I'm toying with picking up a striper rod. I was considering a complete outfit from Orvis because they're currently on sale and good quality, but their warranty is only for a year (I think - correct me if I'm wrong).
I like the idea of a lifetime warranty for this kind of expense, especially since I snapped a Cabela's rod last year!
Any suggestions? I'd like to keep the cost down as much as possible while not buying junk, and an outfit seems the best way to do so.
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If I did go for an Orvis, what do people think of the Streamline series?
Orvis started the whole warranty system. The other companies were forced to conform and hated them for it.
If Orvis dropped their warranties now the others would chase them through the night with pitchforks
Well Rip, I see your point. But with brittle graphite rods I don' think we'd see near as many happy fisherman around with broken tips being all but epidemic. It wasn't as big a risk with fiberglass rods.
A guy that never breaks one,,well,,maybe he lost money. A guy that breaks three or four (or more) saves a lot. Either way it's a peace of mind to have it. Then people can fish that new 800 dollar graphite like they stole it.
Now if a Superfine was 50 dollars,,yea,,,I could forego the warranty. Im sure it would tickle the living hell out of rod Co's to sell them a tad cheaper,,,,,,and let us deal with the heart-break of rod-break.
I gather you use a lot of used and scouted out equipment,,that is probably the best thing to do if one is not keeping up with the Jones.
Yet there are deals,,,a Redington CT/Tempt for 150 dollars..or way less,,,,with a lifetime warranty,,I don't think that's a bad deal at all.
I wasn't making a point, just stating a fact, but since you brought it up..
Grown-ups need to take personal responsibility for their own actions.
You crash your car, you pay. Either through insurance or out of pocket. There's no way around it.
Why should fly rods be any different ?
My go to rod for Stripers in the surf is a TFO BVK 10wt. Lifetime warranty and I can't say enough good things about the rod. After fishing through the Fall run and into the Spring I would gladly pay double for it.
You'll need to check the different manufacturers/retailer as to the warranty that comes with the specific rods. I am not an Orvis Rod expert, but I believe the lesser models have limited warranties and the higher end is 25 years.
While this is the 5wt shootout, it's going to have a list of many rod companies warranty so it might be worth getting familiar with.
LL Bean is a sure fire bet for guaranteed warranty.
Now there are a slew of others not on the list. Allen, Flying Pig, and Clutch all seem to be getting positive results, they might be worth your time to investigate as well.
What's important is that you get a rod that you enjoy casting and fits your needs. Reels, I'd have to imagine when fishing for Stripers are pretty important. While you might be better off $$ wise with an outfit, in some cases you might not. If you have patience and can look around I'd guess you can find something better bought in pieces.
Its also worth mentioning that it could be worth your time to look in the classifieds section of this forum as well as others. You can often get some pretty good deals on equipment.