if you've got the funds for it, custom rods are the way to go.
dh custom rods makes an excellent rod. i bought a 28" dh customs al dente noodle from the thorne bros stores a couple weeks ago and had it out on the ice this weekend. all i can say is, wow. no need for a spring bobber even with finicky gills that are barely inhaling the bait and then spitting it out. you can see the action in the rod and i was outside on bago in the wind. additionally, it handled the big white bass on bago without a hitch with the exact same sensitivity. the dh customs run about $70 + shipping with the recoil guides. the one i bought in store had the regular guides, so i will be using this one inside a shack. i ordered one with recoil guides too. it just came today. and no, i have no affiliation with DH Custom Rods aside from being a happy customer.
i also have a thorne bros power noodle on order for next season. i will also be adding a couple thorne bros tripwires before freeze up next year as well. the TB power noodles are in the $80 + shipping range with recoil guides. again, i have no affiliation with Thorne Bros and although i can't compare the dh custom to the thorne bros power noodle, i have heard nothing but good things about the power noodle and was tired of finicky perch on bago this year so i bit and forked over the money for one.
now for the run of the mill rods at your local stores i like the HT ice blues in 30". for $6 a rod, they're unbeatable and if it breaks, you won't be cursing yourself for it. i have handled the new jason mitchell spring bobber rod with the micro bite indicator and liked that one as well. again, no affiliations.
in regards to the inline rods, i have a 48" that i use for hole hopping. i fish this one in water that's shallow enough that it does not require reeling (less than 8') these are deadly for bluegills and i love them because they don't have any line twist in them so the jig stays pretty much in one position as you're jigging.
i got my inline rod from a guy in kenosha (plastics joe is how he's known locally) for $30. he makes them at home. i have seen a number of them on the internet. specifically, HT makes one. they sell for ~$20. i can't comment on that rod though because i've never used it. check out these sites for the rods:
www.dhcustomrods.com (check em out, highly recommended)
http://clamoutdoors.com/media/catalog/product/cache/8/thumbnail/600x600/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/m/i/microbitetip_close_up.jpg (jason mitchells micro bite rod tip)
www.thornebros.com (custom ice rods)
http://www.dirtkingoutfitters.com/product/ht-bluegill-crappie-polar-lite-150927-1.htm (HT inline rod)
[This post was last edited on 3/5/12 at 8:44 PM]