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Thread: The true cost of a fly rod.

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    Default The true cost of a fly rod.

    It has really been nagging at me that there is such a huge difference in price in fly rods. Are we paying for technology, or clever marketing.
    I stumbled across this. Makes for some interesting reading.
    http://www.sexyloops.com/sparton/graphiterods.shtml
    catch and release

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    A very interesting read.
    I've got 2 Elbe -pro rods and they cast well enough. I heard that they are made from the same blank as the G.Loomis blanks. It now makes sense that this fact could be true.
    But because the Elbe cost so little most people would not rate it as a good enough rod to be fly fishing with in the first place.

    I think you do pay for the name and the warranty in the end rather then the rods capabilities.
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    Interesting, the last sentence of the second last paragraph.
    The perception of the local population and the perception of the people who want to emigrate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by briansflyfishing View Post
    A very interesting read.
    I've got 2 Elbe -pro rods and they cast well enough. I heard that they are made from the same blank as the G.Loomis blanks. It now makes sense that this fact could be true.
    But because the Elbe cost so little most people would not rate it as a good enough rod to be fly fishing with in the first place.

    I think you do pay for the name and the warranty in the end rather then the rods capabilities.
    My understanding has been that G.Loomis make their own blanks on their own factory, so this could not be true, but wishful thinking.
    Gary
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    Maybe I'm reading this wrong, but is the whole thing not about the fact that Eastern made copies are being sold off at a price much higher than they should be?? The "home grown" bit had me chuckling a bit, I must be honest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GGY View Post
    My understanding has been that G.Loomis make their own blanks on their own factory, so this could not be true, but wishful thinking.
    Most high-end (and high priced) blanks are made inhouse, meaning the States. Sage, Scott, Loomis, North Fork, Burkheimer, Thomas and Thomas are all made in the States afaik, but I'm open to being corrected.
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    Quote Originally Posted by briansflyfishing View Post
    I heard that they are made from the same blank as the G.Loomis blanks.
    more likely loomis and franklin blanks i think.
    "So hereís my point. Donít go and get your ego all out of proportion because you can tie a fly and catch a fish thatís dumb enough to eat a car key.." - Louis Cahill - Gink and Gasoline

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    here is an experiment i would love to see (but probably never will).
    6 top end blanks from different companies all made up with the same eyes, handle and reel seat.
    by casting with them,how many of you think you will be able to tell the difference and identify which is which?
    catch and release

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    Unpainted?
    Mario Geldenhuys
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    Quote Originally Posted by smallstreams.co.za View Post
    Unpainted?
    forgot to add, all bright pink with a purple binding
    catch and release

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