As technology has advanced the old rod and reel have also advanced. Today's rod and reel are nothing like they were in the 1960's and 1970's. The advancement of materials used to make the rods and reels has grown to literally outer-space-like dimensions. Today they are stronger and lighter while at the same time the rods have become more durable and more attractive. Perhaps the biggest impact on the rod and reel has been the changes in fishing lines. Rods and reels have experienced a evolutionary advancements in the past 40 years. Here are some of the top rod and reel combos made with the current technology.
Browning has been making top notch guns for years and now they are in the fishing tackle market as well. Currently one of the best rod and reel combos on the market is the Midas low profile Baitcast reel and the Hi Power rod. The Midas Baitcast reel is made with a one-piece aluminum frame, double-anodized aluminum V-shaped spool with aluminum re-curve handle and drag star. The handy five point drag star is close to the handle so you can adjust the drag with your thumb as you wind. The Midas uses nine ball bearings and one roller bearing for instant anti-reverse. The nine ball bearings are made of stainless steel for strength and durability. The drag system is made of carbon-Teflon and stainless steel so it will apply lots of smooth even pressure. The reel has a 7.1:1 gear ratio and holds 120 yards of 12 lb line.
The Browning Hi Power Rod is made of a graphite/boron blank with butt-to-tip 1K slit-carbon wrap which gives it incredible strength without any added weight. It uses low profile guides and has a graphite reel seat. The rod is super sensitive and has been designed with a Soft Touch finish in a matte grey finish highlighted by futuristic gold/silver accents. Over all this is an amazing rod and reel combo.
Another long term player, Abu Garcia, has a REVO Winch/Crankin' Stick Combo. The REVO Winch is made with a 1-piece aluminum alloy frame with 10 ball bearings and a single roller bearing. It also has a carbon Matrix Drag system that will put up to 24 lbs of pressure on the line. The Crankin' Stick rod is made with a graphite/fiberglass/basalt fiber blank with a 'Fiberglass Feeling' tip. The rod uses aluminum oxide guides and an XPS Soft Touch reel seat. When put together this rod and reel are technically advanced and feel good in your hand.
Daiwa has been in the tackle business for several years and now has a marvelous rod and reel combo. The TD-Pro reel features a 10 piece aluminum frame with a free floating drilled aluminum spool. It uses a 12 bearing system with their Infinite Anti-Reverse system. The reel is equipped with the Magforce-Z anti-backlash system. The TD-pro rod uses a graphite blank with Fuji reel seats and a stainless steel hood. Over all this is also a wonderful rod and reel combo. Check out all the wonderful options available now-a-days.