05-16-2012, 07:56 PM
Re: Elkhorn rods and reels
Ill chime in since I drive by their shop almost everytime I go fishing. Long story associated with them
My friend got me a great job in a new industry to me a few years back. Being a recession and all I had a decent hole to dig out of ( not bad since I am a low debt kind of guy) . I had like $400 and I wanted to do somethingnce for my friend and fly fishing buddy. He had always talked about getting a Sage TXL 0 or 1 wt. I had read about Elkhorn rods then googled their adress and they are about 20 miles from me. On a whim I drove up to check the place out. The owner Brian was super friendly even without me indicating I might make a purchase. We started shooting the breeze and I mentioned my friend was in the 1wt market. He showed me the rod and reel and it was pretty nice. I then confessed I wanted to buy him the Sage he always talked about. Brian proceeds to tell me quite simply buy his rod / reel setup give it to my friend to go fish and if he doesnt like it 100% money back guarantee ( I assume this isnt standard for all sales ***disclaimer) . He said if he doesnt like it he can use the $ for a down payment on the Sage. I pulled the trigger and bought it and gave it to my friend. The next day we went and when we were done I said be honest is it ok and he laughed he loved the rod. I told him to take it back if he wants and he refused. At this point I had a TFO 1wt I never used because my casting stroke sucked so bad it just didnt work. He handed it to me I cast it and my TFO was on craigslist the next day.
Off I go a week later to get my Elkhorn 1wt, Brian laughed and asked if we ordered a Sage.....nope Brian I am here to get another one. I also grabbed a 3wt while I was there to replace a St Croix Avid that was infor repairs ( fell on my bum and broke my rod).
Fast forward two years and I am in a local shop buying some gadgets or whatever and the sales guy starts talking me up. Asks what is my favorite rod so I tell him I love my 3 piece TXL's in 3 and 4wt. Smart guy he is hands me the TXLf 1wt and says you'll love this. I told him you know I cant justify pulling the trigger on this when I have a 1wt I love. I told him it was the Elkhorn 1WT and he grinned put the TXLF back in the rack and said "me too thats why I dontown that TXLf"
Ive read great things about repair service even though I've yet to need it. I do tend to gravitate to higher end rods but rest assured I will buy more Elkhorns when the time is right. I might even go test their bamboo rod just for giggles
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CuttyRainbrowns, Pike ,Perch"
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