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Old 03-15-2010, 08:14 PM
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Default Another New Rod help thread !

A little Background:

Budget: 100-200ish. Im a college student but also want a good product

Rivers: mainly the gallatin madison and the yellowstone.

Im currently using a 40 dollar scientific angler 5 wt 8 footer and think im ready to upgrade to a decent rod. I'm only going to be able to afford one rod for now so i want something that can everything well, from nice dry fly presentation to throwing some streamers.


5 or 6 wt?

Rods ive been lookin at.

I can get my hands on a closeout sage launch for 130.

Also looking at the
Echo Carbon
Ross Essence FC
Orvis Clearwater II

I plan to couple the rod w/ either a lamson konic or orvis mid arbor reel.

Not sure on line yet.

Suggestions, thoughs and comments much appreciated!


Ps. First post.. been lurking for a few weeks though and have searched through lots of rod threads..

Thanks agaiN!

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Old 03-15-2010, 08:23 PM
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Default Re: Another New Rod help thread !

As a fellow college student, I understand the budget crunch. I upgraded this winter I was going back and forth between the TFO pro and St. Croix Avid. But I never got a chance to choose because I got the Avid for Christmas. Having not fished it I would say the Pro is a very nice rod for the money. I love the 6wt very versatile, I fish bass with the occasional rainbow thrown in. Don't worry others will be around soon with better advise.
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Old 03-15-2010, 09:06 PM
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Default Re: Another New Rod help thread !

In that price range definitely check out the St. Croix Imperial. Couple that with some Scientific Anglers GPX (some for sale in the classifieds for a good price) and your Konic and you would have a great combo.
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Old 03-16-2010, 09:12 PM
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Default Re: Another New Rod help thread !

I have fished the Clearwater Classic for 5 years now it is an amazing rod for the money i have thrown dries with it but fish nymph's and streamers with it mostly it is very versitile for the money. The 8'6" 5wt mid flex is a blast to fish it has some backbone but still makes a smaller fish fun to retrieve. You can still buy them on ebay with warranty cards and some stores have them around. The new clearwaters II is a good rod as well. If you decide to get one call this number the place is called cove creek outfitters they have their clearwaters 20% off right now they will put a good package together for you when you buy a rod they will take some off the reel and line as well. Pistol Ammo Orvis Rods Winchester Rifles Browning Shotguns
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