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In the 1960's, Browning pioneered the development of fiberglass rods... and in so doing, created a legend. Crafted of proprietary Hi-Density tubular fiberglass, a Browning® Fishing SilaFlex Spinning Rod offered the most advanced technology of the day--the ideal blend of light weight, strength, flexibility and sensitivity. Today's SilaFlex is true to the original (if you've owned one, your hand hasn't forgotten the feel!). Same quality blanks, same classic actions, upgraded with aluminum oxide guides, premium cork handles and lightweight graphite reel seats for exceptional handling all around.
crankin' for bass
after going round and trying to find a spinning rod for crankbait fishing, i "settled " on the silaflex 7' M. i'm glad i did. these fiberglas rods take all the stress off your arms and allow for a day of cranking your favourite lures without wearing you out. the soft tip absorbs the vibration and also allows the fish to eat the lure, none the wiser that he's been hooked! i was hesitant in buying a 2 piece rod, but this one is great. solidly put together, i didn't have to fidget with lining up the rod, everything stayed in place. i paired this up with a quantum q-vex 30 (5:1 retrieve) and 8# suffix line. a perfect combo. thanks to the people at bass pro for helping me find this gem, i was literally going nuts trying to find a crankbait spinning rod. i'll be picking up the 6' 6" MH next, for tossing those bigger cranks.
September 15, 2012
Glass for Bass
I purchased this rod(6.6", medium, 2 pc.) about a year and a half ago. The handle feels great, the action is perfect and it's super strong. Unfortunately, I lost it overboard about six weeks ago. Since then I bought a Berkley 6.6" 2 piece graphite - Snap! and a Shimano 7' graphite - Snap! I am now buying another Browning SilaFlex. This is one of the best fiberglass rods I have ever owned. It can handle any size Bass and casts 8-10lb mono with super smooth accuracy. I boated 90 fish over the weekend before the Memorial Holiday in a trip to the Finger Lakes of NY and huge Smallmouth in the Niagara River . Tough and durable.This is the best quality glass rod you could ever puchase for fifty bucks! Don't be fooled by flashy graphite ads and promises. Go old school and feel the difference.
July 30, 2012
like a rock
i have had this rod for just short of seven years! I LOVE IT!!! Sensitive, but yet plenty of back bone. i recommend this rod for anybody that wants a quality rod at a great price. I've got the 6'6" med. 2 piece....
June 3, 2012
best pole ive ever bought
i bought this pole looking for a nice pole that wont break its strength is unbelievable i can reel in 7-10 pound bass all day i would recommend this pole to anyone
May 2, 2012
the weight of these rods doesn't come into play. i didn't notice any issues. i just totally enjoyed the fact that these are great crankbait rods. i was able to work them all day without stressing out my arms. the rod tip absorbs all the action and leaves you free to concentrate on catching fish. a must have for serious cranker.
I plan to go at least once a week this year to my local ponds Im buying this rod this week and pairing it with this > Pflueger® President® XT. Im going to be fishing spinners, plastics, live bait, & whatever else I have in my box. I usually grab my 7' rod now and take that. But im curious what you think I should get the 7' or the 6'6" ?
do 7' 'ers cast further ? I assume they do... ? sometimes I will have a row boat / canoe others will just be from shore.
...oh & what do you recommend for line ? test / brand ?
I fish both salt water and fresh water. I like to be consistant with my rods and whether spinning or bait casters, I like 6'6" rods. You may be able to cast further with a 7' rod, but I get a lot of distance with the 6'6" rods and really don't think the difference would be noticeable. I use 10 lb. test line on this outfit which is MH and 8 lb. on my spinning outfit with a M rod. I use 12 lb. on all my baitcasters regardless of the flex of the rod.
If I'm in a boat I prefer the 7' rod, if I'm fishing from shore I prefer a 6'6" model. It really depends on how much brush you will have to contend with fishing from shore. If the shoreline is clear I would go with the 7' model. You can get a little more on your cast with the longer rod.
On spinning gear I prefer fluorocarbon line in 6-10lb test depending on the size of the reel. I prefer Spiderwire 100% fluoro but the Bass Pro XPS 100% Fluoro is pretty good too.
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