I have a couple of the old 5'6" Wally Marshall Signature series rods that are about all I use. They have pulled a many a crappie out from under docks. Sure hope I don't break em since they are no longer made.
Me too! I've learned if you find something you really like that works well, you better get extras because they'll quit making them.
Ernest taught me a trick on those green 5'6" Wally poles was to lop off about 3 or 4 inches off the end and re-glue the tiptop back on. It stiffened them up a some and gives a little more distance.
The Wally poles i really liked were a grey color instead of green and not sold separately - only came on a combo. Those ones were marked IM7 and labeled pro series. The 5'2" one of those is a real nice rod for shooting.
Nothing like feeling zero bite but seeing that line jump up in the air and then sticking a jig into a big old slab. That is some kind of fun!