Help with picking a Spinning Rod
Just my $00.02.
We also added a 7'0" Med-lite, Mod-fast for rigging this season. The market has a lot of fast and extra-fast rods, but faster is not always better.
I like to stress, it is personal preference, but for guys that don't want the really fast action we do have some options.
OTOH, some opinions are better informed than others, so in this case, I'm inclned to defer to KVD.
More often than not, you'll see medium- / moderate-action recommended for shallow cranks and lipless under 1/2 oz; MH for heavier baits. It's reasonable to suggest a similar rod for stick baits, as The basic idea is that a stick bait rod has a little softer tip for slower recoil and slower initiation of action to the bait. Many stickbaits get yanked out of the water by too stiff a tip and the fast recoil of a stiff tip doesn't let them glide. They also allow a slower "cadence" when twitching the bait yet still impart a lot of action. This also saves angler effort.
As far as spoons are concerned, you didn't say whether you're talking about larger (i.e. > 1/2 oz) spoons like DareDevles, or lighter, flutter-type spoons. I'd go with a 7' MH-F baitcasting rod for the former, not as clear on the later, as I don't fish light spoons much.
As I posted about baitcasting reels, the brand isn't all that significant, IMO. In the $100-300 range, you're gonna end up with a good rod, whether a Loomis, St. Croix, Dobyns, etc. YOu can figure the math as to whether to buy one $300 rod vs. three $100 rod, we can't help you there.
I use the fast tips for things like crappie fishing because I am a lip ripper (can't break the habit), also don't use super lines for the same reason, mono has some forgiveness....
ST. Croix are great rods (sensitive), I like Fenwick also, there are a LOT of good rods out there....