Edge Rods

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Edge Rods

Postby Kelly Ripa » Thu Nov 25, 2021 8:15 am

In my never ending quest for a new rod to replace my favorite 20+ year old Loomis dropshot rod I did some research after my replacement rod got to me. I then took my brand new replacement to a local tackle store and put it on consignment as I now consider G Loomis rods (aka. Shimano) high priced junk until you really fork out the cash for the highest tier available.

In my research I found out that Gary sold the company when diagnosed with cancer. In the sale he was not allowed to use his name for 5 years. After that he must have whipped cancer as he has been a busy boy. He has designed/made new machinery and is now involved with edge rods right down the street from his old factory. If you go to the Edge rod site you can see a couple of videos with explanations of the new rods.

When I saw the rods and the carbon fiber handle I was all in. Back in 1988 I bought Loomis rods from a tackle store in Santa Barbara that were customized Loomis blanks by the owner Glenn Cantello with carbon fiber handles which were Tennessee style. You used electrical tape to put your reel exactly where you needed it for balance. Those rods won me angler of the year that year because of the sensitivity and the handle. The handle makes a bite ring like a bell vs. cork.

I ordered and got a Black Widow Rod with the following specs. 6' 10"...4-10 lb...1/8-1/4oz...I have been fishing with it for a month now. I find that rod in my hand all day long now. It has made my hook set scary good with not only hooking fish in the upper lip almost always but the ratio went up as well( nearly 100%). I have found I can feel fish I did not or would not have known were there on a regular basis. I have caught fish with it in 2 feet all the way to 52 feet with a 3/16 oz. sinker. Right now at Casitas I am able to parachute a worm down on meter marks and catch fish straight under the boat. It kind of reminds me of the guys who fish small mouth on the St. Lawrence I have seen in Tournaments on Television. I tried a 1/4 oz. sinker just to satisfy my curiosity and the fish would not eat the baits...However the rods response to the heavier sinker was zero as it felt the same in my hand with that weight.

I still have another 20+ year old Loomis dropshot in my arsenal but it seems heavy and clunky in comparison. I truly could go on forever about the rods other features and I wanted to pass on my experiences so far. I got the rod on a Black Friday deal and that was 4 weeks ago and is still going on. When sensitivity is an issue in your bite I would consider putting one of these rods in your hands as they far exceed my expectations and that is saying a lot.
I give it :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 5 thumbs up.
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Re: Edge Rods

Postby milehi » Thu Nov 25, 2021 9:50 am

Been using tennessee handles since the 70's, only way to go as far as I'm concerned.

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Re: Edge Rods

Postby johnb » Fri Nov 26, 2021 7:03 am

where did you get the drop shot rod from and what model is it . Thanks John

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Re: Edge Rods

Postby Kelly Ripa » Fri Nov 26, 2021 8:40 pm

Go to the edge rod website click on bass rods. Mine is a Black Widow. So it's a 6100-1. It's normally 450 I got mine on sale 6 weeks ago at 10% off at 340 shipped. They are now 30% off at 265 you cannot miss this sale....Dang now I gotta by another. :lol:
Coming to me as of this morning
Silver Widow MBR 736-1 on the way $346 vs MSRP $675..... the 30% is this weekend only from what I saw
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Re: Edge Rods

Postby vipcob » Sat Nov 27, 2021 11:05 pm

I have been wanting to try these rods for a while now. This is the first positive review I've seen in quite some time. I've done a lot of research and all I see on you tube and on BBC is nothing but horrible customer service and weeks if not months before the rods get delivered. I want to give these a shot since they look the part but man, I'm skeptical. Kelly Ripa has been around a long time and I value his opinion..... What to do??? Has anyone else had any dealings with Edge rods, good or bad? Let's here it please!

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Re: Edge Rods

Postby Kelly Ripa » Sun Nov 28, 2021 7:29 am

Well I've not had to deal with anyone at this time from Edge. I am still waiting for an expediter rod (7months now) from G Loomis and will never go back to The old G. Loomis (AKA Shimano) company again. I ordered my first rod from Edge expecting a 3-5 week build as that's what it said on the site when I purchased my Black widow. 10 days later it was at my doorstep. I have no experiences with the "Company" that weren't positive and I don't see any down the road as the workmanship on these all USA built rods is truly first rate. This is my new rod company until they take over half a year to respond. :lol:

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I had second thoughts about spreading the word on these rods but I figured I would pass along my experiences (all good). Why give my competition any of my found advantages in these rods but since I no longer compete I wanted the nutcases here to benefit. If anyone is unhappy with the product I would be very surprised.
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Re: Edge Rods

Postby Smokie » Mon Nov 29, 2021 1:29 pm

man o man... i agree the new loomis suck compared to the old school... I'm trying to talk my old pard outta this castaway he has that was my favorite jerk bait rod till he took it back... nothing ive picked up i liked as much, and this is one from the 90's from a bud who was heavy sponsored by castaway back than... I got big into drop shotting way back and tooled around until i fell upon rogue rods, took a steelhead trip and learned of their exsistance. I fell in love with my dropshot rod from them, i had a med light 7ft ds rod and boy did i love it, it fell in the lake and i went swimming for hours, but my luck was i was up a river arm with massive undercurrent and never got it back, my uncle got some laughs and good pictures watching me try and cry i even went back the next day trying to find it down deep. i caught the rogue rods going outta business sale and bought the last three mediums they had, but the medium light i loved so much was sold out and id be hard pressed to find that exact rod from somebody that dont want theirs, i love love love my mediums i replaced it with, i put one up in case i ever snapped my work stick, but the med light was it... I also learned about cush its and will never have that problem again since all my expensive rods now float :lol: thanks shaw grigsby videos, goooooollly them things work and i like the balanced feeling they add as well... I just heard about edge recently and was wondering what some of you wingnuts thought about em as I was really sad to see rogue rods close their doors, i own a decent assortment of their work and love their big swimbait rods immensely... so very few companys are true american made when it comes to rods and i found my happy with rogue rods till they shut down sadly but im glad to see gary not giving up but going a different direction im def gonna have to keep my eye on them

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Re: Edge Rods

Postby ash » Wed Dec 01, 2021 1:40 pm

I get it Rip, I felt the same way when i first had my Evola Drop Shot rod. It's getting tired now after 20yrs of service and I am looking to switch it to the Fenwick WorldClass rod. I have a Fenwick World Class casting rod and it's so well balanced and sensitive it puts a smile on my face when I use it. and i think that's what your ultimately speaking to, having a rod that just sings for you. :)
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