I ordered a 7wt via eBay as a backup rod due to another deal taking a while. It arrived last night. I cast it briefly and was quite impressed. Its quite powerful, but still casts in closely quite well. I'll let y'all know how it fishes after next wknd.
Its a ML1 model, 4pc with a good hard tube and (cheap) sock. The epoxy on the thread wraps left a bit to be desired, but the cork appears shockingly good and the reel seat and fighting butt should work excellently. I don't think I've got any warranty coverage, but at $50, who can gripe.
I have been telling you about them since I joined here. I bought a Sage VT2 9' 7wt. for this season so I can see if it is better than my Quarrow Big Horn Drake 9' 7wt.
The rod I have cost me $61 delivered (I was the only bid) and I swear to 'God' it is outstanding! I bought a second one for backup in case I get hold of something that breaks my original rod. I have caught hundreds of large fish with the Quarrow. Attachment 2118That's my Quarrow
The small silver weighed 15lbs. the big guy maxed out my scale at twenty two pounds (the scale only goes to 22lbs.) it was just shy of thirty five inches long.
Hardy, your review was probably what made me go ahead and give it a try. I'm hoping it will be as impressive when attached to fins as it was casting.
I also found it interesting that they've moved from OK to Grand Prairie, TX. Grand Prairie borders the town I grew up in and their stadium was my favorite of all the football stadiums I played in. (well maybe Texas Stadium was actually tops) There was no track so the fans were loud and close. It was dug into the ground and had that wonderful (old school) hard turf that gave me great grip to shove the 300#ers around.
Update: I fished the Quarrow 7wt pretty extensively this past weekend at the coast and was quite pleased. The wind was consistently stout enough to where no rod would cast "with pleasure", but it got the job done in what many would call 8wt+ conditions.
I put a stout bend into it when fighting some fish, and it fought them with gusto. The cork remained shockingly lovely throughout the weekend and I saw no evidence of corrosion, even after I wasn't super prompt with my freshwater rinsing. No ferrule or reel seat issues either.
A Rio Saltwater 7wt Line suits it nicely, and loaded onto a Sage 1680 reel, it balances perfectly. I'll say this is the cheapest possible outfit for Redfish I can endorse.
I'll give another update after I've fished it in conditions where I can cast without grunting.
Believe me, you're gonna love the rod. I have landed some large salmon in heavy water with my 7wt. and it is well up to the task. As mentioned I'm looking forward to fishing the Sage VT2 #7 to compare the two rod's performance.