Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 17

Thread: Stealth Adventure vs Xplorer Classic / Guide 2

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Stellenberg / Western Cape
    Posts
    252

    Default Stealth Adventure vs Xplorer Classic / Guide 2

    Hi guys,

    Went to Somerset Sport in Cape Gate. Had a look at the 4/5 wt Xplorer Classic 2 3 Pce rod. The sales person also recommended the Stealth Adventure 5/6 wt rod.

    How does this rod compare to the Xplorer given that it's about half the price of the Xplorer?
    André

    Fly fishing noob

    It is curious - curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare ~ Mark Twain

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Western Cape
    Posts
    7,613

    Default

    What are looking for in a rod? In my opinion, they are fine for what you would want, if you are not looking for anything specific. For the price, they are probably better than fine, but if you are looking for a specialist rod to do something specific, you might be dissapointed. Remember that any fly rod, is better than no fly rod, so buy whichever one blows your skirt up. If you find that after a while you don't like it, wel hey... you haven't exactly broken the bank.
    Both of them have reasonable representation from the distributor, and they will both catch fish...what more do you want?
    Disclaimer.... none of my posts are intended to be "expert advice"..just opinions from someone who is willing to help where he can.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Stellenberg / Western Cape
    Posts
    252

    Default

    Hi Andre,

    I am looking for something that won't break the bank as you mentioned. I am not THAT seriously into fly fishing yet. Rock & Surf and it's bronze whalers are my first love.

    I just don't want to buy a rod that will only last me a year or so before having to be replaced again. In other words, if the Xplorer Classic 2 will outlast the stealth by a long shot, then I'd rather but the Xplorer. The only reason I am looking at getting a 5wt rod is because my current 8/9 wt is way overkill for stillwater trout fishing.
    André

    Fly fishing noob

    It is curious - curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare ~ Mark Twain

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Western Cape
    Posts
    7,613

    Default

    Ya, well if thats what you are looking for, you won't go wrong with either. Any rod should last a lifetime if looked after. If a rod only lasts a year, it would be because you have either changed your requirement, and therefore the rod is no longer of use, or if it breaks. It would only break if abused, so if you treat it right, this shouldnt happen. If it does break, you at least will be able to hopefully replace the broken section. Both Stealth and Explorer have reasonably good reputations for replacing sections for a small fee, as would be the case with most rods.
    For trouting stillwaters, they would both work well, but my suggestion would probably be to go for the 6wt, it will be easier if you are fishing in wind, or with multiple weighted flies.
    Good luck, and I'm sure whichever rod you buy, you will have loads of enjoyment fishing it.
    Disclaimer.... none of my posts are intended to be "expert advice"..just opinions from someone who is willing to help where he can.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Stellenberg / Western Cape
    Posts
    252

    Default

    Thanks again André. I had a look at the websites of both Stealth and Xplorer and it would seem as if both are basically equal apart from the fact that the Stealth is a 4 pce and the Xplorer a 3 pce.

    Think I should take both for a cast if possible and decide from there. I see for the sites that both have quite a fast action.
    André

    Fly fishing noob

    It is curious - curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare ~ Mark Twain

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Western Cape
    Posts
    7,613

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by KB280DT View Post
    Thanks again André. I had a look at the websites of both Stealth and Xplorer and it would seem as if both are basically equal apart from the fact that the Stealth is a 4 pce and the Xplorer a 3 pce.

    Think I should take both for a cast if possible and decide from there. I see for the sites that both have quite a fast action.
    Yes, take them for a cast, but be aware that there is a lot more to a fly rod than purely its casting prowess, but at this stage, I think the ease with which you can cast it, would be the major factor. Once you are looking for specifics in a fly rod, that will aid in performing more technical functions, like specialised dry fly fishing, or nymphing, or mending, or short or far fishing, you will be testing a rod according to other criteria, but at this stage, I wouldn't want to complicate things. You are looking for an all rounder, that is going to serve you well through a few basic applications, and with either of these, as I said, you won't be making a mistake. I cant comment on the fast action of these rods, as I have not cast them, but there is nothing wrong with a fast action rod, just a case of timing the cast, within the rod's loading characterisics. Another thing... for me, the 4 piece would seal it. Easier , and more compact packing, and transport. It's been a fault of Explorer over the years. They were the last to move from 2 piece to 3 piece, and they seem to be the last to introduce 4 piece rods. It won't effct the fishability of the rod, just the convenience factor.
    I will be more than happy to give you a few casting pointers if you feel that you need them. I will be at Eikendal on Sunday 25th, for the WP, Boland Junior interprovincial, so if you come along, I will be able to check out your casting, and maker sure you can get the best out of your new rod, alternatively, the dealer you buy it from, should be able to help in this regard..
    Last edited by Andre; 18-07-10 at 12:32 PM.
    Disclaimer.... none of my posts are intended to be "expert advice"..just opinions from someone who is willing to help where he can.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Stellenberg / Western Cape
    Posts
    252

    Default

    Thanks for the generous offer André. I can always do with some pointers i.t.o. my casting

    I'll check with swambo if she has anything planned for that weekend.
    André

    Fly fishing noob

    It is curious - curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare ~ Mark Twain

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Gauteng
    Posts
    411

    Default

    Hi,

    Not an expert opinion but I have the 2/3, 3/4 and the 6/7 in the Xplorer Classic 2 and they are fantastic rods ... in my opinion. Had a broken piece (own stupidity) and it was replaced witin days.

    Can't comment on the Stealth though but the Classic 2 is very good value for money in my opinion!!

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Stellenberg / Western Cape
    Posts
    252

    Default

    Thanks for your input vanderw.

    I like the look of the Classic 2, but in the end it is as André points out - 4pce vs 3 pce and then it comes down to the casting of the two, because I am sure that both will have a slightly different "feel" to the other so it will all boil down to which one I am comfortable with
    André

    Fly fishing noob

    It is curious - curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare ~ Mark Twain

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    N/A
    Posts
    420

    Default

    Having only casted the Adventure 5/6 ,I can tell you it's more of a big water rod(stillwaters). Load it with 6 wt line as I found the 5 a little a little light in general . This rod rockets 6 wt intermediates & sinkers

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •