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Old 11-21-2008, 08:07 AM
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Default fly rod costs seem overpriced to me

I have a lot of conventional r&r combo's ranging from mid 60$ range to over 300$. A custom made rod that I paid 275$ for is what made me decide to start building my own. Its pretty to look at but about the same quality as a 60$ store bought rod. Since I just took up FF I've been noticing the cost of new fly rods and I can't see where any FF rod is worth 750$ or even 250$ for that matter. I also can not tell you if the rod I just finished is worth the money I paid for the blank and components because I don't have enough knowledge or experience to compare it to. I don't know what a truly good fly rod would feel like . Someone care to educate me about why the fly rods cost so much more than conventional rods??
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Don't get into bamboo. You'll start to think a $1000 is a bargain.
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I own several top-of-the-line rods. Last year I lost one, so I replaced it with a rod that costs about $300. Frankly, I don't feel that much, if any, of a casting difference.

I remember when I was on the Beaverkill and an angler wanted to try my new premium rod. I tried his middle-of-the-line rod, and I was surprised at how
beautifully it cast.

Sure the more expensive rods look better and are probably slightly lighter, but from now on I'll never buy another top-of-the-line rod.

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Supposedly fly rods are pricier because there's a smaller market for them and the costs are higher for research and development.
Fortunately, if you're not someone who needs to have the latest and greatest, there's a lot of 'trickle down technology'
Rod technology that was high priced, cutting edge stuff only a few years ago now produces entry level gear.
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Old 11-21-2008, 09:34 AM
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Default Re: fly rod costs seem overpriced to me

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I started out with a cheap "Martin" combo set to learn how to cast with, and then decided to upgrade to some nicer equipment. I spent about $300 on the rod and the difference was amazing. the rod felt alot smoother, and was much lighter.

I compared it to my friends sage rod and didnt notice a HUGE difference in weight, but it was slightly lighter than mine. It just really comes down to what you're comfortable spending on a rod and what works well for you.

I love my setup that I have right now, but that's just me. One of my friends has been fly-fishing for 5 or 6 years and is still pretty terrible at basic casting techniques.... still has a brand new sage rod and a sweet reel.... he thinks the more he never works on his technique because "having the most expensive rod out of all of our friends will make him the best fly-fisherman."

If you dont feel the need to spend more than $100 on a rod, then more power to ya! as long as you get out and fish is what I think the most important thing...
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I agree with Riptide & randy.

Rods might be lighter and the components might be of higher grade, I think the real test of company, besides a good product, is how they stand behind it.
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When I was using graphite I liked and felt a difference in high end rods. I wasn't silly enough to buy them new though. I would buy them used for what mid range rods cost, and then get my money back when I sold them.

I never worried about a warranty. In 60 years of fishing, i've never broke a rod.
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I never worried about a warranty. In 60 years of fishing, i've never broke a rod.
I've broken lots of rods in my time, but I agree with OM about the warranty.
When you get a warrantied rod, the cost of a replacement is factored in, so you're paying at least half again what the rod is actually worth.
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For many years I fished mid to top range rods from companies like cabelas, sy croix, and some of the others that a top end rod was a couple hundrad at most, the last couple years I have started fishing winston and sage, I liked the mid range rods of the cheaper companies then I like the low end rods from the BIG BOYS, or as well. I guess what I am getting at is I belive I start buying the lower price rods, they may not be as pretty as thye others and come with the hype of owning a name on your rod like sage or g. lomies, but if you watch your action and dont go to cheap I think you'll get just as good of a rod for 100 as you can 400.
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