Phenix Black Diamond vs Calstar Graphfighter

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  1. Ed Janowicz

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    I can't tell you how many times I get asked this question. These are totally different Rods. For brute strength of dragging a fish in NOT playing it you can't beat the 2x4 qualities of a Phenix. Stiff as a board but great for hauling up a huge butt from the Alaskan waters in short order, no nonsense, as we like to say a point A to Point B rod no BS. If want to play the fish and require the strike to be telegraphed for a modest live bait stop the Cal-Star Graphfighter can't be topped. Both great Rods just designed for different applications. That said when I'am on a hot live bait stop for Albie's I go with the heavy lumber stick (Phenix) and forget playing them. Hope that helps.
     
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    Ooookaaaay...thanks? :D
     
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    Hmmm....

    Interesting observation. I find the opposite. I have multiple Calstars and only one BD; just last week on local YT, I thought the Calstars were more of a "crank 'em in" stick compared to a little more finesse with the BD. Maybe being more specific on which particular rods would be helpful?
     
  4. Let em eat 74

    Let em eat 74 Well-Known "Member"

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    First post and already fishing? Lol
     
  5. bob1825

    bob1825 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I like Who? find the Phenix more of a finasse fishing rod, but I love my Calstars too. the 700 series is one of my favorites.
     
  6. Yellowtail Dan

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    Why do you need a "heavy lumber stick" for an albacore? One run and they're done even the 40lb models.

    I'm always wondering why I see so many Phoenix rods in the classifieds here? I've never owned one but it makes you wonder enough that I bought my son a Rainshadow instead
     
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    I've seen everything in the classified ads here. Like new fished once etc. Two very different opinions so far on the rods. To each his own. Get one and run what you brung. If not for you sell. Then again there's always borrowing for a trip.
     
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    They are my 2 faves
    I have plenty of calstars and phenix for offshore fishing
    inshore I like the phenix 926L to cast and a calstar 700m for dropper loop
    Mick
     
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    Yeah I cant agree with your findings.
     
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    I dont really think of the Black Diamonds as 2x4's unless you get into the Hybrids.
     

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