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    Default Re: What is your cheapest and your most expensive

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    Default Re: What is your cheapest and your most expensive

    Well, they both happen to be 3wt rods. The least expensive is a Zhus bamboo 6' 3wt rod ($70) that loves to go with me sloshing through willow-lined mountain creeks...those little wild browns hate that rod, but I have an absolute blast with it. The most expensive is my Sage X 376 rod ($900)...one heck of an all round rod that enjoys throwing the tightest loops of any rod I own.
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    Default Re: What is your cheapest and your most expensive

    Cable's CGR and Scott Meridian. You can figure out which is which...

    Interesting to note the number of folks who have rods costing nearly a grand and also have rods that cost less than 100 bucks... and seem to enjoy fishing both.
    People complain about the humidity in Florida... but no one's ever had to shovel humidity to get to his car.

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    Well....interesting thread....when I was guide I spent every weeks tips on either beer or a new rod which I purchased at wholesale pricing....I acquired about a rod each week and a half or so. When I started paying retail, it went to 10-12 rods a year or so or roughly one a month....when I started parsing rods out toward downsizing and retirement, and upgrading a few categories I spent retail again, which in 2016-2019 is waaaaay more than rods used to cost. It likely now equates to being able to purchase one new rod for every 3-4 used rods sold. I never got into Bamboo collecting or other higher end acquisitions- which can get to be off the charts price wise. The cheapest rods I own were my first two at 14 years old "donated" to me from my fathers collection, a Shakespeare Wonderod and a Heddon Bamboo - both essentially free. So I guess the right answer is somewhere between Free and around $900. Luckily, I have since found my way back into somewhat wholesale pricing and can acquire most any rod from any maker for 20% + + off retail.

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    Cheapest: Browning Silaflex glass that I paid $19 for in the seventies.
    Most Expensive: Dietrich Brothers (Dream Catcher) split cane Specialist that I paid somewhat more for within the last 10 years. Although I own a number of cane rods, this is the only one that I bought new from the maker.

    I fish both rods, and love each for different reasons.

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    Default Re: What is your cheapest and your most expensive

    Cheapest about $!00 for a Ebay vision 6ft 6 , most expensive ? One of the three Winston B2Ts I had to import to the UK because there was no UK dealer then .

    GS

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    Default Re: What is your cheapest and your most expensive

    I have a lot of rods in the $10 - $30 range. It's kinda my thing.
    On the other hand, I have quite an aversion to over paying for a fishin' pole
    There's only one graphite rod in my collection that cost over $100

    This Gracia 9/10wt was $10

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    This 10', 8wt from Sportsman's Guide was $25, but I've since rebuilt it from the blank up

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    But once in a while while looking at used rods, I get sucked in
    This 1938 South Bend #25, 7'6" 2/2 was $300

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    I know my wife doesn't visit this site so I'm safe... Cheapest, my first rig over 30 years ago was a Browning, Silaflex I believe, with no idea what I paid. Most expensive, pick one I guess, I have a decent number of Sage rod and reel combos. Salt HD w/Max reel, Motive w/ 8080 Pro, Z Axis Spey w/Greys reel. It's not hard to spend a few bucks when you find stuff you like, but I also like to buy used as well. I'm fortunate to live near Traverse City, MI with just about every type of fishing (outside of salt) within an hour drive of me. Trout on the Ausable, smallies on the bays, pike/musky in torch lake chain, carp on the bays, steelhead on Big M or betsie, etc. Also love to travel to fish the salt as well. A guy should be prepared as much as possible, to have success on any given destination/trip.0203171907.jpg

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    Default Re: What is your cheapest and your most expensive

    Quote Originally Posted by unknownflyman View Post
    I'm sorry that information is classified.
    Well then I guess we'll have to waterboard the info outta you. Just know it didn't have to go down like this Steve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rip Tide View Post
    I have a lot of rods in the $10 - $30 range. It's kinda my thing.
    On the other hand, I have quite an aversion to over paying for a fishin' pole
    There's only one graphite rod in my collection that cost over $100

    This Gracia 9/10wt was $10

    IMGP0003_2.jpg

    This 10', 8wt from Sportsman's Guide was $25, but I've since rebuilt it from the blank up

    cape june 2009 073.jpg

    But once in a while while looking at used rods, I get sucked in
    This 1938 South Bend #25, 7'6" 2/2 was $300

    IMGP0014_3.jpg
    Love the old Garcia Conlon rod. My dad was with Garcia back in the day. I have some of those rods from the 60's and early 70's that have never seen water and still have my little 5' ultralight from when I was a kid.

    Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk

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