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Old 05-12-2011, 08:20 PM
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A couple years ago I bought a spool of mono fishing line on eBay and the seller shipped me a Scientific Anglers 5/6wt 8'6" rod by mistake. I phoned the seller and he said if I wanted the rod he'd let me have it instead of the line rather than pay shipping to get the rod back and get the line to me. I kept it and just stuck it in my rod rack and forgot about it.

Today I decided to try it, so I stuck a reel loaded with a WF5F line on it and went to the local lake. Fish didn't cooperate (only caught 1 'gill), but I was getting more line out with less effort than I usually accomplish with my 9' 6wt rod and a light wind in my face.
This rod may get some use this summer when the wind rules out using the 3wt and I'm not throwing big flies.
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Old 05-12-2011, 10:31 PM
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I will have to say. Some of the Cabelas an bass pro brands are nice rods an cheap to, compared to the big boys. I bought a 4 wt from Bass pro an I love it.

What I found out was Bass pro under rates there rods. I put a 5 wt wf line on it an now can actually feel the rod load.
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I've cast some lower priced rods that impressed me. The last one was a BPS model called the "Dogwood Canyon." Redington's "Crosswater" rods have also worked nicely too!

I have discovered that casting a higher quality flyline (like SA's GPX) will also make a lower priced rod come to life.

Then again, I've cast some expensive rods that never turned me on either!

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I've cast some lower priced rods that impressed me. The last one was a BPS model called the "Dogwood Canyon." Redington's "Crosswater" rods have also worked nicely too!

I have discovered that casting a higher quality flyline (like SA's GPX) will also make a lower priced rod come to life.

Then again, I've cast some expensive rods that never turned me on either!

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Robert
I learned on my BPS Dogwood canyon, and I wasn't the biggest fan. I felt that when I upgraded to a TFO that I instantly became a better caster. However, I think alot of this has to do with the casting stroke of the user. I might like it a little better now that I have learned how to cast a moderate action rod. Every rod has fans, and critics that know what they are talking about. I just got a couple RiverBeast fly rods off of e-bay for about $30 each and they really impressed me.
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A couple years ago I bought a spool of mono fishing line on eBay and the seller shipped me a Scientific Anglers 5/6wt 8'6" rod by mistake. I phoned the seller and he said if I wanted the rod he'd let me have it instead of the line rather than pay shipping to get the rod back and get the line to me. I kept it and just stuck it in my rod rack and forgot about it.

my wife learned to cast on a scienific anglers rod very similar too, if not that same model as this one. its done her very well and produced many fish for.and for the price i paid (i think 20 bucks off of stp), it was well worth it. its been relegated to a back up rod but still sees its fair time on the water.


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Come to think of it, I had that Scientific Anglers rod (2pc 6wt). It worked, and it was very light in hand! I believe I caught my first flyrod fish with it.

If they (SA) would produce a 7 footer or 7 1/2 footer in 4wt (in 3 or 4pc) I would only fish with this rod!

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I've been buying the Redington Red Fly 2 from Cabelas lately. They had all of them for a while at 50 -75 dollars, but now their down to a select few. I contacted redington since I have the crosswater kit and I found out that the Red.Fly2 have a lifetime warranty on them. You can't go wrong for that price and they cast amazingly well.

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Hi Ghost,

I have relatives from Appleton, Neenah, and Menasha. I used to cruise College Ave when I used to visit. Nice town.

Redington flyrods are nice, and not expensive. That Crosswater knocked me out!

I've found there are only a few rods that are dogs...the ones located in the discount bin at the department stores.

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