Is it worth nearly double the cost to get a Tica UEHA spinning rod vs. the less expensive UELA version? I'm considering something in the 10 to 12 foot length for use mainly at SPSP and also OC/Assateague when I'm on vacation.
It is very hard to determine what is cost effective for some one other than myself. However if you fish somewhat frequently and want to be fairly well setup my answer would be yes. The UEHA is a graphite based rod blank. The Uela is a Composite, which means it is comprised of graphite and fiberglass.
Some composite rods can be very good, but they are heavier than a Graphite rod of similar power. If you just fish a few times a year to be "Out with the Guys", get the UELA. First and foremost remember this. You are on the land, the fish is in the water! He/she (fish) does not have any idea what you are using, the enjoyment of good tackle is of benefit to the fisherman only.
I said it before and I'll say it again..IMHO Spend your hard earned dollars on getting the best reel you can afford. A good reel on a cheaper rod always works. Remember - The rod holds the reel...the reel holds the line...the line holds the fish.
IMHO A good reel, good quality line, well tied knots, and sharp hooks are the most important part of fishing. The rod is on the bottom of my list.
Consider the lilies of the field.
Think about what kind of fishing you are going to be doing. Bottom fishing or lure fishing. What kind of weight will you be throwing? Can the composite handle the weight? As I recall the UEHA rods handle a lot more weight than the composite series. Will you be casting a lot? If so, the lighter rod will be much nicer to have.
Ulimately, its your call. I'd say buy the UEHA rod off of EBAY and get it for the cost of the composite at a B&T shop.
I got a 9' UEHA TICA on ebay for $32 plus s/h. I got a 10.5' UEHA TICA for $50 plus s/h.
I have both rods in the 12' length. All posts above provide excellent pro/con scenarios for you to ponder. The bottom line for me on each rod is this: The graphite UEHA is lighter,easier for lures and has a stiffer action. The UELA makes a good backup for the UEHA if I'm fishin the out of town (OBX). Good luck!
I have got to disagree with Sandcrab. The rodis the delivery component for the bait or lure. It is also the component for fighting the fish. The reel is simply the storage device for the line. Which is the most important link between you and the fish.
If you short yourself in one component, then the degree of success and enjoyment will be degraded accordingly.
These things I know from experience. Unfortunately.
Of course the rod is important, as is the reel. I would rather spend $100 on a good reel and $50 on a rod than the other way around. I think a good reel, with an excellent drag that does not do the "herky-jerky" when you get a big fish on, is golden.
IMHO - The reel is more than a storge device for the line. Wrong drag setting - broken line. Loose drag setting - twisted line. Without a good drag to control the output of line when fighting a big fish, you might as well use your hands!
You spend your money on the rod - I'll go for the better reel.
I guess I will put in my 2 cents. years ago I had a cheap Master combo that I purchased not off the rack but out of the combo barrel at the beach, I caught more fish on that 49.00 combo as opposed to my 900.00 dollar combo.For some guys, myself included I just can't get enough gear.Yes Quality is great performance is great but the fish don't know.
It's all about what you can afford and how much passion you have for the sport.My oldest brother who doesn't fish summed it up in this simple statement (my 29.00 rod catches skate just like your rod). Lol
If the pricing on Ebay is too high, you might want to check the prices at www.eangler.com. They sell Tica surf rods for a reasonable price but you have to perform a search to locate the rods on their sight. Type "Tica", then go to page 2. Good luck.
I'm dissappointed in how small the reel seat is on the UEHA model. I just bought the 10'6" model and my Shimano 6500 Baitrunner won't fit. I haven't tired my 4500 yet, hope that fits. My 6 1/2' boat rods have a larger seat than these. Not a real (pun intended)good design for such a nice rod.**
I just put one of my 4500 Baitrunners on and it fits just fine. The balance feels good also. The 6500 has a very large foot. I have a 6500 on my 15'er but that a huge rod to begin with. The 6500 would have been to big and heavy for the 10 1/2' TICA anyway. I wonder if the reel seat is bigger on the TICA 12'?
Tica rods do not have a strong presence here on the west coast, so I purchased some by mail order. I also was surprised at the small looking reel seat on the 10'6" UEHA spinning rod when I received mine and was concerned about which of my suitable reels would fit. Fortunately, they all did but some could be called a "shoehorn fit". I found the rod to balance, perform and be less fatiguing for lure fishing using reels that weigh about 20 oz. or less(my preference). This particular Tica model seems to be the trimmest of all their UEHA rods from 10' and up of which the others have larger reel seats.
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