Bargain fly rod

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  1. Salmo_g

    Salmo_g Active Member

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    If you believe that in the world of fly rods you only get what you pay for, you're reading the wrong thread and should move on. This thread is addressed to anglers who know better, are looking for a good buy, or cannot afford a high end rod. I've previously pimped Cabela's bottom of the line Three Forks rods as an incredibly good buy because I bought a couple for travel and have fished them. I've only been to the tropics 4 times total, and don't want a quiver of expensive rods that see limited use, so these rods have been a good find so far.

    In the interest of transparency and full disclosure I must admit that my $59.99 4 piece 10 wt broke week before last while fishing in Belize. Only the second time out and it was an apparent material defect. In that same transparency however I'll add that last year in Mexico one guy in the party broke two high end Sage rods on the first day while both of my cheap Cabela's rods fished and caught lots of fish all week very satisfactorily. And to top it off, Cabela's refunded me the purchase price so that I could order a new rod, which I did.

    Which brings me to the point of this thread. While perusing the Three Forks models, which come in 2 and 4 piece models, there was a special on a 5 piece 6 wt (the only rod on sale in the Three Forks line). At $34.88 I couldn't not order it. It arrived today along with a new 10 wt. In 5 pieces it stows in luggage super easy, and it's as well made as all the other Three Forks rods, which is every bit as good as rods I've looked at in the $100 and $200 range. If you're looking for a 6 wt and don't mind a 5-piece as a stow away back up rod, you may want to check this out.

    Sucker that I am, instead of getting another Three Forks 10 wt, I bought the 6-piece stow-away model for travel, also on sale, but not as cheap as the Three Forks.

    Sg
     
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  2. NewTyer1

    NewTyer1 Banned or Parked

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    I am on a limited budget and get most of my gear at bargain basement prices or in trade for something else I did not need but they were looking for. I have two Eagle Claws that seem to be nice run of the mill rods. One is a "Featherweight or Featherlite" I can't remember but it is glass and very reminesent of days gone by with the yellow blank and brown wraps and the other which I just purchased is a Eagle Claw "Traveler" Spin/Fly rod, also in the same Eagle Claw colors.

    My other rod is a Phillipson "Master" that I've had for 25years or so which I love. I have had other newer rods but seem to cater to these rods.
     
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  3. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Good post Sg. I agree that there are great low cost rods that compare very favorably with big name, big buck sticks. As I stated in a recent thread, I have an old Cabela's Fish Eagle II, 906-2 (when they were still made is the USA) and it is a catapult. Of course it's pretty much ruined now because my wife uses it and she's a southpaw...they put a knarly spell on rods ya now ;)
     
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  4. Patrick Gould

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    I have a Diawa Algonquin 9' 4/5 that I bought after breaking an Orvis Streamline. The Diawa is about $35 and for me is a better rod, in fact if it came in a 2wt or 3wt I'd buy one today.

    I also have a couple of Cabela's rods that I bought used and they have been great tools to help me learn what type of action and length I like.
     
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    The 7'6" 3 weight absolutely rocks. Its my favorite small stream rod
     
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  6. Derek Day

    Derek Day Rockyday

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    I have a cabelas cahil 8wt that kicks ass. It was $29 for the combo! I was casting it the other day and was able to cast the entire line and 5' of backing and still get a poorly built leader to unroll. The reel, I just gave away--complete crap. But that stupid rod kicks ass! And the cork is nicer than rods I have that cost 10x as much.

    I have one of their stowaway rods that I have absolutely punished. For a 6wt it is unstopable. I've had it into its fair share of chums (biggest was about 16lbs). I use it for rainbows, bull trout, cutts, summer runs. It has broken once, and had loose cork on another occasion, but I've had it replaced each time (I'm on my third one). I can't blame the rod for breaking, it was abused.

    it is also hard to beat the RLS reel whenever it periodically goes on sale for $90. It looks like it comes out of the same factory as my older battenkill mid arbors--almost identical guts and machining. But it's a true large arbor.
     
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  7. bkerbs

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    I bought my brother in law a three forks 3wt, after watching him land a steelhead with it, I decided to get my self one. Great rod that can handle large trout and still be fun catching the little guys. By the way my brother in law landed the smallest Deschutes river steelhead I've seen. Still that fish put up a good fight.
     
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    bigdood fishing hack

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    Only responding so that I'm subscribed to this thread because I'm cheap and feel that flyfishing prices long ago went watercooler fodder...but I've got to say I had one of those yellow Eagle Claws, the rod my grandpa showed me how to flyfish on, and my GF lost it at Yosemite about 5 years ago :( . Still haven't forgiven her for that one
     
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    Had a Three Forks 9' 8 wt...it was a decent stick and caught a couple fish on it. (was a backup rod) I passed it on to a buddy to use for bass and big Klamath trout.

    If it's a backup rod, or just a budget issue...there is nothing wrong with swinging a Three Forks.
     
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    Salmo, I am looking for a 5 & 8 weight rods.
    do the three forks rods fish true to the line they are listed for or do you need to over line them?
    needing the 5 before the 8 wt.
    thanks.
     
  11. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I never buy rods that cost very much. The most I ever paid for a rod is $215.00 and it sits in a case not used.

    My go to rod in the winter time is a DS2 6wt which I traded a float tube for. My summer rod was a gift from a friend here on W FF a 3wt.

    It's the reels that I'm cheap on. I have a reel for my 3wt that I paid $29.95 for and a reel that I paid $40.00 for my other 3wt. Most I ever paid for a reel was 100 smackers.

    I buy cheap and it all works fine. From tippet to backing.
     
  12. David Loy

    David Loy Senior Moment

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    The DS2 rods are an eye opener, many based on the RPL blank, one of Sage's best offerings. Possibly the model that put them on top.
    When graphite was young, everyone was pushing it and there was a lot of crap on the market. Fourtysome years later the R&D well is vast and there are good offerings at most price levels.
     
  13. BoneCollector

    BoneCollector Lost my MARBLES!!!!!

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    One of the first Cabelas combos I ever got was the Sweetwater 8'6" 5/6wt and that was a very inexpensive setup when I got it years ago. I ended up getting another Sweetwater combo in the same set up for lake fishing just because I liked the rod so much the only time I had one break was from the truck door closing on the rod tip.

    My wife wanted to learn how to fly fish so I naturally had to get her a new rod to use! I found a 9' 5wt Cabelas traditional that was on sale and she loves the rod! Its kind of hard to sneak out of the house without her knowing if I have taken "her" rod!

    The Cabelas rods are great and they will not put a dent in your life savings!

    BC
     
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    What about cheap switch rods? Are there any?
     
  15. Gary Thompson

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    I too am a tight wad when it comes to fishing gear.
    I have only one fly rod I spent over a $100.00 and that is my 10' 7wt I use when bone fishing or for the RW trips
    I broke a old Lamaglas 9' 5wt and the factory replaced it with and new one for $70.00 with a life time warranty.
    I like to go for the close outs on all my fishing gear, boots, waders, vests, etc. why pay full bore when ya don't have to.
    Even my Carhart work pants I buy on "Sierra Trading Post" almost 1/2 off retail.
     
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