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Old 04-04-2006, 10:50 AM
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"Bang for My Buck" Fly Rod ....Advice Needed

I currently have a Loomis IMX that was custom built for me about 8 years ago and I want to add another rod to my arsenal. I realize that fly rods have changed a lot in 8 years and that there are many excellent rods under $200.00 today and I don't see the need to go beyond $200.00.
I would appreciate advice from experienced fly fishers who know the current rod market and technology as to which manufacturers make high quality fly rods at Toyota Camry prices and quality. I live and fish in Maine for trout and landlocked salmon in small/medium rivers and mostly fish nymphs.
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Old 04-04-2006, 11:29 AM
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The term "high quality" is relative...

If quality components/cork/etc are important to you, you probably won't find them for under $200.

If a functioning tool for nymph fishing is what you're after take a look at the TFO pro Series, Powell TiMax or St. Croix lineup.
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Old 04-04-2006, 11:34 AM
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For new rods I don't think you can beat a TFO, (Temple Forks Outfitters), rod for the money. All of their rods are < $200 with the exception of their 2 handed rods which are $249. (I have one of their 2 handed rods and think it is a great value.)

I'd like to try a rod from Echo but none of the dealers around here carry them.

One other possibility is to look on the closeout rack. My current 4 wt rod is a Scott A2 that I got on closeout for just a bit over a $100. Fishes great and has become my favorite rod.
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Old 04-04-2006, 01:00 PM
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I second the TFO recommendation, they are great rods and since Left got involved the quality of the fittings has improved.

The IMX was a great blank though and probably a bit livelier in the action that the IM6 based TFOs.

As always, test cast a few before you part with hard earned $.
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Old 04-04-2006, 01:55 PM
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Another vote for the TFO even though I don't own one. Are you on the Winston board? FishHawk
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Old 04-04-2006, 01:56 PM
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The New Jim Teeny TFOs are at your price point..
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Fly Rod Advice

Thanks for all of your responses and suggestions! There are 3 stores here in Maine that carry the TFO's and I will check them out. Also, what do you folks think of Cortland, St Croix, Reddington, and Diamondback rods in the $200.00 price range? Also, I've noticed that a fair number of manufacturers are selling 3 and 4 piece rods. What's the scoop? I'm still from the old school that says a 2 piece rod is still a better casting rod.
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Old 04-04-2006, 09:09 PM
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I have a few St. Croix rods in that price range in the 8 weight size and am quite pleased with them. They are two piece rods (which I prefer).

Most of the rods I own are two piece, but to be truthful the three and four piece rods made with today's technologies really don't cast too differently. The multiple piece rods are handy for travel, and that's their real advantage to me.
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Old 04-05-2006, 06:27 AM
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i'm one of the few that are thoroughly unipressed with the tfo, except for their marketting ability. but like i said, i'm in the minority. that said, you may want to look at a st croix. they're moderately priced, have a great reputation, come in many configurations,lengths,and actions and made in america. you also may want to look at loon outdoor's new rod offerings. look on their web site loonoutdoor.com. they have only a few sizes but they're all for trout 3-6 weight i believe and numerous lengths.-either medium or medium fast action, and priced around $250.. i purchased their 3 weight 10' nymphing rod ($220)but have not recieced it yet. i will fish it next week on the farmington and i'll write a review.
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Echo is another option.
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Get the SAGE Launch it has one of the highest ratings of any rod under 200.00
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Get the SAGE Launch it has one of the highest ratings of any rod under 200.00
I cast them recently (winter shows) and found them to have a very nice action, as would be expected from something Jerry Siem oversees. Manufacturing is overseas like the other brands to get the cost down but the mandrels probably came from Bainbridge Island (not confirmed).

Best bang for buck?

For me it's a used RPL.

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I agree with Juro that a used RPL, especially the 9-ft 5-wt, is a great rod. However, you will have to be lucky to pick one up for under $200. My recommendation, in addition to already mentioned Powell TiMax, is to try the Albright A-5 rods. I have a 6-wt and love it matched with the Cortland Peach WF6F line.
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my .02

TFO rods are good rods, and you wouldn't go wrong, but some other options:

sage FLi series: i love em. a little bit pricier, but worth it over the launch series.
cabela's LST series: i like em better than TFO rods. one of the best budget rods out there IMO.
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I would recommend against buying from Cabelas and other warehouse stores because they don't keep a model in production for more than one catalog printing it seems. You don't want to be stuck with a rod that their own help desk never heard of even if they pretend to know a thing or two about FF (and they don't).

Toyota Camry is a well established value and reliable and proven. There's a used RPL with a "buy it now" price of $150 on ebay right now...
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