Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:02 PM
I can't help you on the rod, as most of my rods are 20 years old plus, other than a couple of clarus rods we keep in the trunk for fishing emergencies. I have only used mine once, and it seems decent, my son loves his 11'3" clarus though. As for reels, if I had to pick out of that lot, I would definately go with the raven reel, they are quite good for the money, they just look plain, however function is far more important than form. Second to that would be the rapala, but the newest one, called a tail out drifter I think?? Saw it at Lebaron for $150. Great reel at that price point! It is silver instead of black, and a bit smoother than the black one. Good luck!