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: new rods


SDHflyfisher
04-24-2003, 01:57 PM
i plan on geting three new rods in the future one will be a 7 weight in the 9' range
5 weight 4 piece 9'
1 weight 2piece 7' 6"
the heights don't have to be exactly the same as i posted but some thing similar
do you guys have any recomendations

juro
04-24-2003, 02:07 PM
price range?

SDHflyfisher
04-25-2003, 01:06 PM
for the rods i'd say at max around $400
and are there any recomendations for reels?

Hairzear
05-16-2003, 07:16 AM
For a 5 wt. multipiece rod, consider a Redington wayfarer. I bought one for my son a couple of years ago for a trip to Montana; I ending up using it for one of the days we were there, and I was impressed. It's a 5 piece, and a bargain at $200. It balances well with a Teton #5 reel or an Orvis Battenkill 5/6. I have an LLBean 5 wt. 6 piece. It's a little slower than the Redington, but has a bit more muscle in the butt. Also a bargain at $200.

I have a Sage VPS 4 piece 6 wt. I love it for creek smallies and trout on bigger rivers. Might be worth checking out the 5 and 7 weights; supposed to have the same action. Price is about $400; mine is paired with an Orvis Battenkill large arbor.

Have fun checking them out!

flyfisha1
05-16-2003, 07:51 AM
Good suggestions about the Wayfarers. Something you might consider is actually building the rods. Takes a little time, but can save some significant $$$ and personalizes the rods. There are several good blanks available that are reasonably priced; check out Custom Tackle, Hook and Hackle, and some of the other "small-scale" places, and of course, any sponsors that sell rod-building supplies. For about $130, you can build the equivalent of a $400+ of-the-rack rod in many cases. Good luck!

Nooksack Mac
05-21-2003, 02:03 PM
A few years ago a magazine rated the Cabela 5-piece 8-1/2' 5 weight very highly, as one of the best of the multipiece rods. I haven't tried any of that series myself, but the rods are hansome and inexpensive, and the blanks are rediculously inexpensive for 5-section models, around $40.

flyfisha1
05-21-2003, 02:20 PM
Originally posted by Nooksack Mac
A few years ago a magazine rated the Cabela 5-piece 8-1/2' 5 weight very highly, as one of the best of the multipiece rods. I haven't tried any of that series myself, but the rods are hansome and inexpensive, and the blanks are rediculously inexpensive for 5-section models, around $40.

I've used that rod; it's very nice, and quite inexpensive. Haven't tried building one on that blank yet, though I just received a 2-pc. 5-wt. SLi blank for a rod I'm building for my grandfather for Father's Day. The entire kit was $130, and I ordered a nice reel seat and grip to go with it that cost another $40. I think those rods retail for around $350 or so.

SDHflyfisher
05-22-2003, 07:16 AM
i would consider making them but have never built a rod

flyfisha1
05-22-2003, 07:31 AM
I built my first a couple of years ago; simply bought a complete kit and followed the directions. The best advice I could offer for first-time rod-building is to take your time and not be in a rush to get it completed. Give yourself two or three days to wrap it and another three days for applying the finish and allowing it to cure sufficiently before trying it out on the water; you'll find that, in time, you can wrap a rod completely in an afternoon with some very basic equipment (all of mine is home-made and cost me only a few dollars), and the more practice you get with wrapping and applying finish, the better the rods look and the less time it takes to complete them.
I started building rods because I was on a very strict budget at the time and couldn't afford to drop oodles of cash on a premium model. Now that I've built a few, I'll probably never buy another completed rod... next step is to build a spinning rod. If you have any close friends or relatives that are into fly fishing, a "home-built" fly rod is a great gift, also.
If you're interested in building a rod, see if you can get a copy of Art Scheck's book Fly Rod Building Made Easy: A Complete Step-By-Step Guide to Making a High-Quality Fly Rod on a Budget ; I think Amazon has it for around $18. Read it through, make notes of any questions you have, and of course, feel free to ask questions on the forum.

SDHflyfisher
05-22-2003, 02:23 PM
wouldn't give them away because my uncle stoped and my dad doesn't have much interest in FF