I have two all star rods and both have been great rods. Have a 7 foot medium and a 6'6" light ex-fast action. Managed a muskie with no problem on the 7 foot the first day I took it on the water and have taken quite a few other fish on the 6'6" with no complaints. Both have exceptional sensitivity and are of excellent quality.
As you can see my signature and avatar have changed since All Star is now officially a sponsor of this site!
gwlloyd, what kind of fishing do you plan on doing with your new rod. We make close to 600 different blanks to choose from, basically if it swims we have a rod that will catch it. We also have different price points to suit most anglers.
Let me know if I can be of any help in selecting an AMERICAN made rod with a lifetime warranty. Once you try one, you will be amazed at the sensitivity, durability and performance of All Star.
John is right with his first question, what kind of fishing are you going to do. Then there are 100 different brands powers etc that you can choose from. While St Croix and Loomis are nice sticks, I can tell you that the All Star blanks that I build on are every bit as good as the other 2 and less expensive.
I love my Croix's...I have 3 Avid Spinning rods that have served me extremely well, and am looking at getting a custom Legend Elite later this year. I also own Avid, ProGlass and Premier series casting rods, and all have been great. I also like All Star (I have a titanium series 6'6" H Extra Fast) and I own few Bass Pro Extreme rods and a Cabela's TXS Flippin' rod (Telescopic 7'6" H Extra Fast) that I just bought on sale for $59.99. I don't really flip all that much, and didn't want to drop 2-3 bills on a rod I would use occasionally, so the TXS fit the bill (it is a nice rod, has Fuji SiC guides, Concept spacing and didn't cost an arm and a leg). My advice would be take the reel you will be using on the rod, mount it on the models you are interested in and see how it feels. While price is definitely a selling point, look at the warranty. For St. Croix it's 2 years for a Premier series, Avids and Legend Elite have a Lifetime warranty. All Star (as Mini has said) has a lifetime warranty on all it's models as does Loomis. Good luck!
All the off the rack stuff is nice but it does not compare to a hand made, to your specifications, rod from Furnace Bay Rods. Granted it takes 10 weeks to get one becasue they are made to order, but once you try one nothing else compares in my opinion. If you want more info just email me and I will be happy to fill you in on the best rods money can buy.
Mostly bass in LSC. Tubes, crankbaits and spinnerbaits. I would love to buy a rod and reel for each presentation but can't afford it. I have a Quantum Catalyst PTI20 that i just bought. I would like to use this as a general purpose pole if there is such a thing.
QUOTE(djkimmel @ Apr 1 2004, 01:14 PM)QUOTE(hammer @ Apr 1 2004, 12:10 PM) QUOTE(MaryJane @ Mar 31 2004, 07:57 AM) the ONLY rod I use is my All-Star Graphite Rod.
Somehow I was expecting something different.
QUOTE(gwlloyd @ Apr 1 2004, 10:53 AM)Mostly bass in LSC. Tubes, crankbaits and spinnerbaits. I would love to buy a rod and reel for each presentation but can't afford it. I have a Quantum Catalyst PTI20 that i just bought. I would like to use this as a general purpose pole if there is such a thing.
Try a Team All Star TAS843STR I believe they are in stock at Bass Pro Shops. It runs right about $90. 7 foot medium light, lifetime warranty.