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    Default Looking for a Saltwater Rod

    I thought I had nailed down a rod but it fell through.

    I have somewhat narrowed it down to the following:

    NOTE: The winston rods are actually made in China.

    Orvis TLS Power Matrix tip flex 9' 8wt
    Fly Rod / TLS Power Matrix 908-4 Fly Rod -- Orvis

    Gloomis crosscurrent 9' 8wt.
    G. Loomis CrossCurrent Fly Rods

    Winston Ascent 9' 8wt:
    Winston Ascent Fly Rods

    Winston Vapor 9' 8wt:
    Winston Vapor Fly Rods

    TFO jim teeny 9' 8wt. I like that it's light while still having a good fast action.
    Jim Teeny Series


    St. Croix only has a warranty for manufacturing errors (not on accidents).
    Sage's rods that are affordable are more medium fast action rods. The Xi3 saltwater rods are too pricey.

    Obviously price is a factor.

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    Default Re: Looking for a Saltwater Rod

    Quote Originally Posted by fishtacos View Post
    Orvis TLS Power Matrix tip flex 9' 8wt
    Fly Rod / TLS Power Matrix 908-4 Fly Rod -- Orvis
    Can't recall if I casted this rod.

    Quote Originally Posted by fishtacos View Post
    Gloomis crosscurrent 9' 8wt.
    G. Loomis CrossCurrent Fly Rods
    I haven't casted the Loomis.

    Quote Originally Posted by fishtacos View Post
    Winston Ascent 9' 8wt:
    Winston Ascent Fly Rods
    It craps out at distances (60 feet plus)

    Quote Originally Posted by fishtacos View Post
    Winston Vapor 9' 8wt:
    Winston Vapor Fly Rods
    My favorite of the bunch. Whenever I cast this rod, I think that I am casting an older generation premium rod. It may not have the lighter and crisper feel of a lot of the current premium rods, but it has plenty of punch to it. There is plenty of butt in it to allow the rod to launch a 350 grain shooting head, but not so much that it won't blow the presentation of a Bonefish fly.

    Quote Originally Posted by fishtacos View Post
    TFO jim teeny 9' 8wt. I like that it's light while still having a good fast action.
    Jim Teeny Series
    It's a good rod that does a little of everything well. At distance (60 feet plus), I had problems getting to track straight.

    You have a good sample. The rod that you should get is the one that is going to cast best for you.

    MP

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    Default Re: Looking for a Saltwater Rod

    My problem is with such a wide variety (and not being in saltwater country) I'm having a hard time finding a dealer that will have a few of these rods. I'm hoping to try the TFO rod out this wknd but might not get the opportunity to try the others anytime soon. I hate buying a rod site unseen but may have to this time.

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