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#12734217 - 04/28/18 07:27 AM Fly Rods
DLALLDER Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 08/23/02
Posts: 1690
Loc: pittsburg,tx
I have already posted this in the wrong forum but will do it again. I am needing to know what are some of the best brands of fly rods on the market today? I am gonna buy one and it has been too many years since I have been in the market. I need one for the fresh water trout arena. What's your suggestion? Thanks Daniel

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#12734243 - 04/28/18 07:45 AM Re: Fly Rods [Re: DLALLDER]
FWBanger Offline
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Registered: 07/13/11
Posts: 853
You can't go wrong with Sage or TFO. They are both good rods with lifetime repair policies. I use a Sage VXP rod for trout.

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#12734247 - 04/28/18 07:47 AM Re: Fly Rods [Re: DLALLDER]
DLALLDER Offline
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Registered: 08/23/02
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FWBanger, where would I look at one of these rods and PLEASE don't say Bass Pro Shops, I don't shop there for any reason. Thanks Daniel

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#12734253 - 04/28/18 07:52 AM Re: Fly Rods [Re: DLALLDER]
BoPro Offline
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Registered: 03/18/06
Posts: 447
Loc: Arlington, TX
I'm Sage guy, but there are a plethora great brands out there. Sage, Winston, Scott, Orvis, and Gloomis all make "high end/priced" $800+ rods. But TFO, St Croix, Echo, Redington, and others also make great lower to mid priced rods. All the mentioned companies have lifetime warranties.

You should try to cast as many as you can, and buy the one that fits your stroke regardless of the brand. I like fast action rods, but can't cast a slow action $800 rod worth a darn.

If you ever make it to Dallas, Tailwaters fly shop has Sage, TFO, and Winston rods the last time I was there


Edited by BoPro (04/28/18 07:54 AM)
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#12734261 - 04/28/18 07:56 AM Re: Fly Rods [Re: DLALLDER]
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Just to add to the confusion, head on down to the Orvis store. They have a wide range, you can parking lot cast as needed, to check em out.
Googling "local fly shops" can point you in some directions. TFO warehouse is right near downtown Dallas. Nice folks.
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#12734599 - 04/28/18 03:58 PM Re: Fly Rods [Re: DLALLDER]
DLALLDER Offline
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Registered: 08/23/02
Posts: 1690
Loc: pittsburg,tx
Thanks Guys, will do some checking next week. Daniel

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#12734710 - 04/28/18 05:53 PM Re: Fly Rods [Re: DLALLDER]
Floon Swenson Offline
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Registered: 09/06/16
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Originally Posted By: DLALLDER
FWBanger, where would I look at one of these rods and PLEASE don't say Bass Pro Shops, I don't shop there for any reason. Thanks Daniel


Well I guess you'll never know the magic that is the new $850 White River Stroker X ultra-fast action carbonglass trout hoister wink

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#12734775 - 04/28/18 07:02 PM Re: Fly Rods [Re: DLALLDER]
DLALLDER Offline
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Registered: 08/23/02
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Floon Swenson, You are 100% correct if it is a BPS product or I have to purchase from a BPS. Daniel

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#12734791 - 04/28/18 07:12 PM Re: Fly Rods [Re: DLALLDER]
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Registered: 01/12/12
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Just don't forget "the more the rod costs the higher the quality and the better fisherman you'll be". Yea right. Them fish know just who are quality fishermen and who are "junk" fisherman. (now I just have to get me one of those White River Stroker X ultra-fast action carbonglass trout hoisters. My Bluegill will never know what hit them thumb)
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#12734839 - 04/28/18 07:59 PM Re: Fly Rods [Re: DLALLDER]
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St. Croix works for me and was a reasonable price.
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#12735635 - 04/29/18 03:23 PM Re: Fly Rods [Re: rrhyne56]
MassAction Offline
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Registered: 08/22/16
Posts: 169
Originally Posted By: rrhyne56
Just to add to the confusion, head on down to the Orvis store. They have a wide range, you can parking lot cast as needed, to check em out.
Googling "local fly shops" can point you in some directions. TFO warehouse is right near downtown Dallas. Nice folks.


Throughout the spring and summer Orvis also has their fly fishing 101 classes which give you a basic introduction on how to cast, knots, rigging, and flies. When you finish up the class you get a pretty substantial coupon which makes getting started a lot easier. It was how I got back into the sport after a long hiatus.

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#12736144 - 04/30/18 04:57 AM Re: Fly Rods [Re: DLALLDER]
karstopo Offline
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Registered: 05/22/16
Posts: 590
Loc: Brazoria County
I read sometimes that there aren’t a lot of bad rods these days. I don’t know if that’s true. I think there are rods that are designed for specific types of fishing and places people fish. Even for cold water trout, there’s small stream rods, nymphing rods, euro nymphing rods, dry fly rods, streamer rods. Seems like a lot of those that do that kind of fishing, fishing for trout in a variety of rivers, have a quiver of different rods of different lengths, actions and line weight ratings to cover whatever style or situation that might arise.

There’s people that are Sage rod lovers. Others like Scott. Some like G. Loomis. Winston has their fans. Thomas and Thomas is a high end name. Orvis, Douglas,

https://www.yellowstoneangler.com/gear-r...ston-air-sage-x

Yellowstone 5 weight shootout will have some of the well known names compared to each other.

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#12736345 - 04/30/18 08:41 AM Re: Fly Rods [Re: DLALLDER]
CodyDog Offline
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Registered: 10/23/17
Posts: 20
Loc: Lakeway/Fredericksburg
https://www.yellowstoneangler.com/gear-r...ston-air-sage-x

My persomal rods are a Fenwick Aetos 9' 5wt and a Scott 8' 4wt. Both are great rods. The Fenwick Aetos is one of the best "bang for your bucks" rod out there. It rates (Yellowstone Review) higher than several $700 rods and you can get it for about $160.00


You can pay any where from $100 to $800 and more for a fly rod. I would shy away from the big box stores and find a local fly fishing shop to school yourself.


Edited by CodyDog (04/30/18 08:51 PM)

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#12742114 - 05/03/18 04:59 PM Re: Fly Rods [Re: DLALLDER]
DLALLDER Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 08/23/02
Posts: 1690
Loc: pittsburg,tx
Thanks for all the information. Now I have a question for any of the Orvis rod lovers and anglers. What is the major difference between the Recon and the Helios rods, current models. There is a major difference in price but a total novice like myself can't tell any difference in the two actions. I realize the 2 rods have reel seats and guide differences. Thanks Daniel

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#12742284 - 05/03/18 06:43 PM Re: Fly Rods [Re: DLALLDER]
Txmedic033 Offline
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Registered: 08/13/13
Posts: 4642
Loc: Longview, Tx
All of my fly rods have come from pawn shops or Cabela's bargain cave. If the expensive rods work better, I'll never know. My cheap rods work great!!

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