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Old 04-28-2012, 08:00 AM
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Let me start off by saying I've been fly fishing for several (5+?) years now.
I fish probably 250-300 days a year, so I do a good bit of casting. I can get a fair amount of line out on a cast (in some cases I've had to cast about 70-80 feet), but usually casts in the 30-50 foot range do the job where I fish.
I've owned several low/mid priced rods, and for the most part with graphite I find myself overlining one line size. Glass & cane I usually go with the rated line size, or even underline one size.
To give some indication of my rod/line choices I'll list several combos I use most of the time.

Ross 8'6" 3wt Essence FS - wf4f line
Ross 7'11" 6wt FlyStik - dt6f
Beck (custom) split cane 8'6" 6wt - wf6f
Lamiglas (custom) 6'6" 3wt - wf3f (could use wf2f line if I had it)
Riverbeast Shadowcaster 8'6" 5wt - wf5f (wf4f might be better)
Grey's GRXi+ 6'6" 5wt - wf6f
Echo Solo 8'6" 4wt - wf5f
Scientific Anglers 8'6" 5/6wt - wf5f
Eagle Claw 6'6" featherlite 4/5 - wf4f
Eagle Claw 7' featherlite 5/6 - wf5f
Sage Graphite II 9'6" 8wt - wf8f

others I liked, but don't currently own are:
Sage Vantage 7' 3wt - wf4f
StCroix RioSanto 9' 6wt - wf7f
Redington Crosswater 9' 5wt - wf5f
Sage Launch 7'6" 3wt - wf4f

As you can see, most slow action rods are fine for me as-rated (or even underlined), but most graphite end up overlined to suit my casting stroke and conditions I face. On those days where I need to get line distance I can go with the rated line and speed up my stroke, but usually I go up one line weight. To be honest the cheap Eagle Claw rods are probably the best "fit" to my casting stroke, but they are too short in a lot of the situations I find myself in (high banks behind me and the fly hits the ground on the backcast before I get enough line out).

So...............
I guess my question is:
I want to buy a decent 5wt rod in the 8'6" - 9' range.
What rod(s) do you think would perform with a wf5f line for me?
I'm thinking a med or med/slow mid flex rod is what I need (want), but most rods are advertised as med/fast (to appeal to the market IMO).
I'd like to stay in the $200. - $300. range, and a 3 or 4 pc rod is my preference. Are there any decent quality rods (good fit, cork, and guides) in that price range (or cheaper)? And which ones should I shop for?

BTW - I live in a rural area with no fly shops to try rods out before I buy.
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Old 04-28-2012, 09:39 AM
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Hi Wabi,
Although I don't own one yet, (but I will), the Allen ATS I cast recently at The Wasatch Expo was a nice rod with what I would consider a med/ med-fast action. I could feel the flex but it didn't overflex and shorten my cast, it had plenty of reserve energy to keep longer cast in the air.

Joni picked one up and the show and I know she's been fishing it, hopefully she'll see this thread and chime in.
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They're a little less expensive, but I've heard good things about the TFO Lefty Professional Series.


Not meaning to hijack, but how do you like your Echo Solo? I got mine yesterday and did some practice casting and love it!
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It's ironic that you mention the TFO 'Professional' series, I also cast that rod in a 9' 6wt at the same show because I was considering buying a couple for "loaner rods". It's a nice rod but the action is much faster than the Allen, honestly, I thought the ATS was a smoother casting rod that I was able to feel load.
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Thanks for the suggestions!
I looked at the TFO rods online & found a great deal on the 5wt 8'6" rod, so one is on the way.

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They're a little less expensive, but I've heard good things about the TFO Lefty Professional Series.


Not meaning to hijack, but how do you like your Echo Solo? I got mine yesterday and did some practice casting and love it!
The Solo is the rod behind my truck seat for those unexpected opportunities.
Not a bad rod at all, and those bluegill, crappie, and small bass I usually catch are a good bit of fun on it.
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TFO Finesse or a Redington CT.


My Redington CT 4 wt paired with a SA Mastery Trout is a wonderful caster.
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I'll second John's suggestion on the Allen ATS. I had a chance to try out 9' 5wt at the Detroit show and it's a great performer. While I tend to prefer a faster action in that wt of rod, if you like slower actions/more flex you may very well want to check out this rod. I have one in a 3wt and I absolutely love it.
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