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Old 02-27-2013, 05:16 PM
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I had a Cabela's Three Forks rod to start, and TBH I didn't love it - it wasn't bad but the action was a bit janky, if that makes sense. Graduated to a Gray's and it was like night and day.

However, as my username indicates, I currently have a 4wt and would like to end up having an 8 or a 9, as well as a super lightweight rod.

I have an Orvis near me, but they're too pricy (though NICE!). I was curious if anyone here had recommendations for less expensive rods (and reels to go with them), with the caveat that I understand that you get what you pay for.

Thanks for any tips!
The high end rod you want that you find on ebay, in great shape, at the price you want to pay. Might take patience but worth it. Give it a try.
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:34 AM
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My primary is a redington classic trout (4wt) and I love it! I recently got a TFO NXT (5wt) and while its not bad, I really feel like the line that comes with the combo i got is not heavy enough to load the rod, so if you get the combo, get a heavier line. (Or use bigger flies.
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:24 AM
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Allen myth, now ATS I think.
Reddington CT 4wt. 8foot.
St.Croix 7-6 4wt. Really nice powerful and accurate rod.
Vintage Sage RPL 7-6 5wt. You can find these reasonably priced on that auction site. I love it to death.
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:57 PM
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Probably someone already mentioned the St. Croix Imperial, but just in case . . . I pulled the trigger on this stick after much research and reading all the unanimously positive reviews about this rod. I still take it with me on every trip. It is a fast action, albeit with a fairly soft tip, so extremely short single false cast manuevers are not its forte, but for a general purpose 4 wt. I think it's tough to beat.

As for cheap reels, I have several Okuma SLVs, which are slowly being phased out for upgrades, but they are decent reels with very good drags (cork) at a very low price point. They are a bit fragile though, compared to the machined aluminum reels I favor now, but as boat/float tube reels they are as good as anything out there.

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Awesome advice guys, thanks!

I never even thought to check ebay for some reason...
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Orvis Access 5wt 9Ft with Access IV reel or better Lamson Guru/Velocity.
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I am a fan of Redington. I have a 6wt predator for streamer fishing and a 6'6 3wt pursuit for small stream. The predator is by far my favorite rod. It's awesome for throwing heavy flies.
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Default Re: Favorite less expensive rods / reels?

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I had a Cabela's Three Forks rod to start, and TBH I didn't love it - it wasn't bad but the action was a bit janky, if that makes sense. Graduated to a Gray's and it was like night and day.

However, as my username indicates, I currently have a 4wt and would like to end up having an 8 or a 9, as well as a super lightweight rod.

I have an Orvis near me, but they're too pricy (though NICE!). I was curious if anyone here had recommendations for less expensive rods (and reels to go with them), with the caveat that I understand that you get what you pay for.

Thanks for any tips!
I am pretty impressed with the Orvis Clearwater models at the $200 price point. You might be able to find something better for less, but you would have to look hard. And there's something to be said for having the shop nearby. Orvis's support after the sale can't be beat, and it's good to have friendly advice available as you expand your skills and your quiver.

If you're willing to buy a discontinued product, forum member sweetandsalt loves the Targus Gary Borger rods. They come in two series,"light touch" and "professional" series. They are being sold at $129 clearance prices (marked down from $300+) at theflyshop.com . Sweetandsalt was in touch with Borger himself when they were being developed, and liked them so much he bought two of every model. He says Borger told him personally that the 8'6" 5 weight Light Touch was the best 5 weight he had ever cast. I have the 9 weight Pro and the 8' 4 weight Light Touch and they are both great for their purpose. Since they are liquidating the remaining stock, if you want one it would be best to call their 800 number first to be sure they still have the model you want.

Another closeout choice is the Powell Tiboron XL currently being sold at Sierra Trading Post. I have that 9 weight too and it is a terrific fast saltwater rod. (I wonder if it might be too stiff in the trout sizes, though.) The best way to buy from STP is to sign up for their discount email list and wait for a day when the daily discount offer is especially generous. I have seen those Powells available for only a little above $100, but on other days it is closer to $150. Like the Borgers, they too originally listed in the $300-350 range.

As recently discussed on another thread, Albright is currently offering an inventory-reduction sale on their A5NS and EXT/EXS rods ($150 and 180, respectively). I haven't tried those models, but others here have spoken well of them. (Don't be fooled by the deep-discount sales hype, though. Albright rods are always "discounted" from a phony "MSRP". It's just that they are a few extra $10's cheaper right now than what they usually sell for, not a few extra $100's.)

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Love my TFO Axiom/Allen setup. (8wt)..great vlue for around 400 buckos...
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i second the Orvis Clearwater. grrreat rod for the money. also 25 year warrantee.
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