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    Default $500 Rod Option?

    Ok got an unexpected gift card to local shop that carries Scott, Winston ,Sage Orvis rods. Crazy as it sounds absolutely not a need as I tend to fish custom glass and medium type graphite. Without adding cash to the purchase was thinking only Orvis option such as Superfine glass or discounted Touch series. Midlevel graphite in others pretty slim options.
    Now could bag the rod route all together .

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    Default Re: $500 Rod Option?

    Without adding cash, you might consider reels, lines, waders, etc. as $500 doesn't bring you the Mike McFarland grade rod you prefer.

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    S&S ; Good point as Mike's rods are my sweet spot. As well known for his glass masterpieces his rolled graphite rods are equally awesome. As he can duplicate a taper to mimic a certain action but his designed tapers are so pleasing to fish. I may look into a second Ross Gunnison for 4 wght as they are elegant looking on glass rods.

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    I would case the Superfine Touch if you have a chance. It's a pretty damn nice rod, and for the price they are selling for now are definitely worth a try. I love mine. It's a great dry fly rod and the feel and action are really fun to cast. Even my 3 wt can protect tippet and land decent sized fish. I've brought 20 inch bows and browns in on mine without playing them too much. I haven't fished with the Superfine Glass yet, but I think one will end up in my quiver eventually when I have some cash to burn.

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    Just a thought, if you don't have an immediate need, maybe pick up a higher level reel or two. Consider it a fly fishing investment. Most of my top end reels are worth more now than when I bought them. If in the future I had a need, I could sell the reel and probably at least keep up with inflation.

    To be honest, I'm not sure the same is always true with rods. Bamboo may hold it's value pretty well, but many graphites come and go as next year's model comes out.

    Of course, past performance is no indication of the future and your mileage may vary.


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    Default Re: $500 Rod Option?

    You could go with the Winston Nexus and then give us all a thorough review

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    Default Re: $500 Rod Option?

    Quote Originally Posted by sweetandsalt View Post
    Without adding cash, you might consider reels, lines, waders, etc. as $500 doesn't bring you the Mike McFarland grade rod you prefer.
    Toss in $200 or so from your own pocket and you can get that McFarland rod -- in glass or graphite, your choice.

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    If you don't need/want the rods that are available I would go with S&S and look at something else. Personally, a great rain shell would be near the top of my list.

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    I'm investigating a compact but very well built and designed "strap vest" to replace or at least supplement my regular Simms Guide vest. I want to force myself to go lighter by carrying less, better organized stuff. And, though I am very attached to my hand built, wood laminated, beavertail net with hand knotted bag, I am impressed by the carbon composite, clear rubber molded bag, Nomad net now from Fishpond. Two such items plus a new line of two could soak up close to $400 of such a gift certificate. Of course I'm going to want one of the new Abel stacked drag reels for my new 6-weight so I am already over budget.

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    Default Re: $500 Rod Option?

    Quote Originally Posted by sweetandsalt View Post
    I'm investigating a compact but very well built and designed "strap vest" to replace or at least supplement my regular Simms Guide vest. I want to force myself to go lighter by carrying less, better organized stuff. And, though I am very attached to my hand built, wood laminated, beavertail net with hand knotted bag, I am impressed by the carbon composite, clear rubber molded bag, Nomad net now from Fishpond. Two such items plus a new line of two could soak up close to $400 of such a gift certificate. Of course I'm going to want one of the new Abel stacked drag reels for my new 6-weight so I am already over budget.
    I envy those Nomads nets as well. The mid-length model, the one with the 20" handle and nice big hoop weighs less than one pound! A wooden net that size is over 5!

    Good luck on the perfectly designed strap vest search. Let us know when you find it.

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