View Poll Results: What Is Your Preferred Fly Rod Brand

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  • Sage

    50 43.48%
  • Orvis

    12 10.43%
  • G.Loomis

    15 13.04%
  • R.L.Winston

    4 3.48%
  • Scott

    9 7.83%
  • St.Croix

    2 1.74%
  • Loop

    3 2.61%
  • Stealth

    15 13.04%
  • Xplorer

    13 11.30%
  • Echo

    1 0.87%
  • Temple Fork Outfitters

    21 18.26%
  • Hardy

    12 10.43%
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Thread: Preferred Fly Rod Brand

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andre View Post
    Hahahahahhaaa.......good one, lets bunch the Horizon guys with Sage then. The T&T guys will have to go together with Greys....oh wait...Greys not there either, lets put them with hardy.........
    We can also group all the Chinese made in one group ;-) :-D
    Mario Geldenhuys
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    I think if we did that, the list would be very short. Also we might need an Atlas... Korean, and Tiawanese....who knows.....Are they Chinese???
    Quote Originally Posted by smallstreams.co.za View Post
    We can also group all the Chinese made in one group ;-) :-D
    Disclaimer.... none of my posts are intended to be "expert advice"..just opinions from someone who is willing to help where he can.

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    There is a very slight difference between top rods.What really sets them apart though is backup service,and more so years down the line,when models get replaced etc and you have a breakage.

    I think that is why sage has a good name,and also why explorer do so well.Good backup service.
    I am a huge Stcroix fan and really think they make superb rods,especially the legend elite and ultra.I have yet to break one and test their service(touch wood i never do break it).

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    I see composite developments are not there, so I will vote for my other rods :-)

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    I think there is more that sets the top brands apart than the backup service. There have been some top brands that have been very poorly represented here, and some lowly brands that have been well represented, so backup cant really be the only yardstick for comparison.
    I like to look at rods for specific applications, and when the manufacturer understands the different fly fishing applications that their rods are designed for, I take notice. Greys for instance made some very nice nymphing rods for many years. It was only recently in the last few years that sage has come on board with some very nice nymphing rods. Greys being a mid range brand, were ahead of the race for a while with the Streamflex rods, which were more suited the Vaal Orange style of nymphing that we do here. Its only in recent years that Sage acame along with the 99, and ESN ranges, that overtook Greys in this department. I must say that all the experience over the years that I have had with Greys, their local representation cannot be faulted. I got some very good service from the local guys.
    Quote Originally Posted by core fly View Post
    There is a very slight difference between top rods.What really sets them apart though is backup service,and more so years down the line,when models get replaced etc and you have a breakage.

    I think that is why sage has a good name,and also why explorer do so well.Good backup service.
    I am a huge Stcroix fan and really think they make superb rods,especially the legend elite and ultra.I have yet to break one and test their service(touch wood i never do break it).
    Disclaimer.... none of my posts are intended to be "expert advice"..just opinions from someone who is willing to help where he can.

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    missing too many important brands
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    Craig

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    Hmmm....looks like all the brands worth mentioning, are there. There are even some brands there that I have never heard of. Certainly the important ones are there.
    Quote Originally Posted by ArcherFish View Post
    missing too many important brands
    Disclaimer.... none of my posts are intended to be "expert advice"..just opinions from someone who is willing to help where he can.

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    This thread keeps coming up as having NEW posts, but I see none, so i'll post a "new" one...

    I will be doing a short comparison between 4 x 10ft 6wt rods which I tested recently.
    I was looking for another rod to compliment my existing Sage ONE and Stealth Bomber, so I tested out the Stealth Magnum and Stealth Infinity. I drew a number of conclusions.

    Anyone interested in what I have to say on this?
    Gary
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    and also why you want/need multiple 6wt 10ft rods please.

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    Hi Gary
    Will be very interesting to read, please post.

    as for Ben's question
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    Quote Originally Posted by GGY View Post
    This thread keeps coming up as having NEW posts, but I see none, so i'll post a "new" one...

    I will be doing a short comparison between 4 x 10ft 6wt rods which I tested recently.
    I was looking for another rod to compliment my existing Sage ONE and Stealth Bomber, so I tested out the Stealth Magnum and Stealth Infinity. I drew a number of conclusions.

    Anyone interested in what I have to say on this?
    Korrie Broos

    Don't go knocking on Death's door, ring the bell and run like hell. He hates it. (anon)
    Nymphing, adds depth to your fly fishing.
    Nymphing, is fly fishing in another dimension

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