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Old 09-28-2013, 11:22 PM
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Default Re: Small Tarpon Rod for Under $200

I've been fishing even since i can remember and in that time ive had a ton of rods. I have never seen a rod break while fighting a fish and ive pulled 6-8 ft shark on 20-30lbs outfits and monster goliath grouper that were upwards of 150lbs easily on relatively small spinning gear as well. Are fly rods really that much more fragile? Ive been fishing them for quite a while and until recently i had never broken a rod. (then again ive only hooked up to one decent tarpon seems like everyone else is getting sick of catching them and i'm over here begging for one to just look at my fly lol)
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Most broken rods are due to user abuse than to manufacturers' defects. I have broken six fly rods over the past 15 years, and all have them have been user error or wear and tear.

Keep in mind that not all fly rods are created equal. Some rods are casting tools rather than fishing sticks. A good example of this are some TFO rods. In my opinion, the popular BVK is the best casting rod that TFO produces. It is a fast action rod, but its butt section is not as beefy as others. The TFO Bluewater rods are fishing sticks. These rods are very stout in the butt. The graphite blank is reinforced with glass (think Ugly Stick). The Bluewater rods are designed to lift.

I won't say that they are more fragile than their conventional counterparts, but I will say that it helps having the right tool for the job.

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