Calstar Rail Rod Selection

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  1. Fathomx

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    I am looking to get a Calstar RR for 80 or 100lb spectra with an appropriate leader. Can anyone provide any feed back between the GFGR 775H and GFGR 775XH? The H is a bit cheaper, lighter and seems a bit easier to handle but my concern if I use 100lb spectra on it will it be too light. On the other hand, I don't think I would ever be able to pull enough to test 100lb spectra, but you never know. Thanks in advance for any input.
     
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    Hismosa I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    775 H for #60
    775 XH for #80
    775 XXH for #100
    775 XXXH for #130
     
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    much would depend on the # rating of your mono/floro leader and your knot strength - the fishing style and the type and class of fish you want to hook

    keep in mind old guys can benefit from a lighter rod action (more bend, adequate backbone), and the non-stretch of spectra may fish better with more bendy rod action to absorb some of the shocks to help reduce bent and pulled hooks

    also, the lbs of drag you fish with - 100lb line with good knots could be up to 35lbs of drag - most old guys can't stand up to that (unless on the rail)

    PS: my main point in choosing a rod is to figure in the realistic drag pounds you will be fighting the fish at - 100lb braid and a 100lb or 200lb mono leader does not necessarily equate to a so called 100lb class rod - a 60lb class rod may be a more pleasant experience if you can only standup to 20lbs of drag (given it has the backbone to go to the rail when you dial in the higher drag setting to kill or help steady the fish for release)...
     
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    I think the XH is your best bet.
     
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    Don't forget the 7470 series, a little deeper bend in the tip giving a little more of a forgiving tip for those head shakes if you're using a short topshot.
     
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    I have the 7470H and I think it feels like a much faster blank than the 775 series.
     
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    What he said..
     
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    2 different blanks....
     
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    They're both rail rod series. I have the 7470XXH and really like it rated 80-130.
     
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    skipjackrobert I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Didn’t say it wasn’t a rail rod so what is ur point?
     
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    skipjackrobert I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I said they are 2 different blanks and they are..
     
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    Not sure the point you’re trying to make is clear either. Nobody has said they’re the same blanks. That’s what we’ve been talking about, whether one’s faster than the other.
     
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    The 7470 is supposed to be faster..The OP is NOt asking about that rod, he is asking about the 775H or Xh..
     
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    Hey the XH..U can fish 80 or 100 on it..The H is light for the application..
     
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    Dude, he said he wanted a Calstar rail rod. Look at his first sentence. Not sure why you’re hating on other people’s helpful suggestions.
     
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    skipjackrobert I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Dude: He is asking about the 775 not the 7470. It's that simple..
     
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    Damn you. It isn’t winter. Not until the Bluefin leave the area for good! :)
     
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    My take to Wrapper's thread post was one more of a general question about Calstar rail rods. I mentioned the 7470 series to offer another option. I also have a 775XH and like it as well. Between the two I personally prefer the 7470 for it's lifting power properties. imo
     
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    Get a real rail rod (United Composite :finger:) and there would be no more arguments! :gaygroup:
     

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