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Old 10-24-2013, 03:34 AM
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Default Middle priced rods.

I think it's kind of weird that when looking at even middle priced rods, many of them has an extremely cheap fitting. The guides look cheap. I would understand if it was cheap rods, but middle end rods should not be like that.
I think Sage is the first rods I've seen with quality components. But it's a different price.

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Kim,

That's interesting. To be honest, since I already own enough equipment to last at least a couple of lifetimes, I haven't bought a new reeled rod in quite a while. Truth be told, last new reeled rod I bought was an Eagle Claw Featherlight (long story as to why I bought the Eagle Claw).

I was actually surprised at how well it was appointed for a $30 rod. Granted the fittings aren't top notch , state of the art, but they are pretty nice and at least very functional. I had a hard time figuring out how they could produce, ship, market, wholesale, retail, and deliver the rod for less than $30.

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I have five top-of-the-line rods. My last several rods, however, have been mid-priced, as I find they cast just as well. Yes, they don't look quite a good as the more expensive rods, but I wouldn't say their components look cheap. The mid-priced rods I have are an Echo, a Redington, a St. Croix, and a Cabela's.

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My TFO's don't get mistaken for Orvis Helios but they definitely don't look cheap to me. I love them and that's a good thing because that is all I can afford for the time being.
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I think most mid level rods are actually built rather well.
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I think it's kind of weird that when looking at even middle priced rods, many of them has an extremely cheap fitting. The guides look cheap. I would understand if it was cheap rods, but middle end rods should not be like that.
I think Sage is the first rods I've seen with quality components. But it's a different price.

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What do you consider a mid-priced rod? If you want good components contact a professional rod builder. Tons of good blanks out there, both name brands you see in fly shops and ones you wouldn't know about unless you built your own. Probably can get a nice rod made for a nice price, depending on your budget.
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Default Re: Middle priced rods.

Beulah and Scott do a fantastic job on their mid-priced rods. St Croix does as well, but keeps cost down by using less expensive components. Sage seems to be hit or miss, with poor quality cork being an issue as of late. I've never really been impressed with G Loomis, TFO, or Echo (all owned by the same company).
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Default Re: Middle priced rods.

This post just gave me a major flashback . We recently got over a post that had 96 replies. In a nut shell it was started with a query about Sage charging so much and their components looking cheaper.

(most) rod maunfacturers will put the least expensive components on a rod that they can get away with. Why not? The consumer tolerates it so its all good. From cheap reel seat hardware/ inserts, guides, cork, or even the fit and finish every penny saved on on those items is another penny back into the business. It's business... buy low sell high or..... manufacture as low as you can and sell as high as the consumer will tolerate.

Besides building my own Bamboo rods I got into building custom rods so I could put the best on my builds. To me it is better to have a custom XXXX brand rod with top quality components than it is to have same factory XXXX brand rod, that cost more, with components that are not up to my standards. Typically the same warranty as the store bought rod.

To me it's not so much that the components look cheap. It's more that they can be cheap. Cheap guides groove and break, sub-par cork crumbles, reel seats crack, plating flakes off or they corrode and plastic parts break.

Sorry off my soap box now.

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Default Re: Middle priced rods.

tfo are super great quality for cheap.
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Default Re: Middle priced rods.

There is a lot to be said for St. Croixs. They are very under rated as far as I am concerned. They may not be prettiest, but they sure are effective and definitely don't look cheap as far as I am concerned.
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