03-02-2001, 10:13 AM
I will be leaving for Mexico the day after the Wilmington show ends. I am thinking about getting an 8wt travel rod, 4-piece or smaller. As it stands now, I will be taking my 9wt 3-piece, but I think that a smaller 8wt would be better for bonefish, etc. I also think that an 8wt would be useful for spring schoolies too (but who needs to justify another rod?). I will be able to try a lot of rods at the show. Right now, on the top of my list, is the new Redington Wayfarer 5-piece (22"). This rod looks really nice & the price tag of $195 is within my budget.
Any other recommendations to look at & try??
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In that price range you should try the SAGE 890-4 as well, and for a bit more the VPS (formerly RPL). I love the 8wt 5pc RPLXi but that's a bit harder to justify! I used to own the RPL 4-pc 9wt and it was cherry.
In that price range I've heard good things about the St.Croix as well but don't have first hand experience with it.
Scott's come out with a new rod in the mid-price range too, worth a query.
03-02-2001, 01:45 PM
I'm looking at travel rods too. I read somewhere that a 4pc is the way to go. Small enough to carry on and it breaks down quick into two equal pcs. like a regular rod.
Here's a couple of links. T&T , Scott and St.Croix. T&T being the high end. St.Croix has a couple of travel rods in the $160 -230 ballpark.
I should have included Loomis and Sage too.
03-02-2001, 07:39 PM
That's pretty much what I've been thinking, but hadn't considered T&T.
I also agree that an even number (4 or 6) of pieces makes more sense then an odd (3 or 5), cause you can always make that 50-50 break & throw it across the seat of a car.
03-02-2001, 07:45 PM
>>T&T being the high end<<
Yup, Checked their site, out of the ball park.
03-02-2001, 09:21 PM
I have to recomend the VPS. Unlike most lower price rods, The VPS series has the heart of a thoroughbread. The VPS blank is the same blank as the Sage RPL. This rod was the top of the line 6 years or so ago and it is still a great stick. I don't know how a rod company designs cheapness into a blank, but Sage doesn't. They just replace the top of the line, throw on cheaper components, and call it VPS and then DS. The DS is not so hot, but a good value. The VPS is sweet. The VPS Light shares the same blanks as the much loved and missed Light Line series. It would be cool if they came out with a VPSX (ie.RPLX). Cast em all, and I bet that the VPS will have that certain somthing that you will find in common with the top of the line rods.
Eddie you're making me miss my old RPL 4pc!
GregO - one theory on the odd pc is that the midsection is always solid (no ferrule)... but all of our two pc rods have a ferrule in the middle! You'd have to cast them side by side to see if the ferrule does introduce a difference. I also have a preference for even pc's for striper rods for breakdown reasons when running from access point to access point (a shore angler's concern).
That being said, I like the compact size of the new 5pc rods for travel purposes. It'll fit inside my rolling carryon bag. All things considered I'd rather have a four pc.