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Old 10-05-2009, 09:45 AM
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I mostly use Shimano reels and a few rods, about a year or so back I just had to have a jigging rod setup to grasp the new concept of vertical jigging...Well I bought a Trevala rod and used it a few times paired with a accurate reel, recently the Trevala rod broke while hammering a 70lb amberjack....and remembered it had a lifetime warrenty....but over a year has passed and I didn't hang on to the receipt....Has anyone had to send back a rod for replacment....? Is customer service any good?

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Broke mine twice already just bumping it on stuff - I wish it was on a fish - I will never buy another.
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Originally Posted by Weekend-Hooker View Post
I mostly use Shimano reels and a few rods, about a year or so back I just had to have a jigging rod setup to grasp the new concept of vertical jigging...Well I bought a Trevala rod and used it a few times paired with a accurate reel, recently the Trevala rod broke while hammering a 70lb amberjack....and remembered it had a lifetime warrenty....but over a year has passed and I didn't hang on to the receipt....Has anyone had to send back a rod for replacment....? Is customer service any good?

Thanks
Just take it back to wherever you got it. They have so many that break (50+%)(edited now that I am off the ledge), they won't question its age. If the do and don't replace it, remind them it has a lifetime warranty and no receipt is needed since its still in the timeframe if "lifetime"!!!

Kevin

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Old 10-05-2009, 12:09 PM
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They are Crap. I started a thread on this in the summer and was amazed how many others have had the same issue.
Old 10-05-2009, 12:58 PM
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Im not posting this to sell, but I am posting it so that if people search this in the future, they will see it.

The price on these rods (if you want to call them that), is wonderful. Its practically nothing to buy them. Please, please think about this:

You spend a huge amount of money for the boat.
You spend a huge amount of money on lures.
You spend a huge amount of money on bait.
You spend a huge amount on hotel or condo's.
You spend a huge amount on the reel.
You save $200 on the rod by shaving costs with a less than satisfactory rod.
You don't have a huge amount of time to get out there and fish when the fish are there.
You spend a really huge amount on fuel or gas to get out to the fish.
Your fishing partners spend quite a bit of money to get out there and fish with you.
To many, you lose money by not being at work.
Now, after those points are made and hopefully agreed to, you are out there fishing. You drop your line to the depth that your expensive fishfinder shows and you hook up. Not a world record fish (as far as you know) but a good one and within minutes, the rod snaps. The line breaks and the fight is over.

Now, what did you save by getting that $90 rod? You might have saved $200, but what did it cost you? Wasted trip to the fishing grounds (2 hour run average) and fuel($125), lost lure and line ($30), lost fish, lost rod for the day, wasted money on hotel or condo ($150/night) and other losses that I have not mentioned.

Im sure there are other losses that I am overlooking but I will not rant anymore. Buying a rod for the warranty is planning on failure. Its nice security, but does nothing to replace the losses of the day. You have just lost that rod for the trip, lost a nice fish and now you have to come home and spend time taking it back to the store and getting it replaced. To me, thats just not correct. Its planning on failure. These rods are loss leaders to the stores and the company. What they are hoping for is that you will bring the rod back and then plunk down even MORE money and buy a better rod. If you start out with good solid equipment, you will have a reliable fishing rod that will meet your needs and take any doubt out of your head. Is your trip going to be fun when you have a fish on and you stand there wondering if this is the fish that will do this rod in?

OK, the trevala rod is roughly $120 up to $230. Why not just get the best rod first that will be about $70 to $180 more?

There are others out there like me that make quality custom rods right here in the USA. We are guys just like you. We work hard and we are constantly being battered by the Chinese and Japanese markets with the crap that they sell. There are some good companies out there, especially Japan that make high quality stuff. Even in this tough economy, we are still here working hard following our passions for making quality rods.
I can't speak for others, but many of us have lifetime warranties on our rods and that warranty is placed with the knowledge that we will never get that rod back. But, if we do, its replaced at no charge.

When you are contemplating buying a new rod, please consider this rant and look at quality rods. Off the shelf rods are not like they used to be. This tough economy has forced manufacturers to make equipment at the same or lower cost to meet market demand. When the economy is tight, so are wallets. When that happens, the companies do not take a cut in their profit, they cut costs. How do they do that? They get cheaper inferior components. That effectively cuts the bottom line which leaves more for profit.

The next time you are considering a rod, please think about the hard working guy in your area or on the boards that you visit and give them a shot. We are hard working honest people that are very hungry for business. The warranty will be equal to anything that you buy off the shelf or even better. The price will be more, but the build and components will hands down be better than the off the shelf stuff. Not only that, but the colors will be what you want, the quality that you are expecting and performance that is second to none!

You will also find that the guys that sell custom stuff will bend over backwards to make you happy. We live and die by our reputations and negative press is a killer in this business.

Ok, taking a deep breath and the rant is over.

Tight lines,

Kevin
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Take the rod to where you bought it and have it replaced no questions asked. I like the rods. I have 8 and I have broken a few over a period of 4 years. High sticking a rod can break it no matter how much it cost or where it was made.

This forum like most you will get good information, bad information and information that is totally bogus. A good example of bogus information would be from the self proclaimed expert that stated, "They have so many that break (97+%)"
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I think that quite a few do break. I've broken 2 and a buddy of mine has broken 2. That said, I still own 4 of them. 2 conventional and 2 spinning I use the crap out of them and I love them. They are definately not for everything, I wouldn't target fish much more than say 50-70 lbs with them, but for bass fishing,or other fish in the 10 to say 50lb ballpark they are an awesome rod. My tvs58xxh spinning rod is by far my favorite and I have many. Each to his own I guess.

Send your rod back to shimano. They send you a replacement. fairly quickly too. I called and asked if I could cut the blank down to save on shipping costs. they agreed .You may want to do the same. There's a huge difference once you get over a certain length.
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Well I have had one break on me but I have caught allot of fish in excess of 100 lbs. You can take it to any store that sells them for a new one. I also love them for their size and weight.
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Originally Posted by Capt Bill Welder View Post
Take the rod to where you bought it and have it replaced no questions asked. I like the rods. I have 8 and I have broken a few over a period of 4 years. High sticking a rod can break it no matter how much it cost or where it was made.

This forum like most you will get good information, bad information and information that is totally bogus. A good example of bogus information would be from the self proclaimed expert that stated, "They have so many that break (97+%)"
Not self proclaimed nor the be all and end all, but since I have been building rods every day for almost 30 years, I would say I know quite a bit.

I worked in a store for a while also and when I see 8 rods go out the door on Thursday and 7 come back on Monday, coupled with continuous posts on every single fishing forum, I would say there is a constant issue. Call my info bogus if you want, I don't care. I also heard firsthand from the Shimano rep, exactly what I said above about being loss leaders and getting customers to upgrade.

But then again, what do I know...
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Well I have had one break on me but I have caught allot of fish in excess of 100 lbs. You can take it to any store that sells them for a new one. I also love them for their size and weight.
Are u using the "F" series or the regular. I am thinking of getting a "F" series but idk because of all the breaking issues. ;?
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Heres something to factor into the equation:
The Trevala is the most widely used jigging rod, therefore it is understandable that we hear about more issues as far as breaking. Second, the Trevala would most likely be considered an "entry level" rod or rather a rod that would be bought by someone just getting into the jigging game, which may also contribute to more rods being broke by high sticking (already mentioned).
The components on the rod are the same used on many higher priced jigging rods such as Fisherman, OR, Smith, and Zenaq. I have a 58XXH spinning and never had it break. I like the idea that they do have a break it and bring it back policy. I don't think the extra $50 for the F series is worth it. Plus, the butt section is longer on the regular series and the foregrip sits higher up which makes it more comfortable for a longer arm.

ANGLER ENVY, just out of curiosity and for a general reference, what price range do your jigging rods fall in? What blank are you using on your jigging rods?

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Originally Posted by zack2044 View Post
Are u using the "F" series or the regular. I am thinking of getting a "F" series but idk because of all the breaking issues. ;?
We've only had issues with the F series. We have yet to break the regular version.
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Originally Posted by Capt Bill Welder View Post
Take the rod to where you bought it and have it replaced no questions asked. I like the rods. I have 8 and I have broken a few over a period of 4 years. High sticking a rod can break it no matter how much it cost or where it was made.

This forum like most you will get good information, bad information and information that is totally bogus. A good example of bogus information would be from the self proclaimed expert that stated, "They have so many that break (97+%)"
Are you joking, you have a couple points WRONG (probably your whole post), I got lucky I was setting drags, 11 reels done on Tsunami poles 1 left on a seeker pole, immediately it broke, hadn't even started really doing anything. I had just purchased it at the end of the season before, was told it must have hit something;?, send it back the they will look it over;?, I won't have another one on my boat, regardless.

I have a boat load full of that self proclaimed experts rods, of course all in custom covers, He won't send you them unless he knows they won't break by testing them first (pre-stress), the last thing he want's is for anybody to be sending any back. I can only speak for his superb attention to detail an awesome build components. The fact that when I hook up,unlike you I don't have to worry about breaking what nearly 40% of my rods when a fish is on.

Ok so his number of 97% is wrong, I agree, pretty conservative, its really as you stated closer to 40%, Please tell me who is self-proclaimed?
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I have 3 of them and have hammered some big fish on them....havent broke one yet!
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Hey, I was ranting, cut me a little slack. I was on a roll. I agree that the initial breakage rate is probably 40% but over the long term, it rises significantly.

Spearnreel, my rods range from $250 to $550.

Batson start at $250 and up 200g to 600g
American Tackle $300 and up 120g to 600g
OTI and Jigging Master $400 and up. 300g to 600g

These are general prices. All lifetime warranty and replacement.

Im not trying to stir any chit up. just talking about quality and peoples money. In the long run, the buyer saves if they just buy quality rods from the gitgo.

Kevin

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I'm just entering the Jigging game and apparently the No.1 cardinal sin is "High Sticking". Even the experts do it once in a while. Regardless of how good your rod is it'll eventually succumb.

Check out this thread: http://www.sportfishermen.com/board/...en-137336.html
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Old 10-06-2009, 07:24 AM
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I called Shimano, and they said ship it back and they would replace it but there is a BPS near me that I could try to swap it .....dont know if they will or not but its worth a try...cant recall where I bought it....I but so much fishing crap
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I absolutely love them. Too bad for the guys that dont and have had issues with them. Ive never broke one or seen one break. I have 2 TGCXXH58 rods. I also have 2 of the TVS66H rods but havent used them much. My brother also used the TFC58XXH and loves it.
To the guy that said your day is ruined if it breaks, youre stupid if you dont have a backup rod and reel on the boat. I always bring 1 spin and 1 conv backup rod and reel. Never had to use them but if I do, I do! Then Ill go exchange my trevala for a new one on the way home.
Custom rods are great but I just cant pay the extra money. Also, the lifetime warranty of a big time manufacturer is solid for my peace of mind, more so than a single guy's warranty. Not that custom rod makers dont honor it, just that I feel more comfortable with a shimano warranty. I had cape fear rods before too! Now look at them! lifetime warranty gone. If a custom rod guy dies or moves or quits or changes his mind, your screwed. It happens. No offense to anyone personally, just trying to explain my thoughts.
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I had 4 regular and 1 F models, I had the regular to break twice. West Marine let me pay the diffrence and upgrade to the Star Plasma Jigging rod. If the other Trevalas break I'll trade them too, I love the Plasma rod.

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I had a Shimano rod (Pelagic) which had the foot of the guide rusting underneath the varnish. I sent it back about 4 weeks ago. Call them twice. Nothing. So far no replacement.

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