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Old 11-29-2013, 10:50 AM
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Default Re: Best Low End 9'5wt

There was a thread complaining about Sage Cork. TFO has a rod with composite cork grip.
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Old 11-29-2013, 11:11 AM
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I agree with what ia has been saying. This question is like whether you like blondes or brunettes better. I have a few fenwicks that I can charge you $300. Just because it is vintage and a blue collar price does not translate to a poor rod. Rods do not change, only the marketing. Oh, I prefer black hair.
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Old 11-29-2013, 11:43 AM
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I agree with what ia has been saying. This question is like whether you like blondes or brunettes better. I have a few fenwicks that I can charge you $300. Just because it is vintage and a blue collar price does not translate to a poor rod. Rods do not change, only the marketing. Oh, I prefer black hair.
I have to completely disagree with that statement. Technology def changes all the time. Marketing helps sell products and inflate cost or perceived value, but that doesn't mean companies aren't making better stuff at the same time.
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Old 11-29-2013, 12:49 PM
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Bought a 5wt.9ft BVK. Fished it one time....far too fast... It's same as a new,,one short trip..got anything you wanna trade on ? Oh,,I have a rod tube for it..it's not a TFO tube but its a good one. Also have warranty card.

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Old 11-29-2013, 01:07 PM
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Sure that you hav seen all the threads on the Redington CT. I have one and feel it is an amazing medium/medium-fast rod, especially since you can easily find it for $75. Even at he retail of $150+ it is an excellent rod.
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Old 11-29-2013, 02:30 PM
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Sure that you hav seen all the threads on the Redington CT. I have one and feel it is an amazing medium/medium-fast rod, especially since you can easily find it for $75. Even at he retail of $150+ it is an excellent rod.
Boom! I forgot about this rod, that redington CT is ridiculous for the price, one sweet rod. I would still pony up the extra $150 for an echo 3 instead, but if $150 was my limit, redington CT all day.
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Old 11-29-2013, 03:35 PM
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Default Re: Best Low End 9'5wt

Just noticed that Redington's Link rod looks like it's being discontinued and is on sale at various fly shops. Used to sell for $350, but you can get it for $250 and also receive a free Rio Gold fly line in the matching weight. Don't know anything about this rod, but seems like a deal worth checking out if you are considering Redington.
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Might have misspoke on the price. Appears the price is $249.95 for Link rod alone and $299.95 for rod and line. You also get free shipping. By the way, I don't work for or have any affiliation with them. Just thought you might be interested.
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Old 12-06-2013, 11:44 AM
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I would love, love love to see a double blind test of say 5# 9' rods.
send all the blanks to a common factory to finish them off and send them with nothing but numbers on them to a group of guys of all fishing levels across the board to try out and rate. that would be a blast.

I would just be interested in the results,, I know if Sage came out on top I would definitely save my money and get one some day
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Default Re: Best Low End 9'5wt

I have the 8'6" 4wt Redington CT paired with a Lamson Konic 1.5 reel. It's a great setup for the price. The CT is even cheaper now than when I bought it. It's enough rod for bigger rivers but it is also small enough for the smaller streams. Both together are about $214 so that leaves you with some room for some backing and line to put on there for him as well.

Good luck and I think it's great you are doing this for your friend. (Wish my friends would do that for me) LOL
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Old 12-16-2013, 01:01 PM
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Default Re: Best Low End 9'5wt

Another rod to consider is the Sage Vantage, the predecessor to the Approach. Nice med-fast action and very forgiving of casting mistakes. There are a number if dealers online (and fleabay) that are still blowing them out for $200.

If you are between the Approach and A4, the A4 is worth the money. It's still a comfortable med-fast action but with a faster recovering tip and nicer overall fit and finish.
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