Hmmm, I'm in a bit of a conundrum. With Cabela's putting the CT on sale I had them do a store to store transfer on a 7'6" 3wt. I have to pick it up by Friday or it goes off of hold.
$75 dollars was hard to pass up but it appears I will actually have more money than I thought I was going to have. Enough that I could buy a used Winston BIIt. And now I am wondering if I should wait for the Winston, which I adore, or if I should go with the classic trout which would be a lot cheaper. I haven't cast a classic trout in so long that I can't really compare the two, though I know the Winston has much higher build quality and is probably a better rod.
Any suggestions? I am leaning towards waiting and getting the Winston, which from all the rods I have cast that I can remember if my favorite, a truly sweet stick.
I need some advice to push me one way or the other.
First question which model BIIT ? If it is the 8' 4 wght run to get it or better yet PM ed me with address and I will get as it is a great rod possibly a classic four piece version of true classic TMF . Actually every Winston BIIT rods are superior to the CT'S . Having said that I just got the 8'6"5 wght CT from Cabelas this morning. Why? Had gift certificate and I wanted back up four piece in this size. My thoughts upon viewing it and wiggle : Cork pretty darn good very little filler,'reel seat not a Lemke custom seat and has stamped made in China, the guides are dead on.Feels nice wiggling it w/o a reel on it. Overall appears as nice as many mid level rods. Foreign made. Again it is crazy to compare to costly Sage , Winston etc So it comes down to this in my opinion; you can catch fish with either and if it was me.Buy the Winston BIIT, then if you need a rod in an empty hole in your quiver get it with Renington CT. I have passed up a great deal or two and you do not get often a second chance.
If you want to walk out on the river and enjoy the fly fishing experience buy the Winston. If you want to walk out on the river and say to yourself and your buddies, "MAN I GOT A GREAT DEAL ON THIS FLY ROD," buy the CT.
Assuming you like both rods identically, I would look at which offers the best savings/value right now? When I'm buying used tackle in general vs. new/discounted/closeout from a retailer, I am all about being an opportunist.
As far as "babying" a rod. Fish it, that's what it's made for, but do so in a responsible way. Here's a good read to help you avoid breakage.
When I buy used gear, I want to see good detailed pictures BEFORE I make a purchase online. If I'm buying from a seller local to me and I have the chance to look at it before I buy, I'm looking for nicks, chips, anything that could make the rod break. If you have to send it in for repair, deal with it IF/WHEN that happens.
Last but not least, if there is a rod you find that you "can't live without", if you are patient and can wait, you will find one. I can't tell you how many different discontinued Sage rods regarded by many as "best ever" rods I've seen up for sale. Patience is the key here.
P.S. It really sounds to me as though you want the Winston. If the rod is in good shape, the price is right and within your budget...go for it.
Love my Ct's..I honestly do. But that Winston is a heck'va rod I bet. Doubt I'll put money in a hi performance rod of that cost to fish far less than hi performance situations. I'm still lusting for a Superfine,,but haven't gotten it yet and might not. But I can appreciate the longing for one of them Winston's.