressed with them. Excellent rods that won't break the bank. I especially like the soft tip and good backbone of the 24 inch panfish model.

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In regards to the Mitchell rods being made in China, here is what the card states that comes with the rod.

Manufactured in China to the exacting specifications of Jason Mitchell Rod Company

From what I have been told from many vendors is that the majority of the rod blanks that are manufactures today come from China. Very good quality also.

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Well if you say there great harvey I'll try one any recommendations? I fish almost exclusively walleye....

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