The North American Fly Fishing Forum


Go Back   The North American Fly Fishing Forum > Fly Fishing in the United States > Northeast

Northeast Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Post fishing reports, ask for information, discuss this area...

Like Tree9Likes

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 02-23-2013, 08:58 PM
4wt 4wt is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 104
4wt is on a distinguished road
Default Favorite less expensive rods / reels?

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!
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 02-23-2013, 09:29 PM
caseywise's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: sycamore, illinois
Posts: 4,456
Blog Entries: 1
caseywise has a reputation beyond reputecaseywise has a reputation beyond reputecaseywise has a reputation beyond reputecaseywise has a reputation beyond reputecaseywise has a reputation beyond reputecaseywise has a reputation beyond reputecaseywise has a reputation beyond reputecaseywise has a reputation beyond reputecaseywise has a reputation beyond reputecaseywise has a reputation beyond reputecaseywise has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via Yahoo to caseywise
Default Re: Favorite less expensive rods / reels?

check out allen fly fishing. great products, great warranty and even greater prices
Allen Fly Fishing

hope this helps.

casey
__________________


ARFE
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 02-23-2013, 10:12 PM
woodrivertroutbum's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Hope, RI
Posts: 472
woodrivertroutbum is just really nicewoodrivertroutbum is just really nicewoodrivertroutbum is just really nicewoodrivertroutbum is just really nice
Default Re: Favorite less expensive rods / reels?

Echo/Lamson.

---------- Post added at 10:12 PM ---------- Previous post was at 10:10 PM ----------

Best thing about these 2 brands is you can have a rod and reel for less than $200 right now since the Konics switched colors and the Echo Carbonsare being changed as well so both are on clearence all over the web.
yonder likes this.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 02-27-2013, 12:42 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Adirondacks & Great Lakes Tribs
Posts: 252
thenewlushlife is a glorious beacon of lightthenewlushlife is a glorious beacon of lightthenewlushlife is a glorious beacon of lightthenewlushlife is a glorious beacon of lightthenewlushlife is a glorious beacon of light
Default Re: Favorite less expensive rods / reels?

well there are a number of rods in this category that may suit your needs. First and foremost I would recomend the Orvis Clearwater 8'6" 4 weight at the $200 price point. In my opinion the best for cheap, little to no re-verb in the blank, excellent line tracking and weighs just 3 ounces, for $200 its hard to beat. Next I would recomend the Winston Passport, this rod is also at the $200 price point, its one of two Winston rods wrapped over seas, its not assembled in Montana like the rest of thier rods but still amazing for the money, either 8', 8'6", 9' foot models are all good in the 4 weight. The TFO, professional is another good inexpensive choice in a 4 weight model for UNDER $200, but not better than the 2 previous rods mentioned IMO. Like I said before, at the $200 price point your not going to find better rods, people may disagree, but take it from me ive been in the fly-fishing industry for years. If your willling to spend $320 the G.Loomis Pro4x is an incredible stick, and propbably one of the best price to performance ratios on the market today, if you can spend it, this rod will satisfy even the most experienced angler. I'm not sure what your price limit is, so here are just a few suggestions. If you can give me an accurate dollar amount I would be happy to provide you with more suggestions. Hope this helps, tight lines
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 02-27-2013, 02:03 PM
troutnut4's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: N.S., CANADA
Posts: 807
troutnut4 is a name known to alltroutnut4 is a name known to alltroutnut4 is a name known to alltroutnut4 is a name known to alltroutnut4 is a name known to alltroutnut4 is a name known to all
Default Re: Favorite less expensive rods / reels?

IMHO it's your choice and your choice alone. You will get a lot of helpful hints or suggestions but if I were you, I would pick a price range, ignore the rods that don't fit the budget, go to a dedicated fly shop and cast till you find one that suits your experience level, and matches the type of fishing you expect to do. From there, everything else is aesthetics. Enjoy whatever you buy and good luck .
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 02-27-2013, 02:46 PM
plecain's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Southern NH
Posts: 970
plecain is a glorious beacon of lightplecain is a glorious beacon of lightplecain is a glorious beacon of lightplecain is a glorious beacon of lightplecain is a glorious beacon of lightplecain is a glorious beacon of light
Default Re: Favorite less expensive rods / reels?

Here's a couple options:

St Croix Legend Ultra Fly Rod 9 ft 4 Weight 2 Piece $155

St Croix Legend Ultra Fly Rod 9 ft 8 Weight 5 Piece $195
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 02-27-2013, 02:57 PM
silvertip8k's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: 8500ft in Colorado
Posts: 254
silvertip8k is a jewel in the roughsilvertip8k is a jewel in the roughsilvertip8k is a jewel in the roughsilvertip8k is a jewel in the rough
Default Re: Favorite less expensive rods / reels?

I dont think for the $$ TFO can be beat...I use them for lessons...and they are great rods, and the guarantee is hard to beat...Lamson reels are tearing up the market too...

I was at the show in Denver and tried the TFO and a Sage ...and for 500$ there was not that big a difference...most peolpe would never know the difference..JMHO...

the high dollar stuff isnt as appealing as it once was to me becase of how much other things are costing...shops like the $$ because the mark up is incredible...ie...

a typical TFO costs a shop 130-175$ and retails for $225-325.00 a similar sage costs a shop 260.00 and retails from between $480-545.00...hmmm...thats a big difference...
__________________

ted...trout bum/wandering monk
public water 20"er
public land pope & young

Breac linne, slat coille is fiadh freach - mirle s nach do ghabh gidheal riamh nire.
a fish from the river, a rod from the woods and a stag from the mountain , thefts ne'er a Gael was ashamed
...and old gaelic proverb...

my blog & website
http://wmflyrodco.com/
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 02-27-2013, 03:08 PM
woodrivertroutbum's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Hope, RI
Posts: 472
woodrivertroutbum is just really nicewoodrivertroutbum is just really nicewoodrivertroutbum is just really nicewoodrivertroutbum is just really nice
Default Re: Favorite less expensive rods / reels?

The TFO are great rods too. We have both an 8' 4wt TFO Pro series and an 8' 4wt Echo Carbon and the quality is there and they are both a joy to cast. If I were deciding between the 2 right now, it would come down to the carbon on clearence for $85 with a tube, or $150 for the TFO without one.
yonder likes this.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 02-27-2013, 03:25 PM
New Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 1
buzzr is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Favorite less expensive rods / reels?

I'm looking for a 9'6" #8wt and thinking of the Sage One. Are there similar rods with the same/similar action for less money??
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 02-27-2013, 03:27 PM
s fontinalis's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Philadelphia Pa
Posts: 1,750
s fontinalis has a brilliant futures fontinalis has a brilliant futures fontinalis has a brilliant futures fontinalis has a brilliant futures fontinalis has a brilliant futures fontinalis has a brilliant futures fontinalis has a brilliant futures fontinalis has a brilliant futures fontinalis has a brilliant futures fontinalis has a brilliant futures fontinalis has a brilliant future
Send a message via Skype™ to s fontinalis
Default Re: Favorite less expensive rods / reels?

if you can find a redington CPS you'll be good to go, also, the redington Classic trout for smaller weight rods, again, if you can find one. Sometimes they come up on ebay or other sites used. Well worth the investment.
yonder likes this.
__________________
Eunan



Addicted To Vise
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Why are reels so expensive and are they worth it? codypom General Discussion 30 10-07-2012 10:24 PM
your opinion on expensive reels? Shamu General Discussion 18 01-21-2009 07:55 PM
It pays to get lifetime warrenty on expensive rods Midgeaholic General Discussion 1 11-06-2007 01:35 PM
How many rods & do you have a favorite setup ? tie one on General Discussion 8 05-31-2007 08:02 PM
Fly Rods and Reels Lrng2Fly General Discussion 4 10-21-2006 04:47 AM













All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:42 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
2005-2014 The North American Fly Fishing Forum. All rights reserved.