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    Quote Originally Posted by coldbrook View Post


    • do you find fly rods generally too expensive?
    • is location of the manufacturer important to you?
    • would you try a new brand of rod, and if so, what would compel you to try a new brand?
    • would you purchase a rod online?
    • what is your number one complaint about fly rods in your experience?


    Those are business 101, new product exploration questions. You must be thinking of bringing a new bargain price series of fly rods, made over seas to the market with nothing but an online store.

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    Do you find fly rods generally too expensive?

    Yes!! Just look at similar models made by compainies that produce spin, bait, and fly rods. Fly rodders are charged more!

    Is location of the manufacturer important to you?

    To a certain extent. Good forein rods always beat the lower end domestic stuff IMO.

    Would you try a new brand of rod, and if so, what would compel you to try a new brand?

    YES!! If I cast one and like it, or even hear it highly recommended, I will try a new comapny. Don't limit yourslef by being an exclusive "Sage" or "Orvis" guy, branch out and reap the rewards!

    Would you purchase a rod online?

    Yes, but only if the sseller is reputable and i see pictures if it is used.

    What is your number one complaint about fly rods in your experience?

    The expense, how fragile they are, not knowing how it will work for you area until you fish with it. pick one.

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    Default Re: what are your priorities when buying a rod?

    Quote Originally Posted by zug buggin View Post
    quality and action
    That's me,

    I buy old rods because I know what the action will be like. Most are high quality rods that will have a medium or full action. I have all the super fast graphite I will ever need.

    Price is a factor but like Frank said paying a high price then using the rod for 30+ years is a bargain.

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    do you find fly rods generally too expensive?

    No, you get what you pay for. There are fly rods sold for $30 at Walmart, they just won't compete with a more expensive rod.

    is location of the manufacturer important to you?

    No, if a company makes a good product and has decent pricing I dont mind where it is made.

    would you try a new brand of rod, and if so, what would compel you to try a new brand?

    Yes, newer technology or good deals often accompany new companies as they try and get a foot in the industry.

    would you purchase a rod online?

    Only if I had casted the exact rod with the exact line before hand.

    what is your number one complaint about fly rods in your experience?

    Cork grips coming apart and guides coming off of the rod.
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    Default Re: what are your priorities when buying a rod?

    Quote Originally Posted by mudbug View Post
    Those are business 101, new product exploration questions. You must be thinking of bringing a new bargain price series of fly rods, made over seas to the market with nothing but an online store.
    X2......Hmmmmm
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    quality, action, and feel.

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    Default Re: what are your priorities when buying a rod?

    I don't buy em any more,I roll my own.

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    Default Re: what are your priorities when buying a rod?

    My outlook may be somewhat different in some areas.

    I don't have a single rod that I did not catch a fish on but that's what I buy them for so it's like how you forget about the cost of a filet mignon after you taste it. I don't even spend mega bux on gear but it's not that I don't plan to... there's a ton of gear that I'd like to purchase but I'm not in a rush to do so.

    Buying stuff online can be a bit scary but for some of the Allen gear I have was based off the good things said here and it didn't backfire on me so that's good, too. All that said, location doesn't bother me either so long it's a company that stands behind their product.

    It's only money and you only live once... Oh, and life aint livin' unless you're in debt but blowing money on gear only becomes a small equation for the relaxation of fishing.

    My next rod will be purchased from a local shop. They normally stock a few rods built by a local guy (and their pretty nice too) and probably buy the whole setup at the shop. Online is great to reach a great product but its just as important to make the guy down the road some cash, as well.
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    Default Re: what are your priorities when buying a rod?

    A couple things go into my decision.

    Is this rod a good value? 'Good value' doesn't necessarily mean 'cheap'.

    Does this rod allow me to do something I can't do, or can't do well, with something I already own?
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    hi you niver said if it was a DH rod if that's what your looking for you should have a look at shakespear good value for money

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