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#12008351 - 12/28/16 10:08 PM Considering a second rod/reel
KurtActual Online   content
Outdoorsman

Registered: 07/25/16
Posts: 81
Loc: Cypress, TX
I currently own the TFO NXT in the 5/6 wt. I got it from Sierra Trading Post for $100. I love it.

Is the TFO NXT Series 2 they have for $140 a good choice for my first time Redfish or Speckled Trout fishing?
Is the Orvis Encounter 8 wt combo worth the $30 price increase over the NXT?

Thanks gents!

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#12009030 - 12/29/16 10:34 AM Re: Considering a second rod/reel [Re: KurtActual]
JdDurango Offline
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Registered: 05/13/13
Posts: 94
Hey Kurt, either one will be great. I'd just go for it with an 8 weight rod and reel.

Have fun!

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#12009583 - 12/29/16 03:58 PM Re: Considering a second rod/reel [Re: KurtActual]
MassAction Online   content
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Registered: 08/22/16
Posts: 38
One thing I would consider is the warranty. I know TFO has a lifetime warranty on all their rods. I don't believe the encounter series gets the same warranty as Orvis's other rods; although Orvis does have some solid customer service.

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#12009881 - 12/29/16 07:17 PM Re: Considering a second rod/reel [Re: KurtActual]
Flying Fox Offline
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Registered: 05/09/12
Posts: 52
Loc: TX
orvis have 25 years warranty.
You gonna use same rod after 25 years?
If you break it then you have a great reason to get a new one haha...
btw love the orvis customer service!

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#12009898 - 12/29/16 07:23 PM Re: Considering a second rod/reel [Re: KurtActual]
RonL Online   content
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Registered: 07/09/14
Posts: 466
Loc: W.Texas
You can get a Cabela's RL+ Combo 9' 8wt for $169.00 . I have it in 5 wt and love it !!

http://www.cabelas.com/product/cabela-s-rls-fly-combo/1555116.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Ffly-fishing-rod-reel-combos%2F_%2FN-1102570


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#12009909 - 12/29/16 07:28 PM Re: Considering a second rod/reel [Re: KurtActual]
Glitchmo Online   content
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Registered: 05/08/16
Posts: 64
I can't comment on either of the two proposed reels, but one thing to consider is that in saltwater you're much more likely to need a smooth, durable drag than in fresh, where the reel functions 99% of the time as a line holder. It may be worth investing there. I'm sure both rods are fine, though.

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#12009938 - 12/29/16 07:42 PM Re: Considering a second rod/reel [Re: Glitchmo]
KurtActual Online   content
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Registered: 07/25/16
Posts: 81
Loc: Cypress, TX
Originally Posted By: Glitchmo
I can't comment on either of the two proposed reels, but one thing to consider is that in saltwater you're much more likely to need a smooth, durable drag than in fresh, where the reel functions 99% of the time as a line holder. It may be worth investing there. I'm sure both rods are fine, though.


Excellent point Glitchmo. I think Ive caught a total of two fish on the reel with my current set up.

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#12009953 - 12/29/16 07:47 PM Re: Considering a second rod/reel [Re: KurtActual]
RexW Offline
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Registered: 09/24/02
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Loc: Sherman, TX
Kurt, are you located anywhere near Dallas?
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#12009998 - 12/29/16 08:09 PM Re: Considering a second rod/reel [Re: KurtActual]
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Registered: 12/17/09
Posts: 205
Loc: DFW Texas
I just bought my new Xmas present & since I am now completely hooked on chasing striper on the fly and after talking to both the guys at tail waters and at TFO I went with the TFO clouser series in an 8wt with a TFO 375 large arbor reel! This is my 5th TFO rod & reel and I LOVE all of them from my 0wt all the way thru my new 8wt! I sure wish they would add me to their new products field testing team! wink
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#12010287 - 12/29/16 10:33 PM Re: Considering a second rod/reel [Re: RexW]
KurtActual Online   content
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Registered: 07/25/16
Posts: 81
Loc: Cypress, TX
Originally Posted By: RexW
Kurt, are you located anywhere near Dallas?


No sir. Down in Cypress, TX. (NW Houston)

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#12010295 - 12/29/16 10:36 PM Re: Considering a second rod/reel [Re: Flying Fox]
MassAction Online   content
Outdoorsman

Registered: 08/22/16
Posts: 38
Originally Posted By: Flying Fox
orvis have 25 years warranty.
You gonna use same rod after 25 years?
If you break it then you have a great reason to get a new one haha...
btw love the orvis customer service!


Except the one he is considering is exempt from that 25 year warranty...


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#12010405 - 12/30/16 02:12 AM Re: Considering a second rod/reel [Re: KurtActual]
karstopo Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 05/22/16
Posts: 133
Loc: Brazoria County
Don't buy an Orvis Encounter for the salt water. My neighbor did and the guides and hardware rusted and fell apart.

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#12010762 - 12/30/16 09:41 AM Re: Considering a second rod/reel [Re: KurtActual]
j_hirn2 Offline
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Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 125
Loc: Mansfield, TX
I can't comment on the TFO as I don't own one, but I do have an 8 wt Encounter. I bought it not long after I started fly fishing and I wasn't impressed. It feels like casting a broom stick to me and it doesn't come with a 25 year warranty.

And I'm not an Orvis basher. I have a 5 wt Orvis Recon and a 7' 11" 8 wt and 9' 8wt Orvis Recon and love them. The guys at the Orvis store even told me the Encounter is not a very good setup.

If you're going for a good cheap 8 wt I would recommend the Echo Base 8 wt. It actually got good marks in the Yellowstone Angler 8 wt shootuout and at $99 it's a steal. You can get a complete Base outfit for $169 or upgrade to a Ross Eddy fly reel and Rio Mainstream fly line for $219 (no tax). I bought a 3 wt Echo base and a 6 wt Echo Carbon XL from reelflyrod.com, like to fish with them, and got excellent service.

If you just want to choose between the TFO and Encounter I would stay away from the Encounter. But that's just my opinion and it's free so take it for what it's worth.

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#12012016 - 12/30/16 10:18 PM Re: Considering a second rod/reel [Re: KurtActual]
KurtActual Online   content
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Registered: 07/25/16
Posts: 81
Loc: Cypress, TX
Thanks gents. j_hirn2, I'll look into the Echo. This isnt the first time Ive heard someone recommend it, so I guess I should do some research!

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#12023580 - 01/06/17 07:15 AM Re: Considering a second rod/reel [Re: KurtActual]
BassCats24 Offline
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Registered: 02/02/15
Posts: 15
I have Cabelas RLS 8wt that I wan't to sell or trade for a 4wt if your interested message me. Thanks

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