: Opinions of Orvis and Redington.
11-29-2001, 07:03 PM
What are your opinios of Orvis rods?
Specificly the Silver Label and Superfine series.
Also,any experience with Redington equipment?
Default answer, "each person's different casting style/ ability makes each rod a different tool". That said I think the Silver label rods are a great rod for the money.
What type of fishing are looking to do with the rod? That might get you a lot more response fomr the board.
My only Redington experience is with their waders - great cost/ benefit ratio + outstanding customer service.
11-29-2001, 07:53 PM
I'm looking for a 5wt trout rod for fishing small to medium sized rivers.
I'm thinking of either a Superfine or Silver label/Battenkill combo....or....a Redington Wayfarer/AS combo.
Anyone with experience with this gear...please post.
If you have any other recomendations,I'd be more than happy to hear them.
I must say that Redington's service is very impressive. I've turned my 4pc in to a 5pc a couple times and gotten an over the counter replacement on both. Same day service, gotta love it.
11-29-2001, 11:09 PM
I own 3 Orvis rods.
Two silver labels (1-wt & 9-wt) and one Orvis Spring Creek (1980 vintage) (5-wt)
The 9'3" Spring creek is over twenty years old and it cast like new, I have landed everything from creek chubs (black nose dace) to northern pike with it.
My silver label's are less than a year old, I got the 8'0" 1-wt for small streams and I landed a 15 inch small-mouth on it with ease.
The 9'8" silver label 9-wt I got for steelheads and salmon fishing and landed a 33" 18 pound salmon with it on the first day. :D
I have Orvis large arbor reels for all three rods and found them to be a wonderful addition to my fishing arsenal.
Bottom line, the Orvis rod has not failed me yet, I highly recommend them.
12-02-2001, 07:47 PM
I was once at a camp fishing for pike when my rod broke. Since I wouldn't be able to service it until we got back into the city, my friend let me borrow his Silver Label 8 wt for several days. Loaded with a 9 wt line, it turned the big flies over with ease and whipped northerns up to 33" pretty quickly. I haven't had the opportunity to replace my rod after it was repaired, but if I do this experience has made me lean very heavily towards the Silver Label.
In addition, I have NEVER had any problems with Orvis customer service. It's great.
12-02-2001, 08:38 PM
I have so-so opinions with Redington. I must admit they make great products for the money but have had problems keeping up with the demand and from my experience, when special ordering from Redington they arent nearly as fast as say Lamson, Ross, Simms, Sage etc. etc.
One of Redingtons best products is there wading boots which run right around $60. They have heavy duty felt soles, a ton of support and seem to be very well built.
And I know many people have had great experience with their reels but I have seen some where over time the drag becomes really sticky and that drag system is a compete rat trap.
12-06-2001, 06:25 AM
I have a 8 wt silver label...it broke on a 10lb salmon this year. Another friend of mine broke 5 orvis rods this year, within about a 3 month time period. I have talked with many professional guides and they all agree, Orvis rods suck! If you are into paying top dollar for junk...go for it...but its just not worth it.
12-06-2001, 08:45 AM
Didn't Orvis replace these rods free of charge?
They have a no fault replacement plan, 25 years, no matter how the rod gets broken.
"Junk" seems a bit harsh for a brand of fishing gear that has been working longer and harder than most people I know.
I still think Orvis rods are a top of the line fishing gear.
Sorry about your bad luck with them, but I'll bet Orvis will replace them promply.
As of last year, Redington IS Orvis. I like them both.
Redington always breaks the price/performance barrier and provides total commitment to service. Orvis has been one of the founding themes in American flyfishing and has both great value (BattenKill) and top of the line (Vortex) in their poduct line.
But when it comes to buying a rod I am a Sage man all the way. Not all of their products are the best in their class, but most are for my preferences. They have the rod weights I use the most nailed and they have the actions that my particular casting style works best with. That's the key, what works for you - everyone's a little different in preference and you should get what works best for your needs. Worry about the other stuff like cost later. ;)
12-12-2001, 08:55 AM
Just a side note...they did replace it for free...but the shop wants to charge me for shipping that they sold me. Maybe I am just stubborn, but I don't like paying for shipping on something that should not have broken.