Rod for 40 lb

Steve K

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I could try that search again, but why not start a new one. My two 40 lb outfits are a Penn FTH30LD2 and an old Shimano Tyrnos12II both filled with 60 lb hollow. I fish them with short (20-25’) topshots of fluorocarbon. I’m good to go with the reels. My question is about the rods.

I put the Penn on a G Loomis Pelagic Series PSR84-40C SU, rated 30-50. The Tyrnos goes on an aged Seeker Black Steel that I built a long time ago, still works well. It was 6’6” and I extended the handle length. The blank number is CJB65H, I think it was rated 35-50, not like the CJBF65H rated 30-80. Anyway, they’re both 7’ and they work well.

Question is, with the popularity of longer rods, like the 7’6” and 7’8” rail rods, are you guys now mostly using 8’ rods for flylining?
 
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2Rotten

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By far my favorite 40# live bait stick is an 8'0" UC US Terminator. Casts great and loads of lift and recoil.

This is the US Terminator lifting 18# of lead:

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hucklongfin

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I have a cjb65h too! It’s a great 40# bait rod and I’ve yoyo’d with it too. Randy Penny use to say it was the closest thing to an old 865xh in a composite blank. My main 40# rods are a UC US 76HP and an Okuma pch-c-761xh. I may use my UC Tilefish 80 for 40# next week too on my 10 day.
 
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Fingerling

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I use a US80tilefish for 40#. Usually paired with a Trq25nld2. Have caught bft over 100#, up to 40#yt. Recently went to SCI, paired it with a trq30ld2, and caught a 250# bsb(released)
 
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tunanorth

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If you can wait until the end of November, the Penn Carnage III's will begin arriving in tackle stores.
7-6= a nice compromise length, and the 30-60 model fishes both 40 and 50-pound topshots well; probably favoring 50.
8-0= my favorite length for flylining, and the 30-60 model again able to do 40/50 work, but favors 40.
The 8-0 model rated 40-80 is more for 50/60 work.
 
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Yellowtail Dan

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    Steve try the GP 80 Monster, you’ll love it. I fish my Torque 15xnld2 on one along with my Mak 8 with 40lb top shots. I liked it so much I had Jake wrap two of them for me. They can go up to 50lb easy
     
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    Baller

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    A heavy 40#/light 50# is the 80 Tilefish. My main 40# stick is a UC 80 HP. Beautiful stick...
     
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    lazyfisherman

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    This year I've changed out my 40lb rod to a Calstar GFX-800H. It's more of a mod-fast action and has been great. You really have to determine what type of action you like and find a rod with a similar bend. Lots of great choices out there.
     
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    Steve K

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    Thanks, guys. Overwhelming response 100% in favor of the 8 footer. I’m looking into it, but will probably go lower budget as it’s hard for me to justify a high dollar rod in view of the amount of time I dedicate to fishing.
     
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    Tunahead

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    Thanks, guys. Overwhelming response 100% in favor of the 8 footer. I’m looking into it, but will probably go lower budget as it’s hard for me to justify a high dollar rod in view of the amount of time I dedicate to fishing.
    Good luck fishing with whatever you buy.
    I'm too old to fish anything over 7.5ft. LOL
     
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    2Rotten

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    Okuma pch 801xh

    Yep brilliant stick for $209 list price
     
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    Where did you find that price? I see it for $224.99

    Oops, I see it at that price but shipping would bankrupt you on an 8’ rod.
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    alexnieves

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    Thanks, guys. Overwhelming response 100% in favor of the 8 footer. I’m looking into it, but will probably go lower budget as it’s hard for me to justify a high dollar rod in view of the amount of time I dedicate to fishing.
    Would highly recommend the Okuma PCH series if you don't want to spend UC, Calstar money. Lightweight, powerful blanks with great components.
     
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    Intrepid Fan

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    Thanks, guys. Overwhelming response 100% in favor of the 8 footer. I’m looking into it, but will probably go lower budget as it’s hard for me to justify a high dollar rod in view of the amount of time I dedicate to fishing.
    Steve, Look real hard at the Okuma PCH 801XH. I have one of those also that my wife uses. She likes the light weight of the rod and had no problems pulling in 35 to 40lb Rooster fish using 40lb line. Out standing buy for a excellent rod.
     
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    Okuma PCH 701XH works well too. I have both and really like them both. Use the 801 as my lite jig stick on 4pax too.
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    Steve K

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    Any experience with the Graftech rods? I walked of Rick’s trip in April, everyone was given a 78XXH Railrod. I paired it with my new to me ATD12. I liked it, decided to keep it. Graftech model would be GOF78H, 7’8”, rated 40-50. Great value $169.99
     
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