At one point I had 13 rods (still less than the two dozen conventional rods I had for bass fishing), but I cleaned out the closet a bit a couple years ago and I think I now have eight. I think.
Let's see . . .
Orvis Rocky Mountain 8.5 ft. 6 wt.
St. Croix Avid 7' 9" 3 wt.
St. Croix Imperial 9' 5 wt.
St. Croix Legend Ultra 8 ft. 4 wt.
Winston BIIIX 8.5 ft. 4 wt.
Winston GVX 9 ft. 5 wt.
Redington Big Fly 9 ft. 8 wt.
Cabela's Traditional III 9 ft. 6 wt.
Obviously, eight isn't enough, so I have a G. Loomis 6 wt. coming in a couple months. Unfortunately, 9 is an unlucky number, so I'll have to pick up another rod to make it an even ten. Fortunately, I've had my eye on a switch rod, which will take care of that. And then 11 is a favorite number of mine, so that Winston WT I've been dreaming about will have to find its way into my stable . . . Help. I need someone else's credit card, ASAP.
well, I do not have an exact count, only thing I know, I bought more than a dozen in the last 6 months or so. should be around 30 now, maybe I even could qualify for the 30+ nuts button.
about 6 months ago I decided to collect, well, maybe collect is too strong a word, let´s say to "accumulate" 4-weight fly reels. (please do not ask my wife on that, because she would tell you I have been accumulating fly reels for the last 30 years.)
strange enough, together with these fly reels, fly rods in a 4/5 weight keep coming in. I do not plan to match a rod to all these reels I bought recently, but for some, it just happened like this.
a few examples:
DIAMONBACK Aeroflex 803 w SAGE 504L
(IMO a very nice match size- as well as color-wise)
Cabelas CGR 876-3 w ROSS Colorado 3
Cabelas CGR 576-3 w JW YOUNG Condex 3 1/4 green
(although the 504L looks good on this one too)
FENWICK Ironfeather 905 w HARDY LRH
(or for a more modern combo w LAMSON Velocity 2, first model)
AJ Thramer 8ft 5wt 3/2 w Scierra TX2+ 5-7
(or a Cascapedia 5/6/7 for better balance)
Hey all! Figured i'd share my setups as of right now- this is my first spring with this incredible pasttime. I use a TFO Lefty Kreh Finesse 7'9" 4wt for small streams matched up with a Prestige premier 1 and a Copper River 9' 8wt combo setup for bass/smallies. Eventually i'll pick up a nicer setup for bigger fish but it does the job for the $35 I picked it up for on sale at the ol' S. Prairie Cabelas.
Really would love to build a couple rods but I have no equipment and experience with that as of now- but i'm keeping that on the list for future projects
Sage TXL 1710
Sage ZXL 376
Hardy Zenith 390
Scott S4 590
Sage Z-Axis 590
Sage XP 590
Sage Method 590
Sage Z-Axis 5120
Hardy Palakona bamboo 5 wt
Sage FLi 690
Sage XP 690
Winston BIIIx 690
No name blank 690
Sage XP 790
Sage Method 790
TFO BVK 790
TFO Ticrx 890
Sage Salt 890
Sage Salt 990
Sage Salt 1090
Tenkara USA rod
I think about selling off a few but can't bring myself to do it. They each have their own unique qualities. My favorites are the 376 ZXL, 590 Z-Axis, 690 BIIIx, 790 Method, 890 Salt and 8134 Burkheimer.
This is a great question and poll. I want to play. I just got into the game about 3 weeks ago. Wanted to try something new from baitcasting so I started my foray into Fly.
(Backstory)-->I've been toying with the idea since last year in November, a local park in OK stocks trout and I finally contacted the park in question to see if they allowed fishing there. They do and it's been at the back of my mind since. I guess for the past 7 or so years they've always stocked trout I just never had the wherewithal to go for it and jump into Fly.
However, since 3 weeks ago, already I have 5 fly rods. I am new to this fly fishing scene and I didn't want to go all out and buy a really expensive rod as my first fly rod...let's call that lesson learned from experiences past.
I live right next to a Cabela's in N. Tx. and 3 weeks ago I walked in and was just looking around the fly department. They are having their annual "midnight madness sale" where the sales clerk in the department dresses up in a cooky outfit(s) (werewolf) trying to drive up sales. I don't know if this worked for all the other folks browsing but it worked for me so I got my first 2 then. They were Cabela's TLr series 9'0" 8wt 4 piece. I figured at the price they were selling it wouldn't hurt to have a spare. Then visiting a different Cabela's I ran into a Cablela's Theorem 9'0" 5wt 4 piece listed for less than $115 from there original price of $259 + I had a coupon for $20 bucks off $100 dollars, so, needless to say that came home with me too. See a pattern, I'm a sucker for SALES, DISCOUNT% OFF, CLEARANCE ITEMS...and the cooky outfit doesn't hurt either.
After, I got those rods, I sat at home in my closet thinking you know those will be great for traveling how about one that I could use here at home that was different from the current types of rods I have now and maybe easier to learn with... (mind you this is even before I had put rod/line to water). I wanted to try fiberglass and I noticed that Cabela's made a 1 piece glass in different wt's and decided on the Prime 7'3" 5wt 1 piece slow action. (Love 1 piece rod always have always will, if I could easily transport an 8'-9'-10' rod and they made them that way I'd be first in line to pick them up.) After I got that home I thought hmm, wouldn't it be nice to have a smaller glass rod for bluegills let's say 6'0" 3wt 1 piece. So, I went back the next day and picked up that one. Man that cooky werewolf outfit was making feel the madness.
Now, I sit here thinking, I need a Cabela's CZN 11'0" 4wt 4 piece just in case I want to push the snakes away from me when I'm casting in the water. (And I have, as of right now, caught a bluegill on my 6' 3wt glass rod this past weekend).
So, in closing this diatribe dear reader, I have taken you from my impetus to try Fly along the oh so many miles of hallowed grounds in Tx. chasing after my first bluegill (this past weekend) on my quest to save money on fly gear and in my ardor not to spend money on one expensive fly rod, I spent about the same amount on 5 different fly rods. If you do not wish to continue with me down this oh so convoluted road of Flying as I make my way down the same path as some of you have already taken before me, I do not blame you and can only say "Luck be with us all" as we try to float above the stream of insolvency. (Thank you Gene Wolfe, your words ring true today as they did so many years ago.)
Apropos, kidding about the cooky outfits, although I would have bought more if they did do something like that.
10, evenly split between fiberglass and carbon fiber and ranging from a 2 weight up to a 10 weight.
One of the ten is at the tomato stake stage. The handle has disintegrated to being beyond unusable and the finish has disappeared, wore off, dissolved over large areas of the rod. I wouldn't possibly consider selling it, it's not worth the handling and postage, and I don't have anyone I dislike enough to give the rod to. I guess I could send it back to the maker and say "what the heck happened to this rod?" but I don't even like the model anymore and wouldn't want a replacement.
I easily fit into the "10 or more" category. However, I really do believe the sweet spot lies between five and ten. Somewhere between five and seven single-handers depending on how many species you chase and two or three two-handers.
I think where it gets hard to stay between five and ten is for those who chase trout, steelhead & salmon along with multiple saltwater species.
I have my bread and butter rods and gear that see 90% plus percent of the fishing time. While it's really hard for me to get away for an extended trip, I still want to have the rod, reel and gear that fits something, some opportunity that might come along outside of what fishing I normally do. That means owning more rods than maybe what's necessary, but I like being somewhat prepared for the rather sudden and desired "what ifs".