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Ciscokid82
Posted 3/12/2023 10:44 AM (#1018882)
Subject: Another rod question





Posts: 333


Location: SE Wisc
St Croix lists their “Blue Ox” model with a lure rating of 8-24 oz. They list the “Big Dawg” model as 6-12. These are both XH rods, one a 9’ the other 8’6”.
Why the huge difference in rating? The length shouldn’t make a difference.
Solitario Lupo
Posted 3/12/2023 11:03 AM (#1018884 - in reply to #1018882)
Subject: Re: Another rod question





Location: PA Angler
Not really sure but what it looks like to me is the rod is made from different materials.
nar160
Posted 3/13/2023 10:54 AM (#1018925 - in reply to #1018882)
Subject: Re: Another rod question




Posts: 410


Location: MN
There is no physical meaning to the "XH" distinction - it is an arbitrary range that varies with different manufacturers and even different rods from the same manufacturer.

The lure weight range is what you should pay attention to.
chuckski
Posted 3/14/2023 10:49 AM (#1018967 - in reply to #1018882)
Subject: Re: Another rod question




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I have two different rod rated at XL and they are two really different rods. (one Thorne Brothers Pred the other old org. G. Loomis) And the Pred I think a St. Croix blank.
chuckski
Posted 3/14/2023 11:11 AM (#1018968 - in reply to #1018882)
Subject: Re: Another rod question




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Well I went and looked at my two XL rods The Loomis is 7' 10" (that's what is stamped on it but when I put a ruler on it's 7' 11") and is rated for lures 1-6. The Thornes is 9' and has no lure weight posted? However when I bought the Thornes I asked the salesmen "can this handle a pounder"? No problem what's so ever! Both great rods!
Ciscokid82
Posted 3/14/2023 8:32 PM (#1018985 - in reply to #1018882)
Subject: Re: Another rod question





Posts: 333


Location: SE Wisc
Seems odd to have the same XH rating for two rods from the same line with much different specs. I can understand differences between two different makes or even different models from same manufacture but this is if nothing else, confusing. Was hoping someone on here actually had the “Ox” model to give insight.
4 String
Posted 3/14/2023 9:36 PM (#1018988 - in reply to #1018882)
Subject: Re: Another rod question




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Location: Springfield, IL
I'm interested if anybody has insights into the Ox, too. I'm getting a new, heavier rod this spring, and that was one of the ones I was looking at and comparing specs on.
chuckski
Posted 3/16/2023 10:08 AM (#1019025 - in reply to #1018882)
Subject: Re: Another rod question




Posts: 1271


When I buy a Muskie Rod I what to hold it, wave it around and even have the salesmen put on a reel on it before I buy.
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