Originally Posted by rockriver
Hopefully it goes well. I'd love to buy one.
I was at T&T today to test cast a LPS II I am considering , it is exactly what it says , exceptional presentation and accuracy ,(Soft presentation) not being one of my strong points in casting but this rod makes it easy. The last time I was there I got to meet the new owner and he was nice enough to tell me some of his ideas and I am really looking forward to the possibilities . I was told the new catalog will be out soon and given a chance to try one of the new rods on their casting pond and will be looking forward to seeing the finished product.
The NS II was my most recent rod and cannot say enough good things about it. Rockriver & Clay , you should take a look at those Horizon II at backcountry for $380. ! I have a 4 & 6 with a 5 in the NS II.
For an all around rod , I would not want anything but a Horizon II , enough so that I am ordering a 5 wt. as a back up to my 4 & 6 ! The accuracy with the 4 wt. is unmatched. Tom Dorsey is truly a Master of the craft.
Like they said , if your out that way stop in !
Great people !
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Originally Posted by clay tonian
There has got to be a niche market for a rodmaker that will back off the gas on the new technologies and make a sub $500.00 rod that is lightweight and responsive and built with fine materials in the USA...8 bills for a rod is insanity
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am I describing St Croix? ^^ (I really don't know, never cast one)
Back in the late 90's (I think) T&T produced the ES series as an option to the high end rods, I still have my ES 908 as a go to steelhead rod (with a 50/60' carry it still feels like a 5/6 wt. No Kidding!). They cut cost with an unsanded/painted blank , real seat , ect. The blank/rod was still all T&T and I think better than some high end today ! I am hoping they will introduce a similar rod in that price range/market. These blanks are rolled right here in Ma. and the quality control is unmatched. Even the reel seats are custom made for T&T by a local shop. It would not surprise me if the cloth bags & tubes were made local also. The ES was like the RPL (same era) except a lot more feel and smoother (and less $ ) IMHO , I had the RPL traded it toward the NS II.
However ,,, I have to say , I think un sanded blanks are butt ugly !
BTW , all 3 rods cast a Rio gold WF perfectly. I am going to try a line on the 4 wt. that is not as aggressive (DT maybe) for presentation.