Wireline Dipsy Rods
Picked up (2) of the new Okuma White Diamond wireline rods. They have compact stainless steel guides and a swivel roller top. At the $100 price point I felt they were my best option. I was considering going with 19 strand wire but after talking to a bunch of people I will go with 7 strand Malin. Looks like old man Winter is losing the battle with the warmer weather predicted over the next week or so. Might have to get the boat out and try to find some browns and ho's. After I have used the new wire rods a half dozen times or so, I will post something to evaluate just how good they are. Can't wait for Summer!!
I use the same 8' Talora's with the Torpedo Wire swivels tip and really like them.
For me I couldn't go any longer because the wire is our inside/deepest diver so there has to be another longer rod "outside" it for the braid diver and sometimes a third which is a Slide Diver.
I use the 8' Talora rollers, 9' Talora MH diver rods for braid, and then a 9'-6" old school brown Daiwa Heartland for Slide Diver's.
If they were $149 likely they were 8'. The price jumps drastically when you go to 10'.
I have 8' Taloras and wish they were 10'. I have been on boats with the 10' and I think the extra 2' works like a shock absorber. Upgrade was more than I wanted to spend but I did change the tip to a swivel tip by Torpedo and works fine. You really have to be careful not to put grooves in your tip. If you don't have a gimbal the rods tend to pivot in the dipsy holder. The swivel tip helps a lot.
You do not need any type of special rod to run wire, IF you use Bloodrun wire. My wire dipsys are just regular Okuma glt dipsy rods with the tip replaced by a Twili-tip. Theyve been in use for 4 seasons now, literally caught hundreds of fish, and are no worse for wear. No grooves in the eyelets and no fraying of the wire whatsoever. Plus they're easier to use and more fun to fight fish on than other wire rods which are cumbersome and heavy. I honestly wouldn't even trade them for Taloras, unless I could sell those and pocket the difference ;)
Does anyone have experience with the Okuma White Diamond wireline trolling rods? At 100 bones they look like a good option. No roller guides but a swivel roller tip. Thanks. Really want to get into wire dipsies and just can't see spending 250 bones on a single rod as a weekend warrior.