Rod Geeks?

When production rods are not enough, it's time to go custom. Come share your experiences building and/or ordering a custom rod and tell us if you'll ever go back to off the shelf.
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Rod Geeks?

Post by TommyG » Thu Jan 15, 2015 3:41 am

Has anyone built on one of these blanks??
http://www.rodgeeks.com

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Re: Rod Geeks?

Post by jacob95 » Thu Jan 15, 2015 9:00 am

I don't know much about blanks or rod building in general but IMO those look cheap to me.

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Re: Rod Geeks?

Post by dv1 » Thu Jan 15, 2015 10:51 am

They are the same graphite as St. croix ScII and Sc IV. Tom Kirkman mentioned that RodGeeks also does stuff for St. croix at the rodbuilding.org website. Tapers may be different though, not sure.

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Re: Rod Geeks?

Post by btune » Mon Jan 19, 2015 3:51 am

I did a 6'6" spinning rod for my wife and it turned out great. They had a display at last year's rod building show in NC and overall I was impressed. They have added several new blanks this year and yes they use St Croix material and maybe even mandrels? The paint is flawless and for 15 a blank you can pick among several colors and I believe they will even do a custom color. They have a website and are willing to be of assistance if needed. Best of all their pricing is not bad at all. Yes I will build on their blanks again.

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Re: Rod Geeks?

Post by TommyG » Mon Jan 19, 2015 9:31 am

Thanks btune, the prices seem decent,would hate to put high end parts on a low end blank.

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Re: Rod Geeks?

Post by btune » Wed Jan 21, 2015 7:43 am

Rod Geeks told me at the show their Carbon four's were SCIV St Croix material. SCIV makes for a good blank. I have and use several from ML spinning to Swim Bait rods and the Geeks blanks should make excellent rods as well.

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Re: Rod Geeks?

Post by zodiak311 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:15 pm

Bringing back an old thread.
Was looking at their C470LF blank 7' 4-8 lbs 1/16-1/4 oz for NED rigs

Or just going with the top end St Croix SCV70MFb 7' 6-12lb 3/16-5/8 oz

Any thoughts or opinions? Planning to use 10lb braid, and 7lb fluoro leader for lighter Neds
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Re: Rod Geeks?

Post by hoohoorjoo » Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:20 pm

zodiak311 wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:15 pm
Bringing back an old thread.
Was looking at their C470LF blank 7' 4-8 lbs 1/16-1/4 oz for NED rigs

Or just going with the top end St Croix SCV70MFb 7' 6-12lb 3/16-5/8 oz

Any thoughts or opinions? Planning to use 10lb braid, and 7lb fluoro leader for lighter Neds
If it were me, I'd go with the rodgeeks blank, based on specs alone. The SCV blanks are always stronger than their ratings, which isnt a good thing if you're planning on a ned rod.
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Re: Rod Geeks?

Post by zodiak311 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:41 pm

hoohoorjoo wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:20 pm
zodiak311 wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:15 pm
Bringing back an old thread.
Was looking at their C470LF blank 7' 4-8 lbs 1/16-1/4 oz for NED rigs

Or just going with the top end St Croix SCV70MFb 7' 6-12lb 3/16-5/8 oz

Any thoughts or opinions? Planning to use 10lb braid, and 7lb fluoro leader for lighter Neds
If it were me, I'd go with the rodgeeks blank, based on specs alone. The SCV blanks are always stronger than their ratings, which isnt a good thing if you're planning on a ned rod.
Awesome, so would you say most St Croix blanks are stronger than their ratings?
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Re: Rod Geeks?

Post by hoohoorjoo » Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:45 am

Yes, they sandbag on their ratings. It's an old marketing trick to minimize warranty claims. St. Croix rods have always been more powerful than their factory ratings.
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Re: Rod Geeks?

Post by TobyJ » Tue Aug 20, 2019 5:04 pm

I’d go with the 7’ ml 4-10lb instead of the L... I have built on the ml and couldn’t see going any lighter for a Ned rig rod fishing bass... great blank btw! The RODgeeks c4 blanks are a great value!

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Re: Rod Geeks?

Post by Tim Kelly » Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:52 pm

They don't ship outside of North America, so that's a big fail for St Croix and Rod Geeks for me.

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Re: Rod Geeks?

Post by dv1 » Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:54 am

I fish a lot of Ned rig stuff. The St. Croix ML power rod is my favorite. I do have a light action as well, but I only use that for REALLY light heads. 1/20, 1/16 all get thrown on the ML. Lighter than that, maybe the L power rod. My L power rod is usually reserved for a 1/64 oz head and weightless small plastics.

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Re: Rod Geeks?

Post by zodiak311 » Tue Aug 27, 2019 12:40 am

dv1 wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:54 am
I fish a lot of Ned rig stuff. The St. Croix ML power rod is my favorite. I do have a light action as well, but I only use that for REALLY light heads. 1/20, 1/16 all get thrown on the ML. Lighter than that, maybe the L power rod. My L power rod is usually reserved for a 1/64 oz head and weightless small plastics.
Just to make sure, which model St Croix ML blank do you have?
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Re: Rod Geeks?

Post by dv1 » Tue Aug 27, 2019 5:46 pm

I have a custom made sc3 70mlf

2 factory SCV 70mlf

1 factory scv 70 LF

The 7-0 mlf's have been my go to dropshot, Ned rig, and all round finesse rods. I have not fished a ml xf st, Croix though to compare.

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