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flyfishingbum 02-25-2013 01:25 AM

Travel 5 Weights
I'm interested in an 8' 6" travel rod that is a 5 weight. I'm interested in one of the following...

- Orvis Frequent Flyer
- Cabelas Stowaway
- Albright A5-NS

I would like a rod that is definitely a mid-flex, not a tip-flex - something that has some feel for short casts, reach casts, etc. (I've also looked at a Redington Classic Trout 6 piece but that was a bit soft.)

Which of the above rods is mid-flex?

I know it isn't a 5 or 6 piece rod, but I have been looking at the Echo Carbon 5 weight in the 8' 6" length. What is the action on this rod like - is it a mid-flex?

Is there maybe something else I should be considering?

Thanks in advance for the insights!

moucheur2003 02-25-2013 06:07 AM

Re: Travel 5 Weights
The Orvis Frequent Flyer is described as a mid-flex on their website. I believe it is the same blank as the old 7-piece Trident TL, which I bought when it was discontinued a few years ago. If so, it is a bit tip-heavy because of the extra weight of all the ferrules. However, this may also be true of the others you are looking at as well -- it's also true of a 6-piece TFO Pro 9' 6 wt I have, for example. I find you can correct that problem by balancing it with a heavy reel (mine is a Redington AS).

sweetandsalt 02-25-2013 01:08 PM

Re: Travel 5 Weights
I have cast both the Orvis and Albright rods you are asking about: the Orvis is, and I say this without prejudice, terrible. The Albright is surprisingly nice and not too fast.

logic1 02-25-2013 01:15 PM

Re: Travel 5 Weights
I have an Albright N5 6 weight that I use for streamers, nymphing, pretty much everything. I got it for a spare/travel rod and have ended up using it most of the time. Not a super fast rod and very affordable.

mi_trouter 02-25-2013 05:21 PM

Re: Travel 5 Weights
Personally, I'd look for a Redington Wayfarer. 5 pc. Discontinued but often on ebay. Or, trout unlimited gear reduction (donate tab) as an outfit. $175 Outstanding 5 pc, med fast rods. I own them in 3 through 8 wt for travel. (which I do 30 plus weeks a year)

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Redington Wayfarer Fly Rod & GD Reel Combo - 9', 5 Wt., 5-piece Rod

Donation amount: $175.00
Retail value: $200.00

Package contains one 9', 5 Wt., 5-piece Wayfarer fly rod with Redington GD 5/6 titanium reel, WF-5 fly line, 100 yds. of 20 lb. Dacron fly backing, and a rod/reel case.

aggieoutlaw 02-28-2013 09:49 PM

Re: Travel 5 Weights
Well, the Stowaway is on sale for $99 right now. It made the choice easy for me, a new 8wt is on the way!

caseywise 02-28-2013 10:07 PM

Re: Travel 5 Weights
just curious why the orvis was that bad.
i've considered this rod for extended hiking/canoe trips,
and i would love to hear your critique;)


mrfzx 03-01-2013 08:37 AM

Re: Travel 5 Weights
Good luck with the Stowaway. My personal experience with them has been less than great, but maybe I am too picky.:rolleyes:

mysticm 03-01-2013 09:46 AM

Re: Travel 5 Weights
Another one to consider is the Redington CT 9' 5wt, 6piece version. Extremely portable, very low priced these days and has a pleasing action (mid to soft flex)
I have the 8' 3wt version of this rod and love it.

aggieoutlaw 03-01-2013 08:09 PM

Re: Travel 5 Weights
Anyone know where to find a CT 5 wt 6pc? I also have the 3wt which is a nice rod.

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